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

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 63
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 06-20-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Dagsy, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

jaasen64, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

drummermattie02, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

stevefinny, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

MinorThreat, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Kuemmelbrau
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Kuemmelbrau, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

mdaschaf, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

jlindros, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Holland, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photekut, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

AlexFields, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of dbc5
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

dbc5, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 26, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

mroberts1204, Jul 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Gonzoillini, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

dhbiker0889, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

duff247, Jul 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

RuckusDu, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

buffs9, Jul 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

marshmeli, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

claspada, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.


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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

zestar, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

joel66, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
93 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.