Crooked Stave Blackberry Dark Origins
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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American Wild Ale
4.32 | pDev: 6.25%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Crooked Stave Blackberry Dark OriginsCrooked Stave Blackberry Dark Origins
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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the color of red wine and has a nice two finger cap; good retention and lacing action

Smell: Blackberry jam, dark fruit, leather, oak and vanilla

Taste: The blackberry here is very tart but true to the berry; underneath, there are flavors of dark fruit, oak and vanilla, with a boozy, leathery character in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: - Quite sour but the base fruit tends to be that way; always enjoy the fruited sours from Crooked Stave

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jun 19, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml waxed bottle poured into a tulip appears black in color with a 3+ finger froth that fades leaving patchy lace. The head on this almost has a slight purple stained aspect to it.

The aroma is filled with berries, seedy and earthy with sour indication. Really nothing to speak of regarding barrel or dark grain essence thats so evident in appearance.

The taste is tart with berry flavoring, a bit seedy and earthy with moderate roasty grain inclusion leaving an aftertaste of coffee and roast/earth.

This is medium to lighter in body with modest carbonation. A pretty nice brew but the acidity starts to become taxing half way through the glass. Glad to have tried it but not sure I need more of this in my life.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Feb 03, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark sour with blackberries. Medium fruitiness, minor roasty malt presence, with a pretty clear and present sour streak. The crooked stave signature funkiness is there but is slightly overshadowed by the above average sour streak on this one (perhaps due to this being an older bottle?) Would love to have tried this closer to its birthdate but still pretty darn tasty.

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James_Michaud91 from California, Aug 17, 2015
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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed side by side with a raspberry origins and an origins batch 3...the blackberry dark was enjoyed from a 2013 cellar reserve teku.

a - more purple than the rapsberry or the regular origins and boasted a nice frothy almost tan head that coated the glass in lace. really attractive.

s - wow, blackberry indeed. screams of ripe blackberry but also carries some of the whiskey notes making it totally unique from the regular.

t/m/o - in a word...WOW. again, the blackberry is big and juicy and the addition of the whiskey only makes things that much better giving the beer a sharp tangy edge. again dangerously drinkable like the others, but definitely a bit boozier than the others so there's that, but hot dog, hell of a beer here. go out and find it.

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cosmicevan from New York, Jan 26, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap and dark purple wax.

poured into SP wine stem.

bottled 2/2014

Appearance: dark purple/black body. Dirty white head with a purple hue. The head is loaded with many tiny bubbles that stack up to 3 full fingers of long lasting head. Spotty lacing is left all over the glass. Eventually drops down to a thin cap that never leaves the top of the beer.

Smell: jammy blackberries and seeds. Very fruity smelling nose. Nice sourness in the nose that accopanies the plethra of jammy fruit aromas. Nice oak note as well.

Taste: Just like the nose a very large dose of jammy blackberries accompanied with mild almost moderate sourness. The fruit flavor in this beer is very authenic and easily identified as blackberries. The sourness is a 4.5 out of 10 and it is really mellow compared to the jammy blackberry profile. Hints of acetic and lactic sourness with a moderate dose of oak barrel and earthiness in the finish. It seems that the lactic sourness is more present than acetic flavors. This is a really, really fantastic sour! Nuanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied sour beer with low almost moderate carbonation levels. Creamy carbonation with a very slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: This is every bit a good as Raspberry Dark Origins, which was a very impressive fruited sour beer; in my opinion. It has been a while since I have drank a Crooked Stave sour and I almost forgot how fantastic most of cellar reserve releases are from Crooked Stave. This beer is exactly how I expected it to be based on having drank raspberry dark origins several times. I cant figure out why it took me so long to get to drinking on this beer... guess I forgot that I had this sitting in my beer stash. Shame on me. What was I thinking?

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Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 bottle (February 2014) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated July 30, 2014.

A-My bottle opened with a slow gush of foam, but things settled down in a minute. A normal pour produces about a finger of tan head that drops quickly. The beer is very dark in color with black, blue, and brown highlights.

S-The aroma is quite sour with flavors of red and white grape, red wine, and a bit of tart blackberry. Fruit is noticeable, but not overpowering. There is a musty and earthy component here, as well as some toasty oak and just a bit of alcohol warmth.

T-The taste is also quite sour. I get faint suggestions of blackberry and raspberry, as well as the aforementioned red and white grape. Something in the beer reminds me of red wine tannins. Flavors are dense and a whiskey taste floats in and out on my palate.

M-The body is a bit heavier and a touch more creamy than many Crooked Stave beers, but it works for me.

O-I like this beer quite a bit. Like many CS beers, it is hugely sour, but there is enough fruit and other flavor going on to keep it from being a one-trick pony. I also like the slightly heavier feel, which mitigates the acidity somewhat.

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spoony from Colorado, Dec 20, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

2014 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-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. Smell is sour with malt, blackberry, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour blackberry, earth, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Nov 10, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev -32.9%

Pour is dark brown, opaque, with a tan head. Nose is a bit smokey with some roasted malt quality, the roasted flavors get a bit acrid and dirty. Blackberry notes are not well represented, very faint berry sweetness. Taste is similar, roasty malt with a hint of smoke, blackberry is a bit more present but still mild behind. Carb is relatively prevalent, light body and semi dry.

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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania, Sep 26, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle of the 2014 Cellar Reserve release. Poured into a Side Project glass 8/31/2014 at 45F.

A- Dark brown. I wouldn't go as far as to call it cola brown, it is more of a dark burgundy colour with a hint of maroon. Two finger leafy light brown head with very good retention, thick collar and lots of lacing. [4.25]

S- Blackberry jam, lots of vinegar tempered by leather, oak and vanilla. Some dark fruit, perhaps this was aged in red wine barrels- although I'm thinking bourbon also.. either way, I can tell this is going to be a real treat. [4.5]

F- True to Crooked Stave's flavour profile, there is a lot of vinegar and mild musty lemons with a lot of oak. The acidity is maybe 8 on a scale of 1-10. Blackberries come across more here as a tart finish, as if you had just tossed 4-5 blackberries into your mouth and bit into them all at once. At the same time, the vinegar and barrel seem to complement the blackberries so much to the point where it all seems to blur together, if that makes sense. It is unmistakably blackberry, but it blends into the base sour ale quite a bit. While this is a very tasty and acidic beer, I would actually argue that the sourness is a bit too much for the blackberries to really shine. [4]

M- On the thinner side of medium, fairly standard for Chad's beers, presumably because of the Brett strains he uses. Good carbonation. Finish is essentially sour blackberries with a splash of whiskey. Sort of like alcoholic warheads.. with a moderately thick finish that dries out my entire palate because of the acidity. [4.25]

O- Very nicely done. If you like your blackberries to be extra-sour with a splash of whiskey, this is the beer you're looking for. The blackberries aren't the star of this beer; it is the Brett and presumably the pedio/lacto, as it is in most of Crooked Stave's beers. [4.25]

Final score: 4.1875

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Sep 23, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -14.4%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Deep red flecks, almost purple. Off white head and a nice collar.

Smell - Deep berry. Sharp wine-like acidity. Some vanilla. Oak.

Taste - Lots of red wine sourness. I guess that's berry fruitiness manifested as red wine. Oak is strong. Light vanilla. Lingering astringent sourness.

Mouthfeel - Very intense sourness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Too sour for me, but the flavors are nice until they're overwhelmed.

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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

its always so hard to get blackberry flavor into beer, and i think this one does a really good job, its not over fruited by any means, but its a really nice compliment in the finish to an already immaculately delicious brew. thick looking, rather still, and with the blackest purple undertones. the nose is a little sweeter than i remember from the base beer, but the fruit hasnt added a whole lot for me aromatically. the flavor is amazing though. sweet and sour thing going on up front with the bretty tartness and the darker grain sugars. the blackberry is all on the finish, its most apparent after the swallow as the sourness subsides. the grain part of this confuses me, its dark without being either roasty bitter or chocolate malty, im not sure what they did here, but its a real success. the blackberry could be more prominent, but thats always the case with this fruit, and it serves well as an accent flavor here. very good cellar reserve brew here, one of my favorites so far, but dark origins is the bomb to begin with.

edit: this has held up really well over time. its impressive how much blackberry there still is in here. its extremely sour now, more than originally, but its drinking wonderfully well. if you still have one, now might be a good time to pop it open!

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

It's a gusher!!!

Pour is a sloppy dark purple mess of fluid. Not sure this passes as beer. Lacing and head retention both lack. Fresh aroma is godly...

Killer Tartness, strawberry and green grape. Apricot, grapefruit, and toffee dominate. Carbonation is nearly perfect. Sweetness is high yet still fitting. Weird vomit bite. Lots of farm punk and biased grapefruit.

Once up to room temp this beer fell apart. It's solid and very well rounded, but missing a simple something. Definitely worth spending and spending the $12 in trade goods to acquire.

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chugalug06 from Colorado, Aug 10, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle decanted into a handy Tired Hands stem glass. Dark plummy black color, opaque, with a full inch of tan head even with a careful pour; this receded to a thick layer of bubbles, leaving sheets of lacing on the glass. Lacto tartness evident in the aroma, berries, wet oak, a little soapy. Lots of fruit up front in the taste, blackberry and red grape, lemon, something of a chewy sweet fig sensation also, wet oak, assertive lacto tartness, afterthoughts of funky yeast, wet grass, and the most subtle hint of vanilla, possibly as a trace whiskey remnant. Some notes of cocoa dust came out as the beer warmed. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, good sourness.

Not nearly as distinctive or good as Raspberry Dark Origins, but still very good in its own way.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Jul 13, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like this one better than raspberry dark origins

A- Brilliant dark purple/blue that is so dense that it almost comes off at black. Nice purple/blue translucent ring around the edges. Purple head that sticks to the glass on the way down. Minimal head with practically no retention. Large purple lacing.

S- Big blackberry upfront about 60/40 to barrel. The bacteria takes a back seat in this ride. The whiskey barrel is about medium range for a sour; kinda perfect.

T- Whiskey first right behind is the big blackberry. Nice tart lactic acid afterward. The funk is somewhat present, but blackberry and barrel are main contenders.

M- If anything, just a bit too much carb, but it does not interfere with anything. Comes off the slightest bit creamy and harsh, doesn't make too much sense, but try it.

O- With both Rasberry Dark Origins and Blackberry Dark Origins, I think that the barrel fights the great beer underneath a bit too much. I had Raspberry Origins yesterday and Raspberry Dark Origins last week. I like Raspberry Origins a lot more. Would love to try this w/o the barrel.

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gueuzedreg from Colorado, Jun 27, 2014
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