jcartamdg (1441) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a thick lacy head. Aroma of spruce and funk. Taste follows. Nice, the best spruce beer ive had.
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beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL consumed at a tasting. This may be the best Crooked Stave beer I have yet to drink. Why? B/c I love me some spruce beers and this is the first bretty spruce beer I have ever had. I just love the mix of the pine and over the top brett, it melds very well. Each part actually takes the edge of the other. Spruce is usually overwhelming and Crooked Stave overwhelms you with slightly acetic brett. But the two feed off of each other to make a more balanced beverage, loved it. Why the hell is this categorized as a Black IPA?
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Joy in Denver, Colorado. Batch 7/12, bottle #47 of 1531. The pour is a hazy murky brown with a thick 2 inch khaki head. The head falls slowly with nice lace. The aroma is hoppy pine, mild lemon citrus, and a dry leathery Brett yeast character. Fresh and clean nose. The taste is pine, though initially has a syrup spruce quality to it that is more herbal than happy (not really sweet, though). Behind the slightly gin like spruce is a nice lightly charred roast malt, then the finish shows the dry earthy leathery Brett yeast nicely. The spruce dies out a bit as it warms, and I enjoyed this beer more as it did. The palate is medium to light bodied, higher level of carbonation, with the bone dry yeast and roast malt char in the finish. There is a mineral present as well, which adds to the high level of drinkability. Really creative and unique beer, fun take on hoppier dark ale.
drjay44 (2342) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Batch 7/12. One of 1531. Pours a thick, well retained, light beige head, with some lacing, over a hazy, dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is pine, resin, barnyard funk, light chocolate, hints of coffee, light floral tones....taste is cocoa, light floral raspberry, funk, pine, grapefruit peel, finishing with a moderate lingering bitterness.........mouth feel medium, astringent, slightly sticky, carbonation makes for creaminess. This is an interesting experiment. Both the hop and malt backbones are there, the Brett is quite apparent, the spruce tips come in the floral tones. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Rackhouse Pub in south Denver September 2012-pours very dark brown with a foamy soapy fine bubble head. wow, wack nose here-lite hops, roasty notes of funky yeast. i had no idea that this was a brett beer when i sampled it. wierd flavors very funky roasty lightly hoppy notes. this is wierd-can i say that enough? a hopppy black ipa with brett? never had something like this. body is a tad thin, yet not really taking away from anything here in terms of flavors. A really unique twist on a few styles here that works pretty well.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled shared by a friend. Thanks Nadjeeb! Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big spruce, tart fruits, earth, chocolate and faint smoke. The taste is citrus, spruce, chocolate, earth and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Chewy texture. Very much like a brown ale.
jcnielsen (1312) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a deep brown color with tan head. Roasted, piney aromas. You donít really taste the brett in this beer.
illidurit (1962) - Sonora, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Pours purple-brown with an ecru-tan head. Dusty fruity aroma, phenols, candied citrus peel. Lightly roasty, leafy, dark chocolate-covered candied citrus.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the barrel cellar - Dark ruby, purple tint - frothy, lasting head - the nose is pretty nice - a nice mix of earthy hops and the woodiness of the spruce, accentuated by the lightest bit of rustic brettiness - flavor is moderately sour and fairly woody up front, which is a bit bracing, making it take a while for the hops and moderately chocolatey malt base to come through - when they do, though, they shine pretty nicely, as does a very mild earthy Brett character - brett adds an interesting acidic punch that works well with the spruce - finish is lightly sour - pretty nice, really.
wchesser (891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty straightforward totally sold black IPA at this point. Nice hops and dark malts on the nose. Not much brett. Just a hint of the pine on the nose as it comes to room temperature. Spruce is there if you look for it but could easily be missed. Fairly hoppy right now. Comes across as almost a mentholy feeling on the finish. Tasty but nothing to write home about at the moment. I have no doubt though that with some time for the brett to do itís thing this will become a lot more interesting and have several more for the cellar. Just had the Green with 9 months of bottle age and it was awesome. Think this is a great base beer for the brett treatment and after the hops fade. Will rerate in a year or so.