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

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.67% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 12-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 375ml bottle in my DFH snifter. Thanks surge1311!

A - Black with no light coming through and a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Very interesting with funk, tartness, dark fruits, oak and even some tropical fruits. It really blends together nicely.

T - Quite tart with an underlying contribution of cognac and dark malts. It's not at all what my palate expected. It's pretty good but I'm not sure it comes together properly. And I don't think the cognac adds to it.

M - Moderate consistency and carbonation with a firm pucker factor.

O - The platypus of beers.

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4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.14.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy-active dark tan head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Tart fruit, barrel and red wine.

T - Red-wine, cognac, oaky tartness. Some sweet ripe fruits.

D - Lower carbonationo and a heavier body. A bit on the sweet side with a tart finish.

O - You can totally taste the cognac, still a bit sweet, but this one should age gracefully.

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3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, black wax, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours super dark brown with a thin khaki head that recedes to a collar.

S- Really interesting aroma, it's a blend of cognac, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and some more tart, fruity brett notes. I wouldn't expect this to work but, at least in the aroma, it does.

T- This works considerably less in the flavor. Tartness is way more dominant here, lots of sour fruit and a bit of funk, which is sort of weird next to the chocolate and roast flavors, as well as the vanilla and cognac barrel flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, mild booze warmth.

O- There's a lot about this beer that I like, the barrel character is very tasty, but it's just sort of a strange beer.

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3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to DaveHack as an extra! Big thanks man!

Very nice look, dark stormy look with some swirling tan head on top, ring of tan around the sides, has nice lacing with a swirl that falls down quickly.

Smell is very complex and strikes a great balance of the spirit, oak, fruit Brett, malty base beer, they all form this confection dessert like aroma that is very enticing and quite nice.

And the taste does not live up to the bill. It has a metal type taste and the Brett seems to conflict with the base beer, which seems to cancel out the nice notes they both could bring to the table, and the cognac is not all that obvious either. Disappointing after the smell. There are nice roast notes and Brett too, but it could be better.

The feel is ok but acrid seeming with the taste profile. Medium in feel and some sour notes linger nicely.

Overall pretty good, but could be better with some tweaks I'd say.

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Cognac Barrel from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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