Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue" | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mebuzzard on 07-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by StoneTSR:
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 841/1531

APPEARANCE: This is a pretty dark beer - deep, dark, reddish-brown. The cream-colored head is fairly thick, but dissipates rather quickly, leaving some gorgeous and full lacing around the top of the glass. The lacing continues to be nearly perfect throughout the glass.

SMELL: The aroma is not overpowering, but it is very pleasant. This beer smells like a forest. The spruce comes through along with a little earthy grassiness. A hint of pine lurks as well. If I had to choose a beer's smell to represent Colorado, this would be it.

TASTE: What an interesting beer. There is a hint of sweet, chocolatey malt up front, but the hops quickly wash it away with a dry, but not overpowering piney and citrus taste. This is an exceptionally well-balanced beer with a pleasant grassy finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and creamy with a slight sparkle. The body is medium to full and the balance is wonderful - slightly sweet up front, followed by a very easy-going bitterness throughout the last 2/3 of each sip. This beer is an absolute pleasure to drink.

OVERALL: There is a surprisingly lack of Brett-like flavors and aromas in this beer for a Crooked Stave creation, but they are there and they'll probably develop quite a bit over time. That said, I am extremely happy to be drinking this beer fresh. I hope this beer gets revisited at some point in Crooked Stave's bright future.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 7/12 bottle 1266/1531. Pours brown with a medium creamy light brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts with bitter spruce and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a lot of spruce. I get a slight tart sourness from the Brett, but not much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather watery.

Overall, a nice hoppy roasted spruce beer, but not overdone. It will be interesting to see how the Brett affects this down the road.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ehammond1
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Near black in color, but truly a very dark brown, with dark ruby edges and a moderate, very persistent dark brown head that initially leaves regular dark brown lines of stick down the glass, then eventually a coating sheet. Gorgeous.

Very complex aroma that really improves with agitation and warming. At colder temperatures, the Brett yeast stands out most, with some initial Band-Aid character, transforming into an earthy farmhouse funk. As the beer warms, pine and sap notes emerge along with a bit of traditional dark malt character. Smells like a funky Christmas tree.

The flavor is complex and similar to the aroma, with pine/spruce flavors combining with more traditional dark malt (roast, mild coffee), along with a big wave of funk (Band-Aid, horse blanket, grass), with a bit of sweetness as well.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Disappearing on the palate. Airy. Very Belgian-like. Incredibly impressive. Perfect.

Very impressive and very flavorful. I'm glad I cracked one of my bottles fresh, but am interested and excited to see how this one will develop with some time on it.

A funky Christmas beer? George Clinton would love this thing! We want the funk! Gotta have that funk!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to ssuggs01 who shared this one with me while hanging out ticking! Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, funk, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really liked what I found here once I smelled it. I had another brew from this series a little while back at a tasting and really enjoyed it. This one was pretty decent, but not on the same level as the last one if you were to ask me. Worth your time trying it at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to trade big for this one in the series.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver. Served in a snifter. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin beige head. Mild spotty lacing. Notes of spruce and roast with a touch of earth and Brett dryness. Interesting, but not quite far enough in the direction of hops, spruce, or Brett; instead, it’s a bit stuck somewhere in the middle.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

huge thanks to daniloknezic for this extra beer!

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of lite tan head. Drops quickly to a thin cap leaving thick lacing all over the glass.

Smell: The hops and spruce are very interesting and have a hop like smell. A hint of brett and a hint of dark malts.

Taste: Mild bitterness and an herbal / spicy spruce flavor. Hint of oak and earthy brett. Hint of roast from the dark malts. Also a hint of tartness in this beer as well. Interesting flavor profile its complex and unique.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. really easy drinking beer. Carbonation is really well done and has a nice soft and creamy feel to it.

Overall: Really did enjoy this beer alot, but when it warmed up the herbal and medicinal notes just overtook the beer. I suggest drinking this beer cold and dont let it warm up. That will really make your experience with this beer much better. Another nice beer from the WWB series!

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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