Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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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
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
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
96 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.