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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon Barrel - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 57
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.67% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrinkSlurm on 11-29-2012

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of minterro
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped by Crooked Stave's brewpub for the first time today to check out their on site selection.

Quick review from the small amount of notes I took.

A&S: the aroma was very similar to a quad. Dark fruits, touches of smokiness. Beer was a medium brown translucent color. Head had lots of retention (even without considering it is almost 10% alcohol) and was light brown colored

T&M: Very intense sourly tones. Finish was bitter and clean. Probably would have paired well with cheese. Surprisingly not a whole lot of any bourbon in the taste. Kinda on the acidic side. Body was on the light side of medium and the carbonation was on the high side of medium.

Overall: From the description of this style, this beer seems a bit different. The beer was on the pricey side (5 bucks for I think 5 oz!)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Baltic (ish) porter aged in bourbon barrels"
Poured from tap into cs snifter tulip at the brewery. Pours a deep rich black brown with thin tanish head. Superb wild brett aromas, malty coffee and bourbon...wow. taste is great coffee and bourbon, roasted malts, sweet dried fruit and of course wild brett. Just fantastic. Its so smooth and just so much flavor and complexity. One of the most unique porters ive ever had. These guys are really doing some amazing things with beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Cellar Reserve. Thanks to Bill for the assist. Served in Crooked Stave stemware.

Pours dark brown with a quickly-diminishing tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar and few swirls for a cap. The nose is more spirit heavy than the other two variants of the base. Bourbon presence is fairly heavy with some oak and light chocolate in the background. Vanilla as well. As it warms, there is a light dark fruit character along with a bit of roast.

The flavor is pretty barrel heavy as well, though it is more oak coming to the frot with some tannin. Bourbon is in the background along with slight roast, and just a bit of underlying acidity.

Medium body and fairly dry. Carbonation is a bit low, but appropriate for the style. Tannin through the finish.

My least favorite of the series, but still a nice beer stemming from a solid concept.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a live review collaboration between TheBrewo and StonedTrippin. We crack the cage and cork and pour a brew of the deepest cranberry-brown coloring. It holds a one finger head of molasses colored bubbles, showing decent retention. This leaves dripping stripes of lacing down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears light. The nose gives insanely soured Brett that is as fresh as it is juicy, subtle acetone, light booziness, warmed bourbon, and deeply roasted chocolate malts, making it somewhat simple but with increasing complexity through each individual component. Molasses, tin, mossy oakiness, and red apple sugars come out with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is deeply roasted, but gives insane tartness on the swallow, and proper bourbon heat to balance. As we sip, the flavoring opens with balsamic vinegar, smoked toffee, nectarine sugars, and massive bacterial fermentation. The middle peaks with unique bitterness of burnt malts and dextrin sugars, vinegar, fusel booze, oak, and black vinegar inkiness. We finish with coppery yeast, juicy malts, astringently drying oakiness, bourbon booziness, green twig hoppiness, and faintly bittered citric orange flesh. The aftertaste breathes of rich toffee, beefy meatiness, bone dry woodiness, tinny metals, cooked caramel and reddish malts, and Brett to the maximum. The body is medium, and the carbonation is prickly. There is soft slurp, cream, and froth, with nice slurp and glug on the back. There is a cooled coating, but an insane woody, astringent dryness all down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks amazingly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the flavoring, and the incredible blossoming progression from the time you open it to the time it’s gone. From the nose you can tell off the bat that this gives an interesting bacterial palate, done with purpose, and passion. The depth and bitterness of malts actually throw you a bit, giving an unconventional base for such a soured top. It seems by drinking this beer tonight we’re capturing a snapshot of what this beer has to offer. If you were to drink this beer every day for a year, each one would be different, and we’re simply experiencing a sensational slice of the chemistry as it changes through time.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 5.27.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy dark tan head that is gone fast.

S - Sour cherry, broubon, wood.

T - Subtle tart cherry, bourbon, wood. Nice!

D - Low carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Brett is working on the bourbon with some nice tart cherry, almost sour tones starting to show.

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Gouden Carolus stem-goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are actually low; this sounds terrible. A brett baltic porter aged in bourbon? ABV is 9.666% according to my bottle.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

When I was unscrewing the wire, it snapped off. This is the shittiest cage and cork design I've ever come across. I'm going to have to fetch wire clippers to get the damn thing off.

Then I had to use pliers to get the cork out, but it broke in half. This is a comically bad design. Presentation could not be worse. I used a wine opener to try to get the cork out, and that worked.

A: Pours a quarter finger rich tan colour had of nice cream and thickness, but poor (<40 second) retention. Lacing is pretty decent. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sourness, coffee, strong oak tones, dark malts, alcohol/booze, and biscuit malt. A messy aroma, but an appealing and intriguing one. Fairly strong.

T: Coffee and messy bretts, with heavy underlying caramel and hints of chocolate and badly fermented cherry - like a poor bourbon. I get some pleasant lightly sour sourness and some bretts on the finish. Badly balanced. Certainly an interesting experimental brew. Little alcohol comes through in the taste. Lacks enough yeast character. As messy as it is, it's not bad - and I certainly expected far worse balance based on the description. Somewhat unique. I applaud the experimentation.

Mf: Good thickness and carbonation. Nicely smooth and clean. Good dryness/wetness balance.

Dr: Drinkable and intriguing. I like it. I'd revisit this one. A unique, interesting beer from Crooked Stave.

B-

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite a challenge to remove both cage and cork - had to use "the rabbit" to get it out; and for what, as there is no carbonation in this beer whatsoever; anyway, this pours a headless fudge brown with ruby highlights

Smell: Chocolate and funky dark fruit; balsamic vinegar with oak and Bourbon undertones

Taste: The dark fruit presents itself first, with the acetic tartness building; after the swallow, the chocolate, funk, oak and Bourbon emerge; the finish is tart and puckery

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with no carbonation

Overall: Hard to believe this is 100% Brett as the acetic character is much stronger than the funk; anyway, quite an interesting beer that takes a while to capture all of its subtleties

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

Photo of chugalug06
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks absolutely delightful. Nice cream brown head. Brew is thin deep black with nice caramel colors.

Strong lemony twinge. Sour. Hours-y. Barn-y. Chocolate, caramel, and raspberry all come to mind.

Whoa. Dry, nice medium carbonation, slight tartness. Apple, chocolate, roasty caramel, beady, farm flavors, nice bitterness to help keep it from being overly sweet.

Awesome brew! Highly recommended (if you can find it)... It's exactly what I expected for a sour Porter. Nice job CS

Photo of denver10
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gonna redo my review since this new batch is a vast improvement from the original one, imo.

Pours black with a slight off white head. Aroma offers some dark fruits, vinegar, and roasty, with a cross of some dark chocolate and coffee. Not sure I detected any barrel in the aroma. Flavor is dark fruits, tartness from the vinegar, roastiness giving off some mocha, vanilla from the barrel, and the barrel itself. A lighter to medium mouthfeel. Overall, really nice beer here. After having this one again on tap, wishing I had grabbed a bottle of it when I had the chance.

Photo of yourefragile
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle, thanks Thorpe!

Pours a dark cola brown with a thin tan head that fades to a thin collar. Strong bourbon and vanilla presence on nose with light grape and dark fruit. Flavor is barrel heavy, with oak and bourbon notes dominating and light roast malt. Medium thin, with light carbonation.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reposting this under my name as well, we did this together last night.

This is a live review collaboration between TheBrewo and StonedTrippin. We crack the cage and cork and pour a brew of the deepest cranberry-brown coloring. It holds a one finger head of molasses colored bubbles, showing decent retention. This leaves dripping stripes of lacing down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears light. The nose gives insanely soured Brett that is as fresh as it is juicy, subtle acetone, light booziness, warmed bourbon, and deeply roasted chocolate malts, making it somewhat simple but with increasing complexity through each individual component. Molasses, tin, mossy oakiness, and red apple sugars come out with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is deeply roasted, but gives insane tartness on the swallow, and proper bourbon heat to balance. As we sip, the flavoring opens with balsamic vinegar, smoked toffee, nectarine sugars, and massive bacterial fermentation. The middle peaks with unique bitterness of burnt malts and dextrin sugars, vinegar, fusel booze, oak, and black vinegar inkiness. We finish with coppery yeast, juicy malts, astringently drying oakiness, bourbon booziness, green twig hoppiness, and faintly bittered citric orange flesh. The aftertaste breathes of rich toffee, beefy meatiness, bone dry woodiness, tinny metals, cooked caramel and reddish malts, and Brett to the maximum. The body is medium, and the carbonation is prickly. There is soft slurp, cream, and froth, with nice slurp and glug on the back. There is a cooled coating, but an insane woody, astringent dryness all down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks amazingly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the flavoring, and the incredible blossoming progression from the time you open it to the time it’s gone. From the nose you can tell off the bat that this gives an interesting bacterial palate, done with purpose, and passion. The depth and bitterness of malts actually throw you a bit, giving an unconventional base for such a soured top. It seems by drinking this beer tonight we’re capturing a snapshot of what this beer has to offer. If you were to drink this beer every day for a year, each one would be different, and we’re simply experiencing a sensational slice of the chemistry as it changes through time.

I should also add that it was an absolute pleasure to review this beer with thebrewo, they have unique palates, and it was a real trip to dissect this fine ale together. cheers!

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon Barrel from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
91 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.