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RATINGS: 641   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft at Stags Head. Pours dark cloudy brownish black with a medium-sized tan head. Aromas of funky fruit and wet wood. Taste is super tart, woody, oakey, slightly roasty, citric acid, citrus juice, tart plum skins and cherry skins. The tartness is deifnitely more dominant that the roasted notes but there is a really nice baalnced between these two flavor profiles. This beer immediately reminded me of more tart version of Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura. Overall; a lovely, puckering level of tartness that lingers on the palate. Really, really tasty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Holy cow loved this sour stout one of the best styles ever. On tap at Neighbors bar in San Diego

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joshwoodward (575) - - AUG 5, 2013
Had a glass on tap at the mikkeller bar in SF. Wow, this is crazy. Super sour and funky, doesnt have many stout flavors except a chocolate sweetness on the finish. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3573) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Tap at stagshead. Pours deep brown with thin head that dissipates. Nose of vinegar and roasted malts. Nice pucker that smacks u in mouth. Tastes of balsamic, rootbeer, roasted malts, chocolate, port wine, and some plum pit. Nice mouthfeel and quite nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2363) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 At Rockwells, Quite puckery sour. Took me quite a few sips to get used to it. Thin wine like beer and the roasted malt didnt compete. Serving: Tap

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a nearly opaque reddish brown, slight tan head. Aroma is pedio, cherries, plums. Body very lively, finish sweet/sour with an overall lactic character too. Very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Best black sour Ive had. Stout? Not hardly. Only a whiff. Whatever the roasted grain brings to this beer isnt much but they do deliver a slight softness. Pours dark, dark ruby with a small, fizzy light brown head. Thin. Little barrel.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (7171) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Tap. Pours deep black with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, woody, roasted malts. Quite nice actually. Flavor is the same, very light sweetness, medium plus tartness, with just a hint of roasted malts peeking through on the finish. This is clearly a sour-forward beer, with the stout notes barely peeking through, but it is tasty for what it is.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4625) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Pour is clean and opaque black with thin wispy tan head Very rich nose, cherry skin notes and a very nice acidity with a touch of toasted grain. Estery nose with a good bit of acetic acid. Very nice acidity in the flavor. Light and very tart.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Pour is a dark brown/black with a little light getting through on the edges and a small bubbly brown head. Very toasty malt note on the nose up front, very tart, red wine, some definite oak, and caramel. Very sour up front on the taste, you get a nice very subtle chocolate/coffee note in there, nice berry flavors in there, balsamic vinegar, oak, somewhat earthy malty notes I cant place my finger on, and theres almost a smoky taste too. Interesting idea. I dont get very much from it that reminds me of a stout. The closest comparison I could give would be a flanders red, but much maltier.


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