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

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BA SCORE
4.39/5
Outstanding
541 Ratings
Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged)Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.66%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mebuzzard on 07-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#343
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
541
pDev:
6.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
109
Gots:
124
Trade:
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Ratings: 541 |  Reviews: 70
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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Shared a 12 oz. bottle at my parents' house. Bottled September 2015. Poured into a mini St. Bernardus snifter.

Look: Dark brown, little head.

Smell: Very strong brett smell. Wet horse blanket to the extreme. Sour cherry.

Taste: Sweet on the tip of the tongue. Extremely tart/sour cherry, puckery.

Feel: Very acidic/dry.

Overall: Very well-done. A supremely drinkable sour.

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Photo of Vivs85
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice. The whisky is present but restrained, allowing the sour base to take centre stage. A rather vinous and fruity flavour, with the whisky offsetting in the end.

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

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with a milky tan blanket.

Smell is chocolatey, roasty, smoked wood and milk. Not a lot of the sour or fruit elements come through on the nose.

Taste is really oaky and acetic, very dry, with really sour cherry.

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

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

As yeast is commonly responsible for ethanol, and bacteria is that for acidity, its rare to find sour ale of imperial strength. Yet, Crooked Stave brewers, blenders and madmen employ specialized whisky barrels to propel a strong, dark sour ale into imperial status.

Tarnish bronze and swirling with a sepia stained creme, the ale swirls with oakiness, mustiness, sour and fruit into the nose. Its taste is toasty, dryly malty and with a hint of fruit-centric sweetness.

As the ale explodes on the middle palate, its plethora of fruit and spice is revealed as apple, grape, lime, lemon and pomegranate begins to pop off the tongue. A fast followup of toast and peppercorn ensure an even-keel balance but the additions of vinous acidity and its confident nuances pushes the taste into the spicy, oaky and lightly peated realm.

Medium-light in body, the beer is robust for sour. but its cleanly acidic bite and oak tannins reduces the malt to a dry and toasty finish. Citrus peel seems on the singed side while it trailing peppercorn bite is a beautiful sour and whisky spicy combination with a quick aftertaste.

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

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

Photo of ArtZan
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Crooked Stave Nightmare On Brett (Leopold Bros. Whiskey Barrel-Aged) from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 541 ratings
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