jercraigs (10374) - 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 I’m 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 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. 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. I’m getting some of the wine like characteristics, with some roasted malt too. Very interesting flavor. Medium carbonation and medium-thick body. Habanero (4680) - 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. Lupulucid (189) - - JAN 1, 2014
Tart of Darkness is a very appealing twist on a stout. Acidity is intense though shy of palate bending. This intensity is balanced by rich malt resulting in huge flavor with quite a bit of complexity. The barrel contribution is restrained and does not result in any dull vanilla flabbiness.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Black pour with minimal tan head. Sour aromas abound. Flavor is very impressive, notes of apple and pear coming through, with a nice oak character. Sour from start to finish. Don’t really get much roasty character but that’s fine with me this beer is solid just the way it is. Very sour though so be ready for it. ffaoe (793) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
WOW what a beer. Sour aroma. Pitch black in color with little head. Taste is sour with a slight oak finish. Taste is sour start to finish with no roastyness coming through. swesson (453) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
As the other reviewers have said, this is a very different beer, reminiscent of the old Sam Adams reserve from about 17 years ago. No carbonation, a bit of licorice and tastes like a sour patch kid. I would rather have a stout or an IPA with a lot of hops for a sour taste. This beer has neither. I guess I don't know what all the fuss is about. I am not impressed.
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Pours a dark reddish black with minimal white head. Smells of sour cherries and chocolate and tastes very sour and smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Theydon_Bois (19513) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
Tap at Capones Black Friday blow out, Norristown PA, 29/11/13.
Mid black with a moderate tan covering that clears to the edge.
Nose is tarte dark fruits, tangy bitter berries, , lactic ring, blackcurrant liqourice, earthy cocoa powder.
Taste comprises earthy cooca, dark fruit jam, bitter blackberries, lactic twinge, soured berry compote, straw, light dry rot.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tarte tangy berry fruit closure.
Nice sour, fairly complex for the ABV.