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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue" | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett "Blue"

Brewed by:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 07-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver. Served in a snifter. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a thin beige head. Mild spotty lacing. Notes of spruce and roast with a touch of earth and Brett dryness. Interesting, but not quite far enough in the direction of hops, spruce, or Brett; instead, it’s a bit stuck somewhere in the middle.

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3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for the share on this one. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy brown color with a khaki head. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass when swirled and the cap fades pretty fast.

The aroma is tangy with alcohol notes initially that give way to chocolate and notes of coffee. It is a bit dusty to musty with grain and an inclusion of spruce that is fairly obvious giving it a hint of pine. Some herbal hop inclusion wraps things up.

The taste is pretty big on pine upfront with a tangy alcohol inclusion. Some dusty to musty grain with bitter herbal hop addition. There is some dark grain quality present that attempts to impart a mild flavor of chocolate and darker grain quality but it gets trumped by the pine and herbal to almost medicinal notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lower level of carbonation. Overwll it was kinda interesting but certainly not something I would want a whole bottle of. I am not the biggest fan of spruce and pine flavors so maybe i am biased here but with the same regard, I havent been inpressed with any of the crooked stave offeringd i have tried. This seems muddled and clashibg collectively.

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3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown with a lot of fluffy bubbly tan head. Nose is light with a some dark malts up front, roast and hint of chocolate, a fair amount of citrusy hops and light pine come in behind with a faint note leathery brett. Taste is different, malts are up front with a light roast and tobacco, strong leathery Brett with a piney resinous hop and thick syrupy body. Carbonation is a hint low and the finish has some juicy citrus with a slick feel down the throat. More like a black ipa.

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3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fortsambo for the bottle. 7/2012 release.

A: Very dark in color with minimal wisps of bubbles.

S: A harmonious mix of piney hopes, spruce and earth

T: Tastes like dirt (in a good way!), roast coffee, cocoa. Floral hop notes.

M: Medium-low carbonation and light body.

O: A crazy and unusual beer, but good. Happy to have gotten to try a bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of denver10
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a slight off white head. Roasty aroma filled with the spruce tips, a little chocolate hiding back there. Tastes develops as it warms; roasted barley, SPRUCE, cocoa. A nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I generally enjoyed this one. Not sure I need to come back to it again and wouldn't buy a whole bomber of it, but worth a try on tap.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a cloudy brown color with a light tan head on top. The retention faded quickly with a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is earthy with some definite spruce in there. The taaste is kind of boring, it's too subtle I think of every aspect. The spruce is there but I don't think it's working too well and then there is some earth tart flavors but it's not jiving with the spruce. The mouthfeel was sharp pretty high carbonation. Overall this beer was average to me, I wasn't a huge fan of it unfortunately.

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3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to ssuggs01 who shared this one with me while hanging out ticking! Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head signature snifter. Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, fruit, funk, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really liked what I found here once I smelled it. I had another brew from this series a little while back at a tasting and really enjoyed it. This one was pretty decent, but not on the same level as the last one if you were to ask me. Worth your time trying it at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of your way to trade big for this one in the series.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $12.99. Dark, dark brown, might as well be black, ok head. Smells like pine and spruce and just evergreen trees. taste is more spruce, pine and evergreen trees, pine needles. I really could not taste the brett in this beer though I suspect it had an effect on the mouthfeel because it was real soft. If U had to call it I'd say this is a black IPA and a very overpriced one at that. Why oh why do I keep buying these bottles when I know better? I keep telling myself that I will stop buying Crooked Stave beers because while they are decent beers they are never worth the price tag. I would have been much better off buying a Wookey Jack or a Hop in the Dark than this beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a thick dark black with a large (2-3 finger) beige head that had great retention, pretty much lasting throughout with excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was up front with a nice dose of spruce and pine hops, that along with an earthy Brett yeast, dark grain malts and notes of chocolate, toffee and a nice touch of berries.

The taste was a little sweetly tart with a chocolate and toffee presence at first, and then progressed with a mild piney hop flavor, a bit of fruitiness and just a touch of spruce at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a with a nice hoppy tartness left to settle in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a very unique brew to say the least, but then again all of the beer brewed by this brewer usually is. This one balances hops, Brett yeast and a mild fruitiness superbly, making it a very enjoyable drinking experience...


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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy head started coming out the bottle. Pours muddy brown (into tulip glass). Moderate head lasts a long time (90 seconds or so?). Apricot or stone fruit on the nose.

Tastes like a basic brown ale. Not watery but not bursting with flavor. Get spruce toward the middle? Quite crisp. Dry. Brett funk shows up on the finish but is subtle.

Was served very cold but seems like might offer more at slightly warmer temperatures (the bottle suggests allowing the beer to breath as you swirl it in your glass).

Minutes later: has along finish that isn't noticeably sprucy. Good, interesting beer with subtle character. Maybe a little "dirty" from the Brett, well balanced by the hops and spruce. Unexpectedly crisp for something so dark.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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