JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown color with a medium tan head. Funky and sour nose with some malt. Flavor starts malty, but big dark fruit sourness comes through before a slight chocolate finish.
WanderinCelt87 (176) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2013 Im not a big fan of sour beers but, I really like this beer. It has an amazing taste. Goes down smooth. I cant wait to see what it tastes like after i age it two years ( update.) OK so I opened bottle one after a year and it tastes amazing. Got a little smoother but otherwise still tastes the same as a fresh bottle.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma- vinegar, funk, light fruits, saccharin, wine barrel characters
Appearance- pitch black with a decent white head, crazy carbonation
Taste- sour sharpness upfront, vinegar, cherries, overly ripe strawberries, slight roasted notes, more sour on the backend
Palate- appropriate for the style, lasting finish on palate
Overall- This isn’t really a sour stout IMO. It’s black and has a slight roastiness to it but that’s as far as the stout aspect of the beer goes. That being said this is a very nice sour that I enjoyed from start to finish.
DocLock (7876) - 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 Smith’s. 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 (1648) - 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 it’s a bit one note, but when the note is this good it’s 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 (5758) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, 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 (959) - 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.