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RATINGS: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle - thanks Greg! Huge sour cranberry / cherry aroma and taste. Rich dark pour and a minimal head. Aggressive and excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2012
The pour is a very dark brown with garnet highlights an a moderate, tan, fizzy head which is fully diminishing. The nose is quite sourish with tart cherries, balsamic lacto notes, barnyard funk, slight roast, and faint dry oak notes. The flavor is very sour dominant with tart cherries, red currants, cranberries, very slight cocoa, and similar barnyard funk. The palate is fizzy, medium, drying, and velvety. The finish is drying with plenty of tart fruit still, funk, and a hefty bit of acidity. Much more sour beer than stout, I didn't get more than a slight roast and cocoa under the funk and sour fruit. Nice sour from a nice brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bomber. Pours nearly black with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is lots of tartness. Wrinkle up the nose tart goodness, to be exact. Flavor is extremely tart, good bit of cherries and dark fruit, moderately acidic and vinegary. Takes some concentration, but then you get the roasted malt, some oak, touch of chocolate, particularly in the long finish. Kinda weird but very good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured into a tulip. Batch 2 (2012) from the super awesome Black Tuesday barrels. Big thanks to bigsippin for helping this get to me. 3.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is below average as it quickly fizzes away and no lacing is left. Edit: Strange enough, the final pour with lots of yeast made really sticky lacing. 3.5 S: Tart and moderately acetic nose. Big cherry component along with mixed berry. Balsalmic vinegar with tangy lactic funk. Light roastiness. Not a lot of the more typical funk components overall though. No basement or barn. Rather, this is more fruity and vinegary. The Black Tuesday comes out as this warms up. You can detect the residual leathery bourbon and chocolate. 3.5 T: Like the nose, this is all about fruit and vinegar. Loads of tart cherries and berries. Balsalmic vinegar and vinous tart grape. Some tangy funk, moderate roastiness, and hints of coffee and chocolate. Again, not a lot of traditional funk. Oak with just the slightest hint of tannins. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not really creamy at all. Reasonably smooth considering how acetic it is. 3.5 D: I’m starting to feel that the Bruery should start making artisanal vinegars instead of wild ales. Most of the stuff they make is acetic acid-forward. While still good, I’m more of a fan of complex funk (which is why I choose 3F over Cantillon most of the time). In any case, I’m glad I have a few more since this will definitely scratch the acetic sour itch that I get occasionally. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-04-2012 00:30:34

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Black with a big tan effervescent quickly fading head... Big bubbles... Berry cherry lightly Bretty tart aroma, lightly sweet, perhaps some choc and coffee notes... Lively tart berry roasty flavor quite complex, lightly creamy.. Flavorful, medium body, kinda dry finish... Simply awesome...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown to black with a small, effervescent light tan head, very short retention with no lacing. Aroma is acetic cherry, plum, and berry with light toast and cookie malt, funky barnyard notes and earthy hops. Flavor is heavy tart and acetic fruits with light malt, no hops and bitterness, and a dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2012
bottle shared at Dadtoberfest. Nice sour, rich and fruit. Dark fruit, plums and raisins. Dark chocolate stout profile with a layer of fruity tarts. A well balanced effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3672) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2012
From the bottle at Big Beers. Pretty interesting beer. Pours like a dark porter but definitely has a sour, vinous aroma. Flavor trends more to the sour side with a little lactose but there’s also some roasted malt in there too.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2012
On draft at mekong. Very dark brown pour with soapy light tan head with sticky lacing. Very Nice sour and slightly acidic brew. Would never have known the base style was a stout unless I was told. But still a great sour. Too bad it costs an ARM and a leg.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle shared by rschnake...thanks Rob! - Pours black wtih a ring of tan head. Nose is malty red wine, cherry, and malt vinegar. Taste ratchets up the malt vinegar tartness even more, with a little roast that shows itself up front and on the long finish. A bit thin body with a little carbonation. The jacked-up tartness really obscures most of the stout character, and it’s pretty weird, but in the end it’s still pretty tasty.


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