BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Of Love and Regret in Baltimore. Wow. Just wonderful. Pours opaque brown. Tart. Very dry. Just wonderful.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jlruthven (607) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
TimE (4953) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tons of sourness liquorice, dark chocolate , wine oak, wtf this is a schooling on sour stouts. Superbly well balanced. Womderful.
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 don’t match up is good in my eyes.
UncleKorm (1218) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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hivemind (890) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 I’m sure I could get away with saying apples or grapes or stone fruit so let’s go with that. I love sours but I don’t think I can tell them all apart. I’m sorry. This is a source of much consternation for me lately. Well, maybe we weren’t all meant to have refined palates. I’m ok with this. What the fuck am I talking about?
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 (716) - 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 (2904) - 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.