Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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271 Ratings
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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 226
Gots: 183 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38degrees (BA Week)
It wasn't poured properly so it and no head to make an accurate review on. Color was a mirky brown with a slight reddish tint.

Rich sweet nose of dark fruit soaked in alcohol, prunes

Burst of great but not overwhelming sweetness initially. Notes of figs, prunes, raisins, dates and caramel, alcohol and backended oak.

Full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Rich and sticky mouth.

Overall a very good beer. Full flavored rich sweetness balanced pretty well with the large abv and nice subtle oak on the back end.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bruery Anny party. Reviewed from notes. 2.5oz pour in 5oz glass.

Mahogany in color. Kinda cloudy. Thin tan head dissapated to ring. Slight lacing.

Aromahits you with the bourbon first. Caramel and toasted sugars are prominent. Bit of oak and dark fruits.

Tastes just as it smells. Lots of oak and bourbon with caramel and toasted sugars. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth but has a bit of an alcohol burn.

Overall I liked BA coton better but this is damn tasty. I do like the regular Cuir better than regular papier and coton.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Didn't write down the bottle info for this one. I'm slacking. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Rich mahogany body. Khaki head. Sticky and sugary-looking as it clings to the glass. I'm amazed by the head for this ABV.

Smell - Great bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Sweet caramel and leather. I wrote down "Pilgrim hat." What the hell does that mean?

Taste - Bourbon and sweet caramel. Not as complex as the aroma, but the barrel still comes through nicely. Vanilla and some oak tannins. Extremely sweet.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, which is stunning. Boozy, but still not quite what I expected from the ABV of this guy. Thick and extremely sweet. Not quite as much as Black Tuesday, but it's still standard operating procedure for the Bruery's giant beers.

Overall - Good. The bourbon is great. The beer is just too sweet. That much sugar keeps it less than great.

Photo of davod23
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy jumping fuckin' shitballs, this is a great beer. Poured into my Bruery snifter from the bottle while watching Drag Me to Hell (I salute you, Sam Raimi).

Deep brownish crimson, perfect clarity when held up to the light, impressive cap of tan foam that just never seems to completely go away. Nice legs when swirled. Oh, and I really like the bottle/label/wax on this too, which is just a bonus. Awesome.

Smell is outstanding. Candy aromas abound - toffee, caramel, rum raisin, perhaps a bit of generic nuttiness, booze, and a good amount of vanilla and bourbon to round it out. Awesome.

Taste... is to die for. Ye gods. This series is incredible, and seems to keep getting better. I had a bottle of the BA Coton a couple weeks ago and was floored, and I think this is better. Big bourbon, figs and raisins, toffee crunch, caramel, and a big spoonful of vanilla cream. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Full, rich, not quite syrupy, long lasting finish. Perfect amount of carbonation. Awesome.

Overall: Did I mention this beer is awesome? Black Tuesday might want to move over, I may have a new favorite from the Bruery.

Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fair size beige head that dissipated quickly. I think the Bal-aged Cuir was darker than the regular Cuir I had.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, some faint brown sugar and toffee notes. I got some alcohol in the regular Cuir but none in the BA version.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, some brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with some Bourbon notes.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: I'm definitely a fan of this one. I also liked the regular Cuir quite a bit. The overall difference between the bal-aged version and the standard version has appeared to narrow compared to Coton, but the Bruery's barrel aging efforts are apparent in the smoothness and increased complexity of the Bal-aged version. It'll be interesting to compare both versions of next year's Anniversary beer as the regular version appears to get smoother and more complex with every generation.

Photo of thagr81us
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 regular version! Bottle #1335! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, big oak, subtle sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. This was surprisingly one of the highlights on the night for everyone involved in the tasting. You could not pick out very much of the base brew in this one at all if I'm honest. And dark chocolate!? Are you kidding me!? Really well done brew from the Bruery once again. So glad I shelled out the money to be in the Reserve Society this year and this brew reminds me why I am.

Photo of trappistlover
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle #1686). Pours a beautiful burnt copper color with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma has caramel, bourbon, candied sugar and figs. Taste is sweet with caramel and wood notes being prominent. Full bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish that hides the alcohol very well. A really great beer.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by the very generous Sean9689 at Zwanze Day 2011. Still trying to catch up with reviews. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon tulip with a ruddy brown color that is reminiscent of sediment being stirred up in a muddy puddle. Slight off white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – A wonderful vanilla and bourbon aroma are the first things I notice. Dark ripe plums and raisins, slight chocolate, and some nice brown sugar.

Taste – Quite similar to the taste. The vanilla and bourbon really do take over but then meld together with the dark fruits. Not much cocoa flavor, though plenty of molasses, toffee, and caramel. There is the slightest trace of oak.

Mouthfeel – Full bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – I was thoroughly surprised by the regular Cuir so I was happy to try this. I will admit that I did not get as much barrel as I was expecting (and honestly I think most who tasted this with at Zwanze Day disagreed with me), however, besides that this beer was top notch. Slight alcohol burn, but it is not harsh but rather a nice mellow warmth. Very impressive.

Photo of jlb502
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$8 for a snifter. Definitely on the high end but you could do a lot worse for eight bucks.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent head and some noticeable lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla and a little bit of soy sauce.

Taste is prunes/dark fruit, burnt sugar and caramel with a solid bourbon backbone. It's thick but not too thick, with some definite alcohol kick at the end. A sipper for sure. Split the snifter and that was plenty.

The nicest thing about this beer is the lingering aftertaste. Take a sip, put it down, wait ten or twenty seconds and you'll be convinced you were just eating vanilla ice cream (or maybe pralines and cream).

Overall this is another great candy-coated, barrel aged beer from The Bruery. Definitely preferred this over BA Coton, which I thought was over-the-top with booze.

Photo of jegross2
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Cuir from The Bruery. A hearty thank you to BeerAdvocate user FrankenBrew for sharing this one with me!
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle served in a CBS snifter glass.

Appearance: Cuir is a dark caramel, mostly opaque color with yellow-brown highlights at the top of the body. Pours a thin foggy layer of cream-colored head that quickly settles into a thin bubbly ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. 4/5

Smell: Oak, red grapes and maple. Bourbon and vanilla too. A little boozy. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex and sweet, but not overly sweet. This is a very balanced brew. Brown sugar and red grape hit up front. Then lots of bourbon flavors without the alcohol bite coat the mid-palate. Yum! As the beer layers, dark fruits flavors gradually grow, with lots of fig and raisin on the mid-palate. Lots of raisin flavor! A little oaky too. The finish is bourbon without the alcohol bite, raisins and a twist of vanilla. This is absolutely one of the most delicious tasting beers that I have ever had and it is surprisingly smooth and balanced for a barrel aged beer -- especially one that is 14.5% ABV. The alcohol was apparent in the nose, but is hidden in the flavor. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Thick and tasty. Finishes sweet. 4.5/5

Overall: An absolutely brilliant beer -- possibly the best Old Ale that I have ever had. Cuir is a bit pricey, but it is well worth the cost.

Recommendation: Even casual beer drinkers will be able to appreciate this brew. Beer geeks need to seek this limited-release brew out and wallow in its robust complexities.

Pairings: Chocolate and caramel brownies.

Cost: $35 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottles arrived today and I wasted no time in cracking right into them, poured into a darkness snifter. Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

deep, dark brown. color emerged almost immediately. Entirely opaque, except for a few hints of light on the sides and bottom that showed off a bit of a reddish hue. The head was small, maybe an inch at first and then settling down

hints of vanilla and bourbon, swirling around with caramel, roasted malts and a deep, sweet profile, decadent Lots of lightly blended bourbon flavors, nothing over the top or really heavy, this was wonderfully accented, and essentially perfection. Started with a rolling touch of caramel, and sugary roasted malts that were accented by touches of vanilla and oak. Hints of some earthy, touches rolled into it as well. Long lasting flavor of bourbon, with a touch of peppery spice on the finish. Luscious Mouthfeel was really just the icing as it came off full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth sipper, this was easily the nightcap on the evening and needed to be enjoyed over the long haul which It was.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel colored with surprising clarity compared to the previous iterations of this beer, this looks much more refined. It pours with a tall lasting head that slowly settles to a collar.

Aroma: The nose is loaded with caramelized sugar, bourbon and sherry. Surprisingly, very little noticeable heat from a fresh bottle. A little nuttiness, mellow oxidation. Very fruity. This doesn't seem as complex or rich as 100% barrel aged Coton, however.

Palate: And it doesn't taste as complex, either. It's great nonetheless, with big flavors of caramel and bourbon, vanilla and oak. Alcohol is surprisingly reigned-in. Sherry-like oxidation appears near the finish, and there's a strong stewed fruit sweetness that lingers. Full bodied, though it does seem thinner than 100% BA Coton and Papier. Finishes with lingering oak, toffee and a mild alcohol bite. Overall, I'm not sure that I like this as much as 100% bourbon barrel Papier or Coton, but it's still very good.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #2374. Out of a wine glass.

A- Pours a nice clear dark brown color. There is a healthy tannish head, which is surprising for a beer of this nature.

S- A sweet smell of molassas, brown sugar, and malt. Bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco are all there. Despite the high ABV, there is not really any booziness.

T- Wow, this is great. Very crisp and smooth at first, then hits a heavy sweetness. Molassas, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and even some hints of chocolate. The bourbon blending is excellent, and really enhances the flavor of the beer.

M- Perfect all around. Nice mouthfeel, while still keeping a great level of carbonation for the style. The flavor just continues to dance around in my mouth.

O- Wow. My second BA Bruery offering, and this one is stellar. I've had Coton, and this is definitely a better take of The Bruery's Old Ale. I imagine this could smooth out a bit with some time, and maybe drop some sweetness. This is amazing just how it is now though.

-GFunk

Photo of claspada
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color with a smallish khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer leaving some solid lacing.

Aromas begin with caramelized brown sugars, toffee, treacle and prunes/dried fruits. The barrels come in more as it warms with vanilla, toasted coconut and minimal oak. There are some minimal oxidative sherry notes that will no doubt increase with time.

The tastes follow the nose but are more bold beginning with sweet caramel maltiness, figs, dates, vanilla, toasted bread and some candy/honey/maple notes. Once again as it warms the oak comes out a little more with some emerging minimal booziness and some sweet bourbon alcohol (really minimal for such a huge beer).

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is big and bold but surprisingly not cloying or boozy; balanced overall from the barrel 100% barrel aging to help cut the huge malt backbone.

Overall, what a treat. Definitely a sharer/shipper and one to be enjoyed over a period of time. The flavors are so bold and delicious it warrents spending time with each sip. I never had either of the previous barrel versions but I heard this is the best one to date and is really in a good place right now so I recommend opening one if you are currently sitting on one or trading for one if you have the arsenal.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottle number 1,227. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this.

5.0 A: Dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of tan creamy/frothy head. Retention is infinitely impressive for a beer of this magnitude. It stays around a long ass time. A small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: That additional 70% in a barrel makes all the difference. This reeks of bourbon and fortunately the barrel aging was done extremely well. Leathery, peat, and spicy with melon and apple fruitiness. Somehow very minimal booze. Underneath there is brown sugar, caramel, plum and raisin fruitiness. The base beer comes off a lot more mellow that the regular Cuir, which is mellow to begin with. Still, very nice.

4.5 T: Like the nose, the bourbon makes it's presence known. Same flavors as in nose. However, the base beers is allowed to come out and it comes out strong. Tons of brown sugar to start. Raisin, plum, tobacco, date, and fig fruitiness. Caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak. Somehow this is less boozy than the regular. The only thing preventing this from getting that perfect score is the sweetness. There's simply too much of it. But, that is the way of the Bruery.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Chewy with a mild amylase build-up.

4.0 D: Very tasty sipper/desert beer. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but sometimes you are in the mood for something like that. Tonight is one of those nights.

Photo of remhaze
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Real dark rich sweet beer. It's a perfect beer to drink small portion of, perhaps with some cheese/pretzel type of pairing. I can't wait to age this. It's perfect to drink in the next two years.

Quick! buy a bottle to age! This is definitely one of those beers.

Photo of alalvarez75
1.93/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So... I'd love to give the full review, but I'm not going to waste my time on all the characteristics... why because this beer taste like a fly... Why? Because there was a FLY IN IT.

Indoor NYC tasting... in FEB... ie, NO FLY weather.

Glass was washed out clean to have a new style.

Glass was 95% finished and guess who was at the bottom. THE FLY... Not the Jeff Goldblum type... the 1958 "help me" version.

I hope my Black Tuesday doesn't have a roach in it... ugh.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to drabmuh for opening this one up before the Fantome tasting. Served in a Fantome glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with a good tan head. Bubbly foam and some spotty lacing. The nose brings strong bourbon with oak and vanilla. Some candied pineapple and light cherry as well. Great integration with dark fruits and a bit of sherry. Cherry and coconut come through especially as it warms. Medium body with low carbonation. No boozy; chewy and delicious. Incredible.

Photo of AgentZero
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened this for our group at some sort of tasting.

A - A brown colored beer with a bit of a tannish head that didn't stick around for very long. Faded to a bit of a ring and not much else.

S - Pretty big and potent beer. There's a lot of caramel, toffee, bourbon, barrel and brown sugar. It's a really nice Old Ale, with a nose along the lines of BA Coton and a little bit like BB4D.

T - Lots of vanilla, bourbon, sweet brown sugar, burnt sugar. Slight bit of dark fruit with some oak and a certain amount of spice. It's very sweet, just a touch too sweet for me, but that doesn't make it bad. Very full flavored with lots of nice burnt sugars and some barrel.

M - Full bodied, thick, and syrupy. Lower carbonation, find for this beer.

O - Liked this a lot. I liked BA Coton a little better as I thought it was not as sweet, and BA Papier even more or the same reason. Still, great stuff. If you're looking for something along the lines of BB4D or Adam from the Wood, this is a great one.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into a tulip glass.

bottle number- 02332

reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.

Appearance: Reddish medium brown body with small tan head.

Smell: Lots of big sweet malts and bourbon.

Taste: Bourbon upfront just like the nose. Lots of caramel and vanilla sweetness. A touch of leather.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This one is way smoother than Cuir.

Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. BA Cuir was seated number 2 across the boards. Really Solid BA Olde Ale huge difference is noted between the cuir and BA Cuir. Its honestly like anight and day difference favoring BA cuir.

Photo of crusian
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from t0rin0, thanks man, much appreciated!

bottle pops with little fanfair, not sure what I expected, maybe some eruption of something... but just a normal pop... but the nose hits me right away, before I even start to pour, and I say wow. been a while since I said that.
Pours a lighter than expected brown, but settles in the glass a very dark menacing brown for an old ale. Liking what I am seeing. maybe a half finger of head.

smell is bourbon... not much more I can say. when faced with a bourbon county stout and this with a blindfold, i would be hard pressed to tell the difference.

Taste is smooth as hell, i cant believe this is 14.5%. It does taste significantly different than the bourbon county stout for sure. This is not a stout. Tons of bourbon, oak and vanilla, but it is not as strong as the nose lets on. The bourbon actually sits back and is so completely smoothed out by the oak. Vanilla on the front and by the time it finishes, it is so clean, that it almost feels like there was never anything in your mouth at all. incredible.

mouthfeel is medium with perfect carbonation... man this is going to take me all night to drink, awesome.

This is great. I loved regular Coton, and the Cuir I had tasted like it was a bad bottle... but this is amazing. I want more.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 2/2/13

Shared at a tasting by Spider889. Thanks Chris.

A) Dark, dense rusted brown. Not much in terms of foam; just a little around the collar. Sediment in the bottom.

S) Molasses, brown sugar, oak char, dark berries, leather, caramel, toffee. For 14.5% abv it doesn't smell boozy at all.

T) The taste is hotter with alcohol all over the finish. Sugary and sticky. Toasted bread, molasses, caramel, nail polish and modest oak.

M) Full, slick sugary/alcohol feel. Carbonation is quite low. Overall, it is too heavy of a feel.

D) Drinkable as a slow sipper. It is nice in that it isn't incredibly hot.

Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is a murky dark brown with some reddish notes to it. A small soapy khaki head to go with it.

S: Lots of bourbon comes through, like with almost all barrel aged Bruery beers. There's a strong smell of nuts and a bit of a sherry-like fruitiness. Some chocolate notes, but plenty of toffee and caramel.

T: As expected, a strong flavor of bourbon, too. Oak and toffee, brown sugar, and caramel make up a lot of the flavor. There is some of the spiciness that I detected in the regular Cuir, too. Some dark fruits and a sherry-like flavor in the background. Moderate chocolate oxidation notes and some light maple.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Solid, but not quite as good as Papier or Coton, in my opinion.

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

713th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery tulip
750 cap/waxed
#1607

App- A very deep amber with some brown highlights. Some dots of cling with a little bit of puddles on top.

Smell- Wow!! Big bourbon with vanilla and some sweetness. Really there are nice base flavors but nothing fancy or over the top.

Taste- If you take Papier, Coton and Cuir just amped up a ton! Huge notes of bourbon, vanilla with some sweetness, softness and agressiveness at points. Very tasty.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a low carbonation and sweet note behind it.

Drink- Dear BA Cuir, you taste like barrels and its awesome. I wish I had another. A very well balanced beer albeit a bit sweet but very good.

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown, crisp caramel, tight white bubbles. Nice foam cap.

S-Caramel, toffee and a little heat.

T-Sweet dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and heat. Tasty.

M-Thick, creamy and perfectly carbed.

O- Fucking delicious. The high ABV is well integrated into the beer.

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.