Tart of Darkness is a fun, different wild ale, perhaps best for those that don't like their sours all that sour. Sure, the wild-yeast tones and lactic acid lift is there, but it's grounded by a roasty, malty core, thanks to the dry stout-base style. It's surprisingly balanced throughout, with the bright acidity and rich malts playing nicely together. Notes of red cherry, plum, char, bittersweet cocoa and malted-milk ball flesh out the medium-weight palate. The finish is long and evolving, weaving back and forth between stouty goodness and vibrant, mouthwatering acidity.
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).