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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivreô or Black Tuesdayģ. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4246) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 24, 2013
7% part of the 3000 yen tasting set at CBB. Winey, barrel, oak, vanilla in the nose with some mild dark malt notes on a brownish-black pour with a minimal head. Exceptionally tart, vinegary, sour & fruity with some berry or cherry notes. Quite a subtle beer meant for sipping, solid but not my favorite tonight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Serving: Draft at Leesburg Brewing Company. It pours a very dark brown color with virtually no head. Winey, oaky, sour nose. Nice almost lactic sourness up front with medium oak and vinous notes on the back end. Lighter on the palate than you expect based on the color. Tart, dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. Wow. Just wonderful. Pours opaque brown. Tart. Very dry. Just wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
On tap at Burnhearts. Brown to black with ruby lowlights and a thin brown receding hairline. Aroma is sour with oak, varnish, vinegar and mild dark malts. Taste is super sour and tart with oak, mild fruit and mild dark malts. Okay, but the darkness is rather muted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (600) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On draft, pours black with dark brown highlights when held to a lamp. Acetic notes on the nose, just a flicker of coffee astringency working alongside. Tart lemon, a little wood, dry. Mostly a sour, the stout properties lend more to the body than anything else. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4836) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 15, 2013
tons of sourness liquorice, dark chocolate , wine oak, wtf this is a schooling on sour stouts. Superbly well balanced. Womderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1075) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle shared from Nova. Too expensive for the bottle. Awesome how your eyes tell you a pitch black beer but your taste buds tell you a well done sour - the fact that eyes and tongue donít match up is good in my eyes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UncleKorm (1183) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle poured a deep hazy brown hue w/ minimal head. Big wine aromas. Initial flavor is bold tart with a light sweetness. Tastes are cherries, red wine, oak, and cranberries. Big bodied, soft carbonation, and a tart finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (883) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Draft @ Blind Tiger w James. Sunday 11.10.2013. Off tmrw for Veterans Day. Black pour; sour aroma, not too pungent but there. Tastes a little acidic, very tart. No discernable fruits but Iím sure I could get away with saying apples or grapes or stone fruit so letís go with that. I love sours but I donít think I can tell them all apart. Iím sorry. This is a source of much consternation for me lately. Well, maybe we werenít all meant to have refined palates. Iím ok with this. What the fuck am I talking about?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2013
The beer pours a dark and mysterious black, with a small head of very light, very small, tan bubbles that fizzle away like soda water, leaving only the slightest of tan rings around the glass. The head leaves small tendrils of lacing. In body, the beer is almost visible to the eye, but is just dark enough that no light shows through. The body appears free of particles. On the nose, this beer is certainly tart and funky. Nice cherry fruit-leather scents waft over the nose with touches of cocoa, raisins, dates, and plums. Touches of horse blanket and sweet sweat can occasionally be smelled, and as the beer warms the cocoa become a touch richer and adds light vanilla and oak to the mix. In the mouth, the beer is puckering in its acidity with bright malic acid and other acids singing on the tongue. Touches of sweetness appear in the front of the taste alongside the rich and funky fruit flavors, but this is dried out in the finish. Touches of tannic bitters can be sensed, and grow stronger as the beer warms giving a nice, herbal bitterness to the very back of the senses. There is even a touch of funky salinity in this beer. In flavor, the beer begins as sharp green apple and cherry leather with mingling plum and raisin, as the beer warms the mouth is met with a big rush of tannic oak and soft vanilla, alongside sweeter cherries with just a brushing of brown sugar and cocoa. The finish seems quick but actually lasts for quite a while with slightly astringent oak, tart cherries, and soft roast malt. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a puckering and sharp mouthfeel that softens as the beer warms. Carbonation is middling in this beer with a touch of sharpness, as well. The beer finishes feeling smooth and almost velvety. The mouth is left dry and puckering. Overall, itís a touch too tart, but then again, itís called the Tart of Darkness. I want a little more in terms of stout qualities, but I have gotten that from other bottles of Tart of Darkness. The funk is rich and awesome in this beer, and the complexity of the beer is deep, bringing new flavors as the beer warms. I love the use of oak in this beer, and like the rich funk and tartness. Personally, I would want to turn the funk up and the tartness down, but that is not what this beer is about. This bottle is totally worth its cost. Try it.

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