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Cuir - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

508 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.29%


Brewed by:
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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing sweet grape, some smokey oak and considerable vanilla. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, except for me, the over the top sweetness is more than I can handle. This level of sweetness, coupled with the obviously high alcohol, make drinking this beer in anything other than very small portions impossible. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, very sweet and rich finish. There's some noticeable bourbon in this beer as well, but given the sweetness in this beer, it was hard for me to really notice or appreciate. The alcohol is actually pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, and there's no heat or alcoholic bite in the finish.

I don't know... this is an interesting beer, with some attractive flavor, but the sweetness and high alcohol are just too much for me. Really wish I had tried this beer before spluring on a bottle that is currently sitting in my fridge, where it will undoubtedly remain for some time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 00:20:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly muddled brown color with lots going on, some turbidity through the browness, not much in terms of head. Lovely aroma, damn, coconut is forceful more than any other beer that didn't have coconut in the name. Vanilla, oak, char, chocolate after that. Good warming sensation from the alcohol.

Taste, wow, so much better than Coton and Papier as far as hiding the heat. This is a monster beer. More and more layers of complexity are revealed with each sip. Toffee and caramel are pretty substantial. Maybe some molasses and leather as well. Really appreciate the creaminess of this one, helps hide the alcohol quite well, I kept telling myself how amazing this was at hiding the alcohol, very nice. The woody touches are right in the ideal amount.

Really exceeded my expectations with this beer. Time to start adding to my little stash of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 17:19:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 23:24:42 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 23:29:33 | More by smakawhat
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HopHead84

California

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/21/2011

On tap at Provisions.

A: Brown with an orange hue when held to light. The head is a finger of tan foam.

S: Pronounced brown sugar with notes of maple and toffee. There's just a whisper of bourbon, and oak is evident. I detect prune, date, and raisin.

T: Brown sugary sweetness with leather, earthy bitterness, and a little maple. Caramel and toffee suffuse the palate, accompanying prune, fig, and raisin. Booze is well masked.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with warming.

Overall: My favorite of the regular anniversary beers thus far. Good stuff, but potent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 18:37:44 | More by HopHead84
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 05:05:11 | More by superspak
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, and others at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! This was tasted side-by-side with 100% BA version! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was of sweet malt, dark fruit, fig, and subtle wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, subtle wood, and subtle banana. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty good brew. The flavors and aromas on this one were not very complex. This was further enforced when smelling and tasting the 100% BA version. They tasted like COMPLETELY different brews. This was a still a nice brew that I could definitely drink more of, but I would choose the BA version given the choice hands down.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 17:57:15 | More by thagr81us
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 finger offwhite head with some lacing on a clear amber with brown and red hues body. Aroma is very unique; woody, almost like A1-sauce like with smokey and almost soapy aroma. Flavor is very sweet with a subtle hickory/mesquite flavor. Boozy as would be expected for anything barrel aged. Body is medium but syrupy with light to moderate carbonation. This overall is a heavy beer. The sweetness is a little much. Fruitier then I expected for a barrel aged beer of any kind.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 05:53:29 | More by kylehay2004
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Small Bar... pours a dark mahogany, good seductive color, light tan head, very creamy, great lacing... the nose is a bit weird but grows on me, lots of star anise and other spices, brown sugar, basically spice and malt... the nose is the same malty and spicy, theres a slight medicinal note that's a bit distracting but this is very drinkable and much better than Coton

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 14:55:40 | More by jrallen34
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of light tan head on top of a clear, deep amber body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - a spicy aroma of plums, sandalwood, leather, smoke and anise.

T - sweet caramel and brown sugar up front with a distinct, fruity note of plum. Cherry and oak in the middle with some more dark fruit character. The beer finishes with more oak, some vanilla and a smoky cherry note that lingers with a slightly warming alcohol.

M - a thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D complex and enjoyable, this beer is even bigger than I expected. While it was nice, I couldn't help but think about the statement in the bottle that suggested cellaring the beer for up to 20 years; not only does that seem reasonable now that I've tasted it, but I expect that it could actually improve for 15 years if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 05:58:52 | More by nickfl
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear reddish brown color with a good three finger head that lasts a good long time but leaves very little lace in its wake. First pour gave lambic like sour cherry aromas that subsided as the beer was allowed to breathe. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol and lots of tart fruit. Taste is sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn. Brown sugar coated raisins and cherries toasted then dipped in light rum sums this one up for me. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. I liked this one, its a bit harsh with alcohol right now, but I think with a bit of age this one will mellow quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 00:31:33 | More by johnnnniee
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drpimento

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:09:06 | More by drpimento
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:33:13 | More by Alieniloquium
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FosterJM

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

518th review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ML Capped & Waxed
Bottle # 3256

My 1,000th different beer
Consumed 5/27/11

App- A watered down bronze color with dark brown highlights running through it. A big fluffy two finger head. A ring of lace all over and some dotting lace as well.

Smell- Very sweet at first sniff. A lot of dark fruits more leaning towards the dark alcohol laden cherry.

Taste- This was good from the word go but it seems to all run together, hence the 4 not a 4.5 or 5. It was very smooth with a nice blend of vanilla, booze, oak and cherry.

Mouth- Just felt right on the palate. It was a medium body with a medium carbonation and a little bit of thicker fruits. Bubbles on each sip. Quite nice.

Drink- Call it homer pride or whatever you will. I have had more Bruery beers than any other Brewery and pretty much have liked them all except a couple. The third year is over and they came out swinging with this one. Very good. Can't wait for the full BA Cuir.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 04:10:43 | More by FosterJM
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Smallbar Division

A - Chocolate brown beer that turns a deep red on the edges. Great looking beige head that didn't leave much in the way of stick on the sides.

S - Caramel, sweet brown sugar. I get some dark fruit and a ton of pears with apples on this one. It smells particularly rich, but not boozy at all considering how high the ABV is.

T - Exceptionally rich. A lot of vanilla, dark fruit, apple core. I don't really get much bourbon on this, and the base seems to be brown sugar and dark fruits.

M - Smooth, mildly carbonated, very full feeling.

O - Solid beer, I really had to try to get through the glass, but at 14.5% this could be a killer if it were easier. It's a very rich beer that you can only take in small doses, but seems to be one of the better ones of this series so far.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 19:10:27 | More by AgentZero
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I don't think it belongs in the "old ale" category, but what the hell do i know. It reminds me of Westy 8

Pours a dark amber, brown, somewhat murky and rich. Not a huge head on it at all. A soft white collar of foam settles as it drinks.

Aroma is strong baked caramel and orchard fruits, hints of alcohol and vanilla. Somewhat bready underneath.

Tastes fantastic. Age on this thing will calm it down a bit on the abv, but really it isn't all that noticeable. The caramel provides a sweet base and the orchard fruits--apples mostly--seem almost like cider; fermented and 'over-ripe'. This provides a nice, rich flavor that hides the alcohol quite well. Slight hint of sour cherries on the end, and the abv does kick in as well as it finishes.

darn good

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 05:27:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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maximum12

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:29:39 | More by maximum12
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Gmann

New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dirty brown color with golden highlights when held to a light. The head is tan, tight bubbled and settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is of plumes and raisins, with some tart lemon. Some light hints of bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. There is an overall mustiness.

The taste is of caramel malt, perhaps some scorched caramel. Next comes a way of sour oak flavors, mostly lemon and some green apple. Another wave or caramel and bourbon come next. This brings along some dark fruit flavors; prunes and sour cherries. Some light earthy bitterness in the end.

The feel is light with fairly soft carbonation. There is a maltiness to the brew but it sits light. There is some stickiness in the finish and the ABV can be detected in the finish.

An interesting beer, reminds me very much of a BSDA but perhaps more sour. Good mix of sweet and sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 02:28:29 | More by Gmann
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the armsby abbey.

A - Poured into a snifter a rich crystal clear hazelnut with a great creamy one finger head that slowly fades to leave a nice halo.

S - holy cow! Massive buttery rum raisin. Great malts...the abv os shockingly hidden!

T - possibly the best old ale I have ever had. Glorious buttery malts and barrels. My god this ia delicious.

M - low carbonation but not syrupy. This feels aligtly hot in the mouth. Very good though.

O - Overall I would buy this again in a heartbeat. Wish I could get a bottle of this!

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 23:36:05 | More by rudzud
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 11:22:14 | More by laituegonflable
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 21:41:11 | More by DavoleBomb
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA on 7/6/11

A - Poured a dark amber colour with a small amount of off-white head.

S - Brown sugar, burnt caramel, some noticeable alcohol. Very sweet nose.

T - Very sweet overall yet not overly sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, oak and some vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol as well. Complex.

M - Medium body. Smooth. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 15:44:10 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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ngeunit1

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:42:14 | More by ngeunit1
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oline73

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark reddish brown color with a finger of tan head that leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some spices and smoke coming through. Reminds me a little of a bbq sauce. I'm also picking up some dark fruit.

Taste: Very sweet. Hints of smoke, brown sugar, dark fruit, and some spice. The finish has quite a lot of alcohol in it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with smooth carbonation. The finish is slick.

Overall: This beer would benefit from some aging in my opinion. I enjoyed it, but I don't know that I could drink more than a few ounces right now. Still a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 00:20:05 | More by oline73
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figured I would open my bottle of this to check it out while it is still a plenty on the shelves. That and we are wrapping up day 4 with no electricity post hurricane.

a - beer poured a deep reddish purple with not much head to speak of. Fairly murky. Damn they make you work to get it open though.

s - smells pretty sweet with a bit of an oak bourbon barrel tingle. Malt and some brown sugar with a bit of candy.

t - yum. Starts off with the malty brown sugar then a slap in the face of booze which settles into a slight oak bourbon barrel sweet. A little english barleywine-esque but more grape flavored. Dark fruits galore, classic old ale with a punch you in the eye alc assault.

m - alc tingle. Medium bodied.

o - overall a very hot beer. There is deliciousness in there behind the heat. I am a bit on the fence if I should get more of this to sit on since if the heat mellowed it would be spot on. Kind of like coton (which I really dug) but with way more heat.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:56:40 | More by cosmicevan
Cuir from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.