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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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72 Reviews
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Reviews: 72
Hads: 276
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 4.82%
Wants: 228
Gots: 185 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by nhindian:
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Bottle sent by BigTomZ, thanks Tom!

Bottle #1390.

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown, rather cloudy and some slight sediment obfuscates the view through the glass. Around the edges, a dark, ruby red gives the opportunity to glimpse into the beer more, leading to some slow streams of carbonation. There's only about a finger's worth of light tan-colored head on this beer, maybe a bit less, with fairly low retention. A ghostly trail of foam lies in its wake, slowly cruising over the liquid as it moves. The lacing is similarly faint, with almost no noticeable residual foam, but there is a good amount of alcohol legs sticking to the glass.

S - Even after just opening the bottle I got a big aroma of alcohol and bourbon. This bottle is only about 4 months old, so it's still young, and the heat definitely shows. The malts are very sweet, giving off smells of sugar, slight smoke and ash, and a bit of dark, pitted fruits. But the showcase is definitely the alcohol, especially in the bourbon barrel. There is a ton of vanilla oak in the nose, mixed with a very strong bourbon characteristic. This is definitely not for the meek or weak of heart; I am a huge whiskey fan, and I still found myself impressed by the nose.

T - The taste can only be described as decadent, from both the alcohol content and the depth of flavors within this beer. As in the nose, the ABV is no stranger, as even from the start it hits with a decent amount of heat that lingers throughout the beer, serving both as an additional layer of flavor and also as a warning that this is not a beer to be taken lightly. The malts, once again, bring rich and diverse notes, from chocolate, burnt candied sugar, a touch of char, and rum-soaked cherries and raisins, skin included. Much more than in the aroma does the oak develop in the taste. It appears in the beginning to add yet another lay, but it also follows well into the finish to mingle with the vanilla and bourbon. What really surprised me in the taste was the amount of rich chocolate, as there isn't much, if any, of it in the nose, but it runs rampant in the taste. The finish is all bourbon barrel, from the bourbon itself to the oak, vanilla, and streams of cocoa and caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. Definitely a full-bodied, thick, and at times chewy beer. If there flavors weren't so bold and smooth, this would appear to be rather syrupy, but I rarely thought of this beer as that while drinking. Very palatable.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This beer is a huge sipper for sure, but not for lack of flavors or enjoyment. It's just that the notes in this beer are just so rich and fleshed out that the palate needs time to distinguish each and every characteristics. Combine that with a finish and aftertaste that lasts for days, and you have a bottle of beer that can last well into the night. As my first beer of the Bruery's anniversary series, I will definitely be seeking out the other offerings! This may need a little time to reduce the heat a bit, but man, when that day comes this will definitely be a fantastic beer. I will be trying to grab more of this to age! (3,197 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 17,0% Abv. (Though my bottle lists the Abv at 14,5%)
Served lightly chilled and split between an over sized wine glass and a snifter.
Bottle number 764

A massive thanks to futura123 for sending this bottle my way.

Appearance: Bourbon barrel-aged Cuir appears a medium brown in the glass, with a back light revealing the body to in fact be a very deep red with bright golden edges. A rough pour yields a massive beige coloured head (so much for the idea that a high Abv. and barrel aging kill head formation) that displays good retention, but doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell: Ah man, this smells amazing - the extra 75% barrel aging has worked wonders for this beer! The nose if astoundingly complex and displays the perfect balance between barrel character and the base beer. Notes include: Bourbon, soft vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, butterscotch, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of nose tingling alcohol (though that is to be expected from a 17% monster like this), a touch of maple, apples cooked in brown sugar, raisins, figs, dates and a note that is reminiscent of leather.

Taste: Holy balls, this is insane! The flavour takes all the components of the nose and just makes them more intense! The initial flavour is very sweet (just what I like), with sweet caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon and brown sugar all easily noted. Decadent bourbon soaked fruits (raisins, figs, dates and stewed plums) soon join the picture, along with a hint of maple, some oak and an earthy, almost leathery character. There is a little alcohol present, but rather than hinder the flavour it helps to temper the sweetness and keep the beer drinkable.

Mouthfeel: The level of carbonation (medium or just over) is a little high for my tastes, however it is sufficiently smooth that it is not really a big deal. The body is just shy of full and quite sticky.

Overall: 100% Bourbon Barrel-aged Cuir is easily one of the best old ales that I have had - the extra 75% barrel aging makes a world of difference and lifts a good beer into the world class category. I was a little hesitant to open this one on my own, however it was so good I had no problem hammering the entire bottle and would happily do so again! (2,230 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of gregmoscetti
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jp7161
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jmadrigal2
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of timc100
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared by the Bruery

More oxidized and mellowed than I was hoping. The nose did have some rich bourbon nuances, sweet caramel and some toffee. A decent amount of oxidation flavors did come through and nearly dominate: sherry, pale vanilla, 'neutral' oak. Those oxidized flavors were the front runner on the palate, definitely did not have the rich notes the aroma hinted at, tasted similar to the 25/75 Coton.

A nice beer but past its prime. (450 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DJButters
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Hessian257
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (1,136 characters)

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.