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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon Barrel | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BA SCORE
4.09/5
Exceptional
119 Ratings
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon BarrelCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon Barrel
BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.67%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrinkSlurm on 11-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,660
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
119
pDev:
8.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
24
Trade:
1
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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml
$7.99
Liquor Mart - Denver

2012 Release

The original Nightmare on Brett pours like cola. There's a slight gurgle while pouring with a fizzy, mocha foam. The foam crackles away in no time at all until this looks like a nearly still beverage. The body is surprisingly black. There is a whisp of foam here and there but not much to speak of.

This is more porter forward than the port barrel aged version Dark fruits shine from the start. Plum and prune rule the roost but there are notes of tart, underripe dark berries as well. A soft roast and coffee notes bring up the rear with a hint of baker's chocolate. The barrel aging brings with it well integrated caramel and damp oak. Very nice.

The flavor profile sways a bit more toward the wild side than the nose led me to believe. The tart dark berries lead the way with a touch of plum sweetness. The barrel rolls along in the middle with some tannic walnut pith. The roast is subdued but there along with a somewhat lactic coffee & cream aspect. There's a great play between sweet & sour that I find myself thoroughly enjoying.

The body is a touch shy of moderate in weight with a frothy effervescence that fits the style well. It's a little tart along the sides of the tongue with a growing sourness on the swallow. This beer is fairly bold, upfront, but my glass is disappearing quickly. The finish dries up fairly quickly and accentuates the tartness while leaving me needing another drink immediately.

This is a damn good beverage. It's held up extremely well over the years. It's tart with bright dark fruit flavors and a soft, well integrated porter background. Each drink seems to change or progress. The mouthfeel fits well with lively carbonation but a body more substantial than on a lot of other, thinner versions of the style.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - very dark with little to no head
Smell - sour bourbon
Taste - Super sour with an interesting bourbon finish
Overall - I was very confused drinking this beer. Being confused drinking a beer has never happened before. The initial taste threw me off a bit, but I kept wanting more.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite a challenge to remove both cage and cork - had to use "the rabbit" to get it out; and for what, as there is no carbonation in this beer whatsoever; anyway, this pours a headless fudge brown with ruby highlights

Smell: Chocolate and funky dark fruit; balsamic vinegar with oak and Bourbon undertones

Taste: The dark fruit presents itself first, with the acetic tartness building; after the swallow, the chocolate, funk, oak and Bourbon emerge; the finish is tart and puckery

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with no carbonation

Overall: Hard to believe this is 100% Brett as the acetic character is much stronger than the funk; anyway, quite an interesting beer that takes a while to capture all of its subtleties

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon Barrel from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 119 ratings
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