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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JerzGina (6) - - AUG 31, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coming from someone who loves their sours, this is a fanatic pick. Itís sweet and sour. The after taste is pleasant. Smells of sweet cherries.
abcfan (715) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer fits its description! Pours black with a thin off white head. Aroma is full of sour fruit. Very bubbly in the mouth like hundreds tiny of pins. Finishes tart / sour throughout.
Gamin (98) - - AUG 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very very tart! Sour right from the get go and very delicious. It's called a sour stout and it looks it but tastes to me more like an extra sour Flanders brown.
nealblind (750) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strange dark red brown no head. Big aroma of leather chocolate, creamy yeast, cherries wood. Can smell it from far away. tastes sour cherries, granny smiths dunked in coco. slight whisky slight wood. Acidic palate. not enough stout contribution on mouthfeel, or flavor.
Beergeek23322 (2234) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/23/2014. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Tart, funky aromas with dark fruit. Hints on oak. Excellent balance and very complex. Outstanding!
andrewje41 (396) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft pour at Bambinos. Pours super dark with a sour fruit, cherry aroma. No head on this one, but who cares when it tastes this good. Cherry flavor at first with a really long, tart, amazing finish. This is a very special beer, and so far, I have to say itís the best beer Iíve had. This is coming from somebody who seek out sour ales and Iíve been looking for beers exactly like this one. Canít say enough about this one. The closest to a perfect beer Iíve come across. If you love beer, you might want to try this one. If you love sour ales, this is a must try beer. Before I start rambling, long story short, I loved this beer.
brigg (509) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 (Draft at Brookland Pint in DC) Interesting blend of styles; definitely comes across as more of a sour than a stout. Dark brown body with a beige head. Tart, fruit brett aroma. Medium body. Flavor is nicely tart, cherries, caramel, wood, vinegar; moderately sweet with dry finish.
JHeath99 (925) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with an almost reddish hint with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma of tart and oak. Taste of sourness, dark chocolate, and oak.
kaser (2643) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good for a sour - still trying to appreciate these. Black pour. Made my cheeks suck in on first drink. Tasty. Like a sour wine cooler but of course much better. Cherry and jolly rancher shit. Not sure how to describe sours. Had this on draft at Jerry's in Andersonville, part of a flight.
radio_nowhere (797) - Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Madrones in Frederick, MD. Served in a snifter glass, deep black color with off-white head. Aroma of vinegar, tart, red wine, light chocolate and fruity. Taste adds berries, sugar and faint oak. Light body, low-moderate carbonation, acidic, crisp with tangy slight smoky finish. Way more sour than stout, very good.