The final 3 beers from Crooked Stave’s Cellar Reserve program have arrived and it’s time to leave a review for each of them. These are a pretty weak finish to an otherwise great year of beers.

Crooked Stave Nightcap

Crooked Stave Nightcap – 2.1

 AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CR 2014 Bottle. Enjoyed @ 45F in stemware split 2 ways.

A – Dark plum red with cherry and burgundy. No head, some sediment.

S – Coffee, Chocolate and vinegar are the most dominating aspects with some sort of coriander or herbal spice.

T – Very sour and dominates all of the adjuncts. I get some coffee and creamy sugar up front and a touch of that at the finish. Sour just overwhelms and detracts from everything else.

M – Thin oily mouthfeel, very little carbonation

O – Just not a fan of this one. Too many adjuncts for what is a very sour beer.


Crooked Stave Nightcap

Crooked Stave Nightcap


Crooked Stave L'Brett Pluot

Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Pluot – 3.2

  AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
2014 Cellar Reserve. Allowed upright for a few days in the fridge. Split 2 ways in stemware @ 45F

A – Looks really nice, very little carbonation with sort of a faint cloudy peach color or strawberry juice.

S – Nose is very light. you get a sour tart affect with faint persimmon, peach, pluot (duh) aromas and some rotten eggs / sulphur.

T – Taste is pretty good. I get a little heartburn and tongue rawness from the overly sour aspect of this, light tropical fruits and vinegar with a malty sweet finish

M – Mouthfeel is the same with most CR beers. thin, slightly oily not a lot to phone home about

O – This is one of the weaker L’Bret releases this year.

Crooked Stave L'Brett Pluot

Crooked Stave L'Brett Pluot


Crooked Stave Surette Reserva (Dry Hopped)

Crooked Stave Surette Reserva (Oak Barrels) Dry Hopped – 3.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Really hoping this is the right entry. Possibly, this should be aliased but it is a commercial bottled release and is different from last year’s. Green bottle, green wax, CR 2014 bottle.

A – Very nice slightly cloudy muted orange, almost no head at all. Probably would look nicer if I let it sit a few more days upright.

S – I do get a little bit of hard-boiled eggs, pineapple, guava and mango and other tropical fruits with citrus closely to grapefruit.

T – This is very sour. Lactic acid is prevalent and juicy-fruit jolly rancher tastes, some granny smith apple and lemon. Clean with no vinegar at all which is great. Tang-soda finish.

M – Force carbed thin-ness, Not bubble or refreshing. Standard mouthfeel.

O – Not the strongest in CS’s 2014 lineup but it’s a good beer that I’ll try to drink fresh as possible.


Crooked Stave Surette Reserva (Dry Hopped)

Crooked Stave Surette Reserva (Dry Hopped)