Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port Barrel
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American Brett
4.14 | pDev: 7.49%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port BarrelCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port Barrel
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 109
Photo of joe1510
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottled: 7/14

A huge thanks goes out to Ryan for this guy! Thanks, bud! Nightmare on Brett is a little thicker than I imagined.. There's a bit of a glug from the bottle on the pour. A fizzy mocha head grows to a thin cap on the pour and crackles out to a whispy island and thin ring. Carbonation keeps rushing to the surface in groupings keeping that ring in place. It's fairly cola-like in appearance.

The nose is interesting. It's a little tart, a little fruity on the front end from what I'm assuming is the port barrel aging. The fruits lean toward dark berries and have a bit of acidity to them. A drizzle of balsamic graces the middle while the porter stands out on the backend. A mild roast and bittersweet chocolate wash through the finish with a soft molasses presence. My curiosity is piqued.

The acidity is pretty bold upfront with hints of both cider and balsamic vinegar. The dark berries are bold from the start along with a little ripe plum mixed in. There are some tannins present from the barrel that are reminiscent to the stems and seeds of the dark berries. The roast is merely a whisper while the cocoa is merely a dusting. The flavor profile isn't as well put together as the nose led me to believe but it's certainly good.

The body weighs in a touch below moderate with a lively effervescence. It's not quite prickly on the tongue but it's not far off either. It's tart on the lips all the way to sour on the swallow. The drinkability is pretty high. It's got that sweet and sour thing going on nicely.

I can't say I was all that interested in trying this beer as I've not been a fan of most sour porters/stouts I've sampled in the past. This one retains some of the porter characteristics while bringing with it a surprisingly sour dark berry note that fits well. This is damn good beer. Thanks again, Ryan!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had alongside grand cru, leopold, and wine barrel. all poured dark as night. nose is vinegary dark sour. taste is the same. the port comes through and adds some bite to the vibegary burgandy sour. not a huge dark sour guy and this did not convert me into a fan, but but a bad brew. dry finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Bottled July 2014.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, acidic, and slight port wine aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa powder, dark fruit, port wine, and acidic 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 good beer with a port barrel aged presence that comes through slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours opaque with some light coming through on the fringes. What little head there was fades rather quickly. Served straight from the fridge, and initially I was getting some canned dog food on the nose... Odd. That fades as it warms to allow the port barrel to come through along with some citrus zest, dry oak, flecks of dark chocolate and roast. Definitely let this warm. Flavor is largely a lacto-like sourness, which I find to be peculiar. Lemon juice, faint roast, some vinous notes too. Sourness is a little too strong. Mouthfeel is still nice with some low carbonation. Not my favorite offering from these guys, but still nice.

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Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 375 ml bottle (July 2014) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated September 8, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces a short head that fades immediately like soda. The head leaves a thin film on the top. The beer is mostly black with purple tones that shimmer in the light. It is still looking and kind of pretty.

S-The aroma is heavy on the grape flavors with some cherry too. Sour notes are strong and, in typical Crooked Stave fashion, the acidity pulls at my glands and has me salivating as I sniff my glass.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with sour red grape, higher levels of acidity, and just a hint of rough, oaky dryness at the finish. Despite the acidity, I also pick up some artificial sweetness flavors that remind me of grape kool aid.

M-The carbonation is lighter than average and the beer has a decent heft to it.

O-This is a good beer, but not my favorite Nightmare. The flavors are a bit more simple than the whiskey barrel versions and something about the sweetness of the beer turns me off.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown body. Small off-white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Brett. Deep malts. A lot of dark fruitiness. Some vinous notes, but the port barrel isn't all that apparent.

Taste - Dark fruits. Deep roast. Intense sourness. Earthy brett flavors intensify the sourness. The port barrels give it a lot more red wine flavors than I got in the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Intense sourness detracts from its drinkability.

Overall - Intense. Quite sour, a little too much for my tastes.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar reserve beer poured into my 2014 Cellar Reserve glass. Bottled in July 2014. Pours dark brown with burgundy highlights. Ample head with lacing on the glass sides. Upfront sour red acidity with notes of dark grapes, cherries and plum. No hops, minimal alcohol in the nose. Very faint oak character. I don't quite get the port in the nose besides this beer smelling like the best damn glass of red wine I've ever had. Tastes sour with just the proper amount of acetic acid and bitterness. Upfront sweetness that finishes semi-sweet with tart bite. Some alcohol is noticeable in the taste. An overall excellent beer, I just wish I got more of the port character. It's there, just not prominent or hitting you over the head with its character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the base nightmare is just such a good beer that no matter what they do to it, it still is darn near perfect just for what the beginning is. this i like a bit less than the whiskey versions i think, i found the bourbony vanilla to really flatter the intense flavors of nightmare, and it seems missing now in this port version. the wine does bring a lot to the table though, starting with the color, that glows almost as purple as the wax on the bottle. its got a defined viniferous nose, sweet and sludgy thick like the dessert wine, which i think slows this just a little too much for me. the tartness is still there, but the acidity seems less than i remember. the booze is well hidden though, and the flavor of the wine comes through quite pronounced in the finish. jovial and huge, there is no other beer out there like any of these. a little thicker than i remember too, the wine doesnt seem to showcase the base parts of the base beer the way the whiskey does, but i really do like it, and to have them relatively close to each other its cool to compare and contrast them. nightmare i think is the best regular crooked stave beer, its just so unique and interesting. this variant is well done, but not my favorite of the cellar reserve beers in this batch.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -30%

Pour is black with small amount of light brown head. Nose is lightly roasted malt, a bit of marshmallow, leathery brett, and a hint of vanilla and wood. Taste is extremely sweet, roasted malts are faint, some marshmallow, huge malt sweetness, really overtakes things. A fair bit of bitterness, light acidity in finish. Palate is a bit slick, moderate carb, bitterness lingers through the finish.

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port Barrel from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 109 ratings