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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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We brewed a stout (no, not Black Tuesday, this one is only 5% abv if you can believe it), but we then decided to throw it into oak barrels...and added our special blend of souring bacterias and yeasts. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty sour stout. Not a style you see too often - and in our opinion, not a style you see often enough.
Originally part of the Provisions series.


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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Incredible sourness laid upon a dark and mysterious base. Flavors come out in new and evoking ways with dark grains, fruit and palate-piercing acidity. Aptly named, Tart of Darkness is as ominous, dreary and shaddowy as it sounds. Opening with a dark plumb color with tawny bronze low lights, the beer simmers in the glass with tepid carbonation to give the ale a slight coffee-like appearance. Its dark and ruddish appearance is slightly haze and gives the ale a rather rusty darkness. Sparse on lacing, the ale almost prefers wine-like appearances over that of ale. Savory and tart, the aromas nearly cause sweating and mouth whetting with its utter sour fruit character. Black cherries, plumbs, blackberries, blackcurrants and red grapes give a highly tangy but robust scent. A musty aura of sea air, weathered oak and saddle leather add to the beer's boisterous scent. However, its the vinous wine-like character that joins into notes of soy sauce, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and balsamic for a highly complex nose. To taste, the beer's fruit strikes first- plumb and black cherry leading the way. But the savory sourness rises next with balsamic, merlot, sour plumbs, tangy berries and grapes to give the beer a wildly wine-like and briny character. Its thin sweetness seems to give the dark fruit a sense of "ripeness" before its dry cider taste takes hold. Yet a toastier, chocolaty and coffee taste lurks deep in the backdrop and assists in the beer's bold complexity. Medium-dry early, the beer's dark fruit and slim sweetness thwarts its light carbonation to go from creamy to toasty-dry in a hurry. Its jaw-piercing acidity provides plumb skin astringency to heighten its sourness in finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2953) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
From a brown 750ml bottle at RBAG 2015, pt 2. Deep brown in colour, thin beige head. Aroma has cola, cherry, balsamic vinegar, sour lemon. Taste is sour and lemony. Very acidic brew. Hard to pick anything else out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1257) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle (2013) to taster Black currant, sourness, a light touch of malt and vanilla. Dark reddish brown, but no head. The sourness hits you hard, and overpowers all other flavours, until it fades, then a slight maltiness comes out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Pours a black color with basically no head. Aroma of tartness from the wild yeast with roasty undertones and slight hint of oak. Flavor is dominated by the sour tartness. The roasted flavors of the stout are barely present in the palate. The do blend nicely tho.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (7693) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle - Tart blackberry notes and some balsamic wood notes. Deep brown with a small beige head. Up front puckering tartness and acidity with no remnants of stout. My teeth hurt.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (366) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 29, 2015
Black colored, weak tan head, almost only a ring. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, oak, fruity wine with some sour notes, Brett. Taste is strong sourness, winey, oak, funky with some chocolate and roasted malt notes, dry tart finish. Medium bodied and light to moderate carbonation. Unfortunately sours are not my thing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steve_0 (3347) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Botte at home with Jason. Pour is deep brown with a small tan head and decent lacing. Tangy, sour vinegar, lightly roasty, grapey and green apples in the aroma. Taste is tangy, red wine vinegar, dark grapes, some roast, green apples, and citrus with a bid acidic finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Bleh.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ericLep (10) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2015
750 ml. Dark. Incredible flavor with great finish. Easy to drink if you are a sour fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (836) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle from BCS. Pours a deep dark brown with a minimal head. Nose is all sour goodness, with some muscat, oak and gooseberry present. The taste has a nice wine-like quality to it. Lots of tannins and sourness that lingers on the palate. Some of the roast comes out as it warms up but it also gets more sour as it warms. Body is very wine-like. Great stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (2146) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Old 2013 batch bottle. Poured a hazy dark Brown colour with a tanned head. Nose has sour cherries, tart vinegar, not a lot of roasted notice, tart fruits. Some sweet notes in the aftertaste. Grapeskin, and Some sweetness of chocolate or caramel. Some dusty horseblanket in the start. Pretty surprising. Better as the sour in the rye

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
youdictategood (415) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2015
Bottle. Very dark pour with a small, slightly ruby-tinged off-white head. Aroma of cherry tarts and burnt sugar. The sourness does not overpower the flavor - still get some stone fruit and chocolate in there. Good stuff.


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