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 (11772) - 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.
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle huge thanks to adnielsen and Lukaduke! Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Nose is earthy cola and dark berry fruit, some piney forest green and mixed floral spice. Taste is tart dark fruity mashed berry and dark cola, some nutty cocoa, grape, vinous, herbs. Finish is a complex dark sour roast bitter dark malts and funky musty grape, fruit, and wet wood.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 2.5 finger beige head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a thick, lasting ring. Large streaks of soapy lacing left bind.
I know it’s a black ale made with spruce tips but the aroma is surprisingly hop forward for a BA wild ale. Lots of floral, earthy pine and resinous oils followed by roasted malt, musty Brett and toasted oak. Some dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean and oatmeal along with musty funk and earthy hops. Very interesting.
On the fuller end of medium body with a strong hop/spruce tip presence that’s complimented by roasted dark malt, dry oak and funky Brett. Complex and well balanced with the hops, oak barrel and brett notes bouncing off of each other. Sligtly spicy spruce tip presence with resinous hop oils, pine needle, dark chocolate, coffee bean and dark fruit. Some raisin, plum and fig flavor with a dry, spicy finish.
theisti (3588) - 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 (2965) - 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 (4243) - 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 (2982) - Melboring, 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.