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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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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4.6
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Incredible sourness laid upon a dark and mysterious base. Flavors come out in new and evoking ways with dark grains, fruit and palate-piercing acidity. Aptly named, Tart of Darkness is as ominous, dreary and shaddowy as it sounds. Opening with a dark plumb color with tawny bronze low lights, the beer simmers in the glass with tepid carbonation to give the ale a slight coffee-like appearance. Its dark and ruddish appearance is slightly haze and gives the ale a rather rusty darkness. Sparse on lacing, the ale almost prefers wine-like appearances over that of ale. Savory and tart, the aromas nearly cause sweating and mouth whetting with its utter sour fruit character. Black cherries, plumbs, blackberries, blackcurrants and red grapes give a highly tangy but robust scent. A musty aura of sea air, weathered oak and saddle leather add to the beer's boisterous scent. However, its the vinous wine-like character that joins into notes of soy sauce, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and balsamic for a highly complex nose. To taste, the beer's fruit strikes first- plumb and black cherry leading the way. But the savory sourness rises next with balsamic, merlot, sour plumbs, tangy berries and grapes to give the beer a wildly wine-like and briny character. Its thin sweetness seems to give the dark fruit a sense of "ripeness" before its dry cider taste takes hold. Yet a toastier, chocolaty and coffee taste lurks deep in the backdrop and assists in the beer's bold complexity. Medium-dry early, the beer's dark fruit and slim sweetness thwarts its light carbonation to go from creamy to toasty-dry in a hurry. Its jaw-piercing acidity provides plumb skin astringency to heighten its sourness in finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.3
Drago7 (303) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 11, 2017
Z: nikly, ale da si? wyczuc jaka? brzoskwinie, morele, co? ciemnego. W smaku kwas wchodzi na poczatku i lagodnieje z czasem. Raczej w jasne owoce. W posmaku pestkowe, sciagajace.

3.8
jandorris (668) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 11, 2017
W aromacie skórka agrestu, mokra skóra. W smaku kwasność, agrest, jakby ciemne owoce, skórka od śliwki.

3.8
tomekboniek (755) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 11, 2017
Butelka. Czarna pozeczka, skóra, beczka. Sporo tanin. Średniej wielkości cierpkość.

4.4
ZodiacM (1140) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
LCI. Van de tap @TheBruery. Prachtige zure stout, aroma van hout en fruit, smaken van hout en rood fruit en een prettig zuurtje!

3.5
bursprak (3183) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2017
Sample from bottle. Blackish pour with (maybe) some head. Notes of light roast, heavy tartness, some cranberries, light bitter chocolate and a light bitterness.

3.4
DroolYeast (1464) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 30, 2017
2014 bottle. Aroma of tart dark fruit, lactic acid. Hazy brown with off-white. Taste is moderate sour and dry. Light body, dry feel and sour finish.

3.4
Klimaet (2539) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 30, 2017
Bottle. 2014 bottle. Pours greyish black with a small white head. Aromas of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, lemony, balsamico. Taste is lactic, cherries, balsamico, oaky, light acetone, vinegary.

4.1
BillWyce (1074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2017
Bottling date 6/22/15, #223 part 1, 18-month old bottle. Pours opaque ruby red-black with a small, thin bone-colored head that was gone quickly. Notes of tart cherry and chocolate to the aroma, maybe some lactic sourness too. Body is medium-to-full with some oil to it. Very dry finish. Flavor is lactic sour, with notes of chocolate and cherry underneath.

3.8
Tide (3829) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 22, 2017
Draught at Slater's 50/50. Dark brown color, beige head. Sour taste with dark berries, acidic notes, wheat, a bit of raspberry, tart and grass. Sour finish with dark berries, acidic notes, tart, wheat and red currant. Excellent sour ale.

3.6
cervmagpt (809) - PORTUGAL - APR 17, 2017
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 28C). Bottle 75 cl - Batch unknown (BBF unknown). AROMA: medium-low roasted malt and barrel. medium-low sour and wild fermentation aroma (slight barnyard). APPEARANCE: dark brown color and almost opaque with ruby highlights. medium light brown head with low retention. TASTE: initial medium-low roasted flavor with a slight coffee and barrel note, followed by a medium-high sour/tartaric note. medium bitterness with a dry finish with a slight roasted aftertaste. PALATE: medium-low body with meidum-low carbonation. tartaric sensation. OVERALL: an interesting sour stout that would benefit with a bit more balance with the acid note.


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