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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand CruCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%


Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.66% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 06-20-2013)
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

375ml cellar reserve bottle that a regular trader hooked me up with for being a trustee, very cool. Dark black, minimal head. Looks pretty much like the cognac version I had on tap. Aroma is very vinous, grapes, cherries, vinegar, obviously going to be sour. One thing I did not like is that as it warmed I got a poopy dirty diaper quality out of the smell so I had to knock the score, eww. This wasn't manure it was baby poop. Flavor is sour, dark fruits, cherries, not bad at all but it upset my stomach acids. I got heartburn almost immediately and I've been drinking sour beers for a long time. Another thing I was a little let down by was that I couldn't really taste nor smell the whiskey barrel. Maybe its because this beer is already a year old but it would have been nice. Overall this is good if you like dark fruity sours but its not for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 17:48:19 | More by ArrogantB
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dar482

New York

4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer pours out in a dark reddish brown, almost black color.

The beer has dark cherries, blackberry, raspberry. There is vinegar and a good amount of tartness, some balsamic, red wine, with wonderful oak and drying quality.

An absolutely delicious brew with wonderful complexity and dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 03:34:35 | More by dar482
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is dark, black esq., with a bubbly tan head. Nose is charred wood and some marshmallow. Lacto sourness and cherry, a touch acetic in the nose. Taste follows, not really acetic. Strong carbonation, Lighter body. Less wood, more cherry. Lacto is fairly present mid palate with notes of marshmallow and vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:36:41 | More by cpetrone84
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark almost black beer with an slight off white head that sits just on the edges with an island of foam in the middle

S - Sweet cherry, dark chocolate, light tartness, milk sweetness, slight raspberries, slight alcohol presence. Really one of the best noses for a dark sour porter I've smelled.

T - Tart vinegar and lemon up front as well as sour cherry. There is milk chocolate and roasted malt from the porter aspect. There is some Brett near the finish as well that gives it a nice farmhouse funky aspect as well as some slight warmth and mustiness from the alcohol barrels

M - Heavy carbonation with a dry finish from the oak. Slight chalkiness from the roasted malt

O - Really an interesting good dark sour that is balanced with tartness, cherry flavor, good aspects of the porter, and a slight presence from the alcohol. Really impressed by how they managed to make this tart yet still keep the aspects of the Baltic porter

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 23:39:34 | More by jeonseh
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Batch 5/23/13.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, whiskey, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 that is quite sour and puckering.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 06:05:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown pour with a khaki head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, red wine, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Hints of whiskey, some lemon, a bit of grass, roasted malt, caramel, and dark fruits. Whew, a lot going on. Complex flavors of balsamic vinegar, caramel, chocolate, tannic red wine, whiskey, and oak. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit, some grass, and roasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 12:52:24 | More by jbaker67
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from the '13 Cellar Reserve

Deep brown-black pour, opaque, with a small but firm cap of tan head that retained well and left gentle lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark roasty malts with a burst of tartness, dark fruits--cherries and red wine. This beer reminded me bit of Tired Hands' Guillemot Nebula, and that's a good thing. The taste followed the nose, tart black cherries, red wine, lacto, good notes of bourbon-soaked oak, all backed up with dark malts bringing in hints of burnt caramel and unsweetened chocolate. Medium-full body, tart, but not overly puckering, moderate carbonation, and a warm boozy kick. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 12:10:10 | More by Rifugium
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cosmicevan

New York

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle from cellar reserve membership this year. enjoyed from last year's cellar reserve glass.

a - pried the wax and opened the bottle. when i filled my glass the brew poured a deep black with chestnut highlights. there was a reasonable head with the pour and nice lacing painted the glass as i sipped the brew.

s - dark and tart. cherries. red wine. sweet n sour candy.

t - really nice and tart dark cherry flavor. vinous. tart. delicious.

m - fairly tart but not puckering.

o - overall, a really nice take on a dark sour. the whiskey barrel seems to add the right angle for the tartness. nothing porterlike about this beer. glad i have a few more of these!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:54:42 | More by cosmicevan
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Batch 23 from May 2013. Thanks Bill (forgetfu) for sending this one.

A- Pours a dark brownish purple that appears a jet black in the glass, about a quarter to half a finger of slightly mocha brownish off-white head forms that has decent retention but fades to a flat top, some light lacing hear and there cling to the sides of the glass.

S- Aromas of dark fruits, plums, cherries, grapes, burgundy, merlot, a little bit of vinegar.

T- Grapes, raisins, plums, burgundy, vinegar, finishes with a more vinegar, a little bit of red wine, and a faint presence of chocolate and raisins in a lingering aftertaste that resembles the porter qualities. Fairly complex but just a tiny bit too vinegary for my liking.

M- Medium bodied, slight vinegar acidic feel to it, medium carbonation, abv very well hidden.

O- This was a nice dark sour that still showed signs of the original base beer before it was taken over by a vinegar acidity. The final product was fairly complex and decently acidic yet drinkable. Not my favorite dark sour I've had, but definitely one worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 21:58:49 | More by jaasen64
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle had at The Festival in Portland.

Pours a dark murky brownish black color, nice creamy head with bit of lacing.

Nose tons of sour and light lacto funk, pedio too I think, a horseradish aroma, nice toasty buttery oak, light acetic, light sour cherry, light phenolic booze.

Creamy lacto funk sour but not super, tons more buttery oak and barrel notes, dark caramel malts soured, hint of choc covered tart cherries, light acidic bite and acetic acid, some warming phenolic booze again.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, light flemmy and sticky, decent carb.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 16:07:04 | More by jlindros
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dbc5

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into Barley Creek wine style glass.

A: Brown to black pour with a fluffy cream colored head. Nice lacing on the way down the glass. Looks great.

S: Tart cherries, some wood, clear acidity. Perhaps a bit of roast from the dark malts in the background, but this one is all about tart acidity on the nose.

T: Sour cherries is the first thing that hit my palate. Moderate sourness. A bit of oak and some whiskey flavors. At the very end, I'm getting some subtle chocolate covered cherry like flavors on the palate.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. For me, this doesn't drink like a 9.6% beer; not getting much in the way of alcohol heat.

O: A really enjoyable beer, although I did prefer the other 2013 Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve that I've had, Origins Grand Cru, which I thought was phenomenal. I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:41:32 | More by dbc5
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mroberts1204

California

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to poonamibaxter for sending this to me and asking for nothing in return! A true BA.

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a khaki head that lingers. Smell has that typical Crooked Stave characteristic of oak. Sour cherry. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak is dominant. Huge vanilla. Taste is lactic sour immediately, then followed by the delicious huge oakiness that I detected in the nose. Finishes with cherries and some mocha/chocolate. The finish leaves me a bit disappointed but I'm just looking for something wrong with the beer at this point. Where is the alcohol? It drinks nothing like a beer at 9.66%. More like 6%. The sours coming out of this brewery never disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:48:19 | More by mroberts1204
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ablackshear for another awesome extra!

375ml bottle pressure cap and waxed.

batch:23/may/2013

poured into Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown to a medium black bodied beer. 2 fingers of medium to dark khaki colored head that drops down to a thin cap that stays around forever. Lacing coats the glass and its a little better than spotty lace.

Smell: Tart cherry and an acetic note. Wet oak. A hint of slightly boozey and sweet bourbon.

Taste: Starts off with tart cherries that are on the low end of moderately sour. A healthy dose of wet oak and some sweet bourbon to taste. A hint of smokey malts and tootsie rolls. The beer is vinous, acetic, and tannic. Wine like note dominates the finish with more tart cherries a very faint hint of spicy rye. That is seriously complex beer here!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. The carbonation is spot on. This is a big sour and its even hardly boozey. The beer feels oily and is fairly smooth. It also has a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is the second 2013 Crooked Stave Cellar Reserve beer that I have had the privilage to drink. The other was Origins Grand Cru. And Wow... Both are truly stellar sour beers. This beer is listed as a baltic porter, but the beer doesnt have much of anything to do with a baltic porter in my opinion...its a sour beer all the way. I also noticed that both origins grand cru and nightmare on brett grand cru have very similiar flavor profiles despite the very different base beers. Crooked Stave really knows how to brew some complex and deverse sour beers! Crooked Stave does a great job of "thinking outside of the box" when it comes to the craft beers they brew and barrel age.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 07:16:27 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more cellar reserve series stuff courtesy of drlovemd83, a fantastic BA and friend. the grand cru came with lofty expectations, and maybe I overbilled it, but I liked this less than its simple single barrel forefathers. the pour is that same nefarious red tinted dark brown nectar with a minimal off white head, and the nose is still piquantly sour, vinegary, and lactic, but the taste is very different. instead of the big vanilla and oaky char notes like the bourbon barrel version, this one falls flat on the finish, as if lacking an identity of its own. there is more of a tannic red wine sort of vibe to the taste and feel, which is fine in its own right, but the smoothness is absent from earlier versions. the alcohol is also more apparent in this edition, and the body seems less, although that may be in my head. its hard to look at a crooked stave beer objectively anymore for me, they are so intriguing, challenging, complex, and of course fantastic. its hard to be critical of such a good brew, and by almost any other standards, this is flawless, but I am trying to rate this one in the crooked stave context, and in that regard its a step below the other nightmare beers in my opinion. still outstanding and worth going after.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 13:21:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 6.7.13
Batch 23/May/2013
ABV is 9.666%

A - Pours a very dark brown-black with an active fizzy brown head that quickly fomrs a ring around the glass.

S - Cherry, oak, bourbon, a touch of tartness.

T - Cherry and bourbon with a wood tart tingle finish.

D - Mild to medium carbonation with a medium body.

O - Cherry, Brett, woody, bourbon - So Delicious. Good choice for the Cru.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:03:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
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93 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.