Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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3.43/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
04-16-2014 17:48:19 | More by ArrogantB
3.48/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
02-12-2014 00:36:41 | More by cpetrone84
3.64/5 rDev -13.3%
375ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 5/23/13. Thanks Chris!
A: Pours just a shade lighter than black beneath a finger of fizzy short-lived light brown head. Head quickly faded into a fuzzy collar that left a few steaks of thin lace down the glass.
S: Dry hints of tart cherry skins, woody oak, faint spicy whisky, and deep roasted malts. Acidic smelling and musty.
T: Follows the nose with dominating and tart flavors of red berries and un-ripened fruits. Mild flavors of chocolate and roast poke through, and the finish has a kick of earthy must and barrel funk. The aftertaste is full of oak, dark malts, slight caramel, and faint whisky.
M: Medium-full body, fizzy bubbly carbonation, with a tart and drying mouthfeel. The tartness is candy-like and acidic.
O: I’ve had better dark sours but this was a good beer. Tartness is in your face and dominating. Enjoyable to sip but nothing I need to drink again.
06-05-2014 02:56:48 | More by scottfrie
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black body with some slight transparency at the edges. Reddish flecks. Small khaki head. Thin collar.
Smell - Cherry tartness. Chocolate. Whiskey. Oak. Smells like a very deep roasted oud bruin.
Taste - Very oaky. Very tart. Deep caramel and dark fruit sourness. Some roasted malts. Whiskey barrel adds a nice vanilla component that cuts the sourness a bit. Woody finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Flavorful. A little harsh.
08-12-2014 00:20:56 | More by Alieniloquium
3.91/5 rDev -6.9%
Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.
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.
11-04-2013 06:05:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.99/5 rDev -5%
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.
06-21-2013 13:21:56 | More by StonedTrippin
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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