Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel - Crooked Stave Brewery and Taproom
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4.49/5 rDev +2.7%
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
4.55/5 rDev +4.1%
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
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Leopold Bros Whiskey Barrel from Crooked Stave Brewery and Taproom
95 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.