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RATINGS: 649   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre or Black Tuesday. We then brought them over to Bruery Terreux, added our special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts and watched nature take its course. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough. This unique stout has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak.

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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (2551) - s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
7% bottle 2013 edition. Pours a dark brown beer with a good white head. Smells sour, chocolate and bread. Tastes heavy sour and chocolate. Average carbo, thin body and a watery texture.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 25, 2014
750ml bottle shared during #bottlecherwednesday at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into a tulip. Appearance is dark opaque brown with a finger of tan head that settles to a collar and leaves sporadic, spotty lacing. Aroma is sour cherries, roasted malt, oak, and chocolate. Taste is sour cherries and dark fruit, surrounded by roasted malt and chocolate sweetness, and a drying oak and grape finish. Medium body, slightly creamy texture, average-plus carbonation which is good for the style and weight of this beer, and a puckering, tannic, drying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (224) - Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours practically black with a thin tan head. Aroma is vinous (like a big red wine), vinegar, blackberry, chocolate, concord grape, and the slightest hint of char. Taste is tart blackberries, a bit of chocolate, oak/charred wood, vinegar, and dried blueberry. Most of the stout character that might be expected is absent, but its been transformed by the tartness in a tasty, unique way.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bp (910) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle: pours black with a thin tan head, amazing tart aroma, taste is just as great, nice and tart, not overly sweet, good carbonation with a hint of the oak. An excellent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6022) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
750ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. Aroma is green apples with hints of yeast. Taste is a lemon sourness with an underlying malt sweetness and a very dry finish. A very sour ale with only the color of a stout. Not balanced for the style, needs more roasted notes, therefore not recommended.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NatKadaw (98) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
Admittedly, I dont know my sours, but I was expecting a blend, a roasted, balanced sourness and some remnant of a stout, or a beer. The sourness is all encompassing. Pleasant, a hint of roast in the finish and a long puckering aftertaste. Not a whole lot of depth. A clean straight forward green apple acidic sourness. Very very subtle roast. Cant say I understand it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
2013-12-14. Very dark brown body small frothy head fades. Aroma of musky vinous dark fruit, lightly musty muted roast. Flavour is quite tart and sour up front, with a lactic character throughout, bracingly sour on longer sips, dark fruit and cherry notes. Great but sour enough that Im struggling to finish it a bit at the end of a long day. Average plus to medium body with soft carbonation. Nice stuff, but I think a smaller bottler would have better suited me today! Bottle at Abraxas, Miami

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlastairEvans (17) - - JAN 2, 2014
Great not good. The bruery's souring yeasts make this a standout. 2012 vintage (aged 14 months) a delight, 2013 just a little more tart on the nose. 29/30.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2014
NYE bottle share at Proof. Deepest of opaque browns with a thin white-tan head and thin tan collar. Aroma is like a port, dark fruit, deep red wine, some woodiness. Taste is extremely tart. Vinegary almost. Im getting some of the wine like characteristics, with some roasted malt too. Very interesting flavor. Medium carbonation and medium-thick body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (4444) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep brown with a medium, lacing, beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, yeast notes, sour berries and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and tart. Medium bodied, oily text. and soft carb. An excellent brew.


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