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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with a ruby hue making it look almost dark purple, and had an average (1-2 finger) light tan fizzy head that dissipated in seconds and left behind virtually no lacing. The aroma was rather tart right up front along with some chocolate malts and a musty sour Brett yeast with notes of dark chocolate, berries, a slight red wine odor and a bit of cask. The taste was very tart from the get go with a slightly sweet roasty taste and a hint of chocolate that almost went unnoticed, and then became very sour and extremely fruity which lasted pretty much throughout with a mild woody taste at the very end. The flavor hung around for an average duration following the swallow, with a fruity roasty tartness fading away at a slow steady pace. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mildly soft carbonation. Overall this is a brew that is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a good Sour Ale with a really dark side this one is for you. I found it to be exceptionally tasty and quite sour with a really smooth drinkability. I am definitely getting more of this before I no longer can....


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshmcg000 (387) - Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2016
2014 edition. Funk and roast aroma. Sour, roast malts,oak and vanilla. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (1042) - NORWAY - MAR 25, 2016
Flaske. Svart uklar farge. Lavt karbonert uten skum. Smaker druestein,eple,eddik,eik. Meget bra

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danlo (2134) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle. The Bruery 2013 Edition. Pours a black-brown colour with a reddish tinge and tan foam head that diminishes. Aroma of sour plum, woody oak, vanilla, soya sauce, funk. Taste is tart dark fruity plum, berries, cherry, sour and sweet, funky, balsamic vinegar notes, with woody oak & vanilla, spice and some drying tannins. Slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, sour oaky earthy finish. Very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1517) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Clear mahogany pour with an off white head that fades quickly. Aroma is vinegar, roasted malt, and tart fruits. Taste is tart berries, cider vinegar, earthy, and wood. Light body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - JAN 11, 2016
750 ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of Constantin. Almost black color with beige head. Yeasty and malty aroma, funky, barnyard notes, tart fruity, vinous, wood. Sweet and acidic taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Dirishman (2) - Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
This sour is incredible. I'm a huge fan! I use this to celebrate at times most people would pop a bottle of bubbly. Every sip gets better and better as it slowly decreases in temp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
blueshockey24 (308) - Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Bomber. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is sour chocolate and oak. taste is sour with a faint chocolate appearance plus oak. Finish is tart. Not my thing but it has a lot going on.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc1762 (521) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 2014 Version poured into a teku showing dark black center and transparent coffee rims with sparse quickly fading latte foam. The nose shows a mix of brett, vanilla, with brett taking more on the first impression and more towards the oak and vanilla upon warming up. The palate is moderately carbonated and surprisingly light bodied. The first impression shows a shrewd Italian wine-like vanilla flavor with a strong tartness. Flavors of light plums and cassis reminiscent of a full bodied wine. The tartness combines with the vanilla for a slight adzuki sweetness that stays from the mid-palate towards the finish. Very slightly astringent and tannic, just enough to keep it pleasant. A cross between a wine and a sour beer. Although probably deserving of a higher score, I found it a bit too light bodied for a stout (bordering on a porter) and lacking any smooth carbonation to make up for it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Pours a deep dark almost black color with quick dissipating head. Aromas of dark fruits, vinegar, and some woody notes. Deep vinous flavors of plums, wood, and some foeder.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DandyWolfFloyd (977) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Aroma - black cherry, must, white grape, barnyard yeast Appearance - black body. Off-white head about 1/2". Settles into a ring, with some foam. Taste - sour and sweet! Bo-fucking-dacious! This has is sweet and sour cherry, white grape, must, barnyard must. Shades of Chardonnay to boot! Palate - body is medium, texture vinuous, carbonation is lively, finish sour and dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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