Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2013Beaver (1789) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Big thanks to Sledutah, Craig!
It pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up a sweet dash of smooth brandy, smooth earthy notes and some malt sweetness that gives way to tart Brett. The taste begins tart and somewhat acidic with a thin brief sweet brandy note here and there. It ends a bit on the sour side.
375 ml bottle, 2012 batch. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy brown head that quickly goes to a thin film that laces the glass.bytemesis (8226) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2015
The aroma is sugary malts with sweet tart sourness and vinous alcohol. It’s a bit subdued.
The flavor is sweet and tart fruity sourness with vinous alcohol and a touch of roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, a nice sour. It’s a a little on the sweet side.
Bottle. Pours dark black, small tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is dusty, acetic, funky, some window cleaner, a bit of chocolate, brandy. Flavor is medium tart, lightly funky, roasted malts and chocolate, window cleaner. Medium body, lingering tartness, a bit harsh. GarrettB (1581) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
February 2nd, 2013 - The third and final variant of Crooked Stave’s Nightmare on Brett on tap today is the Brandy. The Bourbon impressed, the Cognac surprised, and the Brandy rounds out a stellar tasting experience that has both me and my palate on the back of my heels, reeling from the booze and cacophony of awesome flavors. The brandy experience begins with a sugary, sweet smell familiar to anybody who’s participated in a good old fashioned camping expedition complete with s’mores and burnt stick ends. It’s graham crackers and bubbling, brown marshmallow blobs. The flavor is far sharper, stabbing and wielding the sharpness of heavy alcohol and the caustic personality developed while biding its time in the inside of a brandy barrel. Chocolate malt fills in after the brandy fever has died down, bringing with it maple and smoked malt notes. Leaning back and gazing across the line of empty tasting glasses, it’s easy to conclude that while these are all mighty powerful brews, they’re damn good drinking. And now we move to the Crooked Stave staples in the next three reviews... Boutip (6321) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle: Poured a light black color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some funky yeast notes and light dry roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with some acidity and dry roasted malt notes. Brandy notes are pretty tame and hard to distinguish. Body is light with medium carbonation. Not bad overall but I can’t say that sour porter is a style that I really seek. czar (8996) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks dude! hazy medium dark brown pour with a reviving light beige head, some lacing. dense chocolate, tart cherries, maple syrup sweetness, never cloying, light acidity - complex lactic and acetic, fairly spicy too. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and slightly sticky, lightly tart, grassy-spicy and lightly astringent finish. better treatment than grand cru.
tom10101 (6033) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle (375 ml). Thanks to Mark for this one! Dark reddish brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma is quite fruity (mostly berries) along roasted malt, acidic notes, hints of alcohol and oak notes. Taste is quite fruity too (berries and grapes) along roasted malt, moderate sourness, oak and brandy. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly vinous mouthfeel. Moderately warming finish. Good dark sour. Easy drinking for the style and quite enjoyable. Lack a little depth tough. Better than the Grand Cru version. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours very dark brown/black with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of black cherries, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Taste is of black cherries, sourness, grapes, dark fruits, some tannins. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Good. Nice dark fruits. Nice body. Sourness not overdone. mathieuc (3944) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a dark brown and is topped by a light beige rim that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of dark fruits and alcohol, simple but effective. Taste is of brandy, chocolate and fruity with a tart edge. Alcohol shows slightly but what do you expect from a brandy barrel aged beer? Anyway, it is slightly hot like it should and vinous with a medium level of carbonation. This was better than the Grand Cru and much enjoyed! anders37 (26156) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty woody brandy aroma. Fruity sour tart woody brandy and caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty sour tart woody brandy finish. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2013
375mL thanks to unclerudy. Clear deep brown red with coffee, weak foam with spotty lace. Subtle hazelnut chocolate cake nose, not much impending acid is nice. Small hints of brandy but barely. Sharp cranberry and flashes of balsamic. Taste is lactic, tangy, lots of lime and salt. Bright and quenching. Doesn’t really matter what barrel, this base sour brown is fantastic.