msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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, it’s a touch too tart, but then again, it’s 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.
demmbonz (710) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle to snifters. Dark pour with a tan ring. Aroma is sour with a little smoke and malt. Tastes quite tart and nothing else when cold. As it warms the sour mellows and you get a little more malt profile. Interesting.
merc7186 (2756) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Chocolate, Hay, Mildly Sour Mash
T: Hay, Apricots, Mild Chocolate Malts
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sour
Overall, a pretty solid sour with nice malty chocolate taste, but only a mild amount.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this one at the tasting room. Pours a dark brown to black with some ruby around the edges and a light khaki head. Aroma is sweet and sour chocolates, strangely enough, and some light vinegar that I get from the sour beers. Flavor follows with a lightly chocolates sour flavor, rather easy on the taste buds. It finishes with chocolate on the way down, but leaves a tinge of sour lingering on the to hue. Medium bodied. Very unique and they somehow made this work nicely. Would like to have this one again.
trancecyclist (49) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow--great job, Bruery! Served on tap at the opening of Barren Hill Brewery, and a great selection, Erin! Paler than most stouts, the yeasts and bacteria give this beer a taste unlike any other stout, along with a wonderful dryness which will please all sour lovers. Great beer.
AdamBeer1 (16) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured on draft in a snifter. Immediate tart sour bite with a spicy after taste. Dark appearance with just the right amount of carbonation. A great beer if your a fan of the style.
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Imaena (2144) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ($17). Aroma is very subtle and almost non existant. The appearance is deep dark brown/black. The taste is sour quince, citric acid, and faint roasted malts. You tell that there is a stout underneath all of this but it is buried behind the sour assault. The palette is highly effervescent and thin. Overall a great sour ale.
Iphonephan (5277) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC during the Night of the Living Ales on halloween. Pours a clear deep cola brown with a tan head. Aroma of prunes and dark cherries. Flavors of tart cherries, prunes and raisins. Smooth, tart finish.
zvikar (4092) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom C’s place. 2013 bottle. Pours red to brown with a small beige head, aroma of chocolate, caramel, honey, brett, wood, red wine, sourness and brett, flavor is mainly sour with brett, red wine, wood, tannin a touch of roasted tones, full bodied
DSG (9561) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 Re-rate 9/14: Botte sample at a tasting at Levi’s place. Thanks Levi. Sour, fruity, lactic, malt. Very little Stout character, if any at all. Quite rounded. Very good. 7/3/8/4/16=3.8
Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom C’s place. 2013 bottle. Dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma of oak, sour fruits, dark chocolate, roastiness, a bit of coffee, cherry liqueur notes and a hint of vinegar. Sour flavor with a bit of vinegar, lactic notes, cherries and berries, a bit of funk and faint roastiness in the finish. Medium-bodied. A bit one-dimensional but still very nice. 7/3/8/3/16=3.7