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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

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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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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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottles arrived today and I wasted no time in cracking right into them, poured into a darkness snifter. Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

deep, dark brown. color emerged almost immediately. Entirely opaque, except for a few hints of light on the sides and bottom that showed off a bit of a reddish hue. The head was small, maybe an inch at first and then settling down

hints of vanilla and bourbon, swirling around with caramel, roasted malts and a deep, sweet profile, decadent Lots of lightly blended bourbon flavors, nothing over the top or really heavy, this was wonderfully accented, and essentially perfection. Started with a rolling touch of caramel, and sugary roasted malts that were accented by touches of vanilla and oak. Hints of some earthy, touches rolled into it as well. Long lasting flavor of bourbon, with a touch of peppery spice on the finish. Luscious Mouthfeel was really just the icing as it came off full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth sipper, this was easily the nightcap on the evening and needed to be enjoyed over the long haul which It was.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:46:06 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 22:45:59 | More by womencantsail
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to drabmuh for opening this one up before the Fantome tasting. Served in a Fantome glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with a good tan head. Bubbly foam and some spotty lacing. The nose brings strong bourbon with oak and vanilla. Some candied pineapple and light cherry as well. Great integration with dark fruits and a bit of sherry. Cherry and coconut come through especially as it warms. Medium body with low carbonation. No boozy; chewy and delicious. Incredible.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 11:54:35 | More by Thorpe429
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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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 top Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com Top Beers - Old Ale list. Additionally it is the #2 beer on the Top Beers - New and the #79 beer on the Top Beers - United States, this will be on the top 100 soon, it is that good. Served in a Bruery tulip because I can.

Beer is mildly hazy and brown, dark brown but not black, thin off white head of small bubbles, low carbonation but decent retention, minimal lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is wow, bourbon, sweetness, candy, strength, vanilla, alcohol but not boozy. Smells awesome.

These barrel aged anniversary beers keep getting better and better. Seriously. I love this beer. Medium bodied, a little thin on the back, but the flavors are liquor, oak, vanilla, sweet candy, caramel, it all plays together so well, it is deserving of this praise.

On a side note, you need a blow torch to get through the wax.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:06:36 | More by drabmuh
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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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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 22:21:55 | More by Halcyondays
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mdfb79

New York

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/05/11 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; thanks a ton Matt. One of my favorite beers from the tasting. Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a reddish mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty good, exactly like what I remember the normal base Cuir looking like.

s - Smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet dark fruits, raisins, and caramel malts. Ton of bourbon but the sweetness comes through as well. Great nose.

t - Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, and liquor. More vanilla here than the nose, which I like a lot, and stilla ton of bourbon. Once again, very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and just a tiny bit hot, but considering the barrel aging and ABV it isn't bad at all. Scarily easy going down.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome barrel aged old ale, and thought it was a TON better than the base Cuir. I found it the tiniest bit hot, but I liked that, and think it must be close to its peak already. A ton of bourbon and vanilla in the nose and taste, which I always love. Huge fan of this one and looking to the future variations; would love to get a bottle and have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 18:32:54 | More by mdfb79
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is chestnut brown with an oily, tan head. The beer looks viscous. The head settles to an eighth inch or so and holds, leaving a thick sheet of lacing that gently cascades down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is fabulous. A huge blast of bourbon and vanilla, with some sweet malts, toffee, caramel, booze, and oak. Sublime.

The taste is equally fabulous. Delicious vanilla and bourbon flavors take center stage. Just effortless to drink. I could imagine finishing the bottle solo.

Silky smooth feel. It's shocking that this beer is 14.5% abv, as it certainly doesn't come off as hot in any way.

Overall, stellar. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:06:33 | More by Huhzubendah
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HopHead84

California

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

5/29/2011

12oz on tap at The Bruery's third anniversary into a snifter

A: Dark brown with a subtle red tinge. Frothy off white head. 

S: Brown sugar, maple, vanilla, caramel, and a little molasses. Restrained date and prune notes. Lots of bourbon and oak. Rich and decadent, with evident alcohol.

T: Booze, bourbon, caramel, toffee, maple, oak, and brown sugar. Very sweet, but you were expecting this. Damn delicious. Quite tame for the bold ABV.

M: Upper medium to lower full in body. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth. Alcohol is warming in the finish.

Overall: If you liked 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Papier and Coton you will love this, though it wasn't quite as good as the previous two 100% anniversary beers. Perhaps I'll enjoy the bottles more.

 

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 20:00:16 | More by HopHead84
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Bottle 0966

Pours a layer of beige head. Leaves a little lace. Color is a caramel copper brown.

Aroma: a nice amount of warming bourbon. Chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, oaky. Very sweet and warming.

Taste: Very sweet. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Caramel and toffee with chocolate notes. Dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It has a lot of great flavors and is very drinkable, especially for the abv. It definitely tastes like the bruery's barrels.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:27:54 | More by mothman
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, and others at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! This was tasted side-by-side with regular version! Bottle #1335! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, big oak, subtle sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. This was surprisingly one of the highlights on the night for everyone involved in the tasting. You could not pick out very much of the base brew in this one at all if I'm honest. And dark chocolate!? Are you kidding me!? Really well done brew from the Bruery once again. So glad I shelled out the money to be in the Reserve Society this year and this brew reminds me why I am.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 18:04:43 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance: Caramel colored with surprising clarity compared to the previous iterations of this beer, this looks much more refined. It pours with a tall lasting head that slowly settles to a collar.

Aroma: The nose is loaded with caramelized sugar, bourbon and sherry. Surprisingly, very little noticeable heat from a fresh bottle. A little nuttiness, mellow oxidation. Very fruity. This doesn't seem as complex or rich as 100% barrel aged Coton, however.

Palate: And it doesn't taste as complex, either. It's great nonetheless, with big flavors of caramel and bourbon, vanilla and oak. Alcohol is surprisingly reigned-in. Sherry-like oxidation appears near the finish, and there's a strong stewed fruit sweetness that lingers. Full bodied, though it does seem thinner than 100% BA Coton and Papier. Finishes with lingering oak, toffee and a mild alcohol bite. Overall, I'm not sure that I like this as much as 100% bourbon barrel Papier or Coton, but it's still very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 23:22:35 | More by largadeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Andrew. I was going to drink a saison, but we got snow here in DC, and this seemed more appropriate.

Clear deep mahogany with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a thin, beige head that recedes to a ring leaving little lacing. Nice legs are present. As it typical for the series, the nose is quite excellent. Big and fruity up front with a blend of prunes, raisins,toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, this is followed by leather, oak and bourbon. The heat is actually quite mellow (on the nose, at least), though swirling the beer in my glass does bring out some of the rawer aspects of the barrel. For what is a blend of 3 vintages of the same beer, this seems surprisingly young, without much sherry or port notes which I'd expect given the plentiful brown sugar on the nose. Still, excellent.

The palate brings out some of the harsher flavors, especially the barrel component. A big dose of bourbon heat blended with brown sugar and caramel, up front, this is followed by plenty of fruit with raisins, some prunes. The caramel really does dominate the mid-palate, with an array of burnt and caramelizing sugar notes. Impressions of maple syrup are also present here. Oak appears on the finish, with a moderate tannic bite, along with just a little bit of sherry. Full in body with medium-low carbonation , this beer is big, sweet and boozy. Less boozy and less syrupy than the -bal Coton, I think I like this more. Packaging this in 750s is fucking stupid, I'm going to enjoy this beer over 3 nights.

*Edit* It took me 4 nights to finish the bottle, but if anything, it improved with the time in my fridge. Smoother and rounder, this is a treat in a glass, I'm upping the T score by 0.5

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 03:54:25 | More by DefenCorps
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle... damn you top 100, and damn rb for not allowing me to tick this way back when I had this originally... I was quite impressed with this beer, its better than Coton when Coton first came, but I would say they are both similar at this point... super smooth aroma and taste, the barrel aging does wonders... this is a great beer worth getting

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:31:37 | More by jrallen34
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter; big thanks to the generous gentleman who shared this at Spuyten Duyvil during Zwanze Day.

A: Clear, radiant orange-brown body with a wisp of fine brown foam. Light lace, nice legs. Solid.

S: Gigantic. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, maple, nuts, coconut, toffee, figs, raisins, sherry, and alcohol. Hugely complex, endlessly amazing.

T: Sweet sweet sweet. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and booze. Rich and delicious, but nowhere near as complex as the aroma. Too close to cloying.

M: Medium body + carbonation. A bit sticky, without really filling my mouth as much as I'd like.

O: What a beer. I don't want to know what the FG was on this one, although it's body wasn't nearly as syrupy as the flavor would lead you to expect. A bit more heft would have made this a truly spectacular dessert beer, easily the equal of a fine port or sherry. I'd still take it over dessert wine any day, of course, but I don't think it's quite as good as BB4D in the race for most awesome barrel-aged old ale. Here's hoping that the solera method makes these anniversary beers better and better for years to come. I'm definitely going to have to trade for the next one.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:40:26 | More by woosterbill
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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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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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FosterJM

California

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

713th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery tulip
750 cap/waxed
#1607

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 04:03:42 | More by FosterJM
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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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maximum12

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to msulinski for this bottle, a great trader in a state that seems to breed a lot of 'em. I loved the regular version of Cuir, so I've been looking forward to this one, & have an option on two more bottles (from another fine Pennsylvania trader, oddly enough). Big, expensive 750 ML bottle poured into a small glass, other half goes into the fridge for my hard-working wife.

Let me say that the gold wax was perfect...not like the finger-slicing Cuir waxing. THIS is how you wax a bottle, well enough to serve & protect, but not so much that you need a bowie knife to get the junk off, or have it crumble into three thousand pieces. Pour is dark muddy with crimson flaring around the edges; surprisingly persistent head given the high ABV. The smell, oh, the lovely, ass-grabbing smell. Bourbon & vanilla are apparent at arm's length, or more. Sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel, molasses. Freakin' beautiful. This must be what a threesome smells like.

100% Barrel Aged Cuir singes & burns like a shot of liquor; I lost nose hairs. The alcohol is searing to the point of distraction. The bourbon & vanilla in the nose run roughshod through the taste. Underneath that is a riot of complexity. Strong sherry flirting with the beginnings of oxidation. Dates, or figs, or raisins. Malty? Yeah, I suppose. Plenty of caramel. Finish is maddeningly sweet, like a honey-based maple syrup. Despite the obvious carbonation, this is a heavyweight of a beer in the stomach. I shouldn't have eaten dinner. Just like the regular Cuir, terrifyingly drinkable for a huge beer. If my wife isn't home soon, I'm going to finish the whole bottle.

Mmmm. Belly warm. Happy. This is an excellent beer, simply superb. I'll be interested to see how this blend ages, I'd love to try it again in a year when the alcohol starts to trim sail, but the early notes of oxidation are alarming.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:39:50 | More by maximum12
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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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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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srandycarter

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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

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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