Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a deep umber black color with a big frothy offwhite head. Aromas are a bit of brett funk, pine,spruce, bitter chocolate malt and some earthy woodsy hop notes. On the palate its alot of the same with nice smooth mouthfeel of dark woodsy chocolate earthiness balanced off some bright spruce, sweet pine and more brett funk on the finish. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Big thanks to Jeff for sharing another Crooked Stave beer! Really nice pour, big and dark with a prickly, frothy carbonation that’s live and unruly. Pungent bitter hops in the nose along with moderate tartness and citrus. Prickly mouthfeel, slight bite on the palate. The generally bright and bitter flavors come across with ripe kiwi in particular and only understated spruce. Earthy, and a bit dank, miles from the typical black IPA. Quite nice. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
750ml bottle $12.99. Dark, dark brown, might as well be black, ok head. Smells like pine and spruce and just evergreen trees. taste is more spruce, pine and evergreen trees, pine needles. I really could not taste the brett in this beer though I suspect it had an effect on the mouthfeel because it was real soft. If U had to call it I’d say this is a black IPA and a very overpriced one at that. Why oh why do I keep buying these bottles when I know better? I keep telling myself that I will stop buying Crooked Stave beers because while they are decent beers they are never worth the price tag. I would have been much better off buying a Wookey Jack or a Hop in the Dark than this beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-15-2012 17:59:35 bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2012
(750ml, batch 7/12, bottle 485/1531) Pours an opaque black body with a medium beige head. Aroma of spruce, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, and leather. Flavor of spruce, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, brett, and earth with a bitter finish. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Dark brown with a very creamy beige head. Lightly funky aroma that honestly smells like a rotten Christmas tree, with light funk and leather. Hoppy, cedar, Christmas tree, leather, juniper berries, bitter finish.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
black with thick head. Grassy sour funk on the nose. Medium light body, finishing hop bitterness. Slight sour note, with flavors of hops and black malt. Very different than anything I’ve ever had. anders37 (26726) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak bretty hoppy aroma. Fruity slightly roasted malty bretty hoppy flavor with weak funky hints. Has a weak roasted malty hoppy bretty finish. MikeLuke23 (83) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Nice balance of hops & roasty. Smells of pine, spruce, hops. Flavor has bitterness from roast malt an hops, balanced with sweet funky Brett.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beertimenow (22) - - OCT 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is hops, malt, spruce, and a little funk. Kind of has a porto-potty chemical smell to it. Taste is hoppy, with the spruce adding an interesting touch to it. Peppery up front. Funk, earth, brett, on the back. Very nice. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Black colored pour with a tall khaki head. Nice herbal and spruce nose. Plenty of roasted malt, a light brett note, and some grass. A little bit of citrus peel and maybe some chocolate. Heavy roasted malt flavor. A bit of chocolate, some citrus peel, and lots of spruce. A bit of marijuana smoke flavor and a hint of ash.