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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 277
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 226
Gots: 185 | FT: 8
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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 alalvarez75
1.93/5  rDev -56.2%
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.

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Photo of Brew33
3.09/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of timc100
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to dboon for sending this one over a while back. Been looking forward to the Cuir pair for a while now.

From a 750ml into a snifer
Bottle 1,076
Drunk the 25% and the 100% back to back

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, cream-white head with good retention. A thick, dark red body, transparent, with high levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring that remain to the end of the ride. No lacing down the glass. Exact replica of the base beer.

SMELL: Lots of barrel on this one. Bourbon, vanilla, and some toffee notes. A touch of spicy aromas from the base beer as well. This is very bourbon barrel heavy, but it's enticing for sure.

TASTE: Very barrel heavy again. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate kick things off right away. Toffee and caramel sweetness from the base beer come in through the middle, moving into a bold and lingering barrel heavy finish. Bourbon and oak, milk chocolate, toffee, and a light red fruit note linger. Very tasty and surprisingly well balanced given the big barrel presence. The base beern held its own here.

PALATE: Similar to the base beer, but perhaps a little lighter on the palate. Higher levels of carbonation and creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a little bite at the swallow and finishes rather dry. More heat lingers than the base beer.

OVERALL: Excellent bourbon barreled strong ale, though I'd appreciate a thicker feel and more restrained carbonation for top marks. Despite the barrel heavy nose, the taste was actually quite well balanced; the base beer refused to be outdone. A quality brew for sure. Cheers for sending this one over dboon.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healthy head, strong lacing which eventually settle into a ring. Dark mahogany color.

Caramel, raisin, chocolate, vanilla.

RICH. Creme brulee, vanilla, maple, bits of chocolate contrasted with cinammon and notes of orange. The bourbon is in the background, quickly helping to destroy my senses.

Alcohol is negligible, bits of it hit in the finish - behind the many layers of thick caramel and vanilla.

So yeah, quite good and apparently versatile. Paired it with some aged Gouda and cheddar and it was outstanding, also could serve as a dessert beer - I'd pour this on vanilla ice cream like chocolate syrup. Make sure you share this one....if possible.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times, most recently at largadeer's office tasting. Served in a tulip.

A - Surprisingly sizable tan foam that settles to a partial cap, collar, and a few spots of lace. Slightly transparent ruby-brown body.

S - Lots of toasted coconut, marzipan, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, cotton candy, red fruits, treacle. Seems sweeter than 100% BA Coton - I guess the aged, oxidized portion of the beer is growing in percentage. Still, quite nice. Well-hidden alcohol.

T - Again, a hefty dose of caramel, burnt sugars, treacle, butterscotch, hint of chocolate and a bitter oak finish. Again, more sweetness and less over barrel presence than Coton.

M - Thick, creamy, clingy, full body. Easy to drink, with well-hidden alcohol and only mild warmth in the finish. Carbonation is low but present.

D - For me 100% Coton seems to have hit the sweet spot in balancing bourbon, barrel, booze, and sweet malts, no pun intended. This vintage is sweeter and a little tougher to drink in large quantities. Still, pretty impressive for nearly 17%.

Update: I had this almost exactly six months later and it's easier to drink. Still not quite on par with BA Papier or BA Coton, but getting there.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently had this one twice. Bottle brought by me to WLV Pig Roast and another bottle brought over to a tasting by Mike (Agentzero). Really nice to be able to try this one twice! Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours a light brown color, cream-colored head that vanishes quickly, thin collar.

S - Big booze, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee. Smells like the monster it is...big in the booze department and big in the sweetness department.

T - Tastes like the nose, HUGE! Burnt sugars, booze, oak, caramel, toffee, slight cinnamon, vanilla. The booze is there, but it's not as overpowering as I was expecting. It's a sipper, for sure.

M - Medium, light carbonation, rich, syrupy sweet finish.

O - Really enjoyed this one...such a monster of a beer. Really sweet, really boozy, really good. Can't wait to crack another bottle in 6 months or so to see how this one is coming along. Recommend.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Provisions,

A: Pours a deep red-brown to umber, medium off-white head, some lace.

S: Very gamey, smoked venison type nose initially, with some molasses and dates.

T: This is starting to get interesting. As opposed to BA Papier and Coton which were still very much straight up old ales and showed tons of barrel character, the BA Cuir is starting to show signs of the solera system. As with the previous incarnations, there is a heavy brown sugar, molasses, prune/dried fruit backbone to this beer. What I found most intriguing were the oxidative characteristics, there is a clear oloroso sherry note in this and having this back to back with BA Coton the effect of the solera method is clear. I can only imagine this will get more prominent as the new anniversaries are bottled.

M: Smooth and silky, with a very light carbonation. Very full-bodied, just a tad cloying.

O: A real good and contemplative effort. I just wish this would go on at the tasting room so I can delve into it more.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a murky dark red with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of dark fruits like figs & dates, a bit of vanilla, and a twangy almost rye aroma. The smell is not much different from the regular version.

T: The taste is pretty different from the regular though. Big flavors of butterscotch, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and that rye twang on the finish.

M: The feel is thick and creamy. The huge abv is nowhere to be seen which is impressive.

O: This is pretty close to the original without much difference. The only difference I can tell is a bit more of a vanilla presence. It's still a big Old Ale with loads of flavors. The ABV will catch up to you over the course of the bottle as well.

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Photo of Auracom
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After trying 100% BA Coton [very recently], Dan and I decided to crack this one for the hell of it. Thanks man! 7-8 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on October 11th, 2012.

A - Damn this looks so thin for what it is, even thinner than Coton. Semi clear, medium-brown with a khaki head that quickly reduces to thin film. Marginal lacing, though I give props to it for 14.5%.

S - Really very close to 100% Coton, with that predominant, unwavering, wonderful bourbon character. Oak barrel and mahogany, tannic. Touch of vanilla and coconut. Underneath I get a heavier molasses and sweet syrup note than I recall from the previous anniversary.

T - Almost exactly as I thought it would be. It's not as well balanced as 100% Coton, with a much more prominent molasses and caramel that is just a tad too sweet. The barrel is the same, the bourbon is the same, but it just doesn't have that integration. Still hard to argue with this one though.

M - Medium body, semi-dry finish. Low but sufficient carbonation.

D - Great, but not mind-blowing. I still think it's weird that base 25% Cuir was so much better than base 25% Coton, yet the 100% version flip-flop. Oh well. Would never say no to a pour of this.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jamescain
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to who brought and shared this at the tasting

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-yellow with a very thin head that forms a thin ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, subtle dark fruit, cherries, and raisins.

Taste: Mixed dark fruit, raisins and cherries mostly, with oak, vanilla and bourbon, caramel and a touch of molasses.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is incredibly well hidden and the beer is dangerously drinkable, medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Great beer for sure and a big help in reassuring my belief in the Bruery.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle opened on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a medium to dark brown with a foamy light tan head. Good retention.

S - Carmel and boozy bourbon.

T - Carmel, vanilla, bourbon.

D - Good carbonation, medium to heavy body.

O - Bold and heavy, lot of bourbon, which is always a good thing. This one should age nicely.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06...last brew of the evening for me.

poured a reddish brown, expected darker, but not tonight. old ale with in your face bourbon smell...very nice boozy sweetness. the color of the brew made me wonder if this is actually BA Cuir but the bottle has the gold seal. really nice tasting brew and very easy drinker. very excited to have one of these at home.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow/tan short head on a murky copper body. Good alcohol legs, no lacing. Short lived head retention.

Strange boozy dark fruit aroma, good though.

Dark fruits with very noticeable alcohol, not overdone though. "raisins".

Carbonation still there. Medium mouthfeel.

A good one. Miles ahead of thr regular Cuir, which was head side by side. Thanks egrace84.

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.