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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged) - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 401
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 23.29%
Wants: 105
Gots: 108 | FT: 24
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.66% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 07-19-2013

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 401
Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, my serving is in a little sampler snifter. Bottle date is 11/2014 Batch 3.

Pours dark, with a tiny silky head, and very fine carbonation. Smell is tart and dark fruit, maybe plum. Can't pick out a lot of detail, but it smells really tasty.

Taste is very tart, light bourbon, unripe plum. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, but not quite the beautiful texture I like. Overall, very good.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger tan head which quickly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A sour, fruity, and boozy aroma with a scent of brett, whiskey, and cherries. Upfront scent of brett lacto yeast with lots of funk and sour hints of cherry. Barrel scent of whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Some subtle roast hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Also some hints of tobacco and leather. A really nice complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sour, fruity, and nicely boozy taste with notes of brett, cherries, and whiskey. Big funky taste of brett lacto yeast with notes of sour cherry. Fairly acidic and tart. Barrel notes of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Light roast notes of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Light notes of leather and tobacco. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, tart, acidic, and fairly smooth.

Overall: A very good barrel aged twist on a sour. Nice combo of brett and whiskey flavors.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

what a visual disconnect. i poured this black beer with a tan head and would have expected a roasty stout, but got this beautiful, sour thing instead.

it's sour. holy shit, it's sour. vinegar. there's sweetness, and whiskey, and perhaps other elements, but that's just sour. i really think this is one of a kind, but it's one note, too.

in terms of being unique, and pushing everything i might expect, this beer does that and then some. but it's not an everyday beverage - more like it's to be experienced once and placed as a benchmark.

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Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on October 21st, 2015. Poured into a Teku glass. Served at below 40 degrees F but allowed to warm almost to room temp during consumption.

Beer pours a very, very deep dark brown... okay, okay, black. A two finger dark tan head forms and slowly settles, providing some lacing and sheeting all the way to the bottom.

Aroma is tart, sour fruit and a dash of whiskey.

Flavor is intensely sour, which dwarfs all other flavor notes. Hints of dark chocolate malt flavor lurk in there somewhere, as do fleeting tastes of wood and a slightly salty and smoky whiskey note. But make no mistake: the predominant flavor is sharp, acidic sourness.

Mouthfeel is ever-so-slightly thick and smooth with a touch of alcohol heat. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, the sourness is out of whack with the other flavors, though it's still a tasty beer for what it is. I personally prefer Wicked Weed's Black Angel more in the same general category of dark sour.

Thanks to Zonk for the bottle!

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Photo of M_chav
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So this is an exception beer, maybe one of the more complex sours I've ever come across. I wish I would have bought more than 1 (dammit!) seriously good. Starts with a crazy dark stout like pour, thin lacing and a small foamy top. Aroma is all wood, whiskey sweetness. the brett is on top and strikes the nose. The taste is not for the faint of heart, this is seriously complex. so much going on here. the whiskey is real and amazing. the brett covers the heat, the dark currants equal the brett. damn this is incredible. maybe a beer for someone with a developed palette because I wouldn't have been able to really appreciate this a year ago. seek this out and enjoy, this is incredible. Well done CS!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been a long wait, but worth it
L - very attractive black with hint of ruby, minimal head, some reddish lacing
A - terrific, dark sour cherries, hint of sweetness - presumably from barrel aging
T - follows nose with plenty of dark berry flavor, tart sour flavor, great linger - flavor stays in tongue but sweetens between sips.
F - tart sour, dry finish, followed by light sweetness that coats tongue, great carbonation - lots of bubbles
Overall - great beer that improves sip to sip

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Photo of Schimms
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours very dark, opaque with the minimalist of head. If there was any, it dissipated before it hit the glass.

S: Smells very strong - sour to the max. Hint of whiskey. Slight brett.

T: Only picking up the EXTREME sour - no idea that there is any whiskey involved at this stage. Can't taste the alcohol - hidden in the sour. MINIMAL brett - disappointed with that. I love a more present brett.

F: Very dry - great finish.

O: Huge, mouth/face puckering experience of a sour ale. Great one-time experience - too pricey for the beer? Doesn't live up to the expectations advertised on the label, but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Austin32
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a really excellent beer. Pours extremely dark red/brown, almost black under lower light. I would not instinctively think sour and whiskey flavors would blend well....but they totally do. The whiskey notes very much support the rich sour flavor that first hits your palette and come together nicely at the end.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Jet Black, with a thin lacing of head around glass
Smell: Strong whiskey, and coffee, with subtle malts
Taste: Good amount of lingering of whiskey, def need another one
Feel: Big body and awesome end taste
Overall: Just great, would love to get my hands on another one

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Photo of Magister_Beav
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I can't unpucker my mouth. It is so sour it hurts. Did I mention it's sour. Once you get over the shock, there is a pleasant whiskey flavor. The whiskey isn't overwhelming as is often the case. There are also some lingering sweet notes in the aftertaste. I can't stop drinking it.

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Photo of gatornation
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2015 Batch 6

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head little to no head after a 1 finger head pour, smell of wood and whiskey sour dark fruit with chocolate , brett , taste follows the nose sour up front with oak and whiskey in the middle tart finish, lower carbonation on this with a sour acidic mouth feel, really tasty nice depth of oak, fruit,brett, it is on the sour side and pricey @14 a bottle

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome beer- you should get it. Dark, opaque, color, tan head, less than a finger of head, decent lacing and retention.

Smell is good. Not great but still very good. Sour and coffee in even measure.

Tastes fantastic. Lots of sour, decent coffee and smoke flavor, a little bourbon. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is great- full bodied, well carbonated. I love this beer- too bad it's so expensive but well worth it if you like sours or are looking to go somewhere different (very different) with your stout game.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 2014 batch 3, opened Aug 2015

A – Beautiful black mahogany body. Fine khaki head settles into a medium halo with nice retention and lace.

S – Flip’n fantastic. Deep caramel, vanilla, charred oak, warm pumpernickel bread, sour raisins, brisket, bread pudding, and toasted crème brûlée.

T – Oh man, this absolutely lives up to the hype. Delicious with stellar integration and balance. Wonderfully dry. Burnt-crust on fresh baked country bread, mouthwateringly tart red plums, rich vanilla, deep woody oak, burnt maple syrup, and saddle leather.

M – Smooth, medium-full body with a sharp tartness and a lingering creaminess that coats your palate through the finish.

O – World class. Fantastic depth, balance and flavor. One of the best sours I’ve ever had.

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark. Smells of fruit, vanilla, light coffee roast and a tinge of whiskey. So much barnyard funk in this one. It is wonderful, the horse blanket remind me of an old cantillon. Crooked stave really kicks a$$ with these variations of NoB

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Photo of DocPage
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the third beer from Crooked Stave I tried during my trip up to Denver. The only thing that I can say would be wrong with Nightmare on Brett is NOT trying it. 5.0 all around.

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Photo of Moose90
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12.7oz bottle

A — Pours a deep and dark brown hue out of the bottle, almost black, though there is some brown clarity around the edges when held up to the light. There is a deeply dark brown head that forms initially, but fades quite quickly due to the acidity. Looked like a stout upon first glance.

S — Smells intensely fruity and bright. Completely unexpected but very appreciated. Lots of cranberry, raspberry, funk, lemon, little bit of barnyard, dark chocolates, bitter roasted coffee. There is a good bit of vanilla, caramel sweetness as it warms, little bit of oak and char.

T — Fantastic depth of flavor here, lots and lots going on. Starts very acidic, tart, and bright, with notes of cranberries, raspberries, cherries, tart apple. Rolls into a bit of a Brett showcase with a bit of barnyard and funk, fresh hay and horse blanket. Moves to a roasty, deeply rich and almost charred finish. Very nice finish of roasted coffee beans, unsweetened chocolate, bitter tobacco and leather. Good bit of light oak and vanilla sweetness from the barrel on the finish. A total amalgamation of flavors here, just fantastic.

M — Medium bodied, high carbonation, very acidic, bright, clean. Enjoyable.

O — Great overall, this was completely unexpected, and this beer absolutely exceeded or met whatever hype it may have had. This is Crooked Stave's crowning achievement, plain and simple. Seriously fantastic.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

B3. Pours pretty darn black, thin dark tan head. Cola, cherry and dark fruits, funky old barrel and lactic sour, maybe a touch of chocolate. Pretty sour, a touch of vinegar, dark fruits, a touch of whiskey flavour without the heat, and some powdery dry bakers chocolate in the finish. Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Great stuff.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had alongside grand cru, port, and wine barrel. all poured dark as night. nose is vinegary dark sour with s whiskey tinge. taste is the same with sharp sour notes dancing with whiskey heat. not a huge dark sour guy and this did not convert me into a fan, but not a bad brew. dug it over the port.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says 11/2014 Batch 3.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/8 inch light brown head that doesn't retain well before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint, wispy surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Intoxicating aroma of oak, Brett funk, sharp whiskey and lactic acid. Black cherry and a touch of booze.

T- The whiskey and Brett come forth, then the sourness kicks in and draws out lemon acidity on top of notes of blackberry and more black cherry. The sourness is a bit intense, almost overly so as the oak and whiskey flavors start to blur. Aftertaste of fig and raisin. I like the barrel notes that are present in the front end of the flavor but the intensity of the sourness muddles the finish.

M- Highly acidic feel is perceived from the tip of the tongue all the way down to the back of the throat. Not wholly unpleasant, but the imbalance is a bit of a turnoff. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- The smell on this one is divine but, in the end, it's a bit too sour for my liking. Has nice complexity, yet I feel the nuances are lost amid the intense pucker after multiple sips. Definitely the most sour Crooked Stave beer I've had thus far.

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Photo of Plower
4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

No competition against this beer. Crooked Stave, loaded with Brett and Whiskey Flavor. Okay, so its like all 5s in every category except price. Its a whiskey sour beer that is highly drinkable.

Let's put it this way, if you love sours you should buy it, if you don't love em skip it...cuz its like 15 bucks a bottle. You gotta pay to play unfortunately.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

January 15, 2015

Draft, Taster Snifter

A – Black with some touches of dark brown. Big tan craggy head, with high retention.

S – Brett funk and some mild lacto aroma, acidity even on the nose. Chocolate malt present in the background, though very faint, and some spicy notes, perhaps from the hops but rye-like.

T – Funky barnyard with some sweetness, somewhat fruity, and mild lacto acidity. Malts are not very prominent, mostly providing backbone for the souring Some rye-like spice present here as well.

M – Maltiness and spice help balance the tartness, but is wholly bent in the tart/acidic direction. Somewhat light bodied considering the carbonation and barrel aging.

O – A very interesting beer, but the souring is overwhelming what I imagine is a fairly spectacular base beer instead of complementing it. Could have showcased the base more to be truly exquisite.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The nose is acidic with balsamic and vinegar like twang, lots of Brett, molasses and strong tart cherry.

The flavor is punch to the taste buds with a powerfully tart cherry but a natural sweetness. The cherry flavor is complimented by a barrel derived vanilla that works so well. The end is sour, but sweet and helps to round out a fantastic ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/2014 Batch 3. Poured from a bottle into snifter, the beer is a dark, almost black coloring, with a wisp of brown bubbling on the surface. Aromas of subtle dark chocolate, bitter coffee, plum and date, earthy highlights, tart cherries, whiskey spice and booze, and some woody spicing. Flavors are very sour and tart forward, with a cherry overtone on a backbone of old world fruit and warming booze. Smoke ghosts linger on your tastebuds after a while. Dig in a bit, and you'll find some chocolate and coffee character, as well as that whiskey spice and warmth. Very smooth and robust, yet dry and crisp at the same time. The aftertaste is more of the chocolate, coffee, and smoke, after the sour and tart notes clear the deck. Dry, sour, puckering, tart, lingering finish. This is a tasty damn beer.

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Photo of StrongRepublican
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2014 waxed 375ml bottle into a CS branded snifter.

A: Dark brown with hints of ruby at the edges. Thin chocolate colored head, lasting tan collar.
S: Huge barrel aroma, char/burnt oak, toffee, milled barley, slight tartness/vinegar.
T: Sharp acidity up front, balsamic vinegar, hints of caramel, bread crust and sweet malt intermingle with lingering sourness. Barrel character is prominent but not overpowerering - oak/char/woodiness/toast.
M: Carbonation levels are perfect to highlight crisp sourness, quickly fading to a slick finish.
O: Rich and complex, it changes with every sip but is fantastic from start to finish.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: oily black body but not as viscous as I expected - finger of dark mocha foam slimmed quickly into a thin collar and left delicate patterns of lace behind

S: berries and wood, something herbal and medicinal in the background; vague hints of a darker malt cocoa and some distant dank funk, like (yes, I'm gonna say it) wet horse blankets

T: lots of impressions occur quickly, ranging from chocolate syrup to tart dark berries to drying wood and lemon pith; sour but with flashes of bittersweet chocolate, and maybe even allusions to a dark wine, dry and full of berry

M: fairly full-bodied and full of tart tingle, smooth but puckering astringence and drying wood keep it tight and lean despite a pulling density

O: Surprised to see it classified as a Baltic porter, but I don't know exactly what to call it either. This is some crazy stuff - forget styles - as long as you don't mind the dark pucker, you have to try this if you see one. This is an extraordinary beer. The label says a "dark sour ale" and I found it to be akin to a wild ale with some chocolaty characteristics.

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
95 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.