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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey BarrelCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%

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: Mebuzzard on 07-19-2013)
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Photo of Chico1985


3.79/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2013/Batch 2.

Appearance - Poured into a Fantome tulip. Color is dark brown with a beige head starting at about a finger. A partial cap remains along with spots of lacing.

Smell - Tart cherries and blackberries with a big sour vinegar kick, caramel and molasses hiding underneath that along with just a little bit of chocolate. Whiskey and oaky vanilla are faint but are quite nicely blended.

Taste - Wow, definitely big sourness here. Very vinegary and acidic with no funk noticeable. Other flavors from the nose are pretty much buried, or at the very least way less distinct. Dark fruit, and vanilla/oak in the finish stand out.

Mouthfeel - Pretty nice feel to it, has the light smoothness of the 'porter' base beer and the carbonation is kept in check. Sourness forces this to be a sipper for sure. You get the feeling this is in the higher realm of ABV for sours but not much of the nearly 10% is obvious.

Overall - The scent delivers what's advertised and hints towards greatness, the taste unfortunately didn't live up. It's a good beer, but I found the sourness too overbearing to mingle with the porter base and whiskey barrel. 375ml solo was quite fatiguing. It will be pretty interesting to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 01:26:09 | More by Chico1985
Photo of spoony


4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (dated 2013, Batch 2) into a snifter.

A-The brew is nearly black with a reddish sheen on the top. No visible carbonation. The head is thin and short-lived, and fades to tan collar of foam. I do not get any lacing.

S-This is a very sour beer...I smell sour cherry, vinegar, and lemony acidity. The sour flavors are moderated somewhat by a boozy bourbon aroma that is almost brandy-like in terms of the sweetness, vanilla, caramel, and oak. There is a bit of cocoa in there too. Intense and rich.

T-The taste, like the smell, is very sour and delicious. I taste lots of bourbon barrel, i.e., vanilla, oak, caramel, and even a bit of orange. The sour flavors are cherry, lemon juice, and vinegar. The malts peak through and provide a bit cocoa that dulls the bite of the sour flavors just a bit.

M-The feel is heavy for a sour, but it fits the beer well. There is a slightly oil feel that coats the palate and a moderate carbonation.

O-With this beer and Batch 60, Crooked Stave has really killed it in 2014. Between the fruity, sour berry-like flavors, the bourbon/barrel flavors, and the malty/porter flavors, there is a ton going on in this particular beer and it is busy, but works quite well. I will be really curious to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 03:51:33 | More by spoony
Photo of lmperialChad


4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Nightmare on Brett pours an opaque deep dark brown with hints of red caramel and a very thin head. One of the darkest sours I've seen, but probably not quite as dark as the Bruery's Tart of Darkness. I got some chocolate and Granny Smith apple juice on the nose, which did not fully foreshadow the explosive flavor journey that was to come. My palate was hit with a momentary dash of chocolatey, carameley sweetness that was soon followed by a tremendous wave of sourness -- lemon, blackberries, Granny Smith apples, and tart bing cherries. The degree of sourness reminded me of an extremely tart fresh squeezed lemonade. The intense fruity sourness flows over your palate like a wave -- gradually growing from the moment it first touches your lips until it hits a pinnacle of bold sourness that tests the threshold of your sour taste buds before rolling back into that sweet chocolatey, caramel malt backbone with hints of oakey vanilla. The flavor journey concludes with a delightful finish of incredibly smooth whiskey notes. This is the third bottle of NoB that I have bought over the past week because I am just addicted the unique flavor complexity and intensity of this beer. I loved the use of the Leopold Bros. whiskey barrels to age this sour ale, as I thought it played very well with both the chocolate malts and the tart sourness. A truly spectacular beer from Crooked Stave. Definitely within my top three sour ales of all-time and my favorite Crooked Stave release to date.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 06:48:50 | More by lmperialChad
Photo of gueuzedreg


4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Darkest dark sour that I have seen. This ring of lacing around the glass. Little to no head.

S- Boom! Tart bing cherries/whiskey slight soak. Some funk, but because of the style, the funk is rather tame.

T- Pucker, vinegar (not the bad vinegar sour), bing cherries, and the slightest of whiskey barrel aging. Just the right amount for a sour.

M- Kinda thick for a sour, but not bad. CS is crushing it.

O- Another great brew from CS. Glad I got RS this year, as I see this becoming hard as hell to get from here on out.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:47:49 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of Stevedore


4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Crooked Stave taproom at the source. Poured into a Crooked stave snifter today, 1/17/2014.

Poured dark brown, very dark cola coloured perhaps black. Small pinky-worth of tan head, ok retention, lots of sticky lacing.

Smells faintly tart cherry, fairly restrained. A slight bit of dark malts, signified in coffee and a little roast. But it's not a particularly exuberant nose.

Flavor is super sour. 7/10 sour. Very acidic, not funky at all. Very tasty and combines well with a little bit of chocolate sweetness that comes out more as it warms. But make no mistake this is a very sour beer. Oak and a dry Cherry tartness on the finish.

Medium bodied, very dry. Good carbonation. Drinkable and refreshing.

Reminds me of a poor man's Supplication. Not as complex, just as expensive. I would recommend just going with Supplication.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 00:48:52 | More by Stevedore
Photo of birchstick


4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour at the brewery

A - pours a really dark brown, almost black color with a soft white head.

S - the nose consist of some darker brown malt notes with some stale barrel character hanging over it all.

T - the taste takes a huge jump from the nose. Sour and slightly caramel up front and through the middle. A ton of sourness suddenly makes it's presence felt and wakens up the tongue. Some of the barrel softens the blow on the acidity, but the sourness fights back and wins over the pallete. The sourness lingers for a while afterwards. I also noticed some subtleties of the barrel came through on the finish once it warmed up quite a bit. Really nice!

M - mouthfeel is full and smooth. Finishes dry from the acidity.

D - overall this is a pretty solid offering from not only Crooked Stave but from an American brewery. I can see some thinking this might be overly sour, but I think the malt and barrel ageing help soften it and add a nice complexity that would otherwise be lacking. Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 21:04:32 | More by birchstick
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one was tapped about 5 minutes before I got to the barrel room. Serendipitous it seems.

Pours very dark brown, murky, almost black. Like a nightmare. Except it's pretty close to heaven. Large off white/tan foam, some rockiness. Head settles to a thick collar. Nice lacing. Rich, but a bit too frothy for a Baltic porter. Who cares, really? Besides the rating

Aroma is full of stuff. Chocolate, leather, caramel, char, vanilla, faint florals, spice and some woodiness. Sour for sure. The aromas don't really come through until the first sip

And yowza, that's a great first sip. Up front blast of sour dark cherries, then pure sour stuff with some funk spice. But the ending and finish are great. Chocolate, smooth caramel (like a Werther's candy), rich yet faint butterscotch just under the surface, vanilla, leather, blackberry...and on and on.

Served at cellar temperature as it hadn't cooled down since being tapped. Fine with me. Dammit, Jim, that's good

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2013 07:54:08 | More by Mebuzzard
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
96 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.