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RATINGS: 654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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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3.7
jrob21 (3722) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Way more tart and sour than it is a stout but it is a nice tartness. Lost if cherry and a touch of roastiness in the flavor. Pouts pretty dark with a beige head. Some raisin but mostly wild funkiness in the flavor. Don’t get a chance to suk on a lip smacking tart Herr very often and this one fits the bill and quite nicely.

3.8
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Tap. Very dark with moderate beige dissipating head. Nice tart smell- craisins, chocolate, and sour. Very dark with an earthty chocolaty finish. Light but slick.

3.8
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Tap at the Bruery. The beer was deeply soured berries and chocolate. It has a strange zinc like characteristic on the finish. Perhaps that is the chocolate or espresso?

3.9
fonefan (49554) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

Light unclear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry. tart, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, tart, berry, wood - oak. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120616]

2.8
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Aroma is acetic, vinegar, roast malts. appearance is black (surprise!) taste is really sour in a simplistic way with not nearly as much roast to balance. Palate is thick then the sour puckers and it’s not enjoyable overall this is not a good sour, not a good stout, and not a good mix of either. meh.

3.9
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2012
75à ml bottle - sampled during our motothome tour through California. Pours deep black with a faint head. Aroma of sour doough bread, lactic acid, raisings, plums, roast. Very vivid body with nice stringent acidity and toastiness in the back. Strange, but nice!

3.8
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Dark brown, purple hue, beige head. Aroma is sour and tart and minor coffee...Taste is similar. Good stuff.

4.2
beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle shared by John, thanks man! Pour is deep dark brown (almost black) with a thin tan head. Aroma is tart cherryw ith hints of lactic acid. Not much roasted malt at all. the flavor is like that of a tart blonde sour. Certainly the appearance and the flavor is quite divergent. Not overly complex, but it paks a great tart punch. Im not surprised that this is a polarizing beer, but I loved it. The total experience was greater than the sum of the parts.

2.9
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 bottle. dark, not black, with red through light. no head. tart aroma that overtakes any roasted note. smells like a tart cherries. wow...that’s tart. i notice some faint roasted, charred notes in the finish. tart is completely overpowering. like licking a 9v battery. need some tums.

So I revisited this beer the next morning when my palate seems to be able to handle sours before being battered through the course of a day. the great thing about low carbonated beers in 750s is you can pop cork in it and enjoy them over the course of a few days...why not? the beer does have an extreme sour level(on par with la folie), electric almost. i get slight metallic tinge, which explains the 9v comment. the finish has light roasty notes, but are not identifiable until late due to the high sour, dark fruit character...but when they hit you, it’s really quite genius. of course it’s made well(the bruery rarely lets anyone down) but for me, there is right place and time to drink these and unfortunately in my case, its not too often. rated by personal preference not style.

4
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle from Mari’s. Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head, some sediment in the glass. The aroma is all funk.. sour cherry, grape, apple, and just a touch of smoke. Hard to believe this is a stout under all that dirty funk! The taste is extremely sour with a ton of sour apple, white grape, sour cherry, and a little chocolate. I’m a fan. I think this is my second sour stout and this is a hundred times better than the Jolly Pumpkin one.


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