KyotoLefty (9388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Acidic, tart, dark chocolate, light coffee, some wood, vinegar, cherry. Rather tart, acidic, chocolate, cocoa, vinegar, cherry. Body is a bit light. Decent. Not so surprising.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really dark pour with a thin ring around the glass. Aroma of funk, barnyard, and sour cherry. Taste is sour chocolate covered cherries, lemon zest, and barnyard funk. Pleasantly sour with a nice smooth finish.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible sourness laid upon a dark and mysterious base. Flavors come out in new and evoking ways with dark grains, fruit and palate-piercing acidity. Aptly named, Tart of Darkness is as ominous, dreary and shaddowy as it sounds.
Opening with a dark plumb color with tawny bronze low lights, the beer simmers in the glass with tepid carbonation to give the ale a slight coffee-like appearance. Its dark and ruddish appearance is slightly haze and gives the ale a rather rusty darkness. Sparse on lacing, the ale almost prefers wine-like appearances over that of ale.
Savory and tart, the aromas nearly cause sweating and mouth whetting with its utter sour fruit character. Black cherries, plumbs, blackberries, blackcurrants and red grapes give a highly tangy but robust scent. A musty aura of sea air, weathered oak and saddle leather add to the beer's boisterous scent. However, its the vinous wine-like character that joins into notes of soy sauce, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and balsamic for a highly complex nose.
To taste, the beer's fruit strikes first- plumb and black cherry leading the way. But the savory sourness rises next with balsamic, merlot, sour plumbs, tangy berries and grapes to give the beer a wildly wine-like and briny character. Its thin sweetness seems to give the dark fruit a sense of "ripeness" before its dry cider taste takes hold. Yet a toastier, chocolaty and coffee taste lurks deep in the backdrop and assists in the beer's bold complexity.
Medium-dry early, the beer's dark fruit and slim sweetness thwarts its light carbonation to go from creamy to toasty-dry in a hurry. Its jaw-piercing acidity provides plumb skin astringency to heighten its sourness in finish.
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Weezel (270) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Oblivion Taproom. Pours dark dark with little head. Aroma is sour up front but with some good tannic qualities. There is some great depth here as well from the roasted malts. Finishes good with a little pucker and refreshing. Really really good.
Idiosynkrasie (6519) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle [2013 ed., 7.0% abv]. Ruby red glowing, almost black colour with small to average, frothy, rapidly diminishing, almost completely fading, beige head. Spicy, tart aroma, notes of grapes, balsamico, black cherries, a touch of liquorice and soy sauce, even chocolate. Taste is really tart, minimally biting, notes of vinegar, grapes, a dry, roasty touch in the finish. Pleasant tartness, nevertheless somehow one-dimensional and narrow. That’s not my scene.
TaktikMTL (7068) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de fruité sûrette avec une pointe vinaigrée. Apparence: La couleur est rouge-noirâtre. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruité sûrette avec une pointe de pomme verte. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement sûrette. (Rating #5463)
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black pour with short lasting brown head. Tart aroma with hints of dark fruit and licorice. Medium/light body with and intense tartness at the finish.
bubbleflubber (2164) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Benzai (14268) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.