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Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wild quadrupel ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: yamar68 on 10-21-2012)
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Reviews by blackie:
Photo of blackie
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review entered from notes. Draft at the old taproom into a snifter. The beer is a reddish brown in color with just a light wisp of head and a thin ring. The malty quad side of the equation provides some dark fruits - raisin, prune, apple - mingled with a sharply acidic sour side. Nice musty, funky aroma becoming more sour and vinegar on the palate. Unexpected touches of toasted coffee and cocoa here and there. The bourbon barrel presence comes through modestly. Moderate in body with a low to moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one, but there’s lots of competing character and it’s a little brash at times.

blackie, Dec 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

supa0525, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jaminjohnson, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Beerontwowheels, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photekut, Aug 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

joshwith, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. I can count the number of bubbles on one hand. Dismally dead looking.

Smell - Tons of caramel, some fruits. Dark fruits with an acidity to the nose.

Taste - Sharp acidity covers up a lot of the quad. Still a fair amount of caramel. Sharp clean sourness. Fruity.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Not sold on this. The sourness doesn't add to it. Just makes me wonder if it was a quality base quad.

Alieniloquium, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

hiphopj5, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mozim, Feb 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

blindpiggie, Mar 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

GRG1313, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Devi0us, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

LotsofLupulin, Sep 01, 2013
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4.76/5  rDev +15.3%

Mineo, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of yamar68
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like an over-steeped cold black tea... swampy brown body with little to no head, thick boozy legs ta boot.

Mushy cherries, dates, caramel/toffee, hot wood bits, more dark fruits, nothing obviously 'wild' about this judging by the nose alone. Some faint leather, bourbon, slightly tart yeast notes far and away.

Ooh, yep... there's the sour. Such a unique tasting beer. Sort of reminiscent of a sour brown? Overripe cherries, sweet tobacco, figs, the bourbon and the tartness have such a strange and tasty relationship, some sweet fruit, no real discernible alcohol presence - such a massive and complex drink. Incredible.

Feel is just as thin as it looks but I actually quite enjoy it - it allows for an uninhibited experience of the vast and complex flavors.

Wow. Many thanks to quirkzoo for this beer. Fantastic.

yamar68, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Ruddy turbid brown body topped by a thin film. Funky, smoky nose. Very earthy, some mushroom notes, faint bourbon. Nice acidity on the palate, dark fruit, red currant. Full body with medium-low carbonation. Mild bourbon barrel tannins and vanilla notes pop out in the finish. A pretty nice soured quad with impressively well hidden alcohol.

largadeer, Dec 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

cestlavie, Oct 14, 2013
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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%

Canada_Dan, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ShanePB, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

claspada, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

MinorThreat, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

discharmingly, Jan 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

thanks to ablackshear for this awesome extra!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: murky bodied beer with light cola colored head. After a hard pour you get a thin cap of head composed of large translucent bubbles that drop quickly to no head at all.

Smell: The barrel notes with sour cherries and lemons smelled almost immediately. Smells of malty dark fruits, earthy, and hint of smoke. The beer has big tannic and vinous notes with a hint of lactic acidic note.

Taste: moderately sour lemons, green apples, and red grapes that add a vinous and slightly sharp tart flavor to the beer. Malts are full of dark fruits with raisins mpstly being the focal point and a surprise found as a hint of smoke. Yeah! The beer finishes with the barrel notes... You gotta love the barrel notes that are incorporated into this beer featuring deep tannins, sweet vanilla, and a mellow yet fortified earthy oak flavor that lingers during the finish. The sour notes and the sweet notes build up as the beer warms. Not much of a quad, but I still like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with very low carbonation. You can pretty much say its flat carbonation levels. The beer has no booze notes at all. It just a little warming towards the end of the bottle.

Overall: I enjoyed the way this beer tastes and the flavor profile does remind me of Oso's Wee on the Lam that I have tried just recently. Unfortunately, Crooked Staves beer is a little rough around the edges compared to Wee on the Lam. Its biggest fault is that its flat. I enjoyed the complexity of the flavor of this beer it was honestly my favorite part of the beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Feb 09, 2013
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Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.