Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port Barrel
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port BarrelCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port Barrel
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Style:
American Brett
ABV:
9.67%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7.49%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
109
From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  8
Gots
  13
SCORE
91
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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port BarrelCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Port Barrel
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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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 Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe1510
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml

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 drewone
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of claspada
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of imperialking
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 facesnorth
3.56/5  rDev -14%

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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Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of greg4579
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duceswild
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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