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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 47
Gots: 33 | FT: 6
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: Mebuzzard on 07-19-2013)
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Mongrel

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - looks like a less carbonated cola, with a fizzy little head that dissipates quickly but leaves a small frothy ring for the entirety.

S - smells like certain wine barrel aged barleywines I've had, though there is a sweet hint of boozy bourbon. There's plum, golden raisins and a little licorice. Acetic funk develops a little later on and brings a tart white wine presence to the nose. Deeply intriguing and inviting nose.

T - first sip is perfectly sweet with plums, cherries and raisins, and a little warm bourbon. Again, like a barrel aged barleywine. But then the tartness kicks in at the back of the palate and takes this beer to the next level. Like the nose, one is reminded of tart white grapes and white wine -- a strange juxtaposition with the sweet dark fruit flavors. As the beer warms there's creamy vanilla from the bourbon, which is really nice paired with the big cherry presence. This one's a real complicated and enjoyable sipper.

M - mouthfeel is fuller than one would expected given the tartness, but still has a nice bit of effervescence to it.

Overall, it's tough to pull off dark sour beers, but this one's a real stunner. There's not a clue of the big 9.6 ABV in this beer. Another home run from Crooked Stave.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 23:19:04 | More by Mongrel
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Filabee

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

07-26-2014 22:31:17 | More by Filabee
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Halfbrother83

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-22-2014 01:46:45 | More by Halfbrother83
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-20-2014 04:11:11 | More by stephensinner
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GregDuB65

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-20-2014 01:37:40 | More by GregDuB65
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3%

07-18-2014 20:34:31 | More by atlbravsrno1
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

07-18-2014 20:29:54 | More by drummermattie02
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jbogner

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-03-2014 17:47:58 | More by jbogner
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kjrod20

New York

4/5  rDev -8.5%

06-18-2014 17:32:06 | More by kjrod20
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dwagner003

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

06-15-2014 05:51:38 | More by dwagner003
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Bwagner1122

California

4.5/5  rDev +3%

06-15-2014 05:47:38 | More by Bwagner1122
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-15-2014 03:00:09 | More by threedaggers
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incubuscience

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

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FreshZ

Missouri

5/5  rDev +14.4%

06-13-2014 13:49:26 | More by FreshZ
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EliotRosewater

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-12-2014 01:03:25 | More by EliotRosewater
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fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3%

06-11-2014 19:45:16 | More by fo1ksguitar
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-09-2014 02:24:20 | More by Cynic-ale
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-07-2014 08:14:43 | More by zestar
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McNazz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3%

06-07-2014 04:53:25 | More by McNazz
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark brown with a loose, thin off-white head that rests in a halo around the glass's perimeter with minimal lacing (some oily residual) and no visible sediment. The nose has slightly roasty caramel-like malts upfront followed by some tart plum and cherry fruitiness. The taste brings forward tart, unripe plum flavors, whiskey sugars, dry tannic bitterness, and an airy maltiness. The beer has a medium body with good fruit and barrel qualities and drinks with an airy mouthfeel despite bring laden with heavy flavors. Unfortunately, the beer's long-lasting, dry finish can become tiresome after some time. Dark sours are tough to pull off well in my opinion, but CS makes this beer seem effortless - definitely a repeat if/when available.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 00:03:56 | More by ThePorterSorter
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Smarty_Pints

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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Roger85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-30-2014 12:09:02 | More by Roger85
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layinbrix

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

05-26-2014 18:25:14 | More by layinbrix
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this bottle!

Vintage 2013 / batch 2.

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and thick maroon wax.

poured into Assassin Teku.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with red hue when held up to light. this beer is almost black it is that dark of a brown color. Thick cap of creme white / tannish colored head that drops down to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Ample amounts of sour cherries and oak. Aromas reminicent of a malty Flanders Red sour ale.

Taste: Very similiar to the nose. Moderate sourness is delivered in this adult beverage. Sour "pie" cherries with dry and earthy oak notes. Some maltiness that is very similiar to a Flanders Red offers solid balance to balance the sourness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Slightly dry feel. Drinks well below the almost 10% abv. It drinks more like its a 6% beer.

Overall: I like the Grand Cru Nightmare on brett slightly better than this beer. Didnt get much bourbon influence from those Leopold barrels, it was more oak flavor without any bourbon goodness.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 04:41:36 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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