gunnar (9333) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
Shared bottle at Schoukjelleren. Pours black with a small head.Aroma of light sour cocoa, tarted fruits. Taste is fresh sour raspberries, sour plums, spritzy lively mouthfeel. Me like.
bulldogops (2726) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
Rating #960 - February 8, 2014. $23.60 CAD for a 750ml bottle at Sherbrooke - pretty sure they ordered every case that hit Alberta. Split 4 ways at a Catan night. Rich black pour, medium off white head. Aroma is disinfectant soap, bubblegum, sour apple candies. Mouthfeel is clean, medium carbonation. Quite complex, the sourness is tempered with a yeasty kick, mild sweet notes of grape and chewing gum. Groovy but didnt get much of the roasty stout notes as I had hoped. GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Sampled during a beer share I hosted -- 750mL poured into a tulip, strong tart aroma with hint of citrus. Taste is powerful, very strong tart/sour flavor with a strong malt backbone that shines through. I would definitely recommend to any fans of sours. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2014
750ml bottle pours a dark black with an off white head. Sour cherry and oak aroma. Very sour fruit and vinegar taste. pushkinwow (2851) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Black with beige creamy head that fades to nothing. Tart vinegar tart cherry aroma with pretty much no stout characteristics that I can detect although you do get some malty and it eventually reminds me more of a flemish brown more then anything else.
KyotoLefty (10531) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
Bottled. Acidic, tart, dark chocolate, light coffee, some wood, vinegar, cherry. Rather tart, acidic, chocolate, cocoa, vinegar, cherry. Body is a bit light. Decent. Not so surprising.
budznsudz (583) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Really dark pour with a thin ring around the glass. Aroma of funk, barnyard, and sour cherry. Taste is sour chocolate covered cherries, lemon zest, and barnyard funk. Pleasantly sour with a nice smooth finish. Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Incredible sourness laid upon a dark and mysterious base. Flavors come out in new and evoking ways with dark grains, fruit and palate-piercing acidity. Aptly named, Tart of Darkness is as ominous, dreary and shaddowy as it sounds.
Opening with a dark plumb color with tawny bronze low lights, the beer simmers in the glass with tepid carbonation to give the ale a slight coffee-like appearance. Its dark and ruddish appearance is slightly haze and gives the ale a rather rusty darkness. Sparse on lacing, the ale almost prefers wine-like appearances over that of ale.
Savory and tart, the aromas nearly cause sweating and mouth whetting with its utter sour fruit character. Black cherries, plumbs, blackberries, blackcurrants and red grapes give a highly tangy but robust scent. A musty aura of sea air, weathered oak and saddle leather add to the beer's boisterous scent. However, its the vinous wine-like character that joins into notes of soy sauce, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and balsamic for a highly complex nose.
To taste, the beer's fruit strikes first- plumb and black cherry leading the way. But the savory sourness rises next with balsamic, merlot, sour plumbs, tangy berries and grapes to give the beer a wildly wine-like and briny character. Its thin sweetness seems to give the dark fruit a sense of "ripeness" before its dry cider taste takes hold. Yet a toastier, chocolaty and coffee taste lurks deep in the backdrop and assists in the beer's bold complexity.
Medium-dry early, the beer's dark fruit and slim sweetness thwarts its light carbonation to go from creamy to toasty-dry in a hurry. Its jaw-piercing acidity provides plumb skin astringency to heighten its sourness in finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Weezel (272) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Draft at Oblivion Taproom. Pours dark dark with little head. Aroma is sour up front but with some good tannic qualities. There is some great depth here as well from the roasted malts. Finishes good with a little pucker and refreshing. Really really good. Idiosynkrasie (7726) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2014
750ml bottle [2013 ed., 7.0% abv]. Ruby red glowing, almost black colour with small to average, frothy, rapidly diminishing, almost completely fading, beige head. Spicy, tart aroma, notes of grapes, balsamico, black cherries, a touch of liquorice and soy sauce, even chocolate. Taste is really tart, minimally biting, notes of vinegar, grapes, a dry, roasty touch in the finish. Pleasant tartness, nevertheless somehow one-dimensional and narrow. That’s not my scene.