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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mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle. Cola color with tan head. Funky cherry chocolate aroma. Taste is overly tart cherry with nice sweet vanilla Wish it was less tart.

demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Shared 750ml to snifters. Dark pour. Thin ring. Quite tart. Not getting much roast but lots of cherry and vanilla on the finish.

beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown. Very sweet aroma of Cherries. The vanilla comes through a lot more in the flavor than aroma, also has hints of cherry, grape, and a touch of citrus. Very nice beer overall.

Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours black with a hint of red when the light hits it. Thin head with red hue that quickly dissipates to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma is sour cherry with hint of sweet vanilla. Subtle oak and cranberry undertones. Taste is sour cherry upfront followed by roastiness and perception of sweetness from vanilla. Ends with a loooong sourness. Medium body. Overall very good. A little too sour but well done for pushing the limits. I would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

jtclockwork (18159) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber tan head. Nose/taste of vanilla, cheap cherries, toffee, cocoa and sour oak. Medium body. Tart acidic vinegar finish.

madmitch76 (27395) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2014
28th November 2014
Bottle share at Bruce’s pad. Murky dark red - brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light, dry and crisp. Pretty tart cherry but unlike my bros I didn’t think was acidic. Mild vanilla on the back end. Touch of balsamic vinegar in the crisp dry finish. Very tart, but drinkable.

PartyFowle (954) - - DEC 13, 2014
Murky dark chocolate hue with an inch of cinnamon-colored fizz. Aroma is an odd mixture of cocoa powder, French vanilla, blackberry, white vinegar. A mild funk and green oak. The flavor showcases more tart cherry and wild dark berry, backed up with mild vanilla and surrounded by bracing acidity. This seems more tart than the original -- instant heartburn. The vanilla adds a nice wrinkle to the overall flavor, but the cherries seem to have made the brew far too acidic for my tastes.

Desverger (14658) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle (Thanks to Colin) - brown reddish pour with off-white head. Aroma and taste of dark cherries and berries, sharp tart on the palate, light vanilla nuance throughout, lovely.

mR_fr0g (14768) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Colin for muling. Aroma is lovely sweet and sour dark tart cherry, vanilla, smokey cherry. Also nice funky note on the nose as well. oily dark caramel pour with no head. Flavour is huge puckering tart acid , tart cherry, raspberry. Also a little bit of sweetness rounds it out nicely palate is very sharp, viscous and highish carbonation. Long clean tart cherry lingering. Very nice.

Leighton (23679) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Kenneth. Pours cloudy brown with a frothy tan head. Lots of tart berries in the aroma, some grape skins, rich cherries. Light to medium sweet flavor, lightly acetic, with nips of cinnamon, dried cherries, other rich berries. Medium bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Finishes with more tart, lightly acetic berries, some gritty sand. Quenching and tangy, with light tongue-blistering tartness. Pretty good.

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