gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A more acidic roastiness than would be desired in aroma, but plenty appreciable. Implies a powerful, potent brew. A robust, sexy appearance, even with only the rim of a head. Lacto-sour dominance of flavor. Mouth puckers strongly. Similar to Jolly’s Madrugada... for which I have a soft spot, though less robust and lower viscosity. In sum, one of the two best sour stouts I’ve had, easily.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with somewhat whispy brown head (barrel-aged?) / Bold, interesting nose of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, fruit bread / Medium body, tart, soft carbonation, inky with some sweetness, with fair finish / Fruity, clean flavors of old coffee, chocolate, dark cherry, raisin, licorice / Somewhat simple.
kaser (2015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super tart taste as the name says. A tart stout like beer. Cherry flavor. Dark pour with tan head
DuffMan (6077) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Farmhouse. Opaque dark brown, minimal head. Strongly tart/sour nose, barrel traits, dark malts. Palate presents a perfect balance between roasty malts, lactic sourness, and sweet vanilla barrel character. Finish is very dry and tart. What Tart of Darkness should be!
delamie6 (20) - - APR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a dark beer that tastes a lot like coffee. It is very high alcohol percentage but it is very smooth actually. Great beer.
thome50 (850) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a deep, viscous black with small head after a very aggressive pour. Aroma is stale coffee and some slight chocolate. Similar to pouring said stale coffee on a hostess chocolate cake. Taste has sour notes within the first taste but that quickly subsides with the coffee coming on. Coffee dominates as the beer warms to the point of just being a sour coffee drink. Would not look for this again.
blackflag321 (430) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Tart, sweet; interesting combination of fruitiness and roast malt. Went very nicely with my meal.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is easily the most interesting and probably the best beer I’ve had from Vivant. You read "Farmhouse" and you expect one thing, you drink this, even see this, and you have to rethink your previous understanding. Dark fruit, licorice, and plenty of tartness. Dark in appearance and rich. This was offered to me during my first stay in Grand Rapids by my hosts in 2013.
deaconmike (295) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Brewery Vivant. Served in a small tulip. Appearance is deep black - cool looking beer. The tartness and presence of cherry is apparent in the aroma. Taste is heavy cherry with dark ripe fruit, raisin, licorice. The cherry taste is both overly sweet and tart for me. This is a very interesting beer , glad I tried it, but not sure I'll put this one in the regular rotation.
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nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Churchkey during CBC week. Pours an opaque black with one ring of off white head. Nose is a nice mix of cherry, raspberry vinaigrette, chocolate, toast, brown bread. Flavor is tart and malty, soured, wood, acetic acid, vinegar, dark malt, light soured coffee. Full finish which is acetic but also dry.