TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from my Crooked Stave Membership 2013. Excellent. Thanks for the assist, Trustee Nielsen! Pours a deeper orange amber hue, a good haziness, dulled darker body. Some fiery orange dulled edges and bottom as certain light strikes. Frothy offwhite head atop dies to a decent film, laces ok and sticks around. Aromas throw distinct oak, peach, and gentle whiskey. Vanilla, lactic presence throws lemon, tart fruit, tart peach, and some straw. Gentle sweetness is overwhelmed by an aromatic barrel, fruit, lactic and nice elements here. Some bread, peach whiskey, yogurt and lemon. Really nice nose compared to the base. Peach whiskey barrel gives some nice complexity, a bit of white wine, a touch vinous, melon and green grapes, lemon mix with that peach lush element. Initial is completely different than the base. Firm sourness up front, lush fruit shows peach, melon, and green grape. Lemon and grapefruit, oak, vanilla, yogurt. Really inviting front end. Sour but not overwhelming. Middle start to show some of that tannic and whiskey element from the barrel. Vanilla, oak, spirit. Gentle touch, definitely not hot but distinct on the flavor. A bit bready, bland, the fruit picks up again as we enter the backend. Some bread, firm yogurt, wet oak. Funk, cobwebs, and straw. Touches of that whiskey element stick around but aren’t hot or offensive. But at times are a bit too potent for me. The peach is cool, the whiskey is neat but at times a bit overdone (Again, on the tannic flavors.. not the heat). Backend is tart again, fruit, green apple and lemons, some peach lingers on. Lactic presence is firm, some decent brettiness. Oak, vanilla, and some green grape. Finish is tannic, tart and dry. Lactic, dry and pretty. That whiskey element certainly sticks. It didn’t come in until I settled into this beer, but certainly became a mainstay after that. I think this is a bit better than the base, but not as good as Reserva/Chard. the whiskey, while enjoyable, starts to overtake flavorwise at times (Not hot.. just distinct vanilla/tannic barrel presence). Nice beer in doses. Impressive experiment overall.
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring at The Festival in Portland with Kramer, Andrew, and J-Dadmond. Pours a clear gold under a thin white head. Peaches and wood, bourbon and vanilla. Soft tart acid, gentle bourbon into a bit of peach. Gentle acid over macerated peaches. Long acid and wood on the finish.
tom10101 (3109) - 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 (1519) - 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 (2889) - 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 (3271) - 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 (1098) - 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 (7977) - 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 (9481) - 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.