GarrettB (1056) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 2nd, 2013 - This is my first visit to Crooked Stave, which means it is a momentous occasion. I didn’t really "get" at the time how big Crooked Stave was, and how much bigger it was going to get in the following year, but I saw from first sip to last the quality and craftsmanship invested in each batch. Today’s tasting began with the Nightmare on Brett, bourbon variety. True to form, the aroma smells a lot like bourbon, but also a touch of spicy Mexican chocolate, and a richness familiar to, of all things, Elmer’s glue. The flavor has a nice, deep chocolatey base, and a deep, dark chunkiness, like the blocks of chocolate they put in good, quality ice cream. Also around the taste is a halo of bourbon and a hot alcoholic burn, demanding another chocolate sip as a chaser. As you can see, it’s a dangerous cycle, but a flavorful one.
daje (2549) - NORWAY - AUG 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 26th 2014. Dark brown body, with a small tanned head. Aroma of bourbon, pepper, roasted malt and funky yeast. A rather special and enjoyable combination. Taste of tart cherries, oak, vanilla, espresso, citrus fruits and raisins. Seems the taste wants to take every direction and it works really well! Lightly sweetened by chocolate in the aftertaste balancing the sourness a bit, this is really one to enjoy!
Ughsmash (7153) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured deeper brown with a short-lived head. The aroma picked up lots of tangy, almost metallic bourbon with accents of coconut and fruity Brett.. it was kind of hard to get down to the toasty cocoa and brown malt, but it was there. The flavor found very sour vinegar and bourbon barrel on the tip of the tongue, with accents of funky fruit and a kiss of cherries.. sour bourbon barrel, cherries, and funk on the long finish. Medium-bodied with moderate (and ideal) carbonation on the palate.. bracingly sour, but the malt bill was tasty and it held up fairly well.
Jow (2200) - New York, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the beer that got me to come to Brooklyn this fine day and it did not disappoint. Pours deep brown with lovely nose of dark fruits and some vinous notes. Tastes of funky Brett, oak, blackberries, tart cherries, some earth, wine residue, and bourbon. The bourbon is just right and not heavy handed. Great palate great beer, great to start NY beer week.
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Tart, punchy, in your face flavor, blackcurrant and unripe strawberry. Whiskey is well integrated. Nose is fairly mellow, a touch fruity and a lot of citric acid.
vtafro (3561) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Black pour with a bit of head. Brett, tart cherry and fruit, oak an bourbon aromas. Flavor is a smooth combination of tart fruit, Brett and bourbon. Very nice.
christoph (19) - littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 from bottle: I love this beer whiskey lots of whiskey on the nose as well as some fun sour notes taste is roast quite sour and the whiskey shines through I have had this beer many times and this vintage is by far my favorite.
Sarlacc83 (772) - Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grand cru in leopold whiskey.
A: Purple pointing to black. Thin creme head that dies down. Good lacing.
N: Funky horse blanket, leather, cherry, grain, oak. Full on lemon and grapefruit.
T: Sour, sour, sour. Lactic. Really not much else to say about it.
M: Slick. Light bodied.
O: Big single note: A tuba blaring sourness. Brett has zero accompiment. Sold tongue ripper.
Steasy66 (890) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Note quite black, tiny tan head. Aroma has some roast but a lot of tartness. A bit of porter notes but the tartness is very strong. Nice, but its drying my mouth our or something, really tart and tannic.
markwise (4501) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is ridiculous! Pours a porter brown with tan head. Nose is slight roast, slight fruit, slight funk, wood, vanilla, earthy Brett, and noticeable tartness. Smells like a barreled porter with tart fruit, and some Brett. Flavor is similar: immediate tartness, some roast, some dark fruit, some chocolate, oak, some vinous tartness, and some earthy Brett with tartness all around. Very complex, very enjoyable beer.