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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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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 226
Gots: 183 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 270 | Reviews: 70
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Photo of mdfb79
4.57/5  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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.82/5  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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
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.


Photo of Sean9689
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by the very generous Sean9689 at Zwanze Day 2011. Still trying to catch up with reviews. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Cantillon tulip with a ruddy brown color that is reminiscent of sediment being stirred up in a muddy puddle. Slight off white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – A wonderful vanilla and bourbon aroma are the first things I notice. Dark ripe plums and raisins, slight chocolate, and some nice brown sugar.

Taste – Quite similar to the taste. The vanilla and bourbon really do take over but then meld together with the dark fruits. Not much cocoa flavor, though plenty of molasses, toffee, and caramel. There is the slightest trace of oak.

Mouthfeel – Full bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Overall – I was thoroughly surprised by the regular Cuir so I was happy to try this. I will admit that I did not get as much barrel as I was expecting (and honestly I think most who tasted this with at Zwanze Day disagreed with me), however, besides that this beer was top notch. Slight alcohol burn, but it is not harsh but rather a nice mellow warmth. Very impressive.

Photo of spycow
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
4.25/5  rDev -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.

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.88/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown, crisp caramel, tight white bubbles. Nice foam cap.

S-Caramel, toffee and a little heat.

T-Sweet dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and heat. Tasty.

M-Thick, creamy and perfectly carbed.

O- Fucking delicious. The high ABV is well integrated into the beer.

Photo of jamescain
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #0664, shared in line at the CBS release graciously by Koufax21. Thanks!! 750ml bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a hazy amber and yellow mixture with some nice legs up the glass. Little head the subsides into a thin ring and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Oak and vanilla with a nice sweetness. Very subtle bourbon and some dark cherries. Great smell.

T: I was blown away. Sweet buttery caramel and subtly bourbon are the most present (no heat though). Slight dark fruit sweetness as well. Nice twinges of oak pop up as well.

M: So drinkable for being almost 15%! The heat was so well hidden and it really was nice. Just enough carbonation to be lively and left a great sweetness.

O: I was blown away. The drinkability was outstanding and the flavors in the taste were just so well balanced. The barrel really did wonders for this beer. This really was delicious and a big thanks to Koufax21 for sharing this bottle!

Photo of phichifiji00
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass, during a side by side comparison with the non BA version.

Appearance: Dark brown, tan head, minimal lacing. Was much darker than the regular version. Hardly a hint of the red/mahogany coloring that the regular version possessed.

Smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, leather.

Taste: Just as it smells. Lots of brown sugar, bourbon, molasses, with more subtle hints of oak, leather and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rich, decent carbonation.

Overall: Slightly more drinkable than the regular Cuir. Very complex. A wonderful beer.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again Chad! Can't wait til I'm an RS member. Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is a ton of bourbon and vanilla. Lovely oak aromas with a bit of candied dark fruits and brown sugar. Taste is immediately sweet brown sugar...maybe a bit of maple syrup. Then I get a ton of delicious bourbon and oak...with mellowing vanilla...just to add nice balance. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high for such a HUGE beer. Overall, this beer was well done. Wish I had some bottles of my own. DELICIOUS!

Photo of Retsinis
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes

This was one of my bottles from my Reserve Society allocation that I brought to a small bottle share (5 of us in total)

A: After using a wine foil cutter to get the wax off (works really well by the way), popping the cap, and poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy brown, with a semi ruby red hue. A small, quarter inch of tan cream colored headed formed, and then dissipated to just a ring of bubbles. The beer coats the glass like milk.

S: Wonderful scents, aromas, and layers of bourbon, brown sugar, oak, honey, and a touch of apricots.

T: Let me put it this way, I'd step over ten naked women to get at a pint of this! Bourbon, vanilla, candied figs, honey, oak, caramel, and a touch of toffee. Beautifully layered, mirroring the nose, and just a great beer to savor. As usual with Bruery barrel aged beers, the beer does not taste hot, or anywhere near as strong as it is.

M: Sticky, light to medium carbonation, viscous.

O: Delicious! Pure Decadence, wow! We let this warm a good 30-45 minutes before we popped it, in a no window, 65 degree or so bar where we were doing a bottle share. I also felt that the anniversary series is increasing in complexity, as intended with the blends of the older vintages as well. What else can I say that many don't already know, the Bruery really knows what they are doing with their barrel treatments of their beer.

Photo of nhindian
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Bottle sent by BigTomZ, thanks Tom!

Bottle #1390.

A - Pours a deep mahogany brown, rather cloudy and some slight sediment obfuscates the view through the glass. Around the edges, a dark, ruby red gives the opportunity to glimpse into the beer more, leading to some slow streams of carbonation. There's only about a finger's worth of light tan-colored head on this beer, maybe a bit less, with fairly low retention. A ghostly trail of foam lies in its wake, slowly cruising over the liquid as it moves. The lacing is similarly faint, with almost no noticeable residual foam, but there is a good amount of alcohol legs sticking to the glass.

S - Even after just opening the bottle I got a big aroma of alcohol and bourbon. This bottle is only about 4 months old, so it's still young, and the heat definitely shows. The malts are very sweet, giving off smells of sugar, slight smoke and ash, and a bit of dark, pitted fruits. But the showcase is definitely the alcohol, especially in the bourbon barrel. There is a ton of vanilla oak in the nose, mixed with a very strong bourbon characteristic. This is definitely not for the meek or weak of heart; I am a huge whiskey fan, and I still found myself impressed by the nose.

T - The taste can only be described as decadent, from both the alcohol content and the depth of flavors within this beer. As in the nose, the ABV is no stranger, as even from the start it hits with a decent amount of heat that lingers throughout the beer, serving both as an additional layer of flavor and also as a warning that this is not a beer to be taken lightly. The malts, once again, bring rich and diverse notes, from chocolate, burnt candied sugar, a touch of char, and rum-soaked cherries and raisins, skin included. Much more than in the aroma does the oak develop in the taste. It appears in the beginning to add yet another lay, but it also follows well into the finish to mingle with the vanilla and bourbon. What really surprised me in the taste was the amount of rich chocolate, as there isn't much, if any, of it in the nose, but it runs rampant in the taste. The finish is all bourbon barrel, from the bourbon itself to the oak, vanilla, and streams of cocoa and caramel.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. Definitely a full-bodied, thick, and at times chewy beer. If there flavors weren't so bold and smooth, this would appear to be rather syrupy, but I rarely thought of this beer as that while drinking. Very palatable.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. This beer is a huge sipper for sure, but not for lack of flavors or enjoyment. It's just that the notes in this beer are just so rich and fleshed out that the palate needs time to distinguish each and every characteristics. Combine that with a finish and aftertaste that lasts for days, and you have a bottle of beer that can last well into the night. As my first beer of the Bruery's anniversary series, I will definitely be seeking out the other offerings! This may need a little time to reduce the heat a bit, but man, when that day comes this will definitely be a fantastic beer. I will be trying to grab more of this to age!

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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Real dark rich sweet beer. It's a perfect beer to drink small portion of, perhaps with some cheese/pretzel type of pairing. I can't wait to age this. It's perfect to drink in the next two years.

Quick! buy a bottle to age! This is definitely one of those beers.

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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