Crooked Stave Cognac Barrel Aged Sentience - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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1.9/5 rDev -48.5%
Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with zero head or any lacing. Aroma of stale caramel malt with some residual brown sugar notes is more or less pleasant. Taste is also dominated by stale caramel malt notes with light barrel-aged notes and some gross brown sugar residual notes. Body is light for style with zero carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. I either got a bad bottle or I just really didn’t appreciate the zero carbonation and stale notes associated with this beer.
05-15-2014 02:45:10 | More by Phyl21ca
2.98/5 rDev -19.2%
Thanks to BA ShitbirdKing247 for sharing this and the bourbon version back to back at a tasting a little while back. The brew appears a clear mahogany color with a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge. Some ruby is seen through the body with orange along the edges much like the other version.
The aroma includes notes of oak and coffee. A very raw oak character emerges moreso smelling than the typical cognac character along with a tangy almost vinous alcohol note later that is the first indication of this being cognac. At times, this brew almost smells beefy and smoked but not quite.
The flavor of this brew includes an unexpected note of coffee before blending to chocolate, oak and a vinous yet tangy alcohol inclusion that is no doubt like cognac gone wild. More funk developes as it warms up and it progressively gets more acedic.
This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Having a chance to try both barrel versions was a nice treat. You could this one was cognac by the vinous tang it had while the bourbon you could have lied and told me it was anything. While I liked what the cognac did to this, I coincidentally did no like the combination of alcohol and acedic character.
07-31-2013 19:00:13 | More by stakem
3.74/5 rDev +1.4%
Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.
Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with toasted malt and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.
04-08-2013 04:43:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
Acquired via trade
(Aged for 6 months)
Opens without a hiss. Zero carbonation. Color of cola or root beer. Leaves the glass clean. Not a pretty beer.
Very, very nice aroma. Sharp, sour cherry character, red wine vinegar, red berries, and sweet cognac combine. This really needed to come to room temperature before the aroma became properly expressive and enjoyable. It didn't have much aroma at all at colder temperatures.
Quite sour, sharp berry notes, dried cherry, some vinegar, some caramel bread sweetness on the finish, and complementing oak. Very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well. I like this quite a bit.
Full-medium bodied with zero carbonation. While it doesn't seem distracting or detracting in the moment, this would probably be much, much better with proper carbonation. It may even be spectacular. Disappointing only because of the massive potential available.
I like this quite a bit. Looking forward to drinking this again!
03-25-2013 01:01:37 | More by ehammond1
Crooked Stave Cognac Barrel Aged Sentience from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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