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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday®. We then brought them over to Bruery Terreux, added our special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts and watched nature take its course. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough. This unique stout has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak.


swesson's rating

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swesson (308) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
As the other reviewers have said, this is a very different beer, reminiscent of the old Sam Adams reserve from about 17 years ago. No carbonation, a bit of licorice and tastes like a sour patch kid. I would rather have a stout or an IPA with a lot of hops for a sour taste. This beer has neither. I guess I don't know what all the fuss is about. I am not impressed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1466) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bruery Tart of Darkness - On tap at bruery. Pour is mohagany with a thin, quickly dissipating, khaki head. Aroma is sour vinous fruit, caramel, oak, and light bourbon. Flavor is sweet with lots of complex balsamic like notes. Sour cherry, plum, raisin, all sit on a sturdy malt backbone. Underlying roast, light coffee, cocoa, toffee, and oak sit in the background allowing the sour character to shine rather than overpowering it. Light to moderate sweetness is cleaned up with a balanced tart balsamic finish. Wasn’t sure how this was gonna play out but i’m pretty impressed. Had to make sure to pick up a few bottles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5116) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Draught @ The Bruery, Placentia, CA Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of tart berries, sourish notes, oak, wood, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is sour, oaky and woody with some berries, hints of oak and vanilla. Finish is smooth and bourbony with some sourness, vinous notes, roastiness and vanilla. Interesting. Starts out quite aggressive but the bourbon smoothens nicely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7492) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Draught @ The Bruery Tasting Room, Placentia, CA as "Tart of Darkness 2015". Pours a deep ruby brown colour with a small off-white head. Very complex aroma of deep rich blackcurrant, raspberries, wood and gooseberry bush. Flavour of pungent sour red berries, wood, red wine, tannine, vinegar and rather smooth vanilla notes. Full bodied. Brilliant balance and loads of flavour. Complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7642) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Draught @ the brewpub as "Tart of Darkness 2015". Aroma is tartish with vinegar and red wine. Flavour is very tart and acidic with vinegar, red wine and some woody tones. A dark and sour beer I like - you do not see a lot of these.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroadestTom (217) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Aroma dark fruits, Appearance brown, white foam, Taste medium sweetness, medium sourness, Palate medium body, fizzy, Overall a sour dark fruit taste that is very pleasant. I would suggest this beer to a friend

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockey9930 (171) - - AUG 16, 2015
Totally opaque black. Bourbon and raisin aroma. Very tart plum, raisin and blueberry. Medium bodied and oily.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kanderso43 (16) - - AUG 15, 2015
Sour and Merlot to the nose, black with a small tan head. Flavored of sour cherries, smoke, and slight caramel. Well worth the $20 for the bottle!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2641) - GERMANY - AUG 15, 2015
Pitch black color with no head. Nose of tart cherries, sour before even drinking it. Full body with hints of toasted grains that get overpowered with mouth puckering cherry sour in the sides of the mouth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YogiBeera (2551) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Pitch black, no head. Sour cherry nose. Surprisingly mellow cherry sourness , just shy of being flat but interesting. Refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroSpud (1880) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Sampled at Julio’s "Funk Fest". Interesting take on a sour beer and one that agrees with me. The stout side is light enough to allow the sour notes to come through but still has enough malt flavors that combine to make a really tasty brew.


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