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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 49
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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3.5/5  rDev -15%

djrn2, Jan 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

zestar, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

acurtis, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Aged in a Leopold Bros Small Batch Whiskey Barrel

Appearance: Arrives with an auburn colored liquid capped by a modest head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Dark fruit (prune) with lacto sour elements and mild whiskey tones

Taste: The lacto sourness arrives immediately complementing the prune and other dark fruit flavors that build underneath; after the swallow, there is a hint of milk coffee and almond, though the finish is rather acetic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderate puckering

Overall: Really excited by the flavors in this sour - what inspiration to sour a quad!

brentk56, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Texasfan549, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

kjkinsey, Jun 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

GRG1313, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a wild quad? who does this? nobody. pours a plane jane looking redish brown color, cloudy, with an invisible head, just a froth of caramel. nose is bretty and sour, spice and sweet, fally and wintery, strong and easy. many many contradictions here. the flavor is sour first, funky though, not just brett. alcohol comes in too, not a little beer, i feel this after a few sips. woody vanilla whiskey flavors get stronger towards the finish, and some belgian yeasty candy element makes this one of the more complex beers out there. feel is great too, full bodied, boring carbonation is its only weakness, so much happening, its hard to track it all, raisins and butterscotch now, this is wild. truly one of the most different but enticing beers ive ever had. this one is a classic already, and would make a perfect thanksgiving brew. go get it

StonedTrippin, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

MarkyMOD, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BA ShitBirdKing247 for opening this alongside the cognac version. The brew pours a clear mahogany color with a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge that is the only thing reminescent of a head. Some ruby hints are seen through the body with orange on edges when held to the light.

The aroma is a strange yet inviting compilation of unexpected character: coffee and toasty almost caramel and toffee are the first suggestions before oak. Then the funky comes into play which is a strange after-smell that doesnt seem to be fitting.

The flavor is rather tangy and vinous with a mildly musty and oxidized sort of note before blending into vinegar. The barrel aged oaky quality really only becomes noticeable into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It is strange but not that bad. There is something about high octane wild ales that just doesnt strike me the right way. Coupled that with the vinegar notes and well...i dont really have any interest in trying this again. I do appreciate the share though, thanks Josh.

stakem, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

ShanePB, Nov 21, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle opned on 11.9.12.

A - Pours a dark, murky brown with only a few dark bubbles on one side.

S - Raisins, bourbon, oak, wood, vanilla, and toffee.

T - Tart cherry, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and carmel.

D - Low carbonation, heavier body.

O - Very, very complex and great. Tons going on here. I love it.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 28, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

chippo33, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

claspada, Aug 24, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle from the taproom $11. Dark, dark red color with a thin ring of bubbles circling my wine glass. The first whiff off the bottle is great, bourbon, malt, hints of sour ale. As the beer opens up the alcohol really steps forward in the aroma but its still good, slight cinnamon and spice. Flavor is good with mild bourbon notes, decent alcohol, definite sourness, very solid fruit flavor like grapes possibly. My only complaint is that the body does seem a little watery and I'm usually generous on mouthfeel. This was an interesting beer overall but not worth the price of admission.

ArrogantB, Dec 22, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

eawolff99, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 23, 2012
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Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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