Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SPITTING INTO THE "TART OF DARKNESS"

I gazed into the dark, dank maw that is THE BRUERY's latest big-boy bottle creation, "TART OF DARKNESS" - and I lived to tell the tale. No, let's be even more clear. I drank about a third of this enormous sour stout, declared it nearly undrinkable, and poured the remainder down the drain in order to save my liver for a beer more to my liking. "Tart of Darkness" is a two-trick pony. Trick #1 is that it's a stout, but sour like the most intense Belgian ale you've ever tried. Blindfolded, you'd have no idea – though the bottle talked about "roasted aromas" and other adjectives typically associated with stouts & porters, there's none of that here.

Trick #2 is that it's a beer for masochists only. It smells sour and overripe, and it tastes accordingly. Like sock. Like creamed toe. Quite seriously the least pleasurable sour ale I've ever had, and coming from a brewer I love and admire, that's what I call a rude surprise. It's under 6% ABV, but this isn't an alcohol game – it's a survival game. Are you a tough guy? How far will you go to pretend that you're enjoying this beer? What would your friends say if they knew you were calling a beer from The Bruery "undrinkable"? Why, that would be like dissing Pliny The Younger!! Go ahead, pucker-mouth lovers – ignore me at your will and spend $20 like I did and watch $14 of it swirl down your kitchen sink about ten minutes after starting it. 3/10.

9 comments:

Rich Isaacs said...

I dunno, I haven't had it from the bottle yet but I quite enjoyed it when I had it on tap. I'll be the first to admit I like aggressive sours and really enjoy vinegar.

Jay H. said...

Rich, I too love vinegar – on my fish & chips. I'm glad you had a good experience with this. "I want to believe", I really do.

Mark said...

Ah good, a beer I _don't_ have to drop $20+ on now. Thanks... I'm starting to get a taste for sours, but I haven't figured them out quite yet. Do they get more sour with age, or less? And so on...

Nat said...

Ahhh! I have already spend the $20 and am waiting to drink it. I had a taster of it before I bought it and like it, at least I think I did. I am starting to question it now after your experience. Drinking it should be fun one way or the other.

Jay H. said...

Nat, I hope you like it as Rich did...I've definitely learned in the "beer game" that no two palates are alike. One man's creamed toe is another man's ambrosia and so on.

Dave said...

I loved this beer. =)

dontdrinkbeer said...

Provisions only release for the win:

http://dontdrinkbeer.com/2011/11/28/the-bruery-tart-of-darkness-uh-oh-more-puns-from-the-bruery/

talking shit on the Younger, double win:

http://dontdrinkbeer.com/2012/07/15/russian-river-pliny-the-younger-beer-predators-always-seem-to-go-after-the-younger-ones/

Chris said...

I tried Tart of Darkness at a festival and enjoyed it so much I used another taster ticket for a second try. It never occurred to me it was a stout base. I picked up a bottle a few weeks ago and am curious to see if my initial thoughts hold.

For what it is worth, I think New Belgium Clutch, the stout/sour blend, is awful.

beerbecue said...

Well that's not encouraging. I had been sitting on this, but it may be time to crack it if there's a chance it's not going to be swell.