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RATINGS: 629   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - 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 (2422) - 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 (1958) - 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.

   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 (5513) - 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 (1908) - 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 (959) - 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.

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