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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
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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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
Photo of mozim
4/5  rDev -3.1%

mozim, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -3.1%

hiphopj5, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Franch
2/5  rDev -51.6%

Franch, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Kuemmelbrau
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Kuemmelbrau, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DaveHack, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

djrn2, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Dec 23, 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
Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -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
Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

eawolff99, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whoa. Very flat appearance. Opaque cloudyness in the dark purple/brown colored brew. No head, merely iced tea bubbles.

Tons of tart cherry, roasty caramel, and "mez-cal" esque wooded aroma. Interesting and VERY unique. The bourbon barrel used must have not had bourbon in it for too long.. There's not too much Quad going on here, it's much more of a wild ale. I can smell the tartness from my table.

Very unique flavors. Dry, silky in parts, perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. No off flavors and *extremely* drinkable, if you like sours. Tartness is up there, I'd give it a 7.8/10 on tartness. There's tons of near virgin oak lingering on the flavors. A side from being near flat, this is an awesome brew.

Recommended if you think you'll be able to get over the lack of carbonation. In one way the lack of carbonation is kinda nice since it allows you to open up to all the flavors swarming around in this fantastic brew.

Here's to #500!

chugalug06, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

dhbiker0889, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Archemedies, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

markrmoser, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of sir-knifes-alot
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark orange-brown, murky, with a VERY slight head that vanishes instantly... looks like a beer you left out over night.

S: Initial smell is all funk. But once you let it breath for a minute, the true aroma comes out, and its very nice. Your typical quad, dark fruits, which lead into the bourbon, leather and wood. Finishes with sweet cherry/vanilla. Extremely pleasant aroma.

T: Yes, its sour. A very well played sour. Enough to let you know its there with out going over board and taking over. Next, the flavors work in the oposite direction as the nose would have you to think. Starts sweet, then finishes with the oak/bourbon. Very layered. Very complex. And flat out delicious. Easily one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

M: One word...FLAT. Great body, and very smooth but I'm drinking beer here, not bourbon. I need some carbonation.

O: I don't post reviews (this is only my second), but I just had to review this one since there isn't that many of them. Like I stated above...easily one of the most complex and best tasting beers I've had to date. A fantastic brew, but the lack of carbonation is keeping it from being a world-class brew. With that said, if you are a sour fan I highly suggest you seek this one out.

sir-knifes-alot, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of stmgl01
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

stmgl01, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of DrLaFollette
4/5  rDev -3.1%

DrLaFollette, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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
Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
4.75/5  rDev +15%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of hannydawg
4/5  rDev -3.1%

hannydawg, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep purple with zero head, somewhat murky and a heavy visual appearance. Nose is fruit forward with grapes and cherries with vanilla, and heavy oak. Notes of earthiness come through with more heavy grape. Taste is tart up front with candi sugar and fruit with a nice lactic tartness. Mouthfeel is heavy with minimal carbonation. Overall, a intriguing take on a quad. Worth a try.

homebrew311, Nov 25, 2012
Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.