The Bruery’s Tart of Darkness: Stout Brewed With Wild Yeast

tart of darknessI’m a sucker for puckers. That’s why I loved The Bruery’s oak aged wild ale aged in oak barrels – Tart of Darkness. A mouth-puckering sour black ale.


look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA

Appearance- Pours a deep brown body with translucent cherry highlights. A 2 finger off white head rises quickly and sticks around for a minute or so, eventually leaving a thin ring of foam.

Smell- I can definitely tell this is going to be a great sour just by the characteristic wild-ale smell that I get just after cracking the cap – a funky, barnyard, fermented fruit aroma. Once in the glass, the aroma clue into it’s tarness with sharp lactic and citrus aromas. There’s some roastyness in there too.

Taste- A huge punch of sourness is the first thing that hits the tongue – sour berries, citrus, lactic tartness. Oak, and some funk come up next , followed by a subtle sweet breadyness. The finish is slightly roasty, you get the stout character late in the tasting.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, which is fitting for a sour stout. Medium carbonation.

I absolutely love sours, so I really enjoyed this one. Definitely one of the most sour I’ve ever tried. The slight roastyness works nicely here. Recommendable.


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