Beer Review: THE BRUERY TART OF DARKNESS

Beer Review: THE BRUERY TART OF DARKNESS

From the experimental brewery known for pushing boundaries comes The Bruery Tart of Darkness. This peculiar creation defies conventional expectations, as it ventures into the realm of sour stouts, a style seldom encountered and, according to some, not encountered often enough.

Appearance

The pour reveals a beer that challenges the visual norms associated with stouts. It presents itself as a deep black with a subtle red hue, crowned by a foamy tan head that dissipates into a modest ring of tan. The unconventional appearance sets the stage for what’s to come.

Aroma

A bold and intriguing olfactory experience awaits. The nose captures notes of tart red fruit, intertwining with the richness of chocolate, roast, and a hint of funk. This aromatic medley hints at the complexity within the depths of this sour stout.

Taste

The palate embarks on a journey through unexpected flavors. Tart red grapes take the lead, accompanied by the assertive presence of funky red wine vinegar. Light roast and dark chocolate contribute to a multifaceted taste profile that challenges preconceived notions of what a stout can be.

Mouthfeel

In terms of mouthfeel, Tart of Darkness presents itself as full-bodied, though a touch rough around the edges. The carbonation, while average, complements the overall texture. The interplay between body and carbonation adds to the beer’s character.

Overall

Approaching this brew with skepticism, given the unconventional marriage of sour and stout, I was pleasantly surprised. Skepticism arose from past encounters with misguided attempts, such as the 2009 Batch of Abyss. Yet, Tart of Darkness proves its legitimacy as a sour stout. Whether it was an accidental stroke of genius in its inception, the outcome is undeniably commendable. The marriage of tartness and roastiness, once an anomaly, has been crafted into a unique and noteworthy creation. The decision to bottle it again attests to its success and invites enthusiasts to savor the unconventional.