Tart of Darkness
A Note on This Beer
The Bruery, one of the biggest innovators in the sour beer world, has gone on a mission to combine two beer trends: tartness and darkness into one, inventive beer.
We all know the Bruery’s Sour beer barrel-aging program is a superpower. It has won the top awards three times in a row at the beer equivalent to the Olympics: the World Beer Cup. Although they usually focus on sour beers, The Bruery also has a top rated, world class Imperial Stout. By using the barrels from their Imperial Stout and their vast experience with sours, The Bruery has created their limited release Tart of Darkness.
Much like Black IPAs/CDAs, Tart of Darkness employs rich roasty malts to balance out the intense characteristics of its style predecessor. Barrel-aging, often used in both sours and Stouts, helps bridge the flavor gap in Tart of Darkness, resulting in a wall of tartness adorned with nuances of fruit, chocolate, and oak.
Tart of Darkness has the slight effervescence you’d expect from a beer that’s come straight out of the barrel. As soon as you pop the top, the room fills with fruity cherry and chocolate aromas. Sipping releases the tang of granny smith apples, a dusting of cocoa and the woodiness of a ten year old bourbon. There’s so much wood flavor, you’ll be checking the bottle afterward for a hidden oak chips. Finishing you’ll be treated to a light mouthfeel as refreshing as lemonade, but creamy as meringue.
Other brewers may try to follow Bruery into the Tart of Darkness, but few, if any, will succeed in expertly blending the flavors of the Stout with the Sour. Tart of Darkness forges onward, becoming impossibly better with a new formula each year. Maintaining a lofty 94 rating on Beer Advocate, this is a great beer to age for a special occasion.
94 (outstanding) on Beer Advocate, 99 on Rate Beer.
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