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RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1592) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
750 ml bottle, 2013 edition. 05/13/13 printed on the bottle, I assume thatís the bottled on date. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart cherries, dark fruit, roasted malt, and some vinegar. It tastes like tart cherries, dark fruit, vinegar, lemon peel, vinegar, and some roasted malt and blackberries. Itís more of a sour brew than a stout, not that Iím complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think itís a pretty good brew, I might have to pick up another bottle soon. $18.99 a bottle. Itís pricey but tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
canary dog (702) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Iím conflicted with this beer. One one hand, the beer was overwhelmingly sour. Would I be exaggerating to say it is about 50% more sour than Rodenbach Grand Cru, my all time favorite beverage? How in the world can all of the other tasters claim they were able to detect other notes in this beer? It was way too acidic to detect anything else. It was just sourness on top of sourness. Although I do remember tasting some subtle roasty stoutiness in the very first sip. After that, the taste buds were destroyed, and it was just tartness all over the place. Palate is raw, sour and electric. Like electricity on the tongue when you hold it in your mouth. By the time I got to about half way or less through the bottle, my mouth and throat were all puckery and cloying. Sourness stuck in the throat. On the other hand, I love sour beers, and this beer is-- if nothing else-- refreshing and exciting. It certainly isnít boring. I would definitely drink again, but not too often. I can easily drink two 750ml bottles of Roddy Crand Cru in one sitting (probably three, although I havenít tried that yet); but I struggled a little bit to get the last few sips down with this one. Iím a little dismayed by the brewerís claims of complexity, as I canít possibly see how one can detect other stuff going on; but other raters noticed so maybe it is just me. And yes, this is pretty expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist1 (646) - Diest, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2013
From tap @ Stoddardsís Fine Food & Ale, Boston (MA). Black, average head. sour but very well balanced, very nice. sour after taste, complex, tart finish. Not immediately my style of beer, but really well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2013
2013 Vintage on Tap - Sharp acidity all the way through but strangely balanced by the malts, a delicious dark sour my only complaint is the price of the bottle is a little high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpongeRuiner (966) - Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Strong vinegar in the smell and taste which is awesome. Still contains the roasty qualities of the stout but sour all the way through. A fantastic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Allesgute (9) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2013 does not count
At the bruery tasting room. It is delicious and tarty. I loves the stout elements as well, but wished there was just a little more ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
tap offering. cocoa. milk chocolate covered cherries. creamy. soft roast. touch of balsamic pokes through. not big on the soured stouts. okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a deep dark brown with caramel colored head. The aroma is sour with barnyard notes, cherry, and raspberry. The flavor is again sour barnyard with a finish of raspberry chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Mostly tart, little darkness. Except in the appearance. Not sure how people pick up chocolate in this. Sour cherry throughout. Mouth-puckering tartness. 100% cranberry juice-like lingering finish. More like the Dark (as in the misery) of Tartness. But, hey, Iím not really a fan of sours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of sour fruit, chocolate, oak, and a bit if funk. Appearance is totally black with a thin tan head. Taste is sour fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, oak, and vanilla. Full body with low carbonation. Overall a great, unique beer.

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