Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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floydslip (330) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cola-colored beer with a thin, nearly non-existent light beige head. Sour nose of root beer bottle cap candy, aged dark vinegar, and ripe plums. Flavor is quite sour and bracing with a bit of caramelized sweetness supporting it. Balsamic vinegar, hints of cocoa, lemon curd, wood, and even a bit of smoke vie for prominence, but everything is really secondary to a citric acid type sourness that coats the palate.
Mark_Eck (1774) - - JUL 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown. Aroma and taste are tart dark fruits and some coffee notes.
kidmartinek (4584) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep plum color. Off white head. Flavor is a lot of chocolate and some dark fruit. Its finish is only a little tart. A good desert beer.
Lubiere (12689) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet chocolate malt with light Brett, light lactic notes, light vanilla extract and licorice, pleasing. In mouth, a tart intense lemon juice with light chocolate notes, light Brett, very intense. On tap at Placentia location.
drowland (7868) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/1/16. 750mL bottle from Five Points. Black pour with a small tan head that sizzles away. Nice aroma, sourness hits first, acidic and cherries, followed by hot chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Good flavor, plenty sour, cherries, acidic, lingering vanilla, coffee and toffee, chocolate. Tasty!
BeerRenter76 (719) - Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like stouts and i like sour ales, but i just dont like them together, with that said this wasnt that bad. Both attributes of both styles come out with the sourness being heavy over the stout. Decent roasted malts, the tartness covered the sweetness of the stout.
StilleStorm (1407) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
DWF; Bottle large, drunk at Hall Toll. Pours smal, black with bobble with a short lived tan head. Nose is heavy, sour vinegar, light coffe and chocolate, Taste is heavy sour and lasting. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation soft.
andrepintado (2627) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle at cerveteca. Dark brown color. Thin beige head. Light sweetness, medium high sourness. Aroma is high chocolate, balsamic, roasted, wood, vanilla.
kevd193213 (988) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep purple brownish pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of black cherries, red wine, citrus and soy sauce. Very, very drinkable with a nice sour tart finish.
thorongil2 (2216) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) clear, bright, dark brown colour with no head; aroma starts with woody red wine; then cherries, dried fruit; sour flavour with a long, strong sour finish