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Crooked Stave Blackberry Dark Origins

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Dark Sour Ale Aged In Whiskey Barrels With Blackberries

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Just about black in color with a khaki head. There’s a good bit of blackberry to it and a whole lot of charred oak. Some red wine, chalk, and lots of wood. Sort of tannic. Maybe a hint of buttery blackberry pie. Quite vinous. Pretty roasty, too. Some chocolate, lemon juice, and a touch of caramel. It’s alright. Better than some of the other versions, I suppose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (5465) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Crooked Stave Tasting Night; hazy deep burgundy with a thin off white head, aroma has dark red fruits, with some wood, taste has tart blackberry, a hint of bitter chocolate, decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2015
(375ml bottle) Pours a purplish brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of blackberry, oak, blueberry, grape, and leather. Flavor of blackberry, oak, lightly roasted malt, and raisins.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2015
Bottles, thanks Staffan! Near black with small tan head. Aroma of blackberry funky brett notes, lactic acid, some vinegar, sweet berries. Taste is complex, dark berries, lactic and vinegar to a medium acidity, light sweet malt note with a fruity and sour finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle thanks to adnielsen197. Poured into dfh snifter. Nose is full of berry with a light bourbon nose and faint vanilla. Pots dark brown with purple highlights. Medium sized off white head that dies quickly. Some vanilla as it warms. Taste is immediately puckering and tart. Wow this is sour. Really catches you in the gills. Moderate fruitiness underneath. Some moderate vinegar, balsamic. Really good but definitely at my higher threshold for sourness. Would like just a tad more complex cherry and pie flavors to balance out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7253) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
17/II/15 - 37.5cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: II/2014 (2015-230) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy dark purple beer, big very reddish to brown head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, sourish, bit lemony, vinegar touch, red wine. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: very sour, bit fruity, earthy, some tanning, blackberries, bit metallic, bitter. Aftertaste: very astringent, lemony, bit earthy, some tannins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15015) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle shared at the Kays tasting, big thanks to Paul, 30/12/14. Opaque dark mahogany brown with a decent khaki covering. Nose is musty wood, sour berry fruit, sharp blackberry intake, dank straw, funk. Taste comprises tarte red berries, light acidicity, blackberry must. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light puckering in the close. Solid sour but not really get much of the BA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1383) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle courtesy of BBQSteve, thanks alot! Shared at tderoecks place. Pours dark brown with a beige, pinkish head. Blackberries, forest fruit, vinegar, whisky notes in the smell. Very fruity taste, sour candy, ends extremely sour. This must be one of the most sour things I've ever drank. Good nevertheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (6559) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours cloudy dark purple with a dirty brown head showing good retention and lacing. intense yet never perfumey blackberries, some spicy caramel with a hint of roastiness - cacao beans perhaps; woodsy, peppery, light acidity - citric and lactic mostly, spices. average carbonation, light body, tart, woodsy and grassy-spicy finish. nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6696) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2015
375 ml bottle courtesy of my 2014 Reserve Membership. Assist via Mr. Nielsen. T. Hanks. Pours a darker and well hazed ominous hue, midnight hues shows purple and black, brownish with a touch of brownish berry glow on the edges. A frothy larger lighter brown head atop stays as a firm layer, good retention and lacing make this fairly appealing. Aromas throw lactic life, firmer yogurty and citric sourness meet pulpy and tart blackberry, yogurt and a bit of toastiness. Touches of biscuit, earth, firm sourness meets a bit of carmelized malts, gentle spice, subtle whiskey and tannic oak meet firmer lactic smack with a gentle funky kick. The blackberry is seedy, juicy, some good sour life cuts through that darker malt base with gentle funk, yogurt, firmer lactic sour twang. Initial is firmly sour, a bit lactic kickk up front is citric, yogurty and twangy. The blackberry, gentle dark fruit stabs in quickly. Seedy and pulpy fresh blackberry, thicket and tartness mix with some toastiness, caramel, a bit of biscuit. Gentle vanilla waft with firm sourness throughout, never getting harsh or acedic but more aggressive and enjoyable than I’d expect from a darker sour. Firm lactic sourness, citric and biting, lemon and pulpy blackberry, seedy with some berry lemonade like life. A bit toasty, biscuity jab, subtle oak and whiskey flavors (not hot) into the backend fights it’s way through a bit, gentle spice, toast and funky yeast as it warms. However the sourness still proves the pace setter here, the dominant element that really offers some firm life on the palate. While the nose certainly fades a bit and shows more of the darker malt play beneath, the beer itself delivers some potent sourness, firm lactic life and a firm but not overdone blackberry addition. Fresh, seedy, nice funk and good lactic kick gives some good play. Finish is a bit yogurty, lactic and gentle toasty malt lingers on, a touch of vanilla, funk. More restrained oak influence compliments well from middle on without spirit or heat. Nice stuff overall with a more mellow nose, great pour and hues, head retention. Flavors and sourness work well for my palate. Tasty.

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