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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday®. We then brought them over to Bruery Terreux, added our special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts and watched nature take its course. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough. This unique stout has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2154) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2013 ed., 7%. Pours a grapey black into the glass, with the darkest of mahogany fringes. Not much of a head to speak, fully diminished that leaves no real lacing. The nose is very tart and estery. Flavors are all about sours, unripened cherries and lemons come to mind. Extremely tart, with a hint of the sourest of apples. Somewhere in there, there’s some lightly roasted malt essence. A woody, oaken finish shoots forth a little lemon again to remind me of a nice dry wine. Active mouthfeel, but smooth. A nice Sour Flemish Stout to awaken the tastebuds... and they WILL awaken!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (12763) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
75cl bottle shared by Joes. Bottle says 7%, 2013 edition. Dark brown color, minimal tan head. Smells like dark vinegar. Taste is really sour, slightly a touch of the stout in the background, pretty fruity. Not bad at all, but too sour to drink more than one glass.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5507) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle (2013 edition, 7%) @ joes. Dark brown colour with no head. Smells sour, dusty, wood, hint of chocolate, slightly glue and alcohol. Tastes very sour, chocolate, acidic, lemon. Leaves a very dry mouth and slightly wet eyes. Medium body, soft carbo.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (2458) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
7% bottle 2013 edition. Pours a dark brown beer with a good white head. Smells sour, chocolate and bread. Tastes heavy sour and chocolate. Average carbo, thin body and a watery texture.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 25, 2014
750ml bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into a tulip. Appearance is dark opaque brown with a finger of tan head that settles to a collar and leaves sporadic, spotty lacing. Aroma is sour cherries, roasted malt, oak, and chocolate. Taste is sour cherries and dark fruit, surrounded by roasted malt and chocolate sweetness, and a drying oak and grape finish. Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average-plus carbonation which is good for the style and weight of this beer, and a puckering, tannic, drying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours practically black with a thin tan head. Aroma is vinous (like a big red wine), vinegar, blackberry, chocolate, concord grape, and the slightest hint of char. Taste is tart blackberries, a bit of chocolate, oak/charred wood, vinegar, and dried blueberry. Most of the stout character that might be expected is absent, but it’s been transformed by the tartness in a tasty, unique way.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bp (881) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle: pours black with a thin tan head, amazing tart aroma, taste is just as great, nice and tart, not overly sweet, good carbonation with a hint of the oak. An excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5522) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
750ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma is green apples with hints of yeast. Taste is a lemon sourness with an underlying malt sweetness and a very dry finish. A very sour ale with only the color of a stout. Not balanced for the style, needs more roasted notes, therefore not recommended.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NatKadaw (98) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
Admittedly, I don’t know my sours, but I was expecting a blend, a roasted, balanced sourness and some remnant of a stout, or a beer. The sourness is all encompassing. Pleasant, a hint of roast in the finish and a long puckering aftertaste. Not a whole lot of depth. A clean straight forward green apple acidic sourness. Very very subtle roast. Can’t say I understand it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
2013-12-14. Very dark brown body small frothy head fades. Aroma of musky vinous dark fruit, lightly musty muted roast. Flavour is quite tart and sour up front, with a lactic character throughout, bracingly sour on longer sips, dark fruit and cherry notes. Great but sour enough that I’m struggling to finish it a bit at the end of a long day. Average plus to medium body with soft carbonation. Nice stuff, but I think a smaller bottler would have better suited me today! Bottle at Abraxas, Miami


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