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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2013
This one was really strange. Obvious aroma typical of sour ales. The flavor was very tart. This is a slow sipping beer that makes you pucker every sip. It is really hard to get past the sourness to find anything else. If you dig, you can find a malty base that is smooth and solid - something like a dark bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours dark brown with minimal lacing head. Aroma contains malt, sour yeast, berry, and a bit of caramel. Flavor is medium sour with balancing sweetness throughout and a tart clean finish. Medium body and oily texture throughout. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4419) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours a very dark reddish brown with a small biege head. Aroma of tart fruit, funk, and spice. Taste is tart cherries, tart berries, funk, malt, spice, wine, wood, and vinegar. Very interesting. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Wow. Stoked I finally got to try this, and on tap! It’s on right now at Chuck’s 85th in Seattle for a whopping $18 a pour!! I got a half pint. Anyways, pour is black with tiny red tones throughout. Smells of a sweet stout all funked out with goodness. Flavors are brilliant with elements of sweet roast, milk chocolate, and tiny blasts of oaked out cherries. Then sets in the tart factory. Excellent tart factory. Puckering Sour Patch Kids all over the top of the rest of the flavors, but it sits well. Damn good stuff!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with light tan head, settles quickly with no lace. Aroma is lactic, tart, oaky, vinegar. Flavor is acidic, tart, fruity, sour finish, with a very mildly roasted, quite tart aftertaste. Not much stout character remaining, though it is still quite enjoyable. Soft to moderate carbonation, medium body, juicy texture. A good sour, not a great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2013
No bottling information, but about a year old.
Appearance: The body appears black in the glass, though it pours a deep chestnut. The head is short and dense, but quickly settles into a dense tan ring with very little coating.
Aroma: The aroma is slightly sour with sour cherry and light vinegar balanced by a roasted presence along with sweet caramel and powdery cocoa, nice aroma. Good balance and strength.
Taste: Whoa this is fucking tart, strong vinegar is all I get initially with hints of cocoa. On the second sip this is still tart as hell, but I get some caramel with cocoa, notably most on the finish. On the third sip the vinegar is still strong but caramel and cocoa surround it with roasted coffee on the finish and lingering a tad. Wow.
Palate: Light bodied, highly carbonated.
Overall: Oh boy, this is no training wheel sour. This is intense, but complex and interesting. I enjoy this but boy this is a wake-up. This is pretty excellent, I pretty much love this...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin! Very black with a hint of deep ruby near the top. Thin khaki film that settles to a thick collar right away. Aroma is lots of wet oak, bloody plums and cherry skins, and apple cider vinegar. Fruity and tart with a damp oak underlayer, there isn’t much stout to the nose. Taste is more like an Oud Bruin than anything... Sour cherries, sweettarts, apple vinegar, ripe plum skins, and lots of wet, faintly musty oak. Again, not much stout... Some deep dark fruits on the very, very back end with more drying, tart oak. I’m okay with the lack of stout, though, because this makes for a very good Oud Bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12433) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Draft. Sour tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, sour cherry, some wood, funk, prune, light lacto, whisky. Taste is moderately sweet, lemon/cherry, some funk, lacto. Medium body, some acidity, stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (3821) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Draft at Capital ale house Midlothian. Pours black with a thin khaki head. It looks like a stout but smells like a sour ale with a hint of vinegar. Very tart and sour on the tongue with a hint of malt coming through. Not to everybody’s taste but I dug it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2098) - - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma is sour and vinous with a light coffee note. Prominent vinegar as well. Taste is similar but with a roast malt and slight peppery note. Roast and sour notes are on a more even footing in the taste. Medium smooth mouthfeel with a little carb. This is nice and interesting.

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