Nightmare On Brett | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

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4.39/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brett

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.66%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#473
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
579
pDev:
6.83%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
130
Trade:
20
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 579 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WolverineFan1243
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mkh012
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50ish degrees in a stemless wine glass. No bottled on date.

Deep reddish black with a tan head.

The nose is black cherry, apple, and vanilla. Subtle bourbon beneath medium-sour red fruit.

The taste is similar. Cherry, caramel, chocolate, and lemon funk. A nice dark sour. Hints of red wine.

The mouthfeel is medium, with medium tartness.

Overall, very good.

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Photo of StormAles
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.29/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. No bottling date information found. Cork and cage bottle.
Totally opaque black/crimson colored body. Slight fizzy head retreats back to a couple of islands and a thin ring. Leaves behind some strings of lacing.
Aroma of tart chocolate covered cherries, roasted malts, cocoa, oak, and whiskey barrel.
Taste is immediately tart with cherry and chocolate, joined by dry tannins, brett funk, and oak and whiskey barrel. Has hints of leather and peat. Flavors arrive in stages and provide differing expressions. Rather a dry finish. Has an affinity to oaky red wine.
Medium mouth feel, with a tart/sour tug and pucker. Good carbonation.
Complex sour beer with a very good combination of tart cherry with chocolate/cocoa. As the beer warms the sour pucker is slightly reduced and the oak, leather and whiskey become more revealed. Alcohol is well hidden.

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

Cherry, lactic, cocoa, dark chocolate, tart, light bourbon, sweet caramel

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the very least, this is a beer that is very memorable. The whiskey dark flavors of molasses, charred wood, leather and tobacco are really felt, but delicately, bonding with the sour dark cherry, plum, pomegranate, the yeasts and the brett. All together it is complex, with all kinds of combinations in each sip. Tremendous balance in the feel, making it rich without excess, heavy without being weighty.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft, Loosa Brews, AL.

Kegged 06/29/17.

The color on this beer is a deep crimson-hues brown, maybe similar to an even deeper imperial red. Hardly any head, with just an ivory ring of foam left around the outside of the glass.

The nose is full of tart, dark fruits right away. This combines nicely with thorough oakey characteristics and a faintly peaty quality underneath. Even getting some raw cacao notes, bitter but bold and roasty but subtly sweet. Complex and it works.

Very tart right away, a lip smacked no doubt. But following that up right away is a flurry of different flavors, ranging from roasty coffee, chocolate, oak, and dark fruit. They play off each other nicely, and the light acidity compliments the light, warm booze on the back end. Really well done, and this beer has developed nicely in the keg.

Some nice tannins emerge in the feel, fairly thin with that crisp acidity, low carb, and warm finish.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the 14 beers we have had in one session of some bad-ass tasting brew.
Maybe the most interesting beer of the session.
A real bourbon treat on the nose
The taste is incredibly complex with a great sourness, a lot of dark fruits and bourbon notes.
Finely carbonated

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftpaw for bringing this out to March Madness 2018. Pours a dark brownish red color with a lighter brown head 1/4" deep. Looks like a porter/stout. Cool nose, dark roasted malt, cocao, brett, cherry, wood, whiskey. Complex. More complex than Tart of Darkness I dare say.

Taste wise, not quite up to the bright cherry cola sourness of TOD, but it does bring that brett that TOD just doesn't have. Of course those barrels they use on this one are one step less used than TOD so it brings that slight whiskey aspect to the beer. Its like the dark cherry version of that Mama Bear barrel aged sour cherry pie one, but you know, without the sour cherries or pie crust aspect. Its more dark black cherry richness. The sourness is relatively mild, I would say a 3.5 on the 10pt scale. ABV is very well hidden. Some aspects of this seem a little heavy on the dark fruit bitterness (RIS or Baltic Porter perhaps base?) but at no point is it problematic. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Knickfan3
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peabody
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aurascoper
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Just enough acetic acid to make you smile.

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Photo of rjp217
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really exceptional sour. A dark pour with a rich mouthfeel--substantial. Then cacao notes balance tart berries , and you never even get close to a sour wince. A beautifully crafted, potent, sipping sour.

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Photo of shelby415
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Nightmare On Brett from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 579 ratings