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. 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 it’s been transformed by the tartness in a tasty, unique way. bp (924) - 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. reebtogi (6403) - 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. NatKadaw (315) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
Admittedly, I don’t 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. Can’t say I understand it.
jercraigs (11071) - 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 (24) - - 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 (362) - 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 (4911) - 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.