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 kojevergas:
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3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Gouden Carolus stem-goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are actually low; this sounds terrible. A brett baltic porter aged in bourbon? ABV is 9.666% according to my bottle.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

When I was unscrewing the wire, it snapped off. This is the shittiest cage and cork design I've ever come across. I'm going to have to fetch wire clippers to get the damn thing off.

Then I had to use pliers to get the cork out, but it broke in half. This is a comically bad design. Presentation could not be worse. I used a wine opener to try to get the cork out, and that worked.

A: Pours a quarter finger rich tan colour had of nice cream and thickness, but poor (<40 second) retention. Lacing is pretty decent. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Sourness, coffee, strong oak tones, dark malts, alcohol/booze, and biscuit malt. A messy aroma, but an appealing and intriguing one. Fairly strong.

T: Coffee and messy bretts, with heavy underlying caramel and hints of chocolate and badly fermented cherry - like a poor bourbon. I get some pleasant lightly sour sourness and some bretts on the finish. Badly balanced. Certainly an interesting experimental brew. Little alcohol comes through in the taste. Lacks enough yeast character. As messy as it is, it's not bad - and I certainly expected far worse balance based on the description. Somewhat unique. I applaud the experimentation.

Mf: Good thickness and carbonation. Nicely smooth and clean. Good dryness/wetness balance.

Dr: Drinkable and intriguing. I like it. I'd revisit this one. A unique, interesting beer from Crooked Stave.

B-

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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