Cuir - The Bruery

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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 76
Gots: 428 | FT: 27
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Cuir is our third anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier, but again created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-07-2011)
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Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark mahogany color. It has a nice 2-figner fluffy tan head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace on the glass.

S - There is a big smell of dark fruits such as figs, raisin, and cherries right away. There are some wood aromas, as well as some notes of vanilla and a bit of booziness.

T - The taste starts off with some roasted malt bitterness, and a pretty big bourbon flavor. There is also a big dark fruit present. Lots of raisin, fig, cherry, and plum. Some vanilla and wood are also there. There is some booziness present, but it isn't too much. The finish leaves some lingering roasted bitterness, dark fruitiness, and some booziness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a little bit of a chewy quality to it. Overall, it has a pretty smooth mouthfeel. There is quite a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish, but I think it suits the beer well.

O - This has good drinkability. It is definitely a sipper, but the flavor is great. I just looked up and saw that this was 14.5% ABV. I figured by the taste that is was pretty high in alcohol, but it is definitely hidden pretty well for 14.5%. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I think it is a great Old ale. I was skeptical about buying this due to the $23 price tag, but I would definitely buy this one again. Try it out!

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a rich deep mahogany brown body with an easily achieved 2 inch biscuity light brown head. Head only stays for a few minutes then holds as just a skim.

Nose is absolutely wonderful with big sweet notes of maple and spicy phelonic tones all up front. The bourbon plays nicely and is noticeable without being to overpowering. The nose itself really gets my mouth watering.

My, my this is a big beer I say to myself as I take first sip. Sweet and spicy Rum soaked fruit notes hit the palate first. There are small bits of tangy fruit flavors that almost come of as tart, but just slight. Everything plays a bit of a back drop to the alcohol bite that this one has. I could see this one easily aging for 5 or more years. This is a rather sweet beer already and I could see aging rounding out the alcohol and bringing more sweetness. This beer is big with sweet bread all around.

The mouthfeel is thick but balanced a bit by a dryness that really continues to develop more as you drink.

This is a very good brew overall and nicely drinkable for nearly 15% alc. At over $20 a bottle this will probably be the only time I have the pleasure to enjoy it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria. Served in a tulip. Lucky enough to drink this glass while talking to Patrick.

Pours a moderate caramel-copper color with a really nice tan head, especially considering the abv. A bit of lacing on the way down after some good retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass and a collar throughout. The nose carried some strong notes of brown sugar along with a bit of molasses and a touch of alcohol. Light tobacco notes.

The flavor melded everything together beautifully. This thing already tastes quite aged, and it is extraordinarily difficult to believe that it's 14.5%. Smooth brown sugar and molasses with light tobacco and a slight dry bitterness to the finish. Full bodied with only a slight presence of booze. Extraordinarily well done. Glad to know that the trend for these beers is only to get better and better.

Photo of BostonHops
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy chestnut tone while yielding a solid 1" of a creamy beige/light tan head (surprising light in color). retention is slightly below moderate (which is an accomplishment given the strength of this beer) and nice lacing evident. nose offers a sizable amount of dark fruit, caramel malt, and oak... as it warms i get some vanilla, maybe a touch of smoke. i read someone describing this as having almost a barbeque sauce like quality to it, and oddly i do get a little of that.

very malt-forward beer, that's for sure. bold notes of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. very complex. the more it warms the more it opens up. i'm appreciating it more with each sip. chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with adequade carbonation.

overall i have to say this is a pretty fantastic beer. a bit on the sweet side, but complex and tasty. it's at a price point where it's in the 'special ocassion' realm, but would serve well as a special occasion beer.

(originally reviewed: 05-29-2011)

Photo of perrymarcus
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy chestnut tone while yielding a solid 1" of a creamy beige/light tan head (surprising light in color). retention is slightly below moderate (which is an accomplishment given the strength of this beer) and nice lacing evident.

nose offers a sizable amount of dark fruit, caramel malt, and oak... as it warms i get some vanilla, maybe a touch of smoke. i read someone describing this as having almost a barbeque sauce like quality to it, and i do get a little of that.

very malt-forward beer, that's for sure. bold notes of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. very complex. the more it warms the more it opens up. i'm appreciating it more with each sip.

chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with adequade carbonation.

overall i have to say this is a pretty fantastic beer. a bit on the sweet side, but complex and tasty. it's at a price point where it's in the 'special ocassion' realm, but would serve well as a special occasion beer.

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this warm some out of the fridge. Poured with a nice tan, foamy, thick head that settles down after a bit and no lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is a little on the mild side, malt, sherry, caramel, yeast. Flavor is similar to nose, bittersweet, yeast bitterness. Body is excellent, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, of average length, with heavy alcohol warmth at the end. Excellent!

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife and I are celebrating our third anniversary tonight. I honestly couldn't have thought of a better brew for this occasion!

Poured into our very expensive wedding champagne glasses.

A: About the color of leather actually. Dark brown, with a slight reddish hue when held up to a light source. About a half finger or so beige head after a hard pour with great retention.

S: Sort of a sweet, glorious, cherry tomato scent. My wife said it smells like a gourmet tomato soup. As for me, I got a mild hint of bourbon, but mostly brown sugar, tons of fruit (not always dark), and Belgian funk.

T: Sweet as hell, but with very much a "Sweet Tart" quality that made it fantastically gourmet. To be honest though, the very first thing to hit my palate was cherries. Next, I got a bit of a sweet tomato paste quality, followed by leather... which didn't really hit me until about the 4th sip or so. Extremely dry finish, but with a very caramel-like quality that coated the palate ten-fold.

M: Thick, but not as thick as I thought it was going to be. Much more fruity than I expected, and with tons of yeasty funkiness that comes damn near to defying description.

O: Not a trace of alcohol on this baby, which is dangerous for a brew that clocks in at 14.5%. This is one of the Bruery's crowning achievements IMO!

Photo of haazer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first waxed beer offering. Not quite sure why that's done, we know it's a special beer n all but c'mon. Bottle # 5,344.

A- Pour into the pint glass warrants a towering tan, mocha and foamy head. Has a cream appearance. Brew is a dark copper color, with black cherry and brown highlights. For the amount of booze the head lasts surprisingly long and leaves tiny streaks of lacing on the glass.

S- Strong fruity aromas filled the air when I poured this. Further examination leads me to plum, raisin, and dates. The aroma in this is layered very well. Under the fruit is a subtle toffee and vanilla, then a faint peat layer. I cannot detect booze either, let's see if it's in the flavor.

T- The sweet plums and the raisin begin the flavor. The barrel then provides a decent wood, then subtle vanilla flavor. But then a heavy flavor I can only describe as a mixture of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Just delicious. There was a strong heat at first, but the booze really is not tasted. It seemlessly mellows out. Fairly sweet brew overall but not quite cloying.

M- Definition of a sipper. The mouthfeel itself though is medium to full. Warming body effects for sure but not overly. Carbonation is somewhat light. Somewhat syrupy too.

O- This beer feels like it would stand the test of time and only get better. I loved it now as is, but would love to get another bottle and sit on it for at least 2 years. I feel as though the 25% barrel age added just enough to make this exceptional. I may have spoiled my first impression of The Breury with this one.

Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really expect bottles of this brew to show up in Wisconsin just across the river, but they did. Would have picked up two except for the stiff price tag - ouch. 750ML bottles poured into two snifters. I gulped the remants. Good remants. One point.

What is with California breweries & their need to wax everything within an inch of its life? Go to New Glarus & see how this is done properly! Pour is ruddy, reddish brown, perhaps the darkest red one can get without using the black crayon. Suprisingly persistent head. The smell escapes it bonds immediately to find the nose: brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Good.

I have discovered that Cuir is not to be gulped, lest the alcohol rip your trachea out like a protective mama grizzly bear (I'm not looking at you, Sarah). Alcohol is stinging. Aside from the liver-shivering characteristics, there's a big dose of oak, one of the woodier beers I've had. Huge dose of vanilla, coated with figgy, prunish, raisin kind of tastes. The bourbon begins to cut into this bouillabaise as the beer warms. Almost a honey-like finish. Gargantuan body, this is a sipper that demands a pipe, wood fire, & a silk robe. Heavy & brutal. Yet strangely drinkable. I keep coming back to the glass to try to ferret out one more neat trick this beer wears on its sleeve.

Well, hell. This beer rocks my boat. Excellent. Complex, layered, tasty as all get-out. Best of the anniversary beers to date. Even at this price, I might have to go back & buy another one.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

A: A deep brown body pours a finger head of light tan. Carbonation is low and lacing is light and spotty.

S: A nice vanilla and plum aroma, with a good level of spice. a bit of a low intensity aroma for the style. Low but subtle bourbon influences.

T/M: Rich, sweet malty notes, that reflect plums and dark chocolate. Spice on the palate with a long lingering finish. Low hop bitterness. Vanilla shown from the bourbon oak, with bourbon in the background. Bourbon is blended perfectly not too much to over power, but not to light, that goes unnoticed.

O: Overall, this is a solid beer, and with age, it can only get better. I really enjoyed the bourbon influence, as some brews turn one denominational. This beer is a nice offering for the series.

Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a medium snifter, 10oz pour.. it's happy hour time!

A foamy tan head that is off yellow, with lots of stickyness. Cloudy body of dark somewhat murky brown is present. It's a real nice color and the head has incredible staying power.

First smell is table wine, then a big sense of caramel malts and sweetness. Concord like grape then cherry comes over with incredible fruit punch along with this malty backbone. Quite different.

Taste is at first a chocolate milk bent but more emphasis on a dry powdered malt almost Abuleta breakfast like. Grape sensation comes through with a dense body, almost... just a hint of citrus grapefruit wanting to peak out. Finish has a quinine tonic water sense but without the wetness, and ever so slight.

Overall very impressive, but kind of an odd mish mash of things. I think the brew is a little polarizing, I think people are either going to love this or hate it. It's high abv is incredibly masked and is still super drinkable, without a big boozy alcohol bomb in your stomach. For me this brew is great but also stupidly dangerous and sometimes, that's not a bad thing.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass thanks to finewinemike

Bottle number 09806

A- Pours a deep dark reddish brown with 1 finger worth of khaki head that sticks around leaving a rim of big bubbles sticking to the glass. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass, small head retention but some really nice sexy legs on the side of the glass.

S- Slightly roasted malts with lots of dark fruits like rum soaked raisins, figs, and dates. Also getting notes of molasses, vinous grapes, cherries, fresh leather, toffee, and slight wood notes. Definitely a big boozy note in there.

T- Sweet sweet toffee and caramel up front that is quickly taken away by a strong array of raisins, plums, and cherries. Lots of candied sugar, molasses, brown sugar to help with the sweetness, also big notes of wood, musty oak, and leather. Believe it or not the alcohol is there but very well blended and hidden.

M- Full bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice sweet mouth coating finish.

SkÅL!

Photo of Heatwave33
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: Dark brown with a tan head.

Smell: Cherry, malts, alcohol (whiskey).

Taste: Same as the aroma. Cherries, malts and alcohol (whiskey).

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slightly coarse, alcohol presence.

Overall: Great body to this brew. Taste reminded me of a wine a little bit. I enjoyed it very much. Can't wait to try it aged! Cheers.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Waxed and capped 750 mL bottle poured into a couple of Sierra Nevada tulips and shared with a friend. Picked up a couple bottles over the border in Massachusetts for $22 a piece. Served at just below cellar temperature.

Appearance: Dark caramel brown in color with a one finger beige head. Decent retention.

Aroma: The ABV is really well blended in the beer and does not come off as too heavy at all. Caramel and molasses notes come off and lend a nice sweetness. Dark fruits, a hint of cocoa powder, and hazelnut notes all blend nicely.

Taste: Nice rounded sweetness of caramel and molasses upfront with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Lots of dark fruit, hazelnut, and a touch of cocoa powder. On the verge, but stays away from being cloyingly sweet. A really nice, complex and surprisingly balanced sipper.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice hint of carbonation. Really nice.

Overall, a really nice and balanced old ale. Plenty of complexity with bourbon and vanilla undertones. The price tag is a bit over the top, but this was definitely a welcome treat and nicely balanced at this age for the ABV. I am laying the other bottle down to see how this evolves.

Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter; bottle number 5180, bottled in spring 2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, bourbon, tobacco, leather, vanilla, brown sugar, light roast, light clove, and toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big complexity and balance of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, tobacco, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, leather, light clove, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, oak, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, tobacco, leather, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of malt and dark fruit flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 14.5%, with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible old ale! Huge complexity and depth of dark fruit and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 14.5%. An insanely delicious offering.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one.

Ruddy amber brown with a tiny wisp of beige head. Smells of candied fruits, butter toffee, leather and a touch of hops. Flavors are a mirror of the nose. Super smooth honey drizzled dark fruits, leather, tobacco, caramel and a mild hop bite. To find any trace of the insanely high ABV is impossible. Masterful job of brewing here. Thick and creamy body. I usually am not a fan of old ales but this one was really good.

Photo of Krakistophales
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark plum color with a bit of a tan head that recedes quickly into a halo and bubbles.

S: Candied fruit, caramel, toffee, cherries, grapes, sherry booziness

T: Fruity sweetness, mostly cherries and grapes, this one bites nicely at 14.5%. After the fruity sweetness comes a bit of a vanilla/oakish character and then recedes into a slightly dry finish, and a hint of bourbon.

O: Nice brew. It lacks a bit of complexity for me but it's still a mighty fine brew.

Photo of Dope
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky rusty brownish amber. Good sized fizzy tan head which fades slowly. Spotty lacing.

S: Big boozy raisins with loads of caramel backing it up. Strong brown sugar. Some other dark fruits such as cherry and plums maybe? I get a bit of cocoa in there too. Stinging alcohol. Just a touch of oak. Very nice, almost smells like a spiced rum in a way.

T: Up front is sweet and fruity with the raisins, plums, cherries, maybe even grape skin? Caramel, brown sugar and a bit of toffee in the middle. A little bit of bitter cocoa in the finish with a touch of oak and vanilla. Really nice lingering fruitiness between sips.

M: Big and heavy for sure. Not syrupy or cloying though. Drying on the back end with hints of oak.

O: Excellent old ale. I've actually had Fruet prior to having this, and I would say that Fruet is definitely a bit better, especially with the 100% barrel aging. Wish I had 100% BA Cuir to compare but this will have to do. Regardless, they made a sweet 14.5% beer without making it too sweet. Surprisingly balanced and complex. I enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of Marty30
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aces and Ales strong beer festival.

A. Kind of a deep ruby almost brown. Head is almost non existant just a cap with large bubbles. Has a thick look to it.No lacing given the ABV.

S. Sweet sugary dark fruits, Some leather with a hint of tabacco. I definately detect some alchohol.

T. Sugary dark fruits,some plum dark cherries,I also get a touch of vanilla with a hint of leather to balence it out somewhat.

M. Feel is thick and heavy coats the mouth all over. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall I loved this beer,very well made. I am going to try and get a couple bottles. Would also love to try the BA version.

Photo of chugalug06
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very nice with gently building head... Brew is awesome clear (without yeast) blood red with brown and orange tannins. The swirl is quite wonderful! Nice bubble retention around the rim.

S - VERY nice sour scent... Lots of Oak (vanilla). Quite a nice deep and dark fruity scent. Maybe some light chocolate too??

T - First taste was overly pear, great opening draw. High booze taste, but will nicely age out. Flavor is very abrasive and strong. Elegant, yet aggressive. Wonderful use of oak aging. This guy has some serious long term potential. Serious fruit flavors... Apple, Pear, Banana, Orange, and Vanilla

M - is for Medium bodied... Great use of light carbonation... Brew is phenomenally textured.

O - A killer brew thanks to Rob for sharing his purchase! Best around room temperature with a little bit of stirring...

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #12
750 mL bottle
A kind gift from my brother.

A - Pours dark brown, slight red hue from the light. About a finger of light tan head with nice retention.

S - I really enjoyed the smell of this. Picked up vanilla, oak, bourbon, and leather. Dark fruits, prunes, and brown sugar. Slight sour character.

T - Fairly complex. Faint tartness, oak, malt, dark fruits, and leather. Finish is oak, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. I definitely pick up on the booze, but feel it's hidden fairly well.

M - I had initially imagined for this beer to be heavier than it was. Surprisingly easy to drink, slightly chewy. Coats the mouth with alcohol warmth, but not syrupy.

O - This was the first beer that I have tried from The Bruery and I was very impressed. I thank my brother (who isn't too into beer) for picking up a bottle. Definitely in the right place at the right time. Would love to try the 100% BA version.

Photo of chumba526
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears deep, dark brown with a small off white almost tan looking head.

Smells of roasted malts, brown sugar and sweet dark fruits. I get overtone of cherries prunes and plums. There is a mild toffee like smell and overtones of coconut and vanilla.

A powerful oaky coconut and vanilla flavor hits my palate upon the first sip. Hints of dark fruit mostly raison plumbs and cherry. There is a present mix of sweet and sour flavors. There is a mild bourbon flavor that rounds off the flavor of the beer.

The carbonation is moderate and there is a somewhat thick mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a very interesting old ale that is quite drinkable for how alcohol heavy it is. An amazing beer.

Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in my Bruery tulip, bottle 03479 for what it is worth. Beer is brown and hazy with a big off white head of small bubbles, nice retention, lots of lacing and moderate to high carbonation.

Beer smells sweet, molasses, bready, yeast, brown sugar. Smells good.

Beer is very sweet, lots of booze but tolerable. Tobacco, mild, nice yeast character. Smooth alcohol sweetness, mildly dry finish. Beer is really creamy and flavorful. I am really feeling this beer. Much better than Coton was last year. I really like it.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super cloudy brown color with a touch of red mixed in with a finger of frothy brownish head. The head fades down fairly quick leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is sweet dark fruit with lots of raisin and plum, Bourbon with some oak and vanilla, rich sweet caramel, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some sweet raisin and plum with some Bourbon and oak warming things up. Through the middle, some strong vanilla notes come through with some booze, dark caramel sweetness, and some fig and earthiness. The finish is a mix of strong Bourbon notes, sweet dark fruits, and a good amount of booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a big warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really big and bold with lots of sweetness, but it avoids being cloying. The Bourbon element is also very nice.

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Aged at least one year.

A- Pours a very murky brown color with a 3/4 inch caramel colored head that retains well before slowly becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Thin ring of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Oaky, boozy, semi-astringent but sweet smelling. Strong solvent-like aroma.

T- Strong, somewhat medicinal flavor of oak and brown sugar with a mild bitterness and toasty cereal grain malts. A bit of smoke and barbecue tastes commingle with the alcohol and oak. Lingering sweetness with a touch of honey and molasses. Also notes of caramel, raisin, dark fruit and vanilla. Very complex.

M- Sharp, somewhat harsh booze bite. Other than that, the body is slightly creamy and the medium carbonation is a pleasant surprise. Burns the throat a bit as it goes down.

O- Whoo boy. The only thing that could make this better is another year or so of age, but I like where the level of carbonation is at right now. Almost worth the thirty bucks I spent.

Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.