Windlass of Erasmus
Nightmare Brewing Company

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Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
Ranked #21
Ranked #6,642
4.11 | pDev: 6.08%
Oct 26, 2022
Dec 09, 2018
Gose with blackberries, blackcurrants and black sea salt.

Based more off of Nicolas Poussin’s 17th century painting as well as the 15th century medieval fresco in the Båstad church than the on the many exaggerated versions of his torture. The patron Saint of Sailors had his stomach slit open and his intestines wound around a Windlass. Blackberries, Blackcurrants and Black Sea Salt combine for an approachable sour with Cabernet Sauvignon notes and blood-like color and viscosity. Jammy, earthy, cassis, light brine and back of the palate tartness.
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Ratings by Cylinsier:
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can

Pours slightly hazy strawberry pink, pinkish white head dissipates slowly to a bit of lacing.

Aroma is of tart citrus and berry.

Flavor is of lime citrus, blackberry, grape, maybe some melon, cracker malt, and sea salt.

Medium body, minimal carbonation.

This is nice and refreshing, good flavor that is tart but actually pretty mild in the sourness department. Goes down really easy. Very thirst-quenching. Definitely worth trying.
Jul 31, 2020
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.69 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Oct 26, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon

Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Taenim from Maine

Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Served in a pilsner goblet glass.

Appearance: Deep berry colored red coming off looking almost like a Rioja with a bubbly pink head rising just about a notches below one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Fruity aroma which smells like a sangria hovering the nostrils.

Taste: Sour and tarty but subtle at the same time. Raspberry and blackberry feel, not too sweet and surprisingly refreshing.

Mouth: Sticky as fudge, sweet yet sour finish which lingers to your cheeks.

Overall: I normally don't chase sours but when you see the owner of the brewery drinking's gotta be good..and it is. Love it.
Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by impending from California

Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Excellent head production, although it fairly quickly recedes to nothing. Vibrant clear body, dark red in hue.

Sour, jammy, and musty nose. Blackberry, raspberry, salt, red grape.

A touch slick on the palate. Sour, with pungent earthy berry notes. Very salty, in particular on the finish.
Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Undated can into pint glass. Pours a raspberry-pink color with a brief light pink head. No lacing. Initial impression is berries, a touch of salt, and a refreshing tartness. Mouthfeel is medium, with prickly carbonation. Finish is more berries, with a lingering tartness. Overall, it's probably pretty good for the style, but I will admit that I'm not a fan of sours and my scoring reflects that bias.
Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L:. Pours a layered different colors ranging from dark purple to lighter pink or red. A bit of an odd look for this beer.

S:. Jammy, with notes of blackberry and strawberry, a note of tart and sour, with a hint vinegar. If you like jam you will like this.

T:. Jammy, with notes of blackberry, some other berries, with notes of tart and sour and a slight hint of vinegar. Quite sweet but also has a decent tartness.

F:. Smooth carbonation, a bit puckering .

O:. This is a unique hose that is quite tasty.
Jan 07, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 ounce can into a stange glass. Had 11/4/20.

Pours a good looking deep pink color, cloudy, with a two inch plus head of creamy pink foam with good retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of currants, funk, a general berry aroma, some grapes and cherries, light malt, light sea salt. Smells lightly sour and tart, has an earthy and mineral like aroma. Flavors of currants, blackberries, some lemon, some funk, light malt, a little red wine, sea salt that shows mostly in the aftertaste and lingers. Again, tastes lightly sour and tart, has an earthy flavor. Smooth, a very good light to medium body, well carbonated.

The currants are the star here, and everything else is successfully designed to complement and enhance them. A really well executed beer. Very enjoyable.
Nov 25, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Nov 17, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Aug 11, 2020
Rated: 3.38 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Jun 28, 2020
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Reviewed by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours an opaque purple with a pinkish finger of head. It doesn't stick around for very long.

Nose doesn't tell much of a tale. Get tartness, some fruit jamminess, perfume floral notes.

Taste is where it comes in strong. Berry jam, sour, tart, and bright. A touch of savoriness with a nice cracker malt background. Mild floral notes reminiscent of lilies. Very refreshing and balanced.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with medium carbonation. Lively, sharp, and crisp.

Overall, this is honestly a great summer beer. Crushable, refreshing, and different. Had this a few times and this is one of my favorite Nightmare brews due to its simplicity. A great gose and an interesting take on the style.
Jun 09, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 08, 2020
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Reviewed by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Can. Pours nice, until the end. The last quarter of liquid dumped a concerning amount of detritus into the glass. Like chunky. Might skip the last few sips. Thin, fizzled head performs a valiant Irish Goodbye. Aroma is lightly musty and reminiscent of tart blackberry. Flavor is tart but also sweet and a bit chewy. Slick feel, even with the effervescent bubbles. I think I actually got a chewy blackberry seed stuck in my teeth.
Apr 24, 2020