tom10101 (3008) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle @ The Festival. Clear dark golden with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is mainly of whiskey and peaches, sweetness notes, wood and funky notes. Taste is moderately sweet and quite complex with whiskey, caramel, peaches, funk and maple syrup. Alcohol is perceiptible. Mouthfeel is dense and syrupy. Low to moderate carbonation. Extremely complex beer, kind of weird too... pretty unique. Good sipper.
mathieuc (1443) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2013 Sample pours at THE Festival, yes, multiple times. Pours a nice "onion skin" with a fluffy white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is really fun, with some nice sour and funk notes CRUSHED by the peach whiskey (alcohol and peaches, litterally). I didn’t know about peach whisky before then but it seems like something I should try by itself someday! Taste is tart and sweet, with nice peaches and apricot flavors and some salted caramel. Mouthfeel is strange, sticky and soft. Alcohol does show through both in flavors and mouthfeel but I believe it is part of what wow’ed me about this beer, taking multiple extreme and vastly different components and "making them work together". I’m really looking forward to taste more from Crooked Stave!
AdamJackson (2786) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2013 Cellar Reserve ’13 Release. Enjoyed at 60F in a stemmed wine glass.
A - Appearance is cloudy and burnt orange. Nice 2 finger head, sticky lacing throughout.
S - Nose has oranges, cloves, lacto yeast and other citrus notes. There’s a lot of funk with some lemon peel and ropey qualities and just a hint of tropical notes.
T - Taste big and dry. Starts sweet and citrus like, taste up front is very similar to a Gueuze. In the middle, you get a big oaky sour taste with orange peel. The finish is a boozy, bourbon taste and burn. It tastes like a 10% beer and not a 7% beer.
M - Dry, smooth, medium body, really fills the mouth with carbonation
O - Overall, it’s drinkable and delicious but the whiskey comes through very strong. I might like the standard version more if it was as sour as this.
SrSilliGose (3264) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at the festival. liked the base beer much more. muddled vanilla dough whiskey dominates herbal, floral notes in base beer. okay.
jbeatty (1063) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 06/20/2013. Pours hazy dark golden orange, thin white head fades to a haze on the surface, thin ring of lacing. Aroma is cinnamon-glazed peach, toast, sweet vanilla and honey, bit of CS lactic funk and yeast,wood. Taste is juicy apple, spicy peach, vanilla, light malts, funk and nice hint of whiskey, well balanced. Medium body, soft feel. Very nice, fairly unique profile.
crossovert (7712) - Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spciness, bourbon, fruit flavors, medium to low sourness, tartness, nice body.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy deep golden color and off-white head. Aroma is peach whiskey, alcohol, some tartness. Taste is tart with noticeable peach and barrel. Medium bodied and slick. Some alcohol on the finish, but its nice and smooth. Pretty decent and better than the non-BA version, IMO.
adnielsen (9416) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with friends. Thanks Bill! Pours a hazy dark orange appearance with a thin off white head. Really a beautiful juicy, fruity, cinnamon and sugar toast, apple, slightly tangy, red apple/peach aroma. Apple cinnamon, fairly funky, vanilla, moderately tart, tangerine flavor with a lightly tingly, sweet floral finish. Incredibly unique and very fun to drink.
arminjewell (6322) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, big thanks to Bill for opening this! Hazy orange pour with thin to no head, aroma brought notes of peach, whiskey, slight funk, earth, slight vanilla, cracker notes. Taste is a mix of dry peach, whiskey, earth, nice vanilla, spice, finishing fairly sweet, some whiskey heat, lots of oak. Could use a bit of time to mellow, but its fairly tasty.