The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Cherries & Vanilla

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

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
WillRunForBeer (2727) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle from some nice RS members, thanks guys! Pours murky brown with a faint rim of off white head. Aroma is sour cherry, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste has lots of tart cherry, hints of vanilla, oak,

3.5
AirForceHops (7675) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased from RS. Pitch black color, light bubbly, fizzy. Aroma is mild notes of vanilla, with a huge amount of sour cherry. Flavor has the tart of darkness base with a huge amount sour cherry, the cherry overshadows the vanilla on my taste buds. Mild funk with more of a tart feel, just like the standard TOD. Mouthfeel is mostly just tart, good but I don’t get much of the vanilla, could be just me.

3.9
AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2014
750ML through Bruery RS @ Fridge Temp. Thanks Eric for Trusteeing, split 3 ways in snifters.

A - Very dark brown with these nice red cherry hues, 2 finger head that faded slowly. Gushed only slightly and at a slow pace.

S - Nose is just loaded with tart lemon, wine, oak and a lot of sour cherry. I only get Vanilla very lightly

T - There’s a ton of vanilla in this beer. So much vanilla, lots of sour cherry. This is more sour than regular ToD, a ton of cherry and it’s just intense. i get a little balsamic up front and oaky finish with more cherry

M - Moderate mouthfeel, not too thin really has a good feeling, hard to explain though

O - I enjoyed this more than I expected. I like ToD a lot but was nervous the cherry and vanilla would be too much. It is a lot but really nice!


4.3
budznsudz (583) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Dark pour with not much head. Aroma of sour candy and funky toe cheese of my wildest dreams. Insane boost, cherry vanilla vortex smacks my stout loving tongue on its ass. Glad I’m a Preservation society member. This one’s a winner.

4
marcus (10560) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle from The Bruery. Pours near black with a tiny tan head and a chocolate cherry aroma. There is a very sour cherry flavor over a chocolate base and a vanilla aftertaste.

4
oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bottle from the bruery.com taste is punch you in the mouth sour. With some cherry and vanilla coming in at the end

4
hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Lots of cherries, vanilla, woody/oakiness, and dark fruits. Tart finish.

4
Travlr (25749) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle shared by Garret at Salud, thank you sir! Dark maroon purple color, beige head. Nice aroma of dark sour cherries soaked in vanilla. Taste has big vanilla, plums, cherries, subtle lemon, nice tart sourness. Delicious.

4.1
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, sour, chocolate, a bit of fruit, lactose. Taste is creamy, very sour, creamy, smooth, rich. Overall, great.

3.3
77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2014
750 ml. bottle. Obtained in a trade. Thank you! Sour RIS with cherries & vanilla. This is the kind of everything but the kitchen sink stuff that only an USA brewery can made. Bless them. Very slow gusher. Dark brown, very little tanned head that fizzes away a bit like a soft drink. Strange nose, strangely strong sweetness, mix. between cacao, power sugar & Coca-Cola Vanilla. Taste is lactic soda, cacao, bizarre mix of sweet and sour, lactic sour with power sugar sweetness, lots of sour cherry peel, lots of cherry pits, lactic soda finish, Coca-Cola Vanilla, Sprite, artificial lemon sourness, much thinner, fizzier than the base version. USA sour with sour lemonade, sour red grapes. Sourness is strong & feels artificial, lemon-extract like. There is a huge lingering lemon-extract finish, puckering. Followed by a cacao finish. This is not traditionally sour, it is the kind of sour that really makes you stomach turn in a very extreme way. I can see this stuff really upsetting your stomach. Makes your throat burn after a while. This feels unintentional & definite step back from the regular version. A very strange beer that feels almost like something that shouldn’t have been released. I cannot pinpoint what the issue is here but the fact that it is so soft drink like is somewhere up there. This is the weirdest lemonade I ever had.


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