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.

Added by Mebuzzard on 07-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#458
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
570
pDev:
6.83%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
128
Trade:
20
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Ratings: 570 |  Reviews: 77
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

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheGent
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

July 2015 - Batch 6

S: Milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, oak, sweet tart candies, tart cherry, powdery, musty. The sweet and sour notes come together as chocolate covered strawberry. I’m also getting some watermelon. The aroma certainly has some sweetness to it that is not as prominent in the flavor of the beer, but nowhere near overpowering. It is complex and highly enjoyable.

A: Dark brown with a light brown head that disappears. No visible carbonation and no lacing.

T: Right on the tip of the tongue is a flash of milk chocolate/cherry/raspberry cordial sweetness. This immediately shifts to waves upon waves of acidic sour notes on the back, with just a faint hint of dark malt sweetness. This beer is super tart. Like biting into a lemon. Really hits the jowls. The taste is no where near as complex as the smell. I’m not getting any noticeable barrel treatment.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied.

D: I do not find this beer all that drinkable in the strictest sense of the word because I found that there was not enough sweetness to it. The complex aroma left me wanting more and did not translate to the flavor. The barrel influence, while strong on the aroma is lacking in the flavor. There’s nothing wrong with the beer. I just found it to be lacking barrel character, which I think would have provided more complexity and drinkability. The best thing about this beer is the way it smells.

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Photo of Damian
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750ml (25.4 fl oz) corked and caged bottle purchased at Fort Point Market, Boston, MA
Served in a tulip

Really unique and dramatic appearance. The deep, dark garnet colored body was topped by an inch-tall, super tight and creamy, saddle brown head that slowly dropped to a thick, lasting collar. A sheet of spotty lacing coated the glass and stuck around until the beer was finished.

The aroma was super interesting and complex. Really vinous and fairly tart. Loads of Cabernet and aged balsamic. Strong powdered cocoa notes. Dark fruits and dark malts came through as well. Cherries and raisins specifically. Bourbon was also apparent. Slightly oaky. There was a fairly noticeable metallic quality initially, but this dissipated as the beer opened up. The fragrant, boozy, bourbon notes intensified later in the session, as did the cocoa too. I definitely picked up some rich dark chocolate.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose but perhaps not quite as rounded or as interesting. Quite vinous and tart. Again, oaky red wine and balsamic notes came through strong. Some dark berry character too. Currents, raisins and dark cherries perhaps. Touch of sweetness. More tartness and vinegar-like acidity on the back end and in the finish. Bourbon notes were detectable as well. Slightly dry, oaky and tannic.

The mouthfeel was somewhat thin. A touch watery and nondescript perhaps. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence that turned slightly frothy on the palate. By the end of the glass, the acids in the beer felt as if they were stripping the enamel off my teeth.

I find many of Crooked Stave’s wild ales to be overly acidic and somewhat one dimensional, but Nightmare on Brett was amazingly complex and surprisingly balanced. This reminded me a lot of a Flemish sour ale, and a damn good one at that. The tart, Bretty character combined with dark fruit undertones, raw cocoa and barrel notes worked together seamlessly. This is definitely one of the more interesting sours I have tried in quite a while.

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

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

Photo of Dave2234
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of deereless
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Nightmare On Brett from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 570 ratings