Nightmare On Brett (Aged In Red Wine Casks)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Nightmare On Brett (Aged In Red Wine Casks)Nightmare On Brett (Aged In Red Wine Casks)
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American Brett
4.36 | pDev: 5.28%
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Nightmare On Brett (Aged In Red Wine Casks)Nightmare On Brett (Aged In Red Wine Casks)
Notes: For the fourth batch of Nightmare on Brett (9.666% ABV), we aged our Dark base beer in a large oak foeder and later in Red wine casks for 12+ months with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 57
Photo of Sammy
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Barreling brought out character. 20 months has mellowed extreme sourness, but still a berry tart finish. Lovely pre storm sipper. Thanks Jazonbee.Superior red wine barrelling, which gives tanins to make it interesting.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 bottle poured into a Goose Island Barrel Warehouse tulip. May 2015/batch 14 bottle. Sipped on while trying out Sturgill.

Appearance: Pours an inky black body with a thin ring khaki ring. No head or lacing.

Aroma: Signature NOB lactic tang up front with an acetic edge. Lots of roasted malts that bring to mind roasted coffee and chocolate. Toasted oak and tannic red wine towards the end. It all blends together well and reminds me of some kind of sweet plum/cherry chocolate dessert.

Taste: Quite a ride here… Starts up again with a big lactic sourness. Almost cheesy even but with a lemon sour twist. About a 7/10 sourness. Middle is that dark malt build which tempers some of the sourness a bit. A bit of dark sour fruit as well, cherries and plums. Finish is that tannic wine barrel but with plenty of toasted oak. The roasted dark malts really blend well with the wine barrel, and if this wasn’t a sour beer it’d still be pretty awesome.

Mf: Low carbonation with a slick body and medium feel. Lots of pucker with a sticky tannic finish.

Overall: A very unique and adventures beer that is well worth drinking. Lots of dark sour fruits, tannic red wine, a sour punch, and a dark roasted malt profile that is complemented by the toasted oak. There’s an acetic edge to NOB that combined with the sour character makes it more of a sipper though some may not mind it. Recommended.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured much darker than expected, great carb and head. Beer immediately smelled of red wine, some roasted malts and a faint touch of vinegar. This is easily the most sour beer I've had from CS and I was not ready for it. While the acidic elements are hard to ignore, the flavors were well blended with tannins, chocolate and some barrel character, finished dry and was a pretty fun beer. I could never kill a bottle of this alone and it's a super sipper but was a lot of fun to share with sour lovers.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, served in a Crooked Stave stemmed glass.

Pours a medium black body that illuminates brown when held up to the light; two finger tan head with fair retention time, with a fairly resilient collar. Occasional lacing. Smells of chocolate, cocoa powder, moderate vinegar, a bit of cherries, a fair bit of oak and tannin, a little bit of vanilla. Very complex. The base Baltic porter seems to strengthen a bit as it warms, as well, contributing more chocolate and cocoa to the nose. Flavour is very similar to how it smells; more of a tart vinegar flavour comes across. Cocoa powder, chocolate. Oak, a fair bit of red vinous character and tannins add a good bit of complexity on the second half. Mild leather and dry lemon. Drinks deliciously and finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, on the lighter side befitting a Brett beer. Drinkable, very complex, nice light, clean and dry tannic finish. Overall, I loved this beer quite a bit. It's fairly similar to Side Project's Black and Wild in the complexity and flavour profile it provides.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet, tannic, with notes of grape skins. There are some nice cinnamon notes in there. Some mildly off notes, but nothing too off putting.

The flavor is delicious with assertive tartness being balanced by toasty chocolate malt flavors. Sweet grape and tannins from the oak make this a delight to drink.

Medium to thick mouth feel. Light but noticeable carbonation, and dry tartness on the finish.

A really neat, different type of sour that really shows off the base beer, the bugs, and the barrel used.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 5/2015. Batch 4.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark 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 sour with malt, dark fruit, funk, acidic, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour dark fruit red wine, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and has solid red wine barrel aging, but this one is super sour.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had alongside grand cru, leopold, and port barrel. all poured dark as night, this had a red tingle. the red wine barrel really rounds out the brew...mose and taste. gives a.nice vinous dryness that works so well. best of the set. taste is spot on.

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Photo of Zach136
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, thin head.

Aroma: Big sour cherry, light roast, vanilla,

Flavor: Some Wild Beer DJ just came in and dropped the pH. One of the most sour beers i've ever had. All soft lactic. No vinegar. Puckering and eye twitching, but i'm not sweating from it. Cherry and dark fruit flavors up front. More roast and chocolate on the finish. It lingers but it isn't a harsh linger.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, with aforementioned flavors left on the palate.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Mixture of malt aroma, oak, brett funk and alcohol

A: Deep black color, totally opaque with faint head retention

T: Upfront oak and brett flavors with a powerful dominating acidic finish.

M: Full bodied, slightly viscous with low carbonation. Noticeable acidic finish.

O: Interesting twist to add brett and barrel age a Baltic porter. The brett and oak work well with the Baltic porter style, however the strong acidic finish overpowers some of the more nuanced flavors.

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Photo of spoony
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (Batch 4, May 2015) into a teku.

A-The beer is a very dark purple color; almost black. The head is short and dark brown. It fades immediately to nothing. No carbonation or lacing.

S-The aroma is a nicely sour mixture of juicy grape, plum, balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of oaky vanilla. The wood comes out more as the beer warms and gets a little raspy, drying, and cedar-like. The funk is moderate and earthy.

T-The taste is also quite sour with similar juicy flavors of grape, plum, and a healthy dose of balsamic. The beer isn't sweet, per se, but it suggests dessert wines like a ruby port or sherry, and is vinous in character. There is a bit of earthy malt in here, but the acidity dominates. Complex if a bit wandering in flavor.

M-The body is medium to slightly heavy for a wild ale with a fine carbonation. The feel fits this beer really well.

O-This is a nice addition to the Nightmare series. I like this one fresh but I am curious to see how it will age. The acidity is pretty strong here and if it mellows over time, this beer could lose some of the fruity tartness that makes it enjoyable now. Anyway, I will have to pick up another bottle to find out....

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

with all the new crooked stave beers that have been coming around lately, i have had a change of heart about doing the same beers in different barrels or with different fruits. for awhile there, thats all these guys were doing. no new beers, just variants, and it got a little stale, but with the huge influx of cool new stuff, all is good again, and a change like this is more than welcome. nightmare stands as one of the best and most original crooked beers, so the more variants on this one i think the better. this one in the red wine is so much different than the whiskey. its way more acidic, far less sweet, and honestly almost entirely different. the whiskey clings to the roastier, darker notes, and the sourness is almost secondary to the grain foundation, with vanilla and sugar hanging around for awhile after the swallow. in this wine one, i taste the wood a lot more, and the tannic acidity and fruitiness comes through so much, it exacerbates the sour notes and pulls less of the dark grain forward. cherries and plums and even cranberries are there. seemingly thinner in body, much more acetic, and still as complex and layered as ever. i think nightmare is really the signature beer of this brewery, so to see it keep evolving is always fun. two totally different beverages with the different barrel treatments, they must let it sit awhile. leopold ones may still be my favorite, but this red wine edition is a worthwhile experiment to say the least. still on tap at the source too, so i would hurry in for a pour!

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml Bottle.

Appearance - Super dark brown.

Smell - Fruity, funky, chocolaty and vinous.

Taste - Smooth dark fruit. Chocolate. Red wine. Funky. WOW!

Mouthfeel - Full body. Medium carbonation. Incredible!!!

Overall - One of the best sour beers I have ever had.


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Nightmare On Brett (Aged In Red Wine Casks) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 57 ratings