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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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saxo (18301) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are brett, acetone, citrus, malt, berries and hops. Great plaque remover.

4.1
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with a ruby hue making it look almost dark purple, and had an average (1-2 finger) light tan fizzy head that dissipated in seconds and left behind virtually no lacing. The aroma was rather tart right up front along with some chocolate malts and a musty sour Brett yeast with notes of dark chocolate, berries, a slight red wine odor and a bit of cask. The taste was very tart from the get go with a slightly sweet roasty taste and a hint of chocolate that almost went unnoticed, and then became very sour and extremely fruity which lasted pretty much throughout with a mild woody taste at the very end. The flavor hung around for an average duration following the swallow, with a fruity roasty tartness fading away at a slow steady pace. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mildly soft carbonation. Overall this is a brew that is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a good Sour Ale with a really dark side this one is for you. I found it to be exceptionally tasty and quite sour with a really smooth drinkability. I am definitely getting more of this before I no longer can....

3.8
DialSquare (5029) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2012
750ml bottle from Andersons in Sylvania. Dark near black pour with a slight tan head. Aroma is sour cherry and mixed berries with some oak. Taste is sour - very sour - vinous, oak. Seems like there may be a stout deep down in there somewhere - cocoa and dark fruit. The sour is the show. Never a bad thing with me, but any subtleties are a little lost.

3.5
jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Naples. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is balsamic vinegar, cherry, funky yeast. Light cocoa powder, sweet marshmallow, salt. The taste is tart sour cherries, oak, wild yeast. Some cocoa puffs. General funky flavors, vinegar, light acidity. The taste is much like an oud bruin. Soft palate, light body. Overall, pretty solid. Interesting.

3.8
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a light tan sheen of foam and steady carbonation. Aroma is dense tart and wine-like sour with currants and grapes. Taste is dominated by sharp and chewy vinegar sour with grapes, cherry, and vinuous notes and in the back I do get some roast but it is mostly buried underneath the intense sour. I taste a similarity between the heavy vinegar, sharp dark fruit sour flavors of this beer and other Bruery sours I’ve had and enjoyed. Good beer and I’d be curious to see what they could do with this style if they dialed back on the heavy vinegar aspect and dried the beer out a touch.

4
Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle at Rich’s house, cheers for organising the tasting!
Brett immediately apparent on the nose as rotting strawalongside chocolate, balsamic vinegar and parmesan. Chalky textured and light in body with a tart, lemon juice in a cantillon gueuze style. Similar in some ways to diabolous but much more easy going.

4.3
gyllenbock (9168) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark reddish/brown with a small white head. Aroma and taste of berries, some roasted malt, oak, citrus, vinegar and some barnyard. Very, very tart. I liked this one a lot, really enjoyable.

4.2
SirLimpsalot (4238) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
@ Eddan: Sur körsbärs doft. Smaken är lika så. Sur, tart, fin balans och så jävla gott. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
"like eating a bag of skittles" aroma has more iron than the flavor, nice oak component, well balanced flavor, but not acidity... but too sour, very tart, aceto is intense. flavor is quite delicious... but just too tart... aroma and flavor are both very slightly soapy.

3.8
DCLawyer (2845) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 750ml->snifter. Dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates remarkably fast. Aroma of grapes, cherries, and vinegar; reminiscient of a luscious red wine. Taste is very sour. Fruity with lots of vinegar. The name is spot on. Clearly not for everyone. Update: 2013 bottle tasting had much less vinegar notes, which I felt overpowered the older bottle originally rated over a year ago. I enjoyed this much more.


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