Crooked Stave Raspberry Dark Origins
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Wild Ale
4.47 | pDev: 7.61%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A huge thank you to cocoapuph for sending this, my first selection from a box full of awesomeness that came last week. Cheers man!! 2013 bottle.

Pours dark brown, close to black in the glass and topped with 3 fingers of frothy, khaki head. Trat raspberry, dark chocolate and some lactic sour on the nose with a touch of whiskey barrel and coconut.

Quite sour with tart raspberry, cocoa, ...there's a bit of whiskey barrel too if I really look. Not a ton going on, but what's there is very nice.

Medium body, medium-strong carbonation.

Very nice stuff. Without looking at ratings, the nicest CS beer I've tried so far. Thanks again, cocoapuph.

Aug 13, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Thanks to rudzud,
Big fluffy fizzy head fades semi slowly tons of lacing, dark mahogany almost black like color.

Nose brings tons of raspberry, raspberry syrup and mild cocoa, powdered dark choc, nice tart sour rasp, hint of lactic acid but not really funk, little tannic seed.

Taste starts very sour, super sour, decent raspberry, more syrup, with tart funk and sour raspberry. Then mild cocoa dark choc, little flemmy sour, tangy, nice acidic bite. Finish is flemmy tangy sour, light raspberry syrup and syrupy sour masts.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, syrupy and very sour tangy acidic, decent carb, booze hidden well.

Overall pretty nice, super sour, nice rasp esp on the nose, tangy, nice little cocoa, a bit syrupy and flemmy.

May 09, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a good two finger mocha head that fades to leave a creamy side lacing.

S - Aromas of Good barrels, nice raspberries, light acidic vinegar notes.

T - Taste is loads of sour vinegar, nice raspberries, light oak tannins, barrels, nice vinegar. Really mellow and smooth.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, not too acidic.

Serving type: bottle

May 07, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

2013 vintage. Bottled 9/2013.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, raspberry, acidic, wood, and slight whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry, acidic, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty mix of raspberry and whiskey barrel aged aspects all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 12, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -28.4%

Pour is extremely dark purple with a white head and purple hue. Nose has a tart fleshy raspberry, more malt body then the other sours of the night, chocolate malt and a bit biscuity. Faint plastic acetic note in there. Taste is much sweeter, a ton of fleshy raspberry, a bit too sweet, still has an interesting maltiness, chocolate malts and a touch of roast. Finish is sweet, berry sugar flavors, creamy feel, a hint grainy in the finish with the start of an acetic burn in back.

Sep 25, 2014
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle thanks to the person I trustee for. Dark brown, minimal head. Aroma is a touch of malt sweetness, vinegar, not bad. Flavor is nice, touch if chocolate, sour, fruity but the raspberries aren't very distinct. There is only the most mild hint of the whiskey barrel. Overall this is one if the better 2013 cellar reserve beers but still not worth the money in my opinion.

Jul 19, 2014
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark deep brown with a big rocky head that is color of cola

S - Tons of Fresh raspberries. Slight syrupy sweetness. Tart lactic acid and sweet tarts make up a sour nose. Just an amazing nose you could smell all day

T - Really tart up front with lemon, oak, balsamic vinegar and a slight lactic acid. There is a ton of jammy raspberry as well that balances out the sourness. The finish is raspberry warhead

M - Light and effervescent with a lot of carbonation that lingers on the finish. Dry near the finish as well

O - A really good BA sour from Crooked Stave that is just overloaded with tart sour flavors and raspberries. Definitely happy I got to try this one

Jul 12, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours finger dark vanilla head with very low retention. Head sticks to the glass. Crazy amount of carb. Extremely dark red, looking dark brown, non transparent. The liquid is not foggy looking, just really dense.

S- Deep raspberry, base of funk and malt. The fruit cuts through the funk though leaving more of a prevalent fruit dominance. I am getting a touch of barrel there as well.

T- Tart raspberry that fades into a taste that I don't like... oud bruin. I hope it gets better down the glass, and I will change if it does. The raspberry is there, the barrel is there, but the co-mingling between the two don't mesh for me.

M- Kinda harsh with too much carb. I hope the bottle mellows out as I go. Tart acid hits the mouth. On swallow, too much carb interferes with the brew. I have another bottle to revisit in a year or so. Hope it gets better.

O- I had huge expectations for this one, but I was a bit let down as I didn't get a smooth beer with the adjuncts seemingly fighting each other.

Jun 19, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a FW tulip. thanks to tommy!

dark reddish brown pour with a slight fizzy head. smell is HUGE on raspberries taste starts out very tart and then you get a huge kick of raspberries...whiskey on the finish, though slight. damn perfect amount of sour and fruit. great feel...medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall awesome. yes please!

Apr 26, 2014
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ablackshear for this bottle!

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and maroon wax. bottled: September 2013.

poured into crooked stave tulip.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer; it is opaque. A massive 3 fingers worth of long lasting and substantial beige head with a tinge of dark redness. Drops down to a thin cap that does not go away. Moderate lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Tons of fresh and juicy raspberries, nice dose of earthy oak and mild malty sweetness.

Taste: Big sourness right away; 8/10 on the sourness scale. Huge notes of fresh and juicy raspberries. Oak barrel. Hint of sweetness from the whiskey and malts. Sweet tarts brand candies. Hint of musty funkiness. Finishes moderately sour and fairly dry. This is an extremely tasty sour beer! Wow!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This is really well carbonated and thats what makes this beer so phenominal. Higher carbonation levels really amplify the sourness and dryness of this beer in the most perfect way! Though this beer is really flavorful, very sour, and moderate on the "dryness" levels, it still drinks really really easily.

Overall: This is probably the best Crooked Stave offering that I have ever drank to date! Yes, its really is that good! Its like a raspberry bomb plus a flanders red with a lighter than normal malt profile for a flander red. It is even reminiscent of bottle of Cantillions Lou Pepe Framboise with over 5 years in the bottle. This is truely excellant sour beer! Bravo Crooked Stave!

Feb 16, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a CS snifter, a deep, dark brown-black color--almost looks like a stout, even when held up to the light. A full two fingers of tan head well up, then sink to a thick layer of bubbles that retains surprisingly well, right to the end, leaving random lacing on the glass. Big lacto tartness in the nose, vinous, sour raspberry and cherry, damp wood. The sourness of this almost blew me away...and I mean that in a good way. This is arguably the most sour CS brew I've had. Tart with raspberries, and lots of them, dry grassiness, toasted oak; there's a distant dark malt presence, but the sour raspberry pretty much conquers all here, finishing with a mild sweetness. The whiskey is really hard to pick up at all amid the tartness, but as the beer warmed, I actually began to sense a very subtle vanilla presence in the finish. But no candiness to this beer, rather, it's really good, really sour, really real raspberry, fresh from the bush. Medium body, moderate carbonation, puckering tart and crisply dry mouthfeel. Overall: wow!

Jan 31, 2014
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - rich dark dark almost oil like with 2 fingers worth of reddish/ caramel foam. Beautiful pour for a sour!

Smell - bitterly sweet tartness going on. Wow, lots and lots of raspberry as well.

Taste - PUCKER UP! Lots of tart going on and funk all over. Slight sweetness coming from the raspberries as well.

Mouthfeel - this one leaves your mouth and you are puckered up, but wow is it good.

Overall - this beer is NOT for everyone, but if you enjoy a sour this one was great. Cannot wait to see how this one will age a bit!

Jan 02, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is easily the best of the origins variations i have had so far. the raspberries and whiskey barrels do a lot for this. in the base beer, i never really loved the type of sour it was. all front of tongue flanders red type acid, and not as much other flavors as some other crooked stave beers, but those issues are resolved beautifully here. the raspberries give it a pinker look than it usually has, but the bubbles remain prominent despite barrel treatment. the nose of this is great, fresh raspberries meet oak and vanilla, along with lactic tartness in high degree. the flavor is berries first, sourness second, a nice one two punch. the fruit gives it some sweetness, and make it have a late summer vibe. the sourness is still there, but the acidity seems reduced, and i like it for that. well oaked finish with some warming booze and vanilla properties, but i am not getting whiskey specifically at all here. i would like to try the other fruit versions, but this beer already has a lot of cherry flavors to me, so the addition of real cherries may not add as much (i have not yet had that version). the raspberry seems the perfect companion for origins. well carbonated, medium bodied, and the alcohol shows just enough. really well done.

Jan 01, 2014
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml, Sept. 2013
Hill Farmstead stem

A: Scary cool looking dark brownish red color. No light getting through except for edges. Initially a full finger of very tight bubbled head. Fizzed into a thin layer of bubbles and a collar. Light tan. Cola like.

S: Very interesting. Initially I thought, it's just a big ABV Flanders. Getting tart cherry and oak. Slight funk. But pulling in, you get more fruit and vanilla and tannic wood. Some booze there as well.

T: Tartness right in tip of tongue. Prickly carbonation. You get the raspberry and tannic wood. Like a dry red wine. But you pull the vanilla from the whiskey. Dry and

M: Medium bodied. Highly carbed.

Dec 16, 2013
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Moc

The beer pours a dark black/brown with a 1/2 inch of a fluffy tan head that laces. The nose is a sour funkiness, sweet caramel/vanilla oakiness, tart raspberries, and acetone. The taste brings all the potent funk of a world class sour together with an abrasive oakiness highlighted by tart raspberries. It has an absolutely intense medium-full body, blending effervescent, saturating wood flavors with tart raspberries, funky yeast, a bone dry finish. This is definitely an incredible sour, which may highlight the barrel more than the raspberries, but still has a distinct fruitiness and is definitely delicious.

Nov 29, 2013
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 2013. Poured in to tulip.

A - Very dark amber/brown colour with a tinge of red. Opaque. A thin layer of light brown head formed and quickly disappeared without a trace.

S - Sour with a big oak presence. Raspberry, whiskey and a bready sweetness.

T - Tart raspberry flavour that doesn't overwhelm the other elements of the beer compliments a sourness that just restrained enough to not be puckering. The oak is fairly noticeable with the whiskey just showing up slightly in the finish.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light to moderate carbonation.

Nov 06, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 10.18.13
Bottled September 2013

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy brown head that is gone instantly.

S - Strong tart raspberries. Hard to pickup much else.

T - Strong tart raspberry with a oak-raspberry finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Tart.

O - Tons of raspberry and tartness, the oak comes out in the finish. Terrific beer.

Oct 31, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a wine glass.

The beer pours a very dark color with a reddish hue. There is a finger of thick tan/pinkish hue that has really good retention. The smell of this beer is slightly tart and full of raspberries with a nice chocolate undertone. As nice as the smell is, the taste is even better. Very tart with lots of raspberries. The roast/chocolate undertones are very smooth and compliment the fruit perfectly. Think a sour raspberry truffle. The raspberry flavor is very natural. The finish is acidic, quite tart, and dry.

I really enjoyed this beer. I'll definitely be having more in the future.

Oct 20, 2013
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