Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged) | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged)Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged)

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.66%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mebuzzard on 07-19-2013

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Photo of bnes09
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black with a soft, light, bubbly head. Aggressive roasted and balsamic aroma. Flavor is highly berry forward with bitter black currants and blueberries. Toasted oak. Punch of balsamic. High level of acid. Funk and oak are there but hard to detect underneath the roast and berry-like acidity. Medium body. Sturdy, malty texture. Well carbonated. Dry finish. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a glass

Dark liquid with a real Ng of bubbles around the edge

Tart taste with Brettamycatrs taste, whiff of blueberry

Tart, sour

Good beer

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Photo of MTKATL
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- One finger head. Dark opaque black with a slight red tint.
S- Funky... Immediate vinegar, grape/wine aromas, lemon as well. It smells extremely potent. In a good way though. Slightly pickle-y.
T- I's very funky. A Sour, slightly sweet, slightly oaky wine flavor.
Mf- Minimal and dry. Wonderful mouthfeel.
O- Delicious for what it is. Not used to this type of beer, AT ALL, but I have to say it's extremely complex for it's characteristics and I'm extremely excited to try more.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with one finger, creamy, khaki head, near opaque pitch black
S: dark cherries and oak, beautiful
T: bracingly sour, with good notes of funk, with a definite, oaky whisky note
M: silky and dry

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Photo of eppCOS
3.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I get what they are doing here, but just combines Brett in a way I cannot stomach. Not hatin' just saying I can't get down with this style. Cheers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently #4 in the Top Colorado beers. I've been drinking Crooked Stave since they were brewing at Funkwerks, so my hopes are high seeing as this is their highest rated beer.

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded black and red pry-off crown cap. 375ml/12.7 fl oz format. Appealing creepy label art.

"Dark sour ale aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels." 9.666% ABV. Batch 3 (11/2014 vintage).

Served chilled into a goblet and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: ~5cm in height. Khaki colour. Somewhat creamy, somewhat frothy, but not as soft or robust in appearance as would be ideal. Retention is nice for the ABV - ~2 minutes. Leaves no lacing or coating on the sides of my goblet as it recedes. Yields no legs when the glass is tilted.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast/lees are visible within, but its opacity makes determining if it was filtered or not impossible.

It's a nice looking sour ale - certainly a darker hue. Not unique or special in appearance, but it looks adequately carbonated and I'm eager to try it.

AROMA: Lactobacillus is evident, and I think I find some pediococcus bacteria as well? No overt funkiness from brettanomyces, but I guess I could see some brettanomyces lambicus contributing some of the complex sourness...I'm just not picking up on any bruxellensis.

Cherry pie crust, faint acetic aromatics, a blip of raisin (though that could be from Belgian yeast), subdued oak.

Sourness is mild - maybe 3-4/10 in terms of intensity. Barrel character is quite restrained if not reticent; I honestly wouldn't know this was whiskey barrel aged if handed a glass in a blind tasting.

Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a well-balanced complex sour ale with a pleasing bacterial intricacy.

I find no off-notes. ABV is well hidden.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Wood is present throughout, evoking subdued oak but not overt whiskey; there's no alcohol warmth, rich white oak, whiskey spiciness, or barrel vanillin. The reticence of the whiskey barrel is actually fortuitous, as it allows the bacterial intricacy to take centre stage - and boy is this beer's bacteria presence right on the money for the style. Though it isn't puckering in its sourness, tending more towards a mild 4/10 sourness in terms of intensity, there's ample bacterial complexity, lactobacillus and pediococcus dueling with faint brettanomyces flavours for dominance.

Dry and slightly coarse from the heavy wood presence, but smacky enough to be refreshing when coupled with the beer's perfect carbonation and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, adequately thick, and approachable. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Some tannins are present, drying it out and bending it towards tasting more like a wine barrel aged beer than a whiskey barrel aged beer.

Dark malt sweetness keeps it anchored. Belgian saccharomyces yeast throws out faint notes of spice and raisin. Cherry pie flavours nod to the beer's obvious Belgian influence, tipping a hat to Rodenbach. Some tart fruit/berries.

What really works here is its balance and harmony; despite its many layers of bacteria and yeast-derived flavours, it still comes off tasting like a gestalt whole of a beer, exceeding the sum of its parts. Superb depth of flavour. Mellow flavour intensity. High flavour duration; that smacky lactic acid sings through the aftertaste.

Luscious and delicious.

OVERALL: I find myself inhaling this in spite of its near 10% ABV; it's dangerously drinkable and supremely tasty. Crooked Stave defends their high reputation with this incredible ale, a sort of soured Baltic porter that fuses subtle barrel flavour with wild yeast and bacteria. Undoubtedly one of the best ales brewed in my home state and a beer I intend to revisit. Up there with New Belgium's La Folie and Odell's Friek in terms of superb Colorado sours.

High B+ (3.97) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of Peaches13
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jleavitt08
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml into goblet. Dark ruby mahogany. Cherry and chocolate on the nose. Taste is sour cherry and raspberries with plenty of Brett funk, very very sour. Opens up as it warms with complexity. The raspberries seem to be at total balance with the base sourness and are probably making this even more tart. Slight barrel feel as i get to the end but wish there were more whiskey character.

One of the most intense fruit sours I've ever tried.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass bottled on 1/16

A: Dark brownish black body with almost no head very dense body but some light does escape the edges.

S: lots of blueberries and some light vinegar and some whiskey with a little darker fruit mixed in like raisins or dates. As it warms some of the oak comes out.

T: Lots of blueberries and maybe a little whiskey up front than a bracing amount of sourness, then it finishes with a good dose of charred oak lemon and almost like whiskey soaked figs.

M: Pretty good carbonation very prickly body is medium to fuller.

O: This beer is very unique and I am really enjoying it. The whiskey and sourness wth the blueberries they seem to come together than clash at the same time.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrStiffington
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with no head. Nose is dark saison hybridized with earthy brettanomyces funk. Notes of dark fruit, cherry, and raspberry. The palate opens with sweet fruit, predominantly raspberry and cherry. More than even earthy or clean, the sour has the character of ripe fermenting fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with subtle carbonation. An absolutely incredible, nuanced

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Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer!! The raspberry slaps you across the face like an Andre the Giant open hand chop. Continues to improve as it warms and opens up obviously, so take your time with this one.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A-Sox
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
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