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Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Blue (WWBB)

 (RETIRED)
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93
70
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Formerly brewed at Crooked Stave
Style: Black IPA
Denver, Colorado USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Dark hoppy ale brewed with Colorado blue spruce tips. First released July 2012, 1500 bottles.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Pours an attractive brown color with a small white head. Aroma is of tree sap, citrus, light pine and that rubbery/plastic Brett dryness. Taste is odd, citrus rind, funky/rubbery brett, sap, light roast, some mild sweetness. and a little bit of lingering funky drying brett on the finish. Definitely interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle shared by pineypower. Poured a dark black body of medium density with a foamy smaller light beige head. Aroma is like a bretty black IPA at first then the pine notes kick in along with green veggies. Eventually the aroma reminded me of a drity martini with extra green olives. Average body with average carbonation and a normal to slightly lingering duration on the aftertaste. Flavor actually steps down from the aroma, a lot. First off the flavor just seems watery, notes of brett, juniper berries, burnt toast, gin, spruce needles. Meh this was odd.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2013
In short: A strange black fruity hoppy beer with wild yeasty and spruce notes. Weird but kind of fun.
How: Bottle shared by Kyle at post-Friday HF Harvest VIP 2012 party.
The look: Near black body topped by a persistent small beige head.
In long: Unusual aroma mixing wild/bretty notes, blackberries and floral/fruity American hops. Taste is very malty upfront, blackened malts, somewhat fruity (blackberries, blueberries), mild bretty notes, mild roasted sensation, floral and fruity hops, some spruce notes. Finish has medium bitterness that comes out of nowhere. I read here that this beer is made with spruce tips but strangely I thought the beer was more fruity than sprucy. A strange beer that goes a bit in all directions, not really harmonious but not bad either and certainly not boring. A fine beer from the Colorado brewery, not only is Colorado a state with lots of good beer but it is also a state that legalized recreational marijuana a few months ago, followed two weeks late by Taco Bell announcing the opening 300 new locations all over the state.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750ml bottle-shared by pineypower-lt tan-mahogany. A-spruce, roasty dk malt, brett. T-vinegar, spruce, roasty dk malt, brett.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750 ml acquired via trade from adnielsen. Shared with pantanap. Pours a big deeper blackish pour, good murkiness, with some glowing brownish edges that glow a bit. Big cakey tannish head cakes big layer. Aromas are rich, lush spruce and and firm piney and citrusy hops. Gentle toast, roast, and biscuits. Gentle hops, with a mellow bretty funk, cobwebs and dust. Nice flavors. Initial is nice medium bodied, a bit deadened with brett. Some funk, gentle cobwebs, spruce and mellow hops. Grapefruit, gentle toastiness. Middle shows some malt elements, toffee and toast, biscuits with firm dryness. Brett and spruce elements as a secondary into the backend. Dryness, florals, and earth. Gentle toast, a kiss of black malt, toastiness and marhsmellow. Some brett and funk firm elements linger on. Dry and bretty finish and lingering feel. Overall, a fun experience. I’d like some more hops but perhaps age has changed that. The brett really comes on through the end. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (777) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a thick dark black with a large (2-3 finger) beige head that had great retention, pretty much lasting throughout with excellent sticky lacing. The aroma was up front with a nice dose of spruce and pine hops, that along with an earthy Brett yeast, dark grain malts and notes of chocolate, toffee and a nice touch of berries. The taste was a little sweetly tart with a chocolate and toffee presence at first, and then progressed with a mild piney hop flavor, a bit of fruitiness and just a touch of spruce at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average duration after the swallow with a with a nice hoppy tartness left to settle in on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was medium in body and mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation. Overall this was a very unique brew to say the least, but then again all of the beer brewed by this brewer usually is. This one balances hops, Brett yeast and a mild fruitiness superbly, making it a very enjoyable drinking experience...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lukaduke (1998) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a deep umber black color with a big frothy offwhite head. Aromas are a bit of brett funk, pine,spruce, bitter chocolate malt and some earthy woodsy hop notes. On the palate its alot of the same with nice smooth mouthfeel of dark woodsy chocolate earthiness balanced off some bright spruce, sweet pine and more brett funk on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Big thanks to Jeff for sharing another Crooked Stave beer! Really nice pour, big and dark with a prickly, frothy carbonation that’s live and unruly. Pungent bitter hops in the nose along with moderate tartness and citrus. Prickly mouthfeel, slight bite on the palate. The generally bright and bitter flavors come across with ripe kiwi in particular and only understated spruce. Earthy, and a bit dank, miles from the typical black IPA. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
750ml bottle $12.99. Dark, dark brown, might as well be black, ok head. Smells like pine and spruce and just evergreen trees. taste is more spruce, pine and evergreen trees, pine needles. I really could not taste the brett in this beer though I suspect it had an effect on the mouthfeel because it was real soft. If U had to call it I’d say this is a black IPA and a very overpriced one at that. Why oh why do I keep buying these bottles when I know better? I keep telling myself that I will stop buying Crooked Stave beers because while they are decent beers they are never worth the price tag. I would have been much better off buying a Wookey Jack or a Hop in the Dark than this beer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-15-2012 17:59:35

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2012
(750ml, batch 7/12, bottle 485/1531) Pours an opaque black body with a medium beige head. Aroma of spruce, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, and leather. Flavor of spruce, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, brett, and earth with a bitter finish.


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