ads135 (2966) - 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.
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.
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited run can. Pours deep black. Nose is coffee and granny smith apples. Taste is immidiate coffee followed by sour cherries and chocolate and hoppy bitterness, chocolate, hay, barnyard. The soir character is perfect. Amazingly played Brewery Vivant!
umich03jm (1976) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours black with a small dark brown head that fades quickly and collects at the edges. Leaves some lacing. Very interesting and unique aroma. Sour black cherries, anise, coffee, light cocoa, and light burnt oak. Wow, very cool unique taste. Packed with sour black cherries but complemented nicely with coffee, anise, and cocoa. Very long, tart, dry finish, lingering sour cherry taste. Medium body, a little sticky mouthfeel. Really enjoyed this beer. I have a feeling this is a love it or hate it kinda beer. I love it when brewers take chances like this and that’s why I keep buying Brewery Vivant beers.
drdisque (526) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bangers & Lace Chicago. Pours black with a one finger stout-like head. Aroma is of rich burnt molasses. Flavor is sweet and spicy with complex fruity malt and medium mouthfeel. A little alcohol burn along with a slightly tart finish. Definitely tart for the style but in no way is this a "sour" beer. Quite good and interesting interpretation of the style.
BOSSbrewer (1646) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice. Tart and cidery. Couldn't drink too much. But nice. Had at their tap room in GR.
bytemesis (3170) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Can. Pours impy stout opaque black with a small deep brown head that dissipates slowly with good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, yeast, tart cherry, roasty. Flavor is the same, light sweet, light tart, light to medium bitter. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very interesting.
alliance100 (679) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz can. Wish I had bought more when it was availible. Maybe the best "mistake" by a brewery ever.
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crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious brew. Tangy and sour yeast. Deeeep breast and cocoa malt notes. Easy drinkjn.
DuffMan (6752) - 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!