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

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

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 80
Gots: 77 | FT: 12
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
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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2.5/5  rDev -43.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown with a hint of dark red on the edges and a small amount of light brown tan head. Nose has a hint of smoke, musky mossy brett, faint touch of cherry. Taste is strong, musky brett, more malt presence. A bit of dark chocolate, notes of smoked meat, lots of sour cherry and a bit sweet in the back. Creamy feel, grainy carbonation, slick finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.76/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Backlog of reviews from last week in CO, KS and KY. This was reviewed fully at the time of consumption to my phone at Moraine Park CG, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

A- Dark brown body poured out of a 375ml bottle into a chalice. A light nutty tan head forms on the beer to around half a finger with a frothy foamy consistency. Head retention is decent and a medium ring remains. Sheets of lace at the top of the glass with drizzle and spots below that.

S- Sour lactic acid pours out of the glass even in the aroma with the whiskey barrel coming in strong along with that. Wet oak, vanilla, raisin, caramel and molasses dark brown sugars.

T- Extremely sour lactic lemony acids decimate the taste buds with only a bit of room for other things to shine. Whiskey and vanilla come in and are smoothed out quite a bit. Brown sugar, toasted nuts, green apple, vinegar, wet oak, tart cherry, vinous grapes and molasses hints are pale in comparison to the acid. Strong brett horsey barnyard.

MF- Light end body that is beyond bone dry and the sourness probably plays into that. Carbonation at a moderate level with a foamy and somewhat creamy consistency. The finish is very very sour.

The first few sips show a lot of promise with whiskey vanilla and wet oak playing into the equation heavily but the sour takes over fast. Lactic acid destroys the palate and takes away somewhat from the overall experience. The aroma still holds up well after time, however.

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3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -11.8%
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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3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged) from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
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