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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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BA SCORE
4.18/5
Exceptional
158 Ratings
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand CruCrooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru
BEER INFO

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

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.66%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HuskyinPDX on 06-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
158
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
32
Trade:
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 20
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Batch 5/23/13.

Pours a murky 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 sour with malt, fruit, whiskey, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and slight cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 that is quite sour and puckering.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

more cellar reserve series stuff courtesy of drlovemd83, a fantastic BA and friend. the grand cru came with lofty expectations, and maybe I overbilled it, but I liked this less than its simple single barrel forefathers. the pour is that same nefarious red tinted dark brown nectar with a minimal off white head, and the nose is still piquantly sour, vinegary, and lactic, but the taste is very different. instead of the big vanilla and oaky char notes like the bourbon barrel version, this one falls flat on the finish, as if lacking an identity of its own. there is more of a tannic red wine sort of vibe to the taste and feel, which is fine in its own right, but the smoothness is absent from earlier versions. the alcohol is also more apparent in this edition, and the body seems less, although that may be in my head. its hard to look at a crooked stave beer objectively anymore for me, they are so intriguing, challenging, complex, and of course fantastic. its hard to be critical of such a good brew, and by almost any other standards, this is flawless, but I am trying to rate this one in the crooked stave context, and in that regard its a step below the other nightmare beers in my opinion. still outstanding and worth going after.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest tan head; the head fades quickly but it leaves a smattering of lace all over the tulip; leggy, too

Smell: Tart cherry with chocolate undertones; funky and oaky, with a hint of Bourbon

Taste: Lactic cherry, at the outset, with chocolate, oak and Bourbon tones developing underneath; increasingly acetic, after the swallow, the chocolate tones build somewhat, adding another dimension; dry, tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very interesting dark sour; the best in the current batch of Crooked Stave's I have tasted recently

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oak, vanilla, dark cherry and plum in the aroma. Some bourbon but subtle. The bourbon comes out much more in the flavor, particularly if you've let it warm. I expected some cocoa or licorice but it's notthere. Acidity, at this point, is moderate. Distinctly Crooked Stave; you couldn't mistake this for any other brewery.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle had at The Festival in Portland.

Pours a dark murky brownish black color, nice creamy head with bit of lacing.

Nose tons of sour and light lacto funk, pedio too I think, a horseradish aroma, nice toasty buttery oak, light acetic, light sour cherry, light phenolic booze.

Creamy lacto funk sour but not super, tons more buttery oak and barrel notes, dark caramel malts soured, hint of choc covered tart cherries, light acidic bite and acetic acid, some warming phenolic booze again.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, light flemmy and sticky, decent carb.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle from the '13 Cellar Reserve

Deep brown-black pour, opaque, with a small but firm cap of tan head that retained well and left gentle lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark roasty malts with a burst of tartness, dark fruits--cherries and red wine. This beer reminded me bit of Tired Hands' Guillemot Nebula, and that's a good thing. The taste followed the nose, tart black cherries, red wine, lacto, good notes of bourbon-soaked oak, all backed up with dark malts bringing in hints of burnt caramel and unsweetened chocolate. Medium-full body, tart, but not overly puckering, moderate carbonation, and a warm boozy kick. Very nice overall.

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with some slight transparency at the edges. Reddish flecks. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Cherry tartness. Chocolate. Whiskey. Oak. Smells like a very deep roasted oud bruin.

Taste - Very oaky. Very tart. Deep caramel and dark fruit sourness. Some roasted malts. Whiskey barrel adds a nice vanilla component that cuts the sourness a bit. Woody finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Flavorful. A little harsh.

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett - Grand Cru from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 158 ratings
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