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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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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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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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerSipper
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yourefragile
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle, thanks Thorpe!

Pours a dark cola brown with a thin tan head that fades to a thin collar. Strong bourbon and vanilla presence on nose with light grape and dark fruit. Flavor is barrel heavy, with oak and bourbon notes dominating and light roast malt. Medium thin, with light carbonation.

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Photo of Davoc727
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Cellar Reserve. Thanks to Bill for the assist. Served in Crooked Stave stemware.

Pours dark brown with a quickly-diminishing tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar and few swirls for a cap. The nose is more spirit heavy than the other two variants of the base. Bourbon presence is fairly heavy with some oak and light chocolate in the background. Vanilla as well. As it warms, there is a light dark fruit character along with a bit of roast.

The flavor is pretty barrel heavy as well, though it is more oak coming to the frot with some tannin. Bourbon is in the background along with slight roast, and just a bit of underlying acidity.

Medium body and fairly dry. Carbonation is a bit low, but appropriate for the style. Tannin through the finish.

My least favorite of the series, but still a nice beer stemming from a solid concept.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt, fruit, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -1.2%

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