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RATINGS: 480   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


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (409) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Interesting choice to use a regular stout instead of something bigger - they made the right decision IMO. The flavor is very sour, with some subtle sweet and roasty malt flavors in the finish. Light to medium bodied. Very good beer and extra points for innovation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syndicate (72) - Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2013 edition. Poured dark brown with almost no head. Nose was barnyard funk, unrippened fruit, and earthy. As soon as i tasted it, it reminded me of tart green apples. I was really surprised at how much i enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Sampled at a STL tasting - Pours reddish brown with a tannish head. The aroma has roastiness, light cherry, some lactic sourness and a bit of cream. It has a medium / light body that is very refreshing and has sharp carbonation. The taste has lots of berry & cherry sourness along with some citrus, mild roast and stone fruits. The finish has a citrus / vinegar sourness. Not what I expected, but liked this a lot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (260) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Nose is strong lacto acidity, mild oak in background. Flavor is again heavily acidic, with mild roasty/nutty accents in the background. Barrel comes through more in mouthfeel than flavor with moderate tannins that add some nice structure. Very nice but not super complex, I think one more flavor component would make this really special.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1869) - SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2014
Pours black with minimal, nearly non-existant, light tan head. Aroma of cherries, wood, dates, figs, raisins, light chocolate, and bretta. Taste is fairly heavy cherry tart, light chocolate and vanilla notes in the background, then a loooong sour finish. Body is light and crisp with average to lively carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WillRunForBeer (554) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle shared by Nick, thanks! Pours coca cola amber with a off white head. Aroma is potent acetic, cherry, oak. Taste is really tart and cherry and oak. It’s very much like a good Flemish red. Just my style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1242) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours a dark black like oil, with minimal head. Cocoa, tartness, sour cherries, and some other dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes tart and long.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chuckstout (243) - Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2014
2013 7%- aroma with tartness, cherries, some cocoa. Pours a deep black with no head retention. Nice complex profile, unripe apricot, funk, earth, horse blanket, nice acidity and mouthfeel. Really good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (919) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
750mL bottle. Pours a dark brown with an airy off-white cap that vanishes quick. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, cookie, and sour funk. Taste is sour and tart, with a late sweetness. Low carbonation, dry and sticky mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bergstaden (1179) - Røros, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
Black with a small brown head - Sour malt aroma with roasted malt, wood and some notes of vinegar - Sour malt body with some roasted malt, fruits and some Wood - The gentle sourness goes into a long finish with some roasted malt notes - This was real good


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