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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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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4.7
AdamBeer1 (16) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Poured on draft in a snifter. Immediate tart sour bite with a spicy after taste. Dark appearance with just the right amount of carbonation. A great beer if your a fan of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Imaena (2327) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 2, 2013
Bottle ($17). Aroma is very subtle and almost non existant. The appearance is deep dark brown/black. The taste is sour quince, citric acid, and faint roasted malts. You tell that there is a stout underneath all of this but it is buried behind the sour assault. The palette is highly effervescent and thin. Overall a great sour ale.

3.9
Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2013
On draft at ChurchKey DC during the Night of the Living Ales on halloween. Pours a clear deep cola brown with a tan head. Aroma of prunes and dark cherries. Flavors of tart cherries, prunes and raisins. Smooth, tart finish.

4
zvikar (6172) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom C’s place. 2013 bottle. Pours red to brown with a small beige head, aroma of chocolate, caramel, honey, brett, wood, red wine, sourness and brett, flavor is mainly sour with brett, red wine, wood, tannin a touch of roasted tones, full bodied

3.8
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 Re-rate 9/14: Botte sample at a tasting at Levi’s place. Thanks Levi. Sour, fruity, lactic, malt. Very little Stout character, if any at all. Quite rounded. Very good. 7/3/8/4/16=3.8

Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom C’s place. 2013 bottle. Dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma of oak, sour fruits, dark chocolate, roastiness, a bit of coffee, cherry liqueur notes and a hint of vinegar. Sour flavor with a bit of vinegar, lactic notes, cherries and berries, a bit of funk and faint roastiness in the finish. Medium-bodied. A bit one-dimensional but still very nice. 7/3/8/3/16=3.7

4.1
jkwalking05 (4740) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
750mL bottle. Black with a small beige head. Aroma is of ripe plum, tart, cherry, raspberry. Taste is tart, raspberry, plum, wood.

3.9
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle. The look is dark, brown to black in color, beige colored head. The smell is tart, fruit, wood, lactic, and wine like. The taste is sour, fruits, sour patch kids, wood, and lactic.

4
Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 26, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 2013 bottle. Sour oaky stout, much as advertised. Pours a dark mahogany with a small light brown head. Smell is stout malts, vinegar, oak, bugs. Taste is powerfully sour, almost enough to obscure what else is going on, but eventually oak and stout flavors break through. Not at all thin but light enough that you could drink this in the sun. Enjoyable stuff.

4.2
bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2013
750 ml bottle, 2013 edition. 05/13/13 printed on the bottle, I assume that’s the bottled on date. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart cherries, dark fruit, roasted malt, and some vinegar. It tastes like tart cherries, dark fruit, vinegar, lemon peel, vinegar, and some roasted malt and blackberries. It’s more of a sour brew than a stout, not that I’m complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation. I think it’s a pretty good brew, I might have to pick up another bottle soon. $18.99 a bottle. It’s pricey but tasty!

3.9
canary dog (774) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2013
I’m conflicted with this beer. One one hand, the beer was overwhelmingly sour. Would I be exaggerating to say it is about 50% more sour than Rodenbach Grand Cru, my all time favorite beverage? How in the world can all of the other tasters claim they were able to detect other notes in this beer? It was way too acidic to detect anything else. It was just sourness on top of sourness. Although I do remember tasting some subtle roasty stoutiness in the very first sip. After that, the taste buds were destroyed, and it was just tartness all over the place. Palate is raw, sour and electric. Like electricity on the tongue when you hold it in your mouth. By the time I got to about half way or less through the bottle, my mouth and throat were all puckery and cloying. Sourness stuck in the throat. On the other hand, I love sour beers, and this beer is-- if nothing else-- refreshing and exciting. It certainly isn’t boring. I would definitely drink again, but not too often. I can easily drink two 750ml bottles of Roddy Crand Cru in one sitting (probably three, although I haven’t tried that yet); but I struggled a little bit to get the last few sips down with this one. I’m a little dismayed by the brewer’s claims of complexity, as I can’t possibly see how one can detect other stuff going on; but other raters noticed so maybe it is just me. And yes, this is pretty expensive.


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