ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a finger of khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades slowly.
S - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, spruce tips, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, funky Brett, some tart green fruits.
T - Dark roasted caramel and chocolate malts, spruce tips, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, some lightly resiny bitterness, funky Brett, and tart green fruits.
M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a bitter, funky, tart, and lightly roasty finish.
D - Fantastic dark sour. Like the mix of hops and spruce tips.
BoulderOnTap (8) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, dark brown in color with a bigger off-white head than expected. The aroma is spruce with a little fruit and some grassy hops. The hops from the nose translate into mild earthy notes and the spruce pulls through as well. There isn’t too much brett on this, but it does provide a slight pucker for the finish. Overall, this is a nicely done, hoppy, funky treat with a twist: spruce.
Ratman197 (9502) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of blue spruce, carmel, citrus, horseblanket and earthiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of blue spruce, orange zest, earthiness, light molasses and light horseblanket with a smooth dry lingering blue spruce finish.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by JulienHuxley, thanks a lot! Pour is dark brown with ivory head and good lacing. Aroma roasted malts, grassy hops, light funk, a bit of spruce, very floral. Taste is herbal and floral hops, roasted, brett, light acidity, a bit of citrus, light fruity notes. medium body, average carbonation. Pretty good.
theisti (3184) - 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.
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, 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?
tom10101 (2640) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by Julien/Pier-Luc/Benoit, thanks guys! Dark reddish-brown with medium to high beige head and good lacing. Aroma is enticing with tons of fruity brettanomyces, light roasted malt, resinous and earthy notes, wood. Taste is less impressive/intense than aroma with brettanomyces, red fruits, earthy notes, resinous presence, roasted malt and light caramel. Medium body. Medium to lively carbonation (more on the medium side). Slightly dry. Nice balance. Really good dark Sour with an impressive aroma!
Homer321 (1744) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to catman197. Nose slightly tart and cherry like. Smells malty sweet. Large off white head. Nearly opaque black color. Taste is roasty up front. Slightly tart. Not getting much spruce or whatever. Minimal hop character overall. Like a sour stout. But only slightly tart. Very well balanced. So wowe.
Steve_0 (2537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black with a khaki head and great lacing. Smell is roasty, light brett, a touch of coffee, definitely picking up the spruce, pine, grass, and cocoa. Taste is also roasty, light chocolate, juicy grapefruit, and citrus with a medium bitter finish and cocoa that seems to linger in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy with soft carbonation. Really different for Crooked Stave, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Hard to believe this beer is fully fermented with brett because it is super clean yet has belgian-like yeast characteristics. Another solid offering from CS.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is nearly black with red edges and a moderate, ta, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves scattered lace. The nose is quite interesting to say the least; musty, very spicy, some spruce, light herbal, buttery chocolate, light molasses, and faint tart fruit. The flavor is nice as well with dry chocolate and cocoa, more lemony notes, spruce, woody notes, and light basement notes. The palate is more than medium, soft to lively, chewy, and drying. The finish is dry, chocolatey, lemony, and spruce. Actually a very nice blend of tart, dark malts, and hops. The spruce added a hop depth without the bitterness or acidity. Nice addition to the WWB series and so completely different.