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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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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 230
Gots: 186 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -11.7%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks Agentzero. Pours a dark hazy brown with minimal lacing. Smells unbelievable of candy, raisin, tobacco, and vanilla. Immediately can taste the bourbon, dates, figs, other dark fruits but can't really taste the alcohol which hard to believe at such a high abv. A smooth and syrupy feel that goes down easily with a long finish of so many flavors. Overall, another good iteration of the 100% -bal anniversary version. A must try and definitely better than the regular version and a definite recommend!

spycow, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

GRG1313, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

largadeer, Oct 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 22, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 08, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

drewone, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Halcyondays, May 31, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

orangesol, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

duceswild, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

mothman, Dec 05, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

mdaschaf, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

 

HopHead84, May 30, 2011
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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.