Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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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
Serving type: on-tap
11-16-2012 05:22:29 | More by StonedTrippin
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From a small bottle into a chalice.
A-The beer poured cloudy and dark brown with orange highlights. There was no head despite a relatively aggressive pour. No carbonation to be seen.
S-Surprisingly sour smell of cherries, raisins, wood, vanilla, and booze. There is touch of funk to go along with it. Complex, concentrated, unique and pleasing (gimme moar adjectives!).
T-The taste is not quite as sour as the smell would lead to you believe. Instead, there is a touch of bread and lots of funky dark fruit (raisins, plums, dates, and prunes) with just a hint of sour. As it warms, the taste gets a little wilder, with a bit of tobacco and medicinal alcohol thrown into the dark fruit mix.
M-Pretty much flat, which was a bummer, because it made an otherwise fine tasting beer feel a little watery. That being said, it was medium bodied, and it did not feel heavy or syrupy like you might expect.
O-This was a fantastic smelling and tasting beer that was let down by being almost complete without any carbonation. The flavors are wild and complex, and the booze is just visible enough to keep things from getting too sweet on the palate. I hope that my other bottle will have a bit more pop because if so, this beer would be a winner.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2012 03:04:27 | More by spoony
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2012 23:41:48 | More by yamar68
Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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