The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Cherries & Vanilla

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Sour Stout aged in oak barrels with cherries and vanilla beans. With a roasty aroma and a tart finish, this sour black ale is a contortion of style and flavor.

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JaBier (8307) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours darkest brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, sour cherry and light vanilla. Malty flavor giving way to sour cherry and creamy vanilla before a super sour finish.

Marheb (6238) - Montréal, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2016
(En fût à la source): Un nez extrêmement vanillé et fruité qui ne laisse pas présager l’assaut d’acidité qui va suivre. La cerise, la vanille et le chocolat se fusionnent plutôt bien. Mission accomplie.

koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2016
750 mL bottle shared with Doug and Chris. This is one of the most underrated not-really-a-true-style-yet: the sour stout. I love it. The pour is darker brown with a thin ring of light khaki colored head that really doesn’t leave any lace. The aroma is good. There is a nice tartness to it, but there is a strong chocolate and roastiness. The cherry really pops, and the vanilla is light. There is a light oak on the back end. The flavors are awesome. There is a bit more vanilla in the flavor. The cherry really pops, and the tartness I love. Big and sour with a nice roasty malt and darker fruit to keep in check, Light cocoa on the back end just adds to the complexity. The mouth feel is a little messy. It’s got a thicker body for a sour, but it;s light for a stout as well. The carbonation is a little brighter, The aftertaste is all tart cherries with vanilla and chocolate. It’s damn good. I need to find more sour stouts so they can be their own style!

_angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Milsem. Pours hazy black with a small frothy mocha head that leaves some sparse trace on the glass. Smell is malty and fruity with roasted malts, dark bread, lemon juice, cherries, vanilla, hay, moist soil, burnt wood, coffee and cocoa. Taste is heavy sour and fruity. Mouthfeel is dry, heavy tart, extremely mouth-puckering, throat burning and medium bodied. Finish is extremely sour with roasted malts, lemon juice, lime juice, sour cherries, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, moist soil and pretty much plain acid... Fairly sure this could melt an aircraft carrier. Fuck that’s sour!!! I do like the cherry and vanilla presence but come on. This isn’t reasonable!

hackobock (4095) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2017 February 26, 2016. Bottle, shared by Milsem, thanks!

Dark brown with a small brownish head. Aroma is sweet cherries, vanilla, light roasted notes, almond
Taste is sour and sour, hints of vanilla with a dry finish, very light roastiness, hints of vanilla. Light to medium bodied, dry.

Intriguing aroma with vaniilla and cherries but very sour. ...

AdmiralVernon (1200) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
A: Almost black with a hint of purple, no head. N: Vanilla, cherry, oak T: Vanilla, cherry, cinnamon O: Extreme sour! Loads of spices! Its so much in so many ways!

fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2016
From the bottle at Stone Anniversary festival. Amazing beer. Dark and fruity and sour and cherry and chocolate and heaven.

GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
Murky brown with a minimal head. Aroma is cherry, vanilla, hint of medicine and fruity smoke. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, sour on the palate with an underlying sweetness. Taste is cherry, vanilla, sour dark fruits.

bytemesis (9326) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2016 Bottle. Pours deep mahogany, reddish tint. Fizzy beige head, dissipates to nothingness with minimal lacing. Aroma is cherry, roast and vanilla all present and accounted for. Lemon, oak, cocoa as well. Flavor is medium plus tart, dry, cherries and roasted cocoa malts, lemon, oak tannins, light musty basement, vinous notes. Medium body, pretty high carbonation. Starts out nice but gets old fast.

knickskicks (1168) - - NOV 20, 2015
Hazy muddy maroon-brown with a thin beige head that dissipates. Nose is huge tart cherries, very lactic, some cinnamon. Taste is very tart cherries, lactic, some sweetness (vanilla?) in the middle and then lingering tart cherries.

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