Crooked Stave Cognac Barrel Aged Sentience | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RuckusDu on 10-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

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Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle, 3-4 years old. Pours hazy amber brown with no carbonation (bad bottle seal?).

The aroma is tart and sour vinous fruit with some sweetness.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruit with lots of tart sourness followed by some maltiness and some slightly harsh leathery alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, there's lots of sweet fruity sourness, but no carbonation and some odd notes.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

(Aged for 6 months)

Opens without a hiss. Zero carbonation. Color of cola or root beer. Leaves the glass clean. Not a pretty beer.

Very, very nice aroma. Sharp, sour cherry character, red wine vinegar, red berries, and sweet cognac combine. This really needed to come to room temperature before the aroma became properly expressive and enjoyable. It didn't have much aroma at all at colder temperatures.

Quite sour, sharp berry notes, dried cherry, some vinegar, some caramel bread sweetness on the finish, and complementing oak. Very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well. I like this quite a bit.

Full-medium bodied with zero carbonation. While it doesn't seem distracting or detracting in the moment, this would probably be much, much better with proper carbonation. It may even be spectacular. Disappointing only because of the massive potential available.

I like this quite a bit. Looking forward to drinking this again!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of nhudson
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crooked Stave Sentience Cognac Barrel Quad. No bottle number, but it was limited to Cellar Reserve members. Served out of a 375ml bottle.

a: Deep ruby red to brown in color. Looks beautiful in the light. No head to speak of as the bottle let out the faintest of hisses. Beer is somewhat clear with some murkiness to it. Not clear but not turbid looking. Beer is beautiful to look at though.

s: Amazing aroma. I don't really know how to describe it. Some underlying funk with sweet malt aroma. Cognac comes through slightly. I get a heavy cheery aroma in the front that goes away quickly. I can see where someone would say it has a BBQ sauce vibe.

t: I find the taste quite different than the aroma. Not sweet at all as the aroma would suggest. Maybe the sourness cuts through the sweetness. Dark fruit really comes out along with cognac and oak. The more I taste it the more acetic it becomes up front. Kind of a strange but good mixture of fruit, oak, cognac and lemon.

m: Beer seems heavier than it should in the mouth, especially with the sourness. The alcohol really is hidden here at 11.5% abv. So far I am not perceiving any hot flavors. The body is spot on here in the upper medium range.

o: I think with time this will be an exceptional beer. I am going to take the remainder of my bottles and place them in a warm dark place for a while and see what happens in 6-12 months. Great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of apasternak
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly liked this better than the bourbon barrel one

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dvmin98
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Buddy brought to bottle share. Great nose. Sour fruits. Tart. Nice. Taste was decent. Very fruity. There was zero carbonation. Also, it was very dry, but that was ok. The lack of carb, though, was detractor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.91/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with zero head or any lacing. Aroma of stale caramel malt with some residual brown sugar notes is more or less pleasant. Taste is also dominated by stale caramel malt notes with light barrel-aged notes and some gross brown sugar residual notes. Body is light for style with zero carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. I either got a bad bottle or I just really didn’t appreciate the zero carbonation and stale notes associated with this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to quirkzoo for gifting me this one!

Ugly as sin... pours like a glass of warm root beer... swampy brown body topped with not much of anything at all. Doesn't look like anything you would want to swim in, let alone drink.

Earthy tart berry notes, some toffee malt qualities, strawberry shortcake, maybe some cinnamon, sour fruit, incredibly dynamic. I could sniff at this one for quite a while before getting bored with it.

Lovely... as is the case with other Crooked Stave sours, the powerful sour whop doesn't show itself until about mid palate... overripe pale fruits, lemon, wheat grass, tons of sour plum, tasty stuff.

If this beer had some body it would really woo me.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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