Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear dark mahogany brown/black in color with a beige head. The aroma is sweet cherry juice with some subtle but pleasant chocolate roasted coffee notes. The flavor is subtle pleasant tart cherry juice with a full body and tart ending that eases on the palate in a nice way. The stout and sour yeast flavors blend very well together instead of working against each other - awesome.
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Bruery Provisions Series: Tart of Darkness (7-3-8-3-16) (3.7)
In short: A medium sour/acidic roasted and fruity black ale. Nice
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed 6 months after the beer release, first and only batch so far. Bottle sent to me by nicks6217, thanks a lot Nick
The look: Translucent near-black body topped by a beige ring of foam. Looks like a glass of cola
In long: Nose has sour dark fruits and some roast, this is a strange aroma that unfortunately evokes a badly infected dark ale. Not a bad aroma because I knew what the beer was, but out of the blue in a blind tasting I’m not sure how I would have reacted. Taste is a lot more fun though. A medium sourness level, medium tannins character, medium roastiness, burnt toasts, mild-medium citric acidity, mild-medium lactic acid presence and a whole lot of fresh refreshing dark fruits sensation. I’m talking blueberries, blackberries, prunes and so on. Astringent finish. Carbonation is very active (like a soda-pop) and seems kind of fitting for this strange beer. So at the end I actually really enjoyed the beer. Fun stuff. This is a strange beer that will not please everyone, this one is as unusual as an online dating profile of a dude who says he enjoys SHORT walks on the beach.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of dark fruits with sour cherries, roasted chocolate and toffee malts, some oak, and a hint of coffee.
T - Starts off with mix of sour cherries and other sweet dark fruits with some roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and quite a bit of tartness. Through the middle, some oak flavors come through with some more chocolate and sourness. The finish is a mix of sourness, tartness, sour cherries, chocolate, and oak.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour, tart, and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice dark sour beer. The tartness and sourness are nice and strong and balance really nicely with the stout base.
jtclockwork (8415) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to peteinSD. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of cocoa, roasted dark malts, light coffee, tart dark fruits, wild yeast, oak and vanilla. Medium body.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle, courtesy juiceisloose. The pour yields a clear, dark, reddish cherrywood body with a thin, wispy head of khaki colored foam. Quickly, the head settles to a thin film, leaving minimal wet spotting on the glass. The aroma shows a pervasive, odd, milky sourness over a base of dry dark cocoa and ashy roast. The flavor is even further off the mark, suggesting of stale, oxidized, cardboard malts that accompany the sour milkiness, tart dark fruit, and ashy roast. On the palate, the body seems more substantive than 6%, yet it comes across relatively dry and powdery. Strange, ill-conceived brew...or perhaps just poorly executed. Not typical of The Bruery’s sour efforts.
deekyn (1185) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours deep opaque brown with 2 finger chocolate head that dissolves instantly. A - nice aromas of bretts funk and sour lime/lemon peel. Smells like a sour beer. M - very sour beer. Medium bodied brew. High carb. Sour throughout. Nice stout notes hidden in the sour. T - sour lemon/lime zest on the nose. Very subtle notes of coffee, toffee, and burned malts. Lingering subtle salty sour, funk on the end. O - very good sour beer that has hints of stout. Heavy on the sour. Good stuff. 7+
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split amongst friends. Incredible balance between stout and sour. Had that chocolate stout quality mixed with a slight sour funk. Not much else can be said other then it blew my mind.
kbutler1 (1351) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan fluffy head. Dark fruit, roast, and some oak notes in the nose. Light mouthfeel. Much more sour than I would have anticipated. Dark fruit tart sour flavors gives way to a slight roast note that lingers. Nice lacing. Overall, this is a solid dark sour, light and refreshing with a nice sourness and roast level.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to msulinski for sending this bottle out my way. Served in a Bruery tulip and consumed while watching the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series.
Pours near black with a frothy light mocha head and a moderate amount of lacing on the way down. The nose carried a bit of roast and chocolate with moderate coffee. Light cherry and lactic component there as well. Nice and complex. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment after that, as the stout components fall back and there isn’t much to it other than the acidity. Medium body with good carbonation and a nice lactic presence throughout. Quite good, but I wish the stout portion were a bit more prominent.
I’m not sure if this entire batch was soured or if it were blended with a sour beer, but I think using the latter approach with a bit less sourness would be outstanding.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ToD pours a almost pitch black color. Very little head is poured and whatever is there quickly disappears. Good amount of carbonation coming from the glass. Right off the bat you’re greeted with the sourness in the nostrils. Lactic. Behind all of that is some roasted grain, chocolate, cherries, and oak. Sourness is the key here though and that continues on with the taste.
Taste is full of sourness. Mouth puckering at first. But something you get used to as you drink. Cherries once again come through nicely with the sourness kind of taking over any of the real stout like qualities this beer has. The roasted grain and chocolate kind of end up stuck behind but still noticeable. But they did a hell of a job here. Great stuff.
Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation and smooth.