Crooked Stave Origins Grand Cru - Leopold Whiskey Barrel Aged | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Origins Grand Cru - Leopold Whiskey Barrel AgedCrooked Stave Origins Grand Cru - Leopold Whiskey Barrel Aged

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dbc5 on 06-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour is dark hazy brown with virtually no head. Nose is quite nutty, light roast, tart cherry, and a hint of butterscotch (doesn't seem like diacetyl). Taste also has a fair bit of nuttiness, much more cherry but less tart and sour than the nose would have lead you to believe. Body is light, fairly dry, gentle carbonation. A touch of barrel comes in towards the finish with a subtle sourness. Whiskey doesn't really make much of a presence.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage 375ml bottle into a snifter appears dark brown with a couple bubbles.

Nose is vinegar tang...acedic smelling and really nothing else.

Tastes sour with a sort of apple cider note and a bit of drying oak tannins.

Light in body and modestly carbonated. Its ok, I dont need to have it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on May 20, 2013.

A - Dark brown in colour and only very slightly translucent around the edges; otherwise opaque. Thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma with some cherry coming through along with a bready sweetness and a very light whiskey presence.

T - Sourness that is just slightly puckering, balsamic vinegar. Cherry, oak and light whiskey.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Floydster
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle wax dipped

Appearance is dark brown with hints of red, one inch of off white head, no retention, no lacing

Smell is a mixed bag of cherries and berries, brettanomyces, balsamic vinegar, vanilla, honey, and oak

Taste is tart at first and fades into a whiskey bite in the finish, no real sweetness to balance things out, does not change all that much as it warms, more vanilla mixes in with the tart but hard to identify any one fruit in the sourness, needs more complexity

Mouthfeel was a bit heavy, some booze came through, carbonation was too low, not much bite

Overall this was not Crooked Stave's finest showing, the whiskey barrel helped make this more unique but the sourness was a bit overshadowed and did not have as much fruit character as a lot of their others do

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3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last bottle of 2013 cellar reserve beers I was lucky enough to get my hands in thanks to the person I trustee for. I've been pretty hard on this series, most were mediocre but this one tastes better right off the bat. Appearance is dark red, almost brown, short head. Aroma is sweet, not any whiskey barrel that I detect but a nice aroma almost like a 25 year old balsamic. Flavor is sweet, sour, woody, nice. This is probably the best beer from the 2013 cellar reserve series.

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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Bill (forgetfu) for sending this.

A- Pours a dark brownish color with slight reddish gold hue to it and some translucency around the edges. A thin layer of off-white bubbly head forms that recedes fairly quickly leaving behind some very light spotty, layered lacing. Fairly carbonatad at first, but dies down.

S- Vinegar, raisins, port, grapes, some light breadiness. Decently aromatic with a nice complexity.

T- Vinegar, raisins, grapes, port, finishes with more vinegar, plums, sweet black cherries, currants, and decent sourness. Fairly complex, a nice sourness on the finish but just a little bit too much vinegar up front for my preference.

M- Medium bodied to maybe a little bit on the light side, fairly low carbonation but enough that it doesn't drink completely flat, finishes with a light sour vinegar presence.

O- This was a nice sour however it is far from my favorite sour that I've had. There was a nice complexity with a lot of flavors coming out however I felt like the vinegar presence was a little bit too dominant and hid the other flavors of the beer a little bit too much. Definitely worth trying but probably not something that I'll be seeking out right away again.

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3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown body. A few bubbles, but not much of a head. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Some deep dark cherry acidity. A little bit of vinegar. Lots of vanilla. Oak.

Taste - Some dark fruit sourness. Caramel. Vinegar sourness. Oak. Vanilla and bourbon are stronger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body. Medium sourness.

Overall - I love the bourbon barrel in this. Really adds a nice dimension.

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