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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
100
world-class

247 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 247
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 230
Gots: 183 | FT: 6
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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alalvarez75

New York

1.78/5  rDev -60.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 19:50:11 | More by alalvarez75
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mikeycambridge

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -34.1%

01-24-2012 01:13:00 | More by mikeycambridge
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tyler_mn


3/5  rDev -34.1%

02-29-2012 01:46:41 | More by tyler_mn
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -34.1%

02-09-2012 04:56:53 | More by msarver16
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Brew33

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 13:49:24 | More by Brew33
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:41:10 | More by Ryan011235
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

09-12-2013 18:32:28 | More by CityofBals
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afksports

New York

3.5/5  rDev -23.1%

11-14-2011 15:44:47 | More by afksports
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

03-03-2013 21:09:41 | More by DonFrap
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:16:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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srandycarter

California

3.88/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 18:18:37 | More by srandycarter
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.1%

11-15-2011 16:59:07 | More by cadaugherty
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patmcd

New York

4/5  rDev -12.1%

12-08-2011 19:25:56 | More by patmcd
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -12.1%

11-18-2011 07:03:17 | More by TheDudeRules
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -12.1%

12-18-2011 17:10:56 | More by mhaugo
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StoutFest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.1%

12-07-2011 04:56:34 | More by StoutFest
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -12.1%

12-25-2011 01:04:52 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4/5  rDev -12.1%

01-31-2012 18:37:43 | More by Urbancaver
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juliusseizure

New York

4/5  rDev -12.1%

08-04-2013 18:19:05 | More by juliusseizure
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baybassboy

California

4/5  rDev -12.1%

05-14-2013 04:21:33 | More by baybassboy
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photomike

California

4/5  rDev -12.1%

12-15-2011 05:02:51 | More by photomike
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -12.1%

03-01-2013 15:37:04 | More by t0rin0
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Kelton

Oregon

4/5  rDev -12.1%

11-14-2011 07:21:30 | More by Kelton
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -11%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:10:16 | More by rowingbrewer
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billshmeinke

California

4.05/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 01:40:06 | More by billshmeinke
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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.