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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild quadrupel ale aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by yamar68 on 10-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
13.15%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of djmichaelk
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. I can count the number of bubbles on one hand. Dismally dead looking.

Smell - Tons of caramel, some fruits. Dark fruits with an acidity to the nose.

Taste - Sharp acidity covers up a lot of the quad. Still a fair amount of caramel. Sharp clean sourness. Fruity.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Not sold on this. The sourness doesn't add to it. Just makes me wonder if it was a quality base quad.

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Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Aged in a Leopold Bros Small Batch Whiskey Barrel

Appearance: Arrives with an auburn colored liquid capped by a modest head that leaves some splashy lace behind

Smell: Dark fruit (prune) with lacto sour elements and mild whiskey tones

Taste: The lacto sourness arrives immediately complementing the prune and other dark fruit flavors that build underneath; after the swallow, there is a hint of milk coffee and almond, though the finish is rather acetic

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; moderate puckering

Overall: Really excited by the flavors in this sour - what inspiration to sour a quad!

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of blindpiggie
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of MEW
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

thanks to ablackshear for this awesome extra!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: murky bodied beer with light cola colored head. After a hard pour you get a thin cap of head composed of large translucent bubbles that drop quickly to no head at all.

Smell: The barrel notes with sour cherries and lemons smelled almost immediately. Smells of malty dark fruits, earthy, and hint of smoke. The beer has big tannic and vinous notes with a hint of lactic acidic note.

Taste: moderately sour lemons, green apples, and red grapes that add a vinous and slightly sharp tart flavor to the beer. Malts are full of dark fruits with raisins mpstly being the focal point and a surprise found as a hint of smoke. Yeah! The beer finishes with the barrel notes... You gotta love the barrel notes that are incorporated into this beer featuring deep tannins, sweet vanilla, and a mellow yet fortified earthy oak flavor that lingers during the finish. The sour notes and the sweet notes build up as the beer warms. Not much of a quad, but I still like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with very low carbonation. You can pretty much say its flat carbonation levels. The beer has no booze notes at all. It just a little warming towards the end of the bottle.

Overall: I enjoyed the way this beer tastes and the flavor profile does remind me of Oso's Wee on the Lam that I have tried just recently. Unfortunately, Crooked Staves beer is a little rough around the edges compared to Wee on the Lam. Its biggest fault is that its flat. I enjoyed the complexity of the flavor of this beer it was honestly my favorite part of the beer.

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Photo of mozim
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Franch
2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Kuemmelbrau
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Andrew.

Ruddy turbid brown body topped by a thin film. Funky, smoky nose. Very earthy, some mushroom notes, faint bourbon. Nice acidity on the palate, dark fruit, red currant. Full body with medium-low carbonation. Mild bourbon barrel tannins and vanilla notes pop out in the finish. A pretty nice soured quad with impressively well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle from the taproom $11. Dark, dark red color with a thin ring of bubbles circling my wine glass. The first whiff off the bottle is great, bourbon, malt, hints of sour ale. As the beer opens up the alcohol really steps forward in the aroma but its still good, slight cinnamon and spice. Flavor is good with mild bourbon notes, decent alcohol, definite sourness, very solid fruit flavor like grapes possibly. My only complaint is that the body does seem a little watery and I'm usually generous on mouthfeel. This was an interesting beer overall but not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of chugalug06
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whoa. Very flat appearance. Opaque cloudyness in the dark purple/brown colored brew. No head, merely iced tea bubbles.

Tons of tart cherry, roasty caramel, and "mez-cal" esque wooded aroma. Interesting and VERY unique. The bourbon barrel used must have not had bourbon in it for too long.. There's not too much Quad going on here, it's much more of a wild ale. I can smell the tartness from my table.

Very unique flavors. Dry, silky in parts, perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter. No off flavors and *extremely* drinkable, if you like sours. Tartness is up there, I'd give it a 7.8/10 on tartness. There's tons of near virgin oak lingering on the flavors. A side from being near flat, this is an awesome brew.

Recommended if you think you'll be able to get over the lack of carbonation. In one way the lack of carbonation is kinda nice since it allows you to open up to all the flavors swarming around in this fantastic brew.

Here's to #500!

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Crooked Stave Bourbon Barrel Aged Sentience from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
4.03 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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