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RATINGS: 625   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle Poured a dark brown color with a thin covering of dark tan head that fell to a ring. Aroma has medium acidity, tart cherry, dark malt, and some wood. Mouth feel is light and there is good carbonation. Flavor is really quite sour with big pucker factor. Dark malted body but little roast and some cherry and dark fruit. Really one dimensional especially for a sour released such a short time ago. I got a bit more into it after getting over the initial shock.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Black like a porter; fizzy tan head. Smells like an American sour up front; also some burnt woody stout smells if you smell harder. Taste is 90% sour / 10% stout. Very tart up front, with a juicy sour blueberry or blackberry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8317) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle thanks to the Boise crew. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. A rich sour nose with roast and char. The flavor is quite nice: a big stout with roast, chocolates and a dominant tart cherry and barrel. Nice. A bit like a smaller Root Cellar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stebernardi (9) - - AUG 29, 2012 does not count
Pours exactly like a cola. Super sour aroma, can't really grab anything else other than cherries. Very carbonated on the palate and too sour at the firs taste, becomes more enjoyable once you can taste some fruit and spices. Really needs some food! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours like a cola with a slight ruby tint, above average carbonation, and a small quick tan head. smell is sour, woody, a touch of dark fruit, and a wee bit of spice. taste is thin and sticky, tart of wild yeast, cocoa, and dark fruit. ends tart and a little dry.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5578) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Sour cherry and oak nose. Clear mahogany, thick tan head. Sour cherry flavor, but unusually oaky. Finishes with a faint whisper of soot. The wood really comes through nicely in this one, and with no extraneous spirits, just oak. I like that. The unbarreled liquid is fairly simple though, not a lot of nuance. I was really hoping for something with a greater roasted malt presence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle with Chris and Jay. Pours black with thin tan head. Very tart for a stout. Not enough roasted malt or other stout flavors. Good sour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Dear lord this is sour. Too sour. And I love my sours. Let this sit for a while so you can taste the rest of it.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
First batch. Black in color, little head. Aroma is red fruit and sour. Taste is super sour, vinegar, lemony. Thin body with fizzy carbonation. This beer is too sour, not good enough flavor, not my thing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours dark and a bit thin with a whitish head. The aroma is acidic and citrusy but there is little contribution from the malts. Flavor is similar. Overwhelmingly lemon sour with some strong pucker. Not terribly acidic. Pretty one-dimensional.


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