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: 75   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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3.3
77ships (11481) - 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.

4.1
daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Very dark brown pour, tan head. Finally a tart of darkness that I liked! The cherry and vanilla take away some of the tart malty notes that I find a bit offensive in this style. Sour, but not puckering. Very tasty brew.

3.9
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle: Mild gusher. Murky, super swampy & exceedingly dark brown color, light-tan colored, fuzzy head that fades quickly to a collar. Aroma includes sour lacto, musty & wet oak, cherry skin, a small touch vanilla, & some tart redcurrant. Slight inclusion of roasted malt on the base, but it’s mostly a sour doozy. Taste... Wow! Great. Very, very sour! Balsamic vinegar soaked cherry skins, light oaky cinnamon notes, slight tannins, a bigger vanilla presence on the palate with an acidic, sharp finish of lemon, cherry, & vinegar. Nice woody presence, start to finish. Lingering vinegar notes & a strong lingering lactic tartness, with a touch of yogurt. Puckering finish. This isn’t a stout, this is a sour brown. A damn tasty one, at that.

4.1
djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is cherry skin, oak, vanilla, roast. Medium mouthfeel with nice vanilla, tart cherry, light oak, sweet finish. Very impressive.

3.9
ineedbeer (2297) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
On tap at the Bruery. Aroma is rather unique with some dark fruit sour notes and light chocolate and roast. Medium light caramel and toffee with light oak notes. Not much vanilla, but the cherry and vanilla seem to help round out the vinegar like acidity the the regular version exhibits. Pours a murky brown with light brown and ruby hues. No head or lacing and small legs. Flavor has a medium light sweetness with balanced tartness that gets stronger in the finish. Medium chocolate notes with light roast, toffee and caramel. Faint vanilla and medium light cherry with moderate berry notes. Hint of alcohol and light oak notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, while the vanilla is faint it and the cherry add a nice complexity that helps round out the acidity that I find a bit sharp in the regular version.

4.1
Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a thin tan head..Nose is nice raspberries, vanilla, funk, spice..Taste is spice, roast, chocolate, juicy raspberries, tart, funk..

4.3
merc7186 (3160) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Aroma: Tart Cherries, Red Plum, Mild Vanilla Appearance: Dark Brown/Reddish Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Dark Tart Cherries, Red Plums, Cranberries, Mild Vanilla Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sour, Mildly Tart

4.5
drainpour (39) - Santa Rosa, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Great, Incredible Superb. Huge Tart cherries coming in like wrecking balls against your palate on first sip, quite sour but good. Incredible palate, smooth but not watery. After the cherries, lightly roasted malt, sour falls away and vanilla lingers on the finish, slightly tanniny with oak as well.

4.2
Salmoniform (1281) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Tap. Dark brownish red hue with off white head. Aroma is lactic, cherry, oak, vanilla, cereal. Crisp carbonation and medium body. Taste is dry sweetness followed by a tart sourness. Overall this is a fantastic brew.

3.7
Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours between burgundy and black. Lots of vanilla on the nose -- smells like a bakery treat, big time dessert aroma. Almost getting some cinnamon stick in there. Taste has roasted malt flavors, more vanilla, sweet cherry, acetic sour finish. Pretty good but a bit much -- I prefer the straight version and I also preferred the cacao / vanilla version. Still dig it.


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