DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 from Frank Smithís. Pours turbid deep chestnutty color, letting very little light through, with a finger of tan head, and a very carbonated body. Nose is tart cherry notes, dark fruit, figs, funky wild yeast, cacao. Tastes very tart, with a tart black cherry flavor, a lot of souring bacterial notes, funky yeast, oak, prune, cacao, and a lactic acidic finish that stays extremely tart throughout.
NikkTwist (1627) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Bottle at Eulogy. Love tart beers. Love dark beers. Never had this one. Loved it!!! Pours a pitch black red with an off-white frothy head. Not billed as cherry but I am tasting pronounced dark sour cherry flavors. Huge flemish sour tartness. Thick red fruits. Dried strawberries. Prunes. Some dark barrel notes but doesn?t really reach out as a stout. Palate is a wee bit thin for a stout as well. But not to complain because the dark elements that are there play very well with the very pungent sour. This dark tart is a work of art!
UPDATE: Having now on draft at Khyber Pass. Killing the keg. Similar look and taste to the bottle but feeling more dark barrel flavors. Even a little smoke.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 Bottle. Deep ruby pour with little to no head. Aroma is tart, dark fruit, maybe a bit of roasted malt? A little underwhelming, but then POW! The flavor is like a sour sock in the jaw. Mouthpuckeringly, saliva drying sour sour sour. Really excellent. My only knock is that itís a bit one note, but when the note is this good itís ok.
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of vinegar and sour cherries with hints of roasted. Sour vinegar and tart cherries dominate the flavors with a very slight taste of roasted malt and chocolate. Kind of a weird mix of flavors but it works well. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a soda-like fizzle, with what little head that had started almost instantly going away. The aroma is sour all the way; but the beer drinks with an uber-sweetness and a cloying, little sour finish. Interesting chemistry, with almost nothing of the stout staying in it. (#4789, 9/23/2012)
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle I picked up while in FL. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, vinegar, faint roast, and a ton of tartness. Flavor is extremely tart with balsamic and acid. Faint fruit note. This pretty much all sour and no stout. I would say it lived up to the price tag IMO.
SPDickerman (955) - Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours dark, dark ruby with a small, fizzy light brown head. Smells sour, pure and simple. Taste is sour cherries and other sour red fruits, with subtle hints of roast. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and very fizzy mouth-carbonation, The Bruery Tart of Darkness finishes sour and fruity.
Nickls (1849) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Slightly tan head that sticks around decently; nearly black body. Touch of roast, acidic, slight vinegar sourness in the aroma with some oakiness. Quite sour, red wine vinegar, some coffee and roast definitely come in, but are quickly overpowered by the sour, oak, and acidic qualities....of course itís tart. Slick lighter to medium body with subtler carbonation. Good stuff, but perhaps not overly drinkable for me...minor quibble.
jbeatty (1026) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle, 09/17/2012. Pours nearly black, fluffy light tan head fades to fizzy surface film, light lacing. Aroma of tart dark berries, sour cherries, vinegar, background of soft roasted malts and chocolate,vanilla, oak, funk. Taste of balsamic, tart berries, lactic bite, mild roast comes through weakly in the finish, woody and vinous. Light bodied. Great aroma, but taste could use a little less sour for my taste to balance things out.
dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by Jay. Poured a slightly muddy brown with an average to slightly smaller very foamy solid beige head. Aroma was great, notes of sourness dominate the front followed by slightly burnt toast, dark cherry, band aid, balsamic and chocolate. The flavor was lots of sourness, rotting dark cherry, rotting berries, balsamic, chocolate and lots of acidity overall. I was expecting to hate a sour stout but wound up loving this one.