Tart Darkelette
Paradox Beer Company

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Wild Ale
3.63 | pDev: 17.08%
Paradox Beer Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Pray_For_Mojo from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine glass.

Barrel info: 2014 AM-OAK 5/21/14

Appearance: deep brown and opaque. A dark tan head spritzes up to two fingers then fades quickly to a thin veil around the rim.

Aroma: nice, deep sour with dark stone fruit. The aroma reminds me of Duchesse. A slight funk - the taste/aroma that I describe as "Elmers" - as in the glue. The sour, the stone fruit and Brett combine to make this beer smell like blackberries.

Flavor: the flavor is wonderful immediately - again stone fruit. The flavor fades so quickly though, and is overtaken by the "Elmers" Brett. The beer is a bit sweet in the finish. This beer is wonderful upon hitting the tongue, but oddly goes downhill very quickly thereafter - a tale of two halves. The funk overtakes the good complexities and drowns it in Elmers. It is the unbalanced funk that limits this beer's potential. As the beer warms, the Brett grows stronger still. Tartness is wonderful, but Brett funk could be reduced to a quarter of its current level.

Mouthfeel: the body is thick; too heavy to want to drink more than 1.

Overall: this beer is good but has some flavor/mouthfeel shortcomings which prevent it from being much better.

I drank a Crooked Save Progenitor #2 an hour prior to this beer. Given an either-or choice between the two, I'd choose the Crooked Stave.

Jul 03, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this brew up at Argonaut in Denver back in early September 2014. I didn't know much about the brewery but something about their labels and brew descriptions called my name.

I poured this 500mL into a Belgian tulip and it produced a monstrous foamy head, caramel in color. The body is pitch-black and carbonation continuously surges upward through it. 4.5

Smells very kriek-like with bursting cherry aromas complemented by peppery yeast. A chocolatey malt base is apparent. Wine notes subtly weave in amid the occasional hint of vanilla. This is a damn wondrous smelling beer. 4.5

This beer reminds me a bit of Tart of Darkness from The Bruery. A robust chocolatey and creamy vanilla and caramel base with a tart tinge of wine and oak and acidic fruit. 4.25

Excellent tartness is notable on this, as it's not sour and it's not vinegary, but it does have a little something that will make your lips pucker. What's great is that there's still very much a stout-like body and texture to this beer offering roastiness, creaminess and a smooth mellowness that works well with the tart bite. It sips pretty smoothly. 4.25

I feel like I may be underrating this beer, because this is just as good if not better than Tart of Darkness, yet has none of the hype. I don't know if word is out on Paradox but they make some damn good beers, so I suspect many will soon be on the hype train.

Feb 17, 2015
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

From the 2014 batch no. 681 of 1,600. Sampled on September 21, 2014. Received in trade from a non-BA member.

I love the dark brown to almost black pour with a modest tan head. A gorgeous looking beer.

Aromas are strong and pungent with caramel sweetness, yeast, bourbon, and tart fruitiness.

The body is full.

The taste is not as sour as some wild ales can be and that's what I liked about it. It had a pleasant memorable tart bite. Nicely done.

Sep 21, 2014
Tart Darkelette from Paradox Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 10 ratings