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RATINGS: 594   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 Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday®. 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark brown pour with a fizzy brown head. Huge sour and tart aroma with some light chocolate and roasted malts under that. Flavor is gloriously sour, almost lip smackingly so. Tartness blends into a mild chocolate finish and leaves a tart funk on the palate. Quite delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Black pour with a small head tart fruits aroma reminds me of something I cant place. Avg pal. Huge fruit forward flavor very tart surprising.. roasty stout character more in the finish. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
want1DIPA (227) - - SEP 21, 2013
On tap at the Bruery. A freaking sour stout! I tasted lots of sour oak flavors. Very enjoyable for 7.5%. My new favorite style of beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1575) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Bottle, shared by Eric - thanks! Poured dark brown, minimal head. Bit tart, vinegar and lightly funky aroma. No real "stout" characteristics. Taste reminds me of the Duchesse, but less sweet and with a nice, roasty finish. Moderately sweet, acetic flavor. Medium body, slick texture. Overall: by name I expected an infected stout, but this is more of a nice, sweetish dark sour with a slightly roasty finish. Enjoyed this quite a bit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (807) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours dark brown,with little head and lacing. Definite barnyard aromas. Bold tartness that seems to overide any stout like flavors. Some vineger in background. Very dry astringent finish. I like it, but its needs more layers of flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beermack (725) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 20, 2013
75cl bottle (2013) shared at Trappist, Oakland. Black pour with thin reddish brown head. Lots of nice juicy funk in the aroma, citric notes and plenty of tart cherries and dark fruit. Loads of tart fruit in the taste: cherries, figs, raisins. Light touch of roastiness and chocolate. Good bit of funk in there, a real lemon juice kick to the palate. Medium body, quite low carb. Lingering tart berries and funk. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bomber. Nice and tart. So tart that I couldn't call this a stout base if I tried. Reminds me of eating a sweet tart. A serious tart beer. Pucker power. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours dark black with small amount of head. Nose is sour cherries, wood and vinegar. Taste is tart with funky fruits, cherries, blackberries, followed by some vinegar and oak. I got some malted caramel and chocolate on the finish. The beer was good, but would had been better if it wasn’t for the vinegar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
Very dark brown with a small pale head. Aroma is balsamic vinegar, cocoa, sour cherry, roasted malt. Tart on the palate with a good balance. Taste is Black Forest cake, chocolate, balsamic vinegar. Tasty sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1614) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Appearance: looks like an imperial stout when poured into a snifter--deep black with garnet edges present only when brightly backlit, VERY short and shy "head" of light brown bubbles that quickly vanish. Aroma: took awhile for the nose to open up as the beer came closer to room temperature; when it did come, it came big--balsamic vinegar, green apples, vinous cherry reduction, and under all of that a hint of silky dark chocolate. Taste: leans WAY into the realm of tart and sour, even more so as it warms, with strong flavors forecast by the aroma--balsamic demi glaze, green apple jolly ranchers, raspberry and cherry pits, a hint of leather and pipe tobacco, and again that rich, velvety chocolate undertone. Finish: puckeringly tart, with a good dose of dark fruit lasting quite awhile and, if you really strain for it, more of that roasty chocolate way in the back. Notes: Frankly I expected much more of a stout/sour red hybrid. That’s not to say I was disappointed. This was a great sour beer, with loads of character, and what stout-ish notes were present served as a very subtle but excellent complement. This is like a very aggressive version of Rodenbach Grand Cru mixed with a bit of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, at an 85/15 ratio. Aside: My only real problem with this beer is the same as my problems with all the other "specialty" or unusual beers from these guys: the price. A 750ml bottle was $24, which is way high, but I’ve seen it at other places for as much as $30! This is frankly ridiculous; of course, I’m the sucker who spent $24 on a bottle of beer. Their other offerings are usually found for $13 to $16, which is still on the high side for a 750, but not atypical in Maryland. Still, even so, inflating the price does not equal awesome beer.

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