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RATINGS: 520   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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisSc (210) - Lille, FRANCE - OCT 25, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Appearance: Jet black. No head. at all. Aroma: Straight up lactic acid. Very tart nose. Nothing else. Taste: Tartness. Nothing else. Palate: Thin body, light carbonation. Long finish. Overall: A little one dimensional. It does tart very well, but there is a not a lot else to the beer. Hard to drink more than a little bit of this beer.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
berntholer (944) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2014
light beige head that disappears without lacing. dark brown colour. aroma is tart, some roasted malts, some vanilla. taste is roasted malts, vanilla, but puckering sour like drinking lemonjuice. no balance whatsoever. rather thin bodied, medium carbonation. not a very good sour and neither a sour stout. great, i think my teeth just got corroded by of drinking this :/ bottle 75cl

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7150) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle at DØE Rødovre. Low fluffy off-white quickly disappearing head. Clear dark red brown body. Brett dominated sour berries aroma. Sour lemon vinegar berries flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (274) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, brown sugar, vinegar. Taste is vinegar, raisins, malts. Great beer. Should indeed make more stuff in this style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
maddmatt639 (264) - Pacifica, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014
No retention and no lacing. Smells of chocolate, wood chips and grapes. Tastes like tart grapes and sweet stoutieness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
darb85 (67) - Canton, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Great aroma. But tastes like grape juice. Really tart. Totally a sour but was under porters and stouts. Meh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Pour is deep brown with slight red tints and a medium tan head. Aroma and flavor of sour mash, cherries, oak chips, and slight roast. The stout base is almost completely overpowered by the souring. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1002) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar SF. Pours a pitch black with no head. Wow nose is tart as fuck - loads of damp wood, acid, dark fruits and earthy tones. Taste is more of the same with brown sugar sweetness and vinegar. So sour. So fuking good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dapierce17 (110) - Pasco, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2014
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. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfc514 (66) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2014
One of my favorite beers. A hard hitting, puckering sour that finishes with a faintly sweet, roasty flavor of a stout. A truly unique beer that deserves to be tried by everyone.


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