Nightmare On Brett
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Colorado, United States
Brett Beer
Ranked #2
Ranked #701
4.37 | pDev: 7.32%
Apr 12, 2022
Jul 19, 2013
Nightmare On BrettNightmare On Brett
Notes: Dark sour ale aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels

A demonic dark sour, Nightmare on Brett takes on many facets during its transformation to the sour side. Initially aged in large oak foeders with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, this beer is then transferred to bourbon and whiskey barrels. The various spirit barrels bring on a new life to this beer as it conditions for months, while obtaining additional bourbon and whiskey characteristics. Dominated by dark fruit aromas and flavors, the underlying cacao notes meld with an acidic tart berry finish. With each batch release being a unique blend of barrels, the multiple variations of Nightmare on Brett released throughout the year prove that with creativity and experimentation, anything is possible.
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Photo of Captain69
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

strong great tasing brett. drink slow to enjoy brinfg a friend along

Apr 12, 2022
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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Rug from Massachusetts

The 2nd highest rated Brett Beer on BA! Only behind the raspberry variant of it, we have the base beer aged in Whiskey barrels. The vintage is unknown, but I got the bottle from Monk’s while I was visiting Philly a few weeks ago. Let’s see what it’s all about

Pours nearly pitch black with just a few wispy tan bubbles that fades to a thin ring and leaves no lacing

This is very funky in the nose as expected, but the dark malt really shines through. I’m picking up on aromas of red wine vinegar, brown sugar, earthy whiskey, black cherry, toasted oak, tobacco, and light leather

Oh man, this really holds in taste more than I thought it would. Still super acetic, but the balance is there and it’s wonderful. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting red wine, old leather, cocoa powder, toasted oak, black cherry, acetic acid, light lemon juice, and toast. The swallow brings notes of smoky oak, cocoa powder, red wine vinegar, sour apple, earthy whiskey, sweet toffee, and black cherry

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp and acidic beer. Finishes dry but with a nice sweetness that keeps it complex

This is one hell of an awesome beer. Complex and funky while still remaining insanely drinkable. It’s a real treat that evolves throughout the bottle

Apr 10, 2022
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 24, 2021
4.28 by Eman17 from Illinois on Oct 02, 2021
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2.45/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado

Beer pours a dark brown with a brown head. The beer smells of balsamic vinegar, dark malts, acetic acid, and a low level of brettanomyces. The flavor is a real kick in the mouth. The acidity is through the rough, so much so I went and grabbed a pH meter and found the beer to be at 2.98. It is really not drinkable at all, way to acetic and harsh. Some dark malt flavors. Overall really disappointed in this beer.

Aug 17, 2021
4.21 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Feb 13, 2021
4.5 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado on Dec 09, 2020
4.35 by hopley from Massachusetts on Dec 01, 2020
3.78 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Nov 27, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by zeledonia from Washington

Maybe the best dark sour I've had. Not overly sharp, balanced, mellower once it warms a little.

Nov 24, 2020
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

Wow not sure how to rate this. There is a lot going on here. It's a very sour / tart beer, somewhat fruity, it's dark from roasted grains, whiskey flavors from the barrels. First brett style beer so I cannot say yet how close to style this is. Hard to say if I like it, it's just so much going on. I mean it is good, not dumping it for sure, just that I cannot compare this to anything else, maybe closest was banana bread from big grove, although that was more straight forward. This is likely a good one time experience !

Nov 23, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BerryKumquat from California

L: Dark almost black blue.
S: Light blueberry.
T: A light dark rush into a strong blueberry flavor. An odd but good pairing with the tarty blueberry finish.
F: A weird blueberry beer.
O: A unique take on the usual blueberry beer.

Nov 20, 2020
4.66 by MattAita from California on Nov 16, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StJamesGate from New York

Thin jet body with stout-like film with trailers; balsamic, wood, burnt sugar, hints of whiskey truffle + dark cherry; dark cocoa powder, hit of limey tartness, some cherry tannins, slight smokey wood, hints of raisin, hits of leather + tobacco, vague whiskey + Granny Smith end; sharp + light.

4.25 4.5 4.25 4.25 4.5

Longtime listener, first-time caller.
I’d heard this was off-puttingly tart; having tasted it, not sure where’s that coming from. Instead, with all the underlying dark malt notes, it’s not a million miles away from a historic barrel-soured London porter.
Ironically, not especially horse-and-cheese Brett (but with some leathery Pedio) nor oaky vanilla and brown sugar bourbon. Another review said more wine barrel than whiskey; I could see that. Not far from Cascade Bourbonic Plague.
It’s also got a bigger body than you’d expect for a sour, no noticeable heat, and moderated carb level to drink smoothly. Altogether intricate, intriguing + surprisingly easy to drink.

Great Election Night beer.

A bundle of contradictions and a whole lot of fun.

Nov 13, 2020
4.18 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Nov 03, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rand from California

375 mL bottle into a tulip glass

Dark brown-to-black brew, little-to-no head or lacing. Complex aromas, with tart aspects playing off earthy playing off sweet. Lemony and funky and oaky.

Equally if not more complex on the palate. More tart than expected, with unripe cherry notes touching against suggestions of oak and leather. Flavor profile is tight and constrained, with all the disparate flavors funneling down to a singular note on the palate. Finish is crisp and short.

An amazing sour brew...a lot more than the sum of its parts. Yum.

Sep 21, 2020
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours the color of a stout, with a relatively thin cap that fades; dots of lacing sprinkle down the side of the glass

Smell: Acetic fruit, with tart cherry and oak; green apple and lemon, too

Taste: Vinegar tones forward, with a ton of acidity; lemon dominates with the tart cherry and green apple flavors complementing; the whiskey flavor is modest, more on the oaky side, and the finish is dry and sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Batch 6, from July 2015 - I would never have guessed this for a Brett beer and maybe the other wild yeast strains have overwhelmed the Brett given the passage of time

May 24, 2020
4.67 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 30, 2020
4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa on Mar 28, 2020
Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by Beaver13 from Colorado

750ml bottle. Pours dark brown black with a small fizzy bubbly brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is tart cherry and wood with a little cardboard and bourbon.

The flavor is sweet cherry with a big tart acidic vinegary sourness. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery with low carbonation.

Overall, a bit too much overwhelming vinegar sourness, that masks any nuances.

Mar 27, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Crooked Stave Nightmare on Brett
12oz Pour into a snifter
On tap at The Pour House Channelside
Consumed (and review written) Nov 2017

A: Black, light tan head, decent retention and lots amount of lacing. 4.5

S: Tart, lactic acidity, some oaky vanilla notes, nice dark fruit to balance. 4.25

T: Dark fruit, tart lactic sourness, some burnt plastic like funk notes. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation heavy but appropriate. ABV very well masked and drinkability is excellent. 4.5

O: Excellent beer, really enjoyed this one and will definitely have again. 4.25

Mar 23, 2020
4.25 by netshark from Colorado on Mar 07, 2020
3.79 by Nmgreen from New York on Mar 03, 2020
4.15 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Feb 04, 2020
4.25 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Jan 02, 2020
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hardy008 from Minnesota

Pours black with a small tan head which fades pretty quickly. Tart cherries, oak, and some whiskey in the aroma. Tastes like it smells.Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Finishes extremely dry. A solid effort.

Dec 28, 2019
4 by Narthax from Texas on Nov 30, 2019
4.43 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Oct 15, 2019
4.44 by PugsandBeer from Florida on Sep 29, 2019
4 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Sep 27, 2019
3.75 by VaporDome from New York on Sep 21, 2019
4.43 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin on Sep 03, 2019
3.25 by mothman from Minnesota on Sep 02, 2019
3.68 by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey on Aug 20, 2019
4.25 by GarrettBoots from Georgia on Aug 11, 2019
4.52 by WormGod from New York on Jul 31, 2019
4.46 by jdell15 from Arkansas on Jul 29, 2019
5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Jul 28, 2019
4.4 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Jul 25, 2019
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