Cuir - The Bruery

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Reviews: 191
Hads: 570
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 79
Gots: 430 | 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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Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip (only fitting). Bottled in Spring 2011, so well over 2yrs old.

A - Dark reddish brown. A little murky. Tan head that sticks around for a little while, minimal lacing.

S - Plum jam, raisins, fruitcake, a little herbal quality like Unterberg.

T - Dates, figs, fruitcake. Alcohol is still present after 2yrs of aging (but not off-putting). Can still taste the herbal hops and the backend dries out nicely, not to make it too sweet.

M - Full bodied and sticky. Low carbonation that fits the body of the beer.

O - I had this fresh and honestly cannot remember how it tasted, but I know I liked it. This is a solid old ale w/ a lot of flavor, the alcohol is still very present, but adds to the flavors in a good way (I bet this was "hot" as hell when fresh)

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Photo of mentor
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a one finger light brown soda-pop head that settles to a thin covering over a brilliant brown liquid. Looks like a brown ale, but with a large amount of fizz streaming to the surface. smelled of sweet dark fruited alcohol during the pour. Stored in my cellar since it was fresh on the shelves. To the nose, prune, chocolate, clean pine, alcohol sting, pineapple, spicy (nutmeg, ginger, allspice), mildly of toffee and vanilla. Complex. The spice is not what I was expecting and kind of pushes me away. Oxidized malt is beginning to fall apart. This one is not going in a good direction.

Tastes richly dark fruit sweet with bourbon and raw oak. Prune, caramel, pine, oranges, tannic leather, tarragon. Imagine you buy a spice rack from a resale shop and the spices in it are decades old and hold but a shadow of green. Stale grassy-spice. Dry from a waxy woodiness and astringency carried on the strong alcohol finish. I'm not enjoying this one. Thick and creamy in the mouth, but doesn't stick due to the strong carbonation, potent alcohol, and wood edge. This beer is disjointed and has no direction. I can't imagine this beer was any better when fresh and I don't see it improving with time. The bottle lies when it says this beer will "age gracefully for decades". The malt seems to have started falling apart faster than the alcohol has started enriching the oxidation process that produces sherry-like character. Overall, not good.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .25 finger cream colored head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy dark brown. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. Big, thick legs. Solid.

Nose is brown sugar, caramel, prune and plum. Syrupy with a big booze presence. Real sweet too. Decent but there's something that just doesn't seem to work here that I can't put my finger on.

Opens prune, plum and logan. Sweet syrup, brown sugar, caramel and some toffee notes in the middle. Boozy on the back end with molasses and more syrup sweetness. Finishes bourbon, leather, some oak, caramel, and brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Weird sweet fruit aftertaste. Again, decent but there's a fruit presence that doesn't work.

Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down boozy and thick. Finishes accented with a lingering, aggressive finish. Average. A bit too carbonated.

I don't know if age has anything to do with it but this beer just isn't doing well. There's a weird fruit presence that asserts itself in the nose, flavor, and feel that makes the overall experience awkward. Just not for me.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml served into snifter

A - Pours a very rich mahogany with PLENTY of carbonation. For such a big beer, I am shocked by the 2 fingers of tan foam. Almost too much carbonation...

S - Smells of dark fruits soaking in vanilla. A little bit of oak and maple. Very sweet smelling.

T- Starts off with dates covered in caramel. Very sweet and dessert-like. That fades into a brandy-like flavor with accompanying alcohol presence. Very strong and sweet beer. Although, quite enjoyable.

M - This is a very rich and thick beer. The carbonation helps this beer not be a choir to drink. Very smooth. The alcohol is definitely present.

O - This is a strong and flavorful dessert old ale. Quite sweet, but not so much that it's a challenge to drink. I'm going to dome this personally, but probably best to share it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #5291: poured out as a hazy brown color, there was a really nice tan head on top. Light retention and minimal lacing. The smell actually had quite a bit of bourbon on the nose. There is some sweet malt and fruity notes on the nose. The taste at first was a little harsh, as you drink it the flavors get better. There is a subtle spicy vanilla flavor along with some juniper or pine notes. It's got plenty of sweetness with a healthy amount of booze. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, nicely carbonated ever after a few years of age. Overall this beer is pretty good, worth trying if you haven't already.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 750 mL bottle from fortsambo; thanks for the killer extra! Split into tulips.

Pours a unique mahogany color with ruby red and blood orange hues where the light passes through. A thin layer of toffee-colored head, composed of fine bubbles, lingers for a few minutes before retreating; it forms a permanent, frothy ring around the perimeter with swirling, central projections.

The aroma is of plum, raisin, and other obscure “dark fruits.” They give way to toffee, caramel, orange citrus, vanilla, and faint bourbon. Some wet oak and faint maple notes are also detectable.

It tastes of the ubiquitous dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and slight brown sugar. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and some orange are also present. A bit of raw ethanol comes through on the finish. The flavors seem slightly less integrated on the palate than in the nose.

Mouthfeel is wonderful; rich but not cloying, thick but not sticky, and clean but not desiccating at the end. Enough carbonation keeps it lively, and helps the more subtle flavors pop up. Ethanol warms on the finish.

Overall, this is a great old ale with a nice barrel presence. The bourbon isn’t overwhelming in nature, but the alcohol content still comes through slightly more than it should, perhaps. With a bit more time, I think it will only improve.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods on S Las Vegas Blvd in Vegas, 750ml bottle into some tulips.

Dark brown with some redder tones, not much in the way of head retention and lace. Nose has grapes, leather, nuts, dark fruits, spicing with a touch of liqueur. Taste has sweet caramel, dark fruit notes, earthy and nutty. Mouthfeel is huge, alcohol is detectable although I didn't think it resembled that listed. A definite sipper.

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Photo of Etan
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, #12857, into a snifter.

A: Pours an amberish brown with a nice off-white head.

S: Lots of raisin and prune in the nose, some oxidation, mild oaky bourbon.

T: Heavy grape flavor, almost quad-like, with a backbone of cooked caramel, light oak, dark booze, a bit buttery, and some light bourbon and bitterness in the finish.

M: Thick with light yet creamy carbonation.

O: The prune/grapey aspect of this beer makes it a bit too sweet, but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Rutager

A: Slight cream head over cloudy brown liquid.

S: Caramel, yogurt and grass.

T: Caramel, yogurt, grass, pears, bananas, pine and alcohol.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Sour, caramely and tasty. This beer would be fantastic aged even more.

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Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Daftcaskbc.

Appearance. Pours a murky, orange-brown with a thin, off-white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel, some white wine and wood, a little coffee and vanilla. There are also some unidentifiable (to me, anyways) woody spices.

Taste. Sweet caramel, cedar and a little pine, molasses and plums, maybe a little cherry. High abv is fairly well hidden, but what comes through is smooth. Sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel. Full body, medium-low carbonation. Sticky and a little warm.

Overal. Sweet and full of flavour. Nice stuff.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottle: 11444

Pours a nice murky orange brown color. Very muddy. There is a nice 1 inch ecru head that forms that is dense and has some medium sized chunky bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma starts off with sweet caramel and some nice booze notes. Some sweet tobacco notes with some malt and grain in there as well. Slight worn leathery aromas as well. As it warms there are some darker fruit notes that come up like some prunes. Very nice and sweet.

Flavor starts down the same line as the nose only it explodes with flavor more quickly. Caramel, molasses and other sweet nectars. Some nice heat is present as well even though it isn't too hot. Very delicious. Prune notes and some raisins are mixed in with some earthy grain and sweet malt. Flavor is delicious and not too cloying for me. There is some oaky notes to the brew as it warms that mixes in well with some slight earthy grain notes and some good molasses notes. There is also a nice tingly mild heat on the backend. Mouthfeel is delicious. Nice carbonation but with some nice syrupy and oily feel.

Overall. This is better than their 2nd year release in my humble opinion. Yes it is a sweet Old Ale but has a bit more balance than the Coton. Very nice.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (Cuir version): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with medium retention and some light lacing. Aroma of alcohol ester are pretty strong with some light vanilla notes and some toffee and sweet caramel notes. Taste is also dominated by quite strong bourbon notes with some sweet toffee and very sweet caramel malt notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and too much alcohol was apparent. The idea behind this beer is great but the execution is less then perfect. Even after two year aging the beer is still way too hot and lacking attenuation.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, brownish orange colour, with a light beige finger of head. Aroma of mild oak and vanilla mingle with caramel and nutty sweetness, a bit of alcohol, touches of chocolate. A hint more booze on the taste, with some oaky, rich caramel sweetness, molasses, and an earthy nuttiness. It's full in body, rich, coating.

It's a little hot, but it's a great and interesting Old Ale. I look forward to do a 5 year vertical next year!

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Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.46/5  rDev -16%
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.

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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.53/5  rDev +10%
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!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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)

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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)

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Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.