Crooked Stave Origins - Bourbon Barrel Cherry
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American Wild Ale
4.31 | pDev: 8.35%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Crooked Stave Origins - Bourbon Barrel CherryCrooked Stave Origins - Bourbon Barrel Cherry
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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky cherry hued caramel brown. Tan head.

This one is almost too sour to drink at this point. Mouth puckering. Vinegar. Tart cherries. Some funk. A bit of brown sugar and spice.

Enjoyable, but a bit over the top after a few years in the bottle.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting but not great. Look is a murky auburn with a fast fading head. Orange brown at the edge in the light. The aroma has a pretty strong coffee element, some vinegar, cherry and leather. Oak & vanilla at the back end. Flavor hits with cherry up front and then a chocolate and dark fruit (dried plums, currants) before moving into a tannic and acidic phase. Finish brings back that coffee and roasted malt flavor. Acidity is present but never overwhelming. Body is medium, a bit creamy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2013 vintage. Bottled 9/2013.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, cherry, medicinal, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry, medicinal, acidic, and slight plastic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid sour cherry qualities, but the plastic and medicinal aspects detract from the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing. 2013

Pours a nice fluffy smaller but rich bubbly head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing and great legs, murky dark mahogany brownish pond water color, little yeast sediment.

Nose lots of cherry, cherry cough syrup, cherry extract, sweet candy like with mild vegetal fermented molasses, a mild fusel alcohol. No bourbon or barrel really.

Taste is super tart, big sour cherry, super sour pickle level of sour, sour cherries and little cherry syrup, cherry juice even, with fair acidity, little candy malt base, touches of toasty vanilla barrel but no real bourbon, little malt vinegar. Finish is flemmy long sourness, nice cherry, little bready malt lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, little syrupy and decent carb.

Overall mixed, taste was very sour and nice cherry, aroma was very lackluster, overall lack of bourbon hurt it.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros, 2013 release.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear very dark garnet hue with a thin sudsy head that fades to leave light wisps and nice legs.

S - Aromas of cherry reduction, cherry extract, cough syrup and vegetative fruit. No has no bourbon or barrel.

T - Taste is mouth puckering sour cherry, light malt sweetness, faint warning bourbon barrel notes, light vanilla. More fresh sour juicy fresh cherry than syrup. Not the usual dark sour.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thin lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer had some crazy ups and downs. Nose was awful along with the mouth but the taste was nice.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stakem
3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml poured into a snifter. The brew appears a mahogany color with orange clarity around edges and big bubbly off-white to kahki head.

The nose on this smells primarily of cherry coupled with minerals and earth. Not really much barrel character to even distinguish it from plain oak.

The taste is tart like unripe cherrys mixing with minerals. A very enjoyable pitted cherry character is present which is nice enough that it distracts from concentrating too much on the mineral flavors.

This is medium bodied with modest carbonation. Lots of cherry but overall just an ok offering. I dont quite understand the high ratings and hysteria over these crooked stave sours.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky reddish color, not a pleasant appearance but at least it has a nice head. The nose is front and center with tart cherries. You get the flesh, you get the skin, every bit of the essence of a tart cherry is encapsulated in the aroma. Tons of oak supports the cherry as well. No bourbon character to speak of. The taste is much like the nose, heavy cherry notes, plenty of acetic character which brings on a considerable tartness but nothing too puckering. Light notes of leather and vanilla come in towards the end as well as a moderate sweetness that counters the tartness. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and there is moderate carbonation. Overall, another terrific offering from Crooked Stave.

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Photo of Florida9
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A somewhat unattractive shade of orange-brown. Cloudy and murky. Very little head. No lacing. Aroma is full of cherry essence along with a tart malt vinegar sourness. Taste is tart, sour cherries. Yep, tart, sour cherries. Not a whole lot else, but there's a lot of sour cherries. Medium bodied, tart-sour. Very mild bitterness. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Nice. Lots of oak. Cherry. Brett. A little bit of malt.

Taste - Pleasant cherry sourness. Light cherry sweetness. Quite oaky. Deep caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated. Nice sourness.

Overall - Very impressive. The cherry is the highlight.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle thanks to a very generous trading partner, nice to be able to try one of these exclusive club beers without joining the club. The first whiff off the bottle was super nice, oaky, hints of sour flavors to come. Color was brown and murky, almost no head at all. The aroma in the glass was less concentrated but had mild notes of tart cherry, a touch of funk but not much. The flavor was mildly sour, touches of cherry, and unfortunately for me I did not get much bourbon barrel at all. I know Crooked Stave can make some top notch sours but I don;t feel like this was one of them and every time I drink a Crooked Stave beer I am reminded how good Russian River really is. For my money I am going to buy Russian River over Crooked Stave every last time. Still, this was a solid beer and better than regular Origins for sure.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a great bottles share 3/14 at house of the beer ho

A- Deep dark rouge with minimal head and lets of legs. This is a very dark burgundy sour.

S- Cherry bourbon deep sour, with little funk in the back end.

T- Wow, such a delicious brew. I have had origins, and the adjuncts only make this one better. origins on tap was top 5 sour ever for me. Add cherry and bourbon characteristics, and this is top of the class CS sour.

M- Pretty tame for a ba sour, love it though! Medium carb

O- So happy that Jer brought this beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is plum purple, hazed, with a light brown head. Nose has faint bourbon, hazelnuts, and tart cherries. Taste is strong cherry with light bret notes and hints of barrel. Some tartness through the finish with a creamy body and softer carbonation.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TATURBO for sharing this brew with me!

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and red wax. bottled on 9/2013.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: deep mahogany red bodied beer with thin white cap that drops down to thin white ring.

Smell: Huge cherry and huge oak barrel notes. Got some nice maltiness to the nose like flanders red.

Taste: Moderately tart sour beer. Cherries and oak; just like the nose. Hint of vanilla and lingering oak in the finish. The beer also has a vinous quality about it, just like a red wine. Cherries seem to linger in this beer from the start to the finish. Not much funkiness to speak of in this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really great fruited sour beer by Crooked Stave! Its reminicent of a flanders red and one of the better Crooked Stave beers that I have tried so far! Its not overly complex, but its definately very well executed. This beer is another example of why Crooked Stave is such a fantastic brewery!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, Sept. 2013
Hill Farmstead stemware

A: Murky reddish brown color. Slight hazy but you can see color through it. Off white light tan head. Loose bubbles. Some lacing bits.

S: Getting that dark cherry on the nose. Dry chalk. Oak dryness. Slight booze.

T: Isn't so much sour as it is tart. Not as aggressive as other CS beers. Get nice tart fruit up front. Sits right on the tip of the tongue. Not really getting any bourbon barrel, but some dry oak/vanilla. It's very light. Some of that chalk. Finish is dry. Some lingering cherry. Then there is the slight bourbon.

M: It's a thin medium body.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

as much as i liked the raspberry edition, this has to be my favorite incarnation of origins to date. part of me wishes crooked stave would make more new and different base beers, i am pumped on the way they continue to refine the ones they do make. this takes on a whole new life from the base beer and from its siblings. the cherries are so forward, so authentic, its incredible. it tastes as fruity red as it looks, and the funk and fruit are on the same level of intensity. cherry all the way through this, not just in the finish, and an oaky wooded mellowness gives the alcohol soft edges and the acid some balance in terms of feel. it drinks cleaner than any of them as a result, and the earthiness of the cherries seems far less sweet than the other fruits, creating a rather dry experience, especially with the brightness of the carbonation. ive had an awful lot of great beers with cherries, but this may be on of the best uses of the fruit ive ever encountered. they do so much for this beer, and make the origins itself a whole new adventure. just a dandy. flavors on flavors.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Not much head to this beer and it poured a murky red brown color. Great lacing as you drank the beer.

Smell - lots and lots of funkiness going on along with a tartness I will attribute to the cherries.

Taste - Early tangy tartness before an after taste of sour. Subtle sour and not as strong as some other Crooked Stave beers.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth compared to some big sours out there

Overall - another great example from Crooked Stave. My second favorite from the Origins series.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a CS tulip glass, a muddy burgundy-brown color, nearly opaque, with a small off-white head that sank to a ringlet, leaving dots of lacing on the glass. Quite woody aroma, pretty acetic and phenolic actually, afterthoughts of cherry and farmy funk. In fact, the taste and the nose were quite different. There was a blast of intense sourness up front, dry and tart, lots of cherries and cranberries, with some sweetness coming out as the beer warmed; the dominant players from the aroma were much less noticeable in the taste, and while I did get some acetic acid, there was very little medicinal phenols, and the oak was pretty subdued. I didn't get much (or any) bourbon in the taste...I think the sourness just overpowered it, with the barrel lending more of a red wine sensation than anything. Medium body, mouthfeel was tart and dry, even puckering at times. Overall I thought this was quite good, though the aroma was a little off-putting. I'd like to let at least one bottle sit for a while just to see if "mellowing out" will bring out the bourbon a little more, and tone down the sourness just a bit.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.20.13
Bottled September 2013

A - Pours a cloudy dark burgundy brown with a dirty tan head that fades very fast.

S - Tart cherry, bourbon, oak.

T - Cherry, Tartness, bourbon, subtle vanilla with an oak finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lovely cherry, bournon and barrel oak. Very nice beer.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml poured into tulip glass on 11/17/13.

A: It actually pours a relatively unattractive brown color with purplish undertones. Very dark - I cannot see through to the other side of the glass. No head, but excellent lacing.

S: Bourbon, oak, sour cherries, a little bit of funk. It's not a terribly overpowering or complex nose, but it does let you know what to expect. The bourbon is more pronounced in the nose than expected.

T: Sour cherries, green apple, oak, a little bit of bourbon and a little bit of blue cheese funk. This is a relatively sour beer - much more sour than regular Origins. It has a very clean palate that doesn't leave much on the tongue post-sip. Good carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O: Not as good as Raspberry Origins, but still a very good sour. It's cleaner and drier than Raspberry Origins and the flavor isn't quite as complex. However, it's more refreshing and infinitely more complex than regular Origins. A good sour, but nothing mind-blowing.

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Photo of spoony
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle (bottled in September 2013) into a tulip.

A-The brew is a nice-looking, dark raspberry-reddish-purple. It is not quite opaque. The head is pink-hued tan in color. Head reaches maybe a finger before quickly dissipating to a thick collar of foam.

S-This brew is quite dry smelling with lots of oak and tart cherry. I get a little bit of vanilla from the barrel, but not much else that I would characterize as bourbon-like. It is quite tart with cherry and citrus acidity.

T-The taste, like the smell, is sour, dry, and oaky. The berry flavor is nice--tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry flavors combine for a sour, but somewhat simple flavor profile. I get a bit of vinegar too. Aside from a hint of vanilla, I don't detect much bourbon (the oak is much more vinous than bourbon-like).

M-The feel is medium to full body for the style with soft-ish carbonation.

O-This is a nice, focused sour cherry ale. The dry, oaky flavor distinguishes this brew from other bourbon barrel beers, which tend to be much sweet and more caramel flavored. Here, I don't get any caramel and instead, I get sour cherries and a wine-like oaky dryness. To push this brew into the upper levels, I would like more complexity, but I would happily drink this again.

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a wine glass.

The beer pours a murky reddish brown with some light coming through. There is a half finger of fluffy off whit head that fades to a thick ring around the glass. The smell is made up of tart cherries with a strong brown sugar like sweetness. The taste is very good although I wouldn't say this is a very deep/complex beer. The cherries and the brown sugar from the smell are there. I'm also getting a slight vinegar like tartness. I wouldn't say there's any funk in this one, just tartness. The bourbon shows up here more than in the nose, but it's just a smooth undertone. The mouthfeel is just on the thin side with a very dry finish. The carbonation is tingly. Overall I'm glad I have more of this, I"ll be interested to see how it progresses in the future.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Figured I would give this one a go. 375ml waxed bottle into CS Teku. Pour is a clear cola color with light head. Some slight lacing is left behind. Aroma is very dusty to me. A lot of cherry and very tart. Pretty basic. Flavor looses some of the cherry. Nice simple sour - lemons, plum rinds, and a hint of funk. Smooth with no alcohol. Mouthfeel is slightly puckering and a little dry. Very nice.

Overall a simple yet excellent beer. I could probably drink this over and over again. Nice sourness with a hint of cherry (mostly on the nose).

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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 181 ratings