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

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

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.67%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ArrogantB on 12-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 48
Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, 2012 batch. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet and tart fruity sourness.

The flavor is sweet and tart fruity sourness with a little oxidized roasted malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, similar to the brandy but more oxidized with less vinous notes. The sweet and tart fruity sourness dominates in both though. Again, too sweet for me.

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Photo of GJ40
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 375ml bottle in my DFH snifter. Thanks surge1311!

A - Black with no light coming through and a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Very interesting with funk, tartness, dark fruits, oak and even some tropical fruits. It really blends together nicely.

T - Quite tart with an underlying contribution of cognac and dark malts. It's not at all what my palate expected. It's pretty good but I'm not sure it comes together properly. And I don't think the cognac adds to it.

M - Moderate consistency and carbonation with a firm pucker factor.

O - The platypus of beers.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.14.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fizzy-active dark tan head that slowly fades to the edges.

S - Tart fruit, barrel and red wine.

T - Red-wine, cognac, oaky tartness. Some sweet ripe fruits.

D - Lower carbonationo and a heavier body. A bit on the sweet side with a tart finish.

O - You can totally taste the cognac, still a bit sweet, but this one should age gracefully.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, black wax, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours super dark brown with a thin khaki head that recedes to a collar.

S- Really interesting aroma, it's a blend of cognac, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and some more tart, fruity brett notes. I wouldn't expect this to work but, at least in the aroma, it does.

T- This works considerably less in the flavor. Tartness is way more dominant here, lots of sour fruit and a bit of funk, which is sort of weird next to the chocolate and roast flavors, as well as the vanilla and cognac barrel flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, mild booze warmth.

O- There's a lot about this beer that I like, the barrel character is very tasty, but it's just sort of a strange beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle thanks to DaveHack as an extra! Big thanks man!

Very nice look, dark stormy look with some swirling tan head on top, ring of tan around the sides, has nice lacing with a swirl that falls down quickly.

Smell is very complex and strikes a great balance of the spirit, oak, fruit Brett, malty base beer, they all form this confection dessert like aroma that is very enticing and quite nice.

And the taste does not live up to the bill. It has a metal type taste and the Brett seems to conflict with the base beer, which seems to cancel out the nice notes they both could bring to the table, and the cognac is not all that obvious either. Disappointing after the smell. There are nice roast notes and Brett too, but it could be better.

The feel is ok but acrid seeming with the taste profile. Medium in feel and some sour notes linger nicely.

Overall pretty good, but could be better with some tweaks I'd say.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Callmecoon for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Barrel # 59.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with dark roasted malt and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor 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 very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle. Thanks Thorpe.

Pours a dark cola brown with a light tan head. Vanilla and sherry on the nose, with some oak, cherry, smoke and chocolate. Medium light body, soft carbonation, dry oak finish. Flavor is a little less complex than nose, but has a nice balance of oak, chocolate malt and grape. Very nice.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of the Cellar Reserve. Served in Crooked Stave stemware.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight light brown head that quickly falls to a tan collar. A bit of lacing as it makes its way down.

Nose has a really nice bit of vanilla with some light buttery oak. Some chocolate and very light roast, along with a bit of dark fruits in the background. The flavor adds a touch of acid and nice chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-medium carbonation. Quite smooth and really creamy. The barrel is present in the background with just a bit of alcohol warmth. Nice cognac character throughout.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. Super smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Crooked Stave served in one of their snifters. Black color, huge head that took quite a while to die down. Aroma is interesting, sort of sticky malts, slightest hint of booze, not bad at all. Flavor was like a strong porter but had a grape flavor, sweetness that must have been the cognac barrels. This was high alcohol but you really couldn't taste it at all. Nice stuff but I would not revisit

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Cognac Barrel from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
3.89 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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