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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery

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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

242 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 242
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 9.45%


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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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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:54:11 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured reddish amber brown in color with pale orange highlights when held up to the light and a big bubbly head that left plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: plenty of caramel, brown sugar and maple sweetness were apparent upfront on the nose with bourbon barrel character present, a good amount of booze heat, subtle darl fruit, mild burnt sugar, hints of vanilla and sweet belgian yeast notes.

T: dark fruitiness was more apparent on the palate alongside caramel burnt sugar sweetness, plenty of booze, good bourbon barrel accents, sweet belgian yeast, a touch of vanilla and lots of malty goodness.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with plenty of carbonation which had a dark fruity, sweet, bourbon barrel, boozy, malty rich and sticky finish.

O: I have to admit it was a damn good beer but these anniversary brews are very similar in so many ways; to me I guess.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 10:54:55 | More by Gobzilla
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claspada

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 15:13:05 | More by claspada
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Auracom

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 19:53:36 | More by Auracom
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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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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served side by side with Cuir.

A- Pours a brownish amber color with a 2" tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- Brown sugar, bourbon, leather and tobacco.

T- Sweet amber malts, bourbon, chocolate and some leather.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Has a syrupy feel.

O- Very good beer that has great combination of flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 13:57:50 | More by kawilliams81
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 07:43:42 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:53:57 | More by Duff27
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 17:05:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 19:52:23 | More by Jeffo
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 04:03:52 | More by DavoleBomb
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of Retsinis.

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is the same with some toasted coconut flavors as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged beer that I enjoyed much more than the regular Cuir.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:02:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 04:07:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 05:42:19 | More by MasterSki
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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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared this one with thain709 and deuane earlier.

A - Pours murky brown with a nice one and a half finger tall khaki head leaving very light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, warm bourbon booze, vanilla, dark fruits and a touch of sherry. This one has a lot going on, nearly all of it for the good.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sugary sweetness - mostly brown sugar, toffee and caramel - slowly giving way to hints of dark fruits, vanilla and some light sherry. The booze continues to grow slowly as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of sweetness and a bit of booze, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Heavy body and bold flavors with moderate carbonation. Sweet, boozy feel that lingers on the pallet long after the finish.

O - I rather enjoyed this one. It had a ton of awesome flavors and the bourbon matched very well with the base. It is still a touch too hot for my liking. Glad I have a few of these in the cellar for future testing.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 22:41:31 | More by orangesol
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown mahogany pour with a nice head, decent lacing
Smell: Delicious, sweet bourbon, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, sweet molasses, oak and vanilla.
Taste: This one is quite good, makes me regret the bruery membership slightly less. Sweet bourbon, brown sugar, sweet molasses, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, maple sugar, touch of spice and dark fruits, light oxidation
Mouthfeel: almost full body, appropriately light carbonation
Overall: Very tasty and impressive, good showing by the bruery.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:26:07 | More by craytonic
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:32:31 | More by AgentZero
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Phelps

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3223, poured into a tulip.

Deep, murky purple with ruby highlights when held to a light. The head is beautiful and so thick and creamy it could probably support me if I lie on it. The cappuccino-colored foam descends slowly, leaving behind thick columns of lacing.

Tangy, intense nose. Lots of tangy brandy, dark chocolate syrup, butterscotch, raisins, vanilla. A surprising amount of roasted, chocolatey character here. Very rich.

While the flavor is incredible, what most impressive about barrel-aged Cuir is the concealment of its alcohol content. At 14.5 percent ABV, the fact that I can’t pick up even a hint of booze in the flavor is just superhuman. Some booze obviously warms the chest and comes through the nostrils, but it stays out of the flavor, allowing me to fully enjoy it without distraction.

And what a feast it is. The nose is mirrored here: bourbon and brandy-soaked raisins drizzled in rich dark chocolate sauce. The oak is a little more noticeable, imparting the nice woody notes that accompany the stuff from the bourbon: vanilla, butterscotch. It all combines in a sweet, smooth finish that’s very quaffable despite its richness.

A beer like this needs a body big enough to support the flavor, and this Cuir’s got it. Creamy, sugary medium with just a little carbonation, good heat and a very mild bitterness. Lots of lingering sugars between sips as well.

The Bruery’s anniversary series just keeps getting better, which may be a product of the Solera process, or may just be because they’re great brewers. Cuir is the best of the series so far, and BA Cuir improves upon it. The bottle was dangerously easy to finish by myself. Plus, I got a nice little strip of leather to use as a luggage tag. I'll never lose my bags again!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:04:50 | More by Phelps
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: The pour is a full caramel color with a tight off-white head.

Smell: Caramel, marshmallows, bourbon, vanilla, oak.

Taste: The taste is very smooth. Vanilla, caramel malt, and then a toasted malt leads into a strong, boozy bourbon flavor. Vanilla, spice and oak help to finish out with a bit of maple and alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a medium level carbonation, and a body on the full side. Given the 14.5% ABV though, "on the full side" is pretty light. There is a grainy nature to it.

Drinkability: This is quite a good beer, but it does not quite top the list of best old ales I have had. Bourbon barrel fourth dementia is better.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:12:24 | More by KickInTheChalice
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nmbr0ne

Florida

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from bottle.

Appearance: Dark wood color. Dark brown and red combination. Strong off-white head retention and a lot of lacing.

Smell: Smells great. A lot of bourbon smell that included caramel and vanilla notes. Oak notes present as well. Some chocolate notes and toffee.

Taste: A lot of sugars. Very sweet. The caramel notes are very present along with the toffee. Bourbon. The chocolate is more recognizable in the taste than in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with a good amount of carbonation. A definite dessert beer.

Overall: It's a delicious old ale. Not my favorite beer because it is too sweet for me. The bourbon flavors are amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:48:49 | More by nmbr0ne
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear reddish brown color with a decent head that lasts a while leaves a little lace. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol and lots of tart fruit. Bourbon vanilla and oak tannins round this beer out nicely. Taste is sweet with brown sugar coated raisins and cherries, oak vanilla and bourbon. Smooth bit of alcohol burn reminds you this one is big. Sweet sticky mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. I enjoyed the hell out of this one. This is a fantastic barrel aged beer, if it just wasn't so pricey and hard to get...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:19:29 | More by johnnnniee
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jegross2

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 20:12:59 | More by jegross2
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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.