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RATINGS: 625   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
"like eating a bag of skittles" aroma has more iron than the flavor, nice oak component, well balanced flavor, but not acidity... but too sour, very tart, aceto is intense. flavor is quite delicious... but just too tart... aroma and flavor are both very slightly soapy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2538) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 750ml->snifter. Dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates remarkably fast. Aroma of grapes, cherries, and vinegar; reminiscient of a luscious red wine. Taste is very sour. Fruity with lots of vinegar. The name is spot on. Clearly not for everyone. Update: 2013 bottle tasting had much less vinegar notes, which I felt overpowered the older bottle originally rated over a year ago. I enjoyed this much more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Karstenborg (754) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2012
Aroma is vinegar and oak. Taste is really sour. Palate is sour puckers and it’s not enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle from The Bruery. A black beer with a fair tan head. Incredibly tart with an aroma of parma violets, roasty malt, chocolate, a little smoke and alcohol. Similar flavours and incredibly tart again with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Lemony tartness with Balsamic vinegar to finish. A sipper but absolutely awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3443) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt. The beer is dark, walnut brown with an oily tan head. The aroma brings funk, wild yeast, cherries. It smells a bit like Russian River Consecration. More like a wild ale than a stout. Light and easy drinking, with sufficient tartness. Sour cherries, wild yeast, oak. A really tasty beer. Assertive acetic quality throughout. I would definitely have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-14-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1247) - USA - DEC 4, 2012
Black appearance with a very thin brown head. Aroma is almost like a strong tart red wine, very fruity but obviously sour. Extremely powerful. Flavor is also incredibly intense, almost like a wine gone to vinegar. The stout characteristics are very hidden underneath the tartness. There is some slight roasted malt in there but it is very hard to notice. Overall, very interesting take on the style, but I still haven’t completely warmed up to the sour ales. Still this is worth trying if you’re into it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5989) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Black pour with a receding tan head that ends in a ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is very sour with tart fruit, leather, funky yeast, hints of sour milk, sweat, damp wood and wet earth. Taste is over the top sour. The first sip of this, were it a blind taste, would not lead me to believe this was a stout as all stout characteristics seem far removed from this beer. There’s lots of sour fruit, lemon juice, tart berries, damp wood, strong, funky yeast and earthiness. Body is light-medium with a strong acidic feel and light carbonation. Bone dry during the finish. Ends with more unripe, sour fruit, tart berries, lemon juice, sour milk, wet wood and strong funky yeast. This is more sour than some lambics I’ve had!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13084) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, grapes, sour citrus and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of grapes, citrus, roastiness, light barnyard and light oak with a crisp dry tart lingering sour grape finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours like a stout, but the head fades crazy quick. Aroma is oaky, and fruity, no roastiness, lactic. Holy shit, this is possibly the most lactic, sour brew i’ve ever had, taste like super tart black berries, lots of lactic acid, some vinegar, super oaky, flavor, dry puckering woody finish,I don’t see any stout here, but this is one fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to grownfool. Smells like a chocolate covered cherry. Nicely tart , fruity notes blended with a dark chocolate flavor. Some subtle woody notes as it warms. Hints of coffee, as well.

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