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

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Style:
Baltic Porter
ABV:
9.67%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.05%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
121
From:
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  63
Gots
  24
SCORE
91
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 121 ratings