msante79 (2216) - 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 (1075) - 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 (2021) - Alexandria, Virginia, 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 it’s tart. Slick lighter to medium body with subtler carbonation. Good stuff, but perhaps not overly drinkable for me...minor quibble.
jbeatty (1215) - 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 (4847) - 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.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big ol’ bomber. Split with Janine. Pours bloody murky amber/brown with a thin, fizzy tan head which fades and disappears almost instantly. Aroma of chocolate, barnyard funk, plums, currants and vinegar. Taste is dominated by the sourness; pure dry, tongue-cutting sourness with a bit of malty, chocolate chalkiness on the finish. Palate is thin and dry. Acid-laden, tart sour. Very cool, interesting sour.
Dodgrblu (684) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at Raegan’s First Birthday party, nice sourness some beer flavor, good sour.
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Provisions. Aroma and flavor of a sour stout. It was almost like the bitterness of the stout was converted directly into the sourness. Pretty damn good beer, but it fell slightly short of expectations from friends' referrals.
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pineypower (2790) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared much thanks to Jay at Dmac’s. Pours out dark brown with a tiny lacing of an off white head. Aroma is of light roast, funky tartness, leather and some vinegar. Taste is complex, nice sour/vinous tartness, roast, some leather, funk, oak, in a great balance. Complex and very well done.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chuck’s. Pours light black with a bit of sediment, minimal head. Smell is funky, not getting much of the stout, the sour overpowers it. Taste is vinegar and acid. Sort of reminds me of La Folie. Good sour.