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

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon BarrelCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Bourbon Barrel

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 kojevergas:
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3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.


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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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