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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 569
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 5.37%
Wants: 79
Gots: 431 | FT: 25
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-07-2011

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.
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Reviews: 190 | Hads: 569
Photo of MatthewWilde
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Dark garnet in color, pours a small light brown head that quickly dissolves into nothing, no lacing, minimal internal carbonation, slightly cloudy

S: Fragrant, heavy dried fruits, some citrus, caramel, some alcohol, even has some port notes to it, complex and intriguing

T: Quite flavorful, similar to the nose, almost has a barley wine characteristic to it, definitely some chocolate-covered fruit, sweet and fruity, but balanced and complex, some alcohol to finish (needs some age), but pretty amazing

M: Certainly a heavy ale, but still pretty smooth, alcohol is only moderately strong, moderate dried fruit aftertaste, not lingering, only slightly drying

O: An excellent example of the style, full of flavor, great fragrance, and smooth as well, a must-try, definitely could use some aging, but great fresh (840 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darkly patina of copper liquid with red highlights fills an oversized wine glass. A slight head is creamy beige and short lived. Profuse, tiny carbonation columns energetically flow within the clear beer continuously regenerating the collar while a thin veil is deposited with each swirl above viscous legs.

The aroma is rich with dark fruit, easily discernible from a distance. Sweet plum pudding is distinguishable up close. Other aromas include molasses, pumpernickel, raisins, cognac and slight cherry. Warmth transforms this amazingly, bringing out brandy and earthy wood notes.

The flavor profile closely follows the nose, interrupted with quick nips of bitterness and sweetness on the edges. This spectacular character is accented by dates and a progression due to warming from brown sugar to molasses to prunes. The long subtle finish is sweet with acidic hints.

A full body with smooth texture and explosive carbonation. Alcohol is quite pleasant with late warming that tingles down the throat.

Cuir is definitely a sipping beer, best as an after-dinner cordial to be enjoyed with conversation or a book. This is a highly contemplative beer. (1,156 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served side by side with 100% BA Cuir.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2" tan head. Lacing recedes quickly.

S- Worcestershire, soy sauce and leather.

T- Worcestershire, dates, grainy rye, and some oxidization.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Drinks fairly easily and not real thick.

O- Not loving this beer, especially at the $22 price tag. Worcestershire is just to potent. (381 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an over-sized tulip glass. (signature duvel glass) The bottle is labeled to be served in a tulip or wine glass, FYI. 2011 Anniversary date, served 08/07/2012.

Appearance: A super dark amber-brown color, head is thick but not huge coming off a orange-white maybe 1/2" of t the body.

Smell: Smell is strong maybe not for everyone but I do like it, coming off with berries and a hint of red wine. Not to mention the yeast feel.

Taste: You want to talk complex with how sweet and yeasty this beer could get here you go. You feel a berry like taste that would normally go with a port wine but in the end you are drinking up a real beer. ZThe way beers should be made.

Mouth: Comes off medium carbonation almost light but what is appealing is the after taste and how it's after taste just hovers in your cheeks.

Overall: If you are lucky to see this on your local shelf buy it, if you can't afford it you know what to do. It is that awesome. If I were to rename it, it would be called "Rare Opportunity". Drink up and and be blessed, Salud! (1,053 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to kwilliams81 for sharing this beer! Thanks kent!

poured into a tulip glass.

bottle number- 07959

reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.

Appearance: reddish light brown bodied beer with a small off white head.

Smell: Dark fruits; prodominately raisins. Caramel notes.

Taste: Bready and raisins. Caramel, prunes, leather, and molasses. Its also fairly ozidixed and astrigent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Still fairly hot.

Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. This beer finished dead last. Its not aging very well and its just rough around the egdes. (650 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, bottle 14472, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark, murky amber color, produces a very thin tan head that recedes to a collar, leaves no lacing.

S- Loads of caramel, oak and vanilla, dark fruit, and very powerful booze.

T- Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon, fruity dates and figs as well. It's really pretty damn sweet, verging on cloying, but once the initial sugar subsides the aftertaste is really nice. Towards the finish lots of wood and leather. Warm, boozy finish.

M- Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, slick, oily feel.

O- A disappointing beer, it has a nice amount of complexity on it, but the huge amount of booze and the sugary, overpowering sweetness make it a chore to drink, I had trouble finishing a single glass. (780 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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) (1,031 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: dark amber brown hazy ale with bubbly foam head

S: caramel malt, allspice, bourbon, brown sugar

T: apples, caramel, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, buttery biscuits, and seasonal spices (nutmeg, allspice, clove) all drenched with bourbon and mashed together

M: creamy, rich, yet crisp and sharp

O: really great stuff - if you see a bottle, get it; seems like some are still on the shelves despite the limited release (it's like a $25 bottle, but I think the expensive limited stuff is generating a higher demand these days, so get it while you can) (547 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very murky, Hellish red colour. Head is a thing of singular beauty, with the red beer giving it a vibrant orange-cream glow, small bubbles packed tight into a gorgeous foam, retaining a couple of fingers with sparse bubbling on top. Bit esoteric, but it's among the most instantly seductive beers I've seen.

Smells very American. Full of things the Yanks love. Caramel malt, with spices, rye and booze. Plenty of citric hop, pepper, chestnut and candied orange peel. Hint of sherbet and tobacco on the back. Bit intense, like a chocolate orange liqueur, but very intriguing. Beguiling is probably a bit too generous, but there's a certain mystifying charm no doubt.

Taste is not quite the taste I was looking for. Big orange citrus flavour upfront with a big astringent note that mixes with tobacco notes midway and steers away to an unpleasantly bitter finish. A bit tart and very spicy. Grains of paradise and capsicaian on there, but it's really just a big boozey Grand Marnier-esque flavour. Bit too rich and earthy, could use some cutting from some more hops - NZ hops, even.

Big foamy texture, and really rather boozey and hot. Quite a bold, sweet, almost sticky presence, then a very dry and boozey strength at the death.

Interesting drop, but at times just overwhelmingly boozey and liqueury. Very intriguing, but I'd just as happily pass. (1,359 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from STEG a while back. Cheers for the beers man!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Bottle 10,122
Drank the 25% and 100% back to back

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, cream-white head with good retention. A thick, dark red body, transparent, with high levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring that remain to the end of the ride. No lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, toffee, red fruits and spices on the nose. Very bold with a hint of booze. Lots of caramel and cotton candy.

TASTE: Toffee sweetness and lots of spices up front. Red fruits and caramel through the middle into a fruity, sweet molasses finish. Bold but drier aftertaste of sweet toffee, molasses, a touch of bitterness and some spicy alcohol. A hint of bourbon and vanilla linger as well. Not as boozy as the ABV might suggest, but it's there. Still, very complex, but quite sweet.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry on the palate. A slight bite at the swallow and a touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Very flavorful and complex and the alcohol is quite well hidden, but it is perhaps a little too sweet for mass consumption. A thicker palate would have showcased the flavors a little better as well. Regardless, this is a good beer and worth checking out if you're given the chance. Glad I was given a shot at this. Cheers STEG! (1,442 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hard pour generates about an inch of foam that caps the auburn-colored liquid; leggy patches of foam dot the sides of the chalice

Smell: Caramel, cinnamon, fig, leather and bourbon elements, all accented by a booziness that burns the nostrils

Taste: Caramel, cinnamon and fig forward, with a developing tart apple character; in the middle, the booziness starts to dominate and, after the swallow, the tartness, the leather and the booze co-mingle; the finish was long-lasting, with fig and tart apple flavors lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, with low to moderate carbonation; very boozy, with a lot of wamth in the gullet and a puckering quality due to the tartness

Overall: I drank the Coton early on and allowed this one to cellar for a while; while this beer has a lighter character than my memory of Coton, both brews fail the drinkability test; there are a lot of interesting angles to this beer, but after a few sips, my palate cries out for relief

Note - I tried another bottle at the end of 2013 and, after two and a half years, the beer is finally drinking like I hoped it would - bumped up the scores as a result

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the opportunity to re-visit (1,201 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Didn't take note of the bottle number. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red that looks brown. Vigorous pour yields a nice tan head with good lacing, which is amazing at this ABV. The second glass I poured had almost nothing. Hmm.

Smell - Apples and booze. Some earthiness that manifests itself as leather. Apples aren't my favorite, but this smells nice.

Taste - Apples again, but still good. Much stronger bourbon in the taste than the smell. Leathery and earthy, which I loved.

Mouthfeel - Thin, really, for the ABV. A bit dry, probably explaining the apples. Not as boozy as I'd expect at this ABV.

Overall - Very good, but dominated by the damn apples. Still delicious from the other flavors that come through. Hardly tastes 14.5%. (761 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from A&W Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a reddish, burnt ochre colour, quite cloudy and opaque. Head forms as an incredibly fine but incredibly voluminous majestic crown of yellowish off-white. Minimal lacing, but the body is exceptionally thick and silky. Really, it looks quite amazing, especially for a beer of this ABV.

Smell is deep, and boozy, and to be honest, not much else. There are hints of the oak, but it's hidden behind the almost vaporous boozy headiness coming off it. Some mild, slightly funky fruitiness, and a dusty or polleny character on the back. It's good, but it's unapologetically coarse and large.

Taste is also in that vein, with a big boozy astringency throughout almost the entire palate from start to finish, almost burning the throat as it goes down. There's fragrant sweetness all over it, but in some senses it's missing all the sweetness it needs, instead, you get the medicinal booziness with no substance. I can't help but feel that it's pointlessly large, and without real merit.

Feel is tight and silky, but pummelled with that pointless alcohol astringency on the back.

Overall...? I mean, it's an impressive beer. There's no getting away from its raw power. But it's also stupid. It's a beer that shouldn't really exist. You need something to warrant this high an alcohol content. And this just doesn't have it. (1,434 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Cuir from The Bruery. I reviewed the 100% barred aged version of this at the end of last year.
Score: 79

2011 vintage bottle with bottle number 16598. Served in a wine glass and enjoyed on 03/31/12 with my good friends Adam Kaplan and Bryan Hernandez in the elegant W Hotel in River North.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber color that fades from a deep mahogany at the top to a reddish amber color at the bottom. Two fingers of creamy tan head at pour settles to a decently thick later. Amazing lacing, superior retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Barnyard funkiness and caramel. There's a sweet grape flavor that Hernandez described as "Sherry-like." I am not a wine connoisseur, but he is, so I'll take his word for it. There is barley malt, dried apricot and a light blackberry fruitiness as well. I detect a hint of rose pedal, but no one else seems to agree. There is a light alcohol heat in the nose, and it grows as the beer approaches room temperature. For all the complex nuance to the nose, though, you really have to fight through the funkiness in the aroma to detect it. 3.5/5

Taste: Sweet caramel and funky malt throughout. The alcohol is decently hidden at first. The funk seems to subside a little as the beer layers, but as it warms it gets less balanced and more boozy. Bitter barley and banana yeast on the midpalate. Some dried fruit and apricot in addition to modest berry notes. The fortified wine/grape from the nose is in the flavor too. Bitter barley finish and linger with a warming effect on the palate. The funkiness is really detracting. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. There is too much carbonation for how acidic and malty this beer is. Acidic finish. 2.5/5

Overall: Complex, but marred by a funkiness that overshadows the better qualities of this beer. It gets less balanced as it warms, and is too carbonated for how acidic and malty Cuir is. I do not like to throw the infected label around very often, but I did not see any other reviews that described the funkiness experienced with this beer. Maybe we just got a bad bottle. I have had the 100% Cuir before and it, in addition to tasting divine, tasted quite dissimilar to this (with a much heavier mouthfeel). I could not finish my glass once this beer hit room temperature.

Recommendation: This beer gets re-released every year, with a slightly different blend of base beers, with a new title. The 2012 version is called Fruet. I'd recommend waiting for a bottle of that, which will be easier to get, instead of seeking this one out.

Pairings: A nutty white cheese like Gruyere.

Cost: $20 for a 750 ml bottle. (2,632 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled 04189. Anno 2011. From notes. Reviewed 9 July 2011.

A: Huge head. Very opaque. Brown with red hints. Good lacing. Impressive appearance.

S: STRONG. But sort of meh. Some brandy; a bit tart.

T: Fruit! Huge and immensely fruity -- peach? dates? grape. Malty-magnificent and quite sweet. Crazy strong/flavorful and very good.

M: So sweet...robust, but not great.

O: A really good beer. Super-strong, but super-recommended. Would like to have again. (516 characters)

Photo of DARIVA
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a nice dark beer with a reasonable white head.

S: The aroma of caramel and toffee.

T: Great construction, deliciously sweet.

M: Perfect foam, and the feeling of a great carbonation.

O: Super beer with an extremely delicious sweet aftertaste. (256 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Bottle number 12,729. Thickest wax I've ever encountered. It was at least 1/8 of an inch thick in most places.

4.5 A: Dark brown color. Just under two fingers of beige creamy/foamy hybrid head. Retention is very good given the massive ABV. Short ring of lacing left.

3.5 S: The nose is shockingly tame and well intergrated. Light fruity and earthy bourbon. Big hit of brown sugar. Raisin, date, and caramel. Very little booze.

3.5 T: The bourbon and booze come out more in the taste. Leathery, oaky, vanilla, melon, and a big spiciness. Big caramel and brown sugar from the malt. Fig, rum soaked raisin, and date. A bit boozy, but not 14.5% boozy with warming throughout. Lightly astringent aftertaste.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation to style. Chewy with a light creaminess.

3.0 D: Definitely more mellow than Coton and perhaps a bit too mellow. Either way, it's tasty enough. Sweet, but not as sweet as I was expecting (which is usually a good thing). (994 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml waxed bottle, # 04494. Served in a mini tasting snifter. Thanks to danielnovak3 for the share.

A: Pours a solid plum color with some light brown mixed in for good measure. A thin white film is left after a heft pour and it recedes quickly a slight ring.

S: The smell is of sweet grapes, dark figs, dark malts and a very earthy and nutty scent.

T: The taste is much of the same. Nice fruity and grape sweetness with a more dark figgy flavor as well. This combines with a walnut like nuttiness and some earthy leather.

M: Slightly heavier bodied with mild carbonation. A residual sweetness is left on the palate.

O: This was good, but it doesn't even hold a candle to the BBA version. Having this just makes me want to go have the BA version again.... (761 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - small tan head caps the brownish red liquid. looks similar to root beer.

S - The aroma is enticing and varied. Notes of oak and leather jump out of the glass. Some diacetyl (butterscotch) is detected but isn't offensive. sweet banana bread and dried fruit notes round out the nose.

T - the flavors are quite rich. Lots of dried fruit coming through, mostly figs. there is a bit of alcohol present which lends a rum soaked raisin characteristic. hints of diacetyl on the palate. Long finish.

M - medium bodied. medium carbonation on the higher side.

O - a smooth sipper. perfect for cold weather. slightly cloying but not overwhelming. (644 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Anniversary 14.5%abv. 75% ale, 25% aged in burbon barrels. Bottle #04782. Wax coated neck.

A: Murky caramel apple pour with a creamy grain colored head that was a finger tall and showed good restraint. Dark coloring in the vessel shows some lace stickage.

S: Boozy burbon laced raisins and plums. Strong show of alcohol, 14.%% worthy but not overpowering.

T: The flavor is strong and boozy of burbon alcohol, sweet sugary dark fruit, plums, figs and sugary raisins with some good barrel woodiness coming through. Spicy cardamon, licorice, sweet fennel and woodsy cypress with a warm sweet Belgian yeast fruitiness. Some trace elements of citrus, curaco orange and Belgian candy sweetness. A bit acidic with some flashes of sweet toffee.

M: Milky malty body, soft carbonation with a warm and spicy feel on the inner cheeks. Alcohol is tolerable.

O: Overall complex, sweet, dark and fruity with a spicy good show of alcohol. A great sipper even warm the alcohol is very manageable. I tackled this alone, but probably should of shared the bomber. (1,057 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours dark, brownish amber, excellent clarity, with a half finger of beige foam, with some largish bubbles. Quite good retention and a little lacing. The ring persists for the entire glass.

S: Starts off with vanilla and cream, along with loads of fruity and caramel malt, dried fruit (blackcurrant, plum, cherry), a little sweet, some alcohol burn, leather, and oak.

T: Malt and fruit (plum, dark fruit), light toast/smoke, earthiness, some tannic astringency, and finishes with some acidity.

M: Medium body and very light carbonation which doesn't get in the way. Very nice. Warms as it goes down, but not much alcohol taste.

O: Very good example of an old ale, with lots of complexity. This makes me want to try the 100% BA version, because I think bringing out the barrel character (mostly muted here) would be an improvement. (852 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Good Life - Massapequa, NY

A - Pours light brown. No visivlbe carbonation, no lcaing. Settles fast into a snifter.

S - Scents of candied fruit, brown sugar, and toffee. A hint of booze is noted in the scent, though not overpowering.

T - This tasted to me exactly like a tawny port. Flavors of dried fruit, caramel, and nuts, give way to a reserved warmy burn of booze. It is a mellowing flavor.

M - Obviously a sipper, this is mellow and if you take your time, is very smooth. The balance makes it quite enjoyable.

O - I found this a great alternative to a cordial, or dessert wine. If treated as such it makes for a great beer. (648 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,189 characters)

Cuir from The Bruery
91 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.