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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 290   ABV: 9.67%
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Aged in 12-13 year old Heaven Hill Barrels.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle from the Cellar Reserve. Thanks to Bill for the assist. Served in Crooked Stave stemware. Pours dark brown with a quickly-diminishing tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar and few swirls for a cap. The nose is more spirit heavy than the other two variants of the base. Bourbon presence is fairly heavy with some oak and light chocolate in the background. Vanilla as well. As it warms, there is a light dark fruit character along with a bit of roast. The flavor is pretty barrel heavy as well, though it is more oak coming to the frot with some tannin. Bourbon is in the background along with slight roast, and just a bit of underlying acidity. Medium body and fairly dry. Carbonation is a bit low, but appropriate for the style. Tannin through the finish. My least favorite of the series, but still a nice beer stemming from a solid concept.


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Sjohnh (947) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2017
Slightly crazy, of course. Very dark, decent head. Body a bit thinner than I expected. Cola, cherry, berries, plum, overripe fruit, stewed tea. On tap at Beer Gonzo.

3.7
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Draft. Minimal beige head atop dark red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some Brett, wood, light vanilla.. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, somewhat sour, some cherry. Medium body, some sticky, acidic.

3.9
PhillyCraft (7231) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2016
Bottle at home, pours a hazy brown color with smaller head that didn’t stick too long. Nose is dark fruit, bourbon, oak, red wine, and brett. Flavor is plum, cherry, whiskey, oak, and cranberry. Medium body.

3.6
Hanoi (951) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle. From notes mid 2015. Nose is cherry, vanilla, whiskey - very balanced. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, sweet leading to tart, sour cherry, very bitter cherry finish with a little smoke with a lot of vinegar.

4
kevinator (2231) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Well done beer. Aroma and flavor are mildly tart, fruity, funky and have a nice hint of bourbon but not enough to dominate. Nice color and full, smooth palate. Does not disappoint.

4.5
traviskurowski (27) - - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Tulip glass. Huge sour taste, whiskey barrel deep in the palate. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
TheGoldenChalice (24) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Served in Teku from 375ml. Batch III, served fresh. Will review aged batch in 18-24mo. Aroma – you can literally smell the sourness lingering off the surface of this brew. Damn, am I thrilled with this release… Appearance – pours as dark as the midnight skies in Chapel Hill. Very limited, almost non-existent khaki head-retention. Taste – near-perfected mouth feel, especially for style: mouth-puckering sourness/funk w/ a multitude of brilliant flavors, literally exploring all avenues of the taste spectrum in an audacious manner. Palate – explosion of whiskey notes, wood, sour black cherries, possibly blackberries, subtle hints of vanilla, and mouth-puckering sourness on the finish. Overall – great representation of style; a well-rounded brew. First impression: this brew reminds me of a perfected “Major Arcana.” The sourness really stands out. I think this brew could definitely use some time yet I am 100% content with a fresh bottle, too.

4.2
superdaveo (31) - Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Nose is bourbon barrel with a touch of brett. Taste is also bourbon, with oak and a healthy dose of sour. Finishes super clean.

3.8
hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle... Pours murky and brown with no head. The aroma shares lots of toasted oak, cocoa, sour cherries and red wine. Light to medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. Mainly, the flavor furnishes caramel, sour cherries and black bread. Also, yeasty, roasty, acidic and acetic notes play nicely together. Finishes tart, and then caramely. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

3.8
GarrettB (1601) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
February 2nd, 2013 - This is my first visit to Crooked Stave, which means it is a momentous occasion. I didn’t really "get" at the time how big Crooked Stave was, and how much bigger it was going to get in the following year, but I saw from first sip to last the quality and craftsmanship invested in each batch. Today’s tasting began with the Nightmare on Brett, bourbon variety. True to form, the aroma smells a lot like bourbon, but also a touch of spicy Mexican chocolate, and a richness familiar to, of all things, Elmer’s glue. The flavor has a nice, deep chocolatey base, and a deep, dark chunkiness, like the blocks of chocolate they put in good, quality ice cream. Also around the taste is a halo of bourbon and a hot alcoholic burn, demanding another chocolate sip as a chaser. As you can see, it’s a dangerous cycle, but a flavorful one.


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