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

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.67%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DrinkSlurm on 11-29-2012

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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reposting this under my name as well, we did this together last night.

This is a live review collaboration between TheBrewo and StonedTrippin. We crack the cage and cork and pour a brew of the deepest cranberry-brown coloring. It holds a one finger head of molasses colored bubbles, showing decent retention. This leaves dripping stripes of lacing down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears light. The nose gives insanely soured Brett that is as fresh as it is juicy, subtle acetone, light booziness, warmed bourbon, and deeply roasted chocolate malts, making it somewhat simple but with increasing complexity through each individual component. Molasses, tin, mossy oakiness, and red apple sugars come out with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is deeply roasted, but gives insane tartness on the swallow, and proper bourbon heat to balance. As we sip, the flavoring opens with balsamic vinegar, smoked toffee, nectarine sugars, and massive bacterial fermentation. The middle peaks with unique bitterness of burnt malts and dextrin sugars, vinegar, fusel booze, oak, and black vinegar inkiness. We finish with coppery yeast, juicy malts, astringently drying oakiness, bourbon booziness, green twig hoppiness, and faintly bittered citric orange flesh. The aftertaste breathes of rich toffee, beefy meatiness, bone dry woodiness, tinny metals, cooked caramel and reddish malts, and Brett to the maximum. The body is medium, and the carbonation is prickly. There is soft slurp, cream, and froth, with nice slurp and glug on the back. There is a cooled coating, but an insane woody, astringent dryness all down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks amazingly.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the flavoring, and the incredible blossoming progression from the time you open it to the time it’s gone. From the nose you can tell off the bat that this gives an interesting bacterial palate, done with purpose, and passion. The depth and bitterness of malts actually throw you a bit, giving an unconventional base for such a soured top. It seems by drinking this beer tonight we’re capturing a snapshot of what this beer has to offer. If you were to drink this beer every day for a year, each one would be different, and we’re simply experiencing a sensational slice of the chemistry as it changes through time.

I should also add that it was an absolute pleasure to review this beer with thebrewo, they have unique palates, and it was a real trip to dissect this fine ale together. cheers!

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Stopped by Crooked Stave's brewpub for the first time today to check out their on site selection.

Quick review from the small amount of notes I took.

A&S: the aroma was very similar to a quad. Dark fruits, touches of smokiness. Beer was a medium brown translucent color. Head had lots of retention (even without considering it is almost 10% alcohol) and was light brown colored

T&M: Very intense sourly tones. Finish was bitter and clean. Probably would have paired well with cheese. Surprisingly not a whole lot of any bourbon in the taste. Kinda on the acidic side. Body was on the light side of medium and the carbonation was on the high side of medium.

Overall: From the description of this style, this beer seems a bit different. The beer was on the pricey side (5 bucks for I think 5 oz!)

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"Baltic (ish) porter aged in bourbon barrels"
Poured from tap into cs snifter tulip at the brewery. Pours a deep rich black brown with thin tanish head. Superb wild brett aromas, malty coffee and taste is great coffee and bourbon, roasted malts, sweet dried fruit and of course wild brett. Just fantastic. Its so smooth and just so much flavor and complexity. One of the most unique porters ive ever had. These guys are really doing some amazing things with beer.

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