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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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BA SCORE
98
world-class

250 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 231
Gots: 184 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 05-30-2011)
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Photo of alalvarez75
1.78/5  rDev -60.8%
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.

alalvarez75, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mikeycambridge
3/5  rDev -33.9%

mikeycambridge, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of tyler_mn
3/5  rDev -33.9%

tyler_mn, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of msarver16
3/5  rDev -33.9%

msarver16, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Brew33
3.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is a LONG time want for me. I've passed it up in the cellar for months waiting for the right day to pop it. Decided to give it a go.

First off it pours a TOWERING tan head. Wait.... It's a 14.5% Barrel aged old ale with a 4 finger head? Okay... The aroma was as expected. Bourbon forward, sugary malts, booze. Not bad at all. The flavor was pretty good. The alcohol is disguised well a la Black Tuesday. The Bruery really knows how to mask the alcohol in these high abv beers. That being said, it's WAY too sweet. The style and abv would certainly suggest ample sweetness but this is downright messy. Brown sugar, Sugar Daddy's, chewing tobacco, cooked caramel, bourbon. Incessant sweetness. Overpowering, no balance of flavors at all just in your face sweetness that really detracts from the experience. It's a shame.

The mouthfeel was pretty good considering the overzealous carbonation. Overall this beer has the drinkability of amber malt extract and the sweetness to match. The complexity is simply buried under what I believe is a mountain of sugar. Swing and a miss Bruery.

Brew33, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.44/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Ryan011235, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

afksports, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DonFrap
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

DonFrap, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled December 2011
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbe Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, relatively large bubbled, creamed-amber tinged head. The beer is a darkish amber color that shows a hazed, opaque, amber hue when held up to the light. My first smell of the aroma has me noticing notes of toasted, sweetened coconut, lots of vanillin, ample vanilla-scented toffee and caramelized grain. My second smell has me noticing more of the spicy oak, toasted wood notes and definite Bourbon like aromatics. This makes me think of some sort of Bourbon soaked, caramelized grain type sweet, holiday cake / bread. Quite rich and satiating smelling, and without a huge, hot alcohol note; I was a little timid of this bee, as I thought it would be overly boozy, but this mostly manages to not be (at least in the nose).

Lightly sweet up front, along with a sort of tart, bourbon like note, the finish has a lot more sweetness to it though with a rich, caramelized type of character that really accentuates a sweet, lightly toasted coconut and vanillin character. This beer is quite smooth, there is a touch of alcohol warmth, but it is kept well in check; there is definitely a bourbon flavor here, smooth, but warming, tart, lots of oak flavors and even some fruit-like Bourbon notes. The finish has a spiciness, redolent of oak, astringent oak and hop bitterness that adds some bite, but really the smoothness from the toffee / caramel an sweetness is the dominant note here. Not overly thick, or chewy for its strength, this is most definitely a sipping brew as it has a dense, palate coating viscosity, but it doesn’t seem overly heavy or rich somehow.

Surprisingly, this is much better than I was expecting; I was expecting to actually not like this, not only am I not hating this, it is actually quite good. Really the surprise is that it is so smooth, and so well integrated and not nearly as hot as it should be. Despite being quite drinkable now, this will get a lot better with age, and perhaps a lot of it. Richness, roundness, complimentary oxidation, and a needed complexity should come with age, and I would guess that this could go for a lot longer than I would expect; this beer might even have the potential to go for a long, long time. It should at least go for 5 years with improvement, and, assuming it doesn’t fall apart for unexpected reasons it should go a lot longer; hold on to a bunch and sample over the next 50 years. Currently it is a bit simplistic, but, like I said, I expect some age to make this even better.

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby and brown, not much lace. Not much head, small ring.

S - Bright, sharp, fruity and malty.

T - Nice malty center, good dark fruit quality. Barrel notes not as pronounced as some.

M - Medium body, creamy, good balance and carbonation.

D - An excellent find. Kicked my butt though. I was pretty much done after trying it.

srandycarter, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

patmcd, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

TheDudeRules, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -11.9%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

StoutFest, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Ineedabeerhere, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Urbancaver, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

juliusseizure, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

baybassboy, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Kelton, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark dark amber to reddish brown color with a decent head. the smell is absolutel phnomenal vanilla tons of caramel bourbon light oak and a hug boozy sweetness. the flavor follows suit with a bit to much of the sweetness and boooziness. the mouthfeel is to thick and sweet. overall the beer is still deliscious

rowingbrewer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms. Served in a snifter.

About a finger of off white head sits a top a dark brown body. Impenetrable to light. Decent lacing.

Bourbon oak and brown sugar up front. Some booze and ripe fruits as well. Really rich and powerful nose.

Bourbon soaked plumbs and pears up front then some vanilla, toffee, and oak. Even a bit of fudge. The fruit and bourbon really stand out.

Heat is surprisingly well hidden (for the abv). Thick, syrupy, alcohol becomes a bit tongue numbing towards the end.

A solid beer, but one glass is definitely enough just cause the flavors are so over the top.

billshmeinke, Jun 02, 2011
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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.