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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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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 231
Gots: 182 | FT: 7
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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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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -2%

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!

09-14-2011 05:09:06 | More by nhindian
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remhaze

California

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

09-09-2011 02:31:18 | More by remhaze
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crusian

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle from t0rin0, thanks man, much appreciated!

bottle pops with little fanfair, not sure what I expected, maybe some eruption of something... but just a normal pop... but the nose hits me right away, before I even start to pour, and I say wow. been a while since I said that.
Pours a lighter than expected brown, but settles in the glass a very dark menacing brown for an old ale. Liking what I am seeing. maybe a half finger of head.

smell is bourbon... not much more I can say. when faced with a bourbon county stout and this with a blindfold, i would be hard pressed to tell the difference.

Taste is smooth as hell, i cant believe this is 14.5%. It does taste significantly different than the bourbon county stout for sure. This is not a stout. Tons of bourbon, oak and vanilla, but it is not as strong as the nose lets on. The bourbon actually sits back and is so completely smoothed out by the oak. Vanilla on the front and by the time it finishes, it is so clean, that it almost feels like there was never anything in your mouth at all. incredible.

mouthfeel is medium with perfect carbonation... man this is going to take me all night to drink, awesome.

This is great. I loved regular Coton, and the Cuir I had tasted like it was a bad bottle... but this is amazing. I want more.

09-01-2011 23:53:43 | More by crusian
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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

New York

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

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

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

08-08-2011 03:54:06 | More by cosmicevan
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%

I was luck enough to be visiting in CA when they released some bottles to the general public. Picked up a few to age and one to drink immediately. Tried side by side with regular Cuir. Bottle says 14.5 ABV but I've seen in listed in some Bruery emails at 18%.

A - A nice dark brown with a bit of light brown head.

S - Very sweet smelling. A good amount of booze/bourbon as well. Molasses, dark fuits, roasty.

T - An immediate alcohol/bourbon flavor that is much smoother than the regular version. Didn't get as much of that booze sting in the finish as with regular Cuir. Very sweet, I was getting a lot of coconut. Also, molasses, burnt sugar, dark fruits, bourbon.

M - Full, pretty smooth, right amout of carbonation.

O - Amazing! I would put this right up there with Kuhnhenn BB4D, a lot of similar flavors going on. Would drink it all night if it weren't such a high ABV.

07-25-2011 15:16:40 | More by s1ckboy
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%

(bottle #1686). Pours a beautiful burnt copper color with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma has caramel, bourbon, candied sugar and figs. Taste is sweet with caramel and wood notes being prominent. Full bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish that hides the alcohol very well. A really great beer.

07-15-2011 16:55:04 | More by trappistlover
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottle #2374. Out of a wine glass.

A- Pours a nice clear dark brown color. There is a healthy tannish head, which is surprising for a beer of this nature.

S- A sweet smell of molassas, brown sugar, and malt. Bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco are all there. Despite the high ABV, there is not really any booziness.

T- Wow, this is great. Very crisp and smooth at first, then hits a heavy sweetness. Molassas, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and even some hints of chocolate. The bourbon blending is excellent, and really enhances the flavor of the beer.

M- Perfect all around. Nice mouthfeel, while still keeping a great level of carbonation for the style. The flavor just continues to dance around in my mouth.

O- Wow. My second BA Bruery offering, and this one is stellar. I've had Coton, and this is definitely a better take of The Bruery's Old Ale. I imagine this could smooth out a bit with some time, and maybe drop some sweetness. This is amazing just how it is now though.

-GFunk

07-15-2011 01:13:38 | More by Gfunk720
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

07-09-2011 03:46:06 | More by mikesgroove
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davod23

California

4.9/5  rDev +7.9%

Holy jumping fuckin' shitballs, this is a great beer. Poured into my Bruery snifter from the bottle while watching Drag Me to Hell (I salute you, Sam Raimi).

Deep brownish crimson, perfect clarity when held up to the light, impressive cap of tan foam that just never seems to completely go away. Nice legs when swirled. Oh, and I really like the bottle/label/wax on this too, which is just a bonus. Awesome.

Smell is outstanding. Candy aromas abound - toffee, caramel, rum raisin, perhaps a bit of generic nuttiness, booze, and a good amount of vanilla and bourbon to round it out. Awesome.

Taste... is to die for. Ye gods. This series is incredible, and seems to keep getting better. I had a bottle of the BA Coton a couple weeks ago and was floored, and I think this is better. Big bourbon, figs and raisins, toffee crunch, caramel, and a big spoonful of vanilla cream. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Full, rich, not quite syrupy, long lasting finish. Perfect amount of carbonation. Awesome.

Overall: Did I mention this beer is awesome? Black Tuesday might want to move over, I may have a new favorite from the Bruery.

07-07-2011 22:52:41 | More by davod23
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Overlord

California

4.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a deep, semi hazy brown with a surprisingly robust and long-lasting deep tan head ... maybe half an inch in height. Surprising given the -bal aging and abv content. Really nice, and the bubbling mouthfeel despite the heavy, syrupy consistency was surprising as well.

Smells phenomenal. Just dead-on perfect. The Bruery really nailed the anniversary series with this iteration, and I can only hope future versions will be as good. Bourbon mixed with a bit of dark, burnt molasses, whipped toffee'ed caramel, a touch of ... raisins? ... along with brown sugar and drizzled sugar cakes. And BOURBON.

Taste is also excellent, with the deep bourbon background blending marvelously with the oh-so-sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit background, and a bit of ... I don't know ... nutty bourbon-i-ness.

Just a fantastic beer. Epic, and I shall seek more.

07-05-2011 19:45:58 | More by Overlord
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MrVonzipper

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%

On tap at 38degrees (BA Week)
It wasn't poured properly so it and no head to make an accurate review on. Color was a mirky brown with a slight reddish tint.

Rich sweet nose of dark fruit soaked in alcohol, prunes

Burst of great but not overwhelming sweetness initially. Notes of figs, prunes, raisins, dates and caramel, alcohol and backended oak.

Full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Rich and sticky mouth.

Overall a very good beer. Full flavored rich sweetness balanced pretty well with the large abv and nice subtle oak on the back end.

06-29-2011 18:08:45 | More by MrVonzipper
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%

Huge thanks to largadeer for sharing this at a tasting.

A: Pours a dark bourbon-raisin brown with a thin collar of a head. Spotty lacing was left down the glass.
S: Big notes of bourbon on the nose with a touch of vanilla and sweet raisins. Sweet smelling overall.
T: Sweet flavors of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, bourbon and caramel. The finish is full of raisins and the aftertaste is sweet and lingers forever.
M: Full bodied, nice hefty mouthfeel, low carbonation, and clean all around. Alcohol is actually pretty easy going.
O: For such a big beer the alcohol is incredible smooth and hidden. Thanks again for the taste, Chris.

06-24-2011 01:24:03 | More by scottfrie
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IKR

California

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fair size beige head that dissipated quickly. I think the Bal-aged Cuir was darker than the regular Cuir I had.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, some faint brown sugar and toffee notes. I got some alcohol in the regular Cuir but none in the BA version.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, some brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with some Bourbon notes.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: I'm definitely a fan of this one. I also liked the regular Cuir quite a bit. The overall difference between the bal-aged version and the standard version has appeared to narrow compared to Coton, but the Bruery's barrel aging efforts are apparent in the smoothness and increased complexity of the Bal-aged version. It'll be interesting to compare both versions of next year's Anniversary beer as the regular version appears to get smoother and more complex with every generation.

06-12-2011 22:13:39 | More by IKR
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.58/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap at Bruery Anny party. Reviewed from notes. 2.5oz pour in 5oz glass.

Mahogany in color. Kinda cloudy. Thin tan head dissapated to ring. Slight lacing.

Aromahits you with the bourbon first. Caramel and toasted sugars are prominent. Bit of oak and dark fruits.

Tastes just as it smells. Lots of oak and bourbon with caramel and toasted sugars. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth but has a bit of an alcohol burn.

Overall I liked BA coton better but this is damn tasty. I do like the regular Cuir better than regular papier and coton.

06-07-2011 07:37:13 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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womencantsail

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

06-06-2011 22:45:59 | More by womencantsail
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jlb502

California

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

$8 for a snifter. Definitely on the high end but you could do a lot worse for eight bucks.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent head and some noticeable lacing.

Smells like bourbon, vanilla and a little bit of soy sauce.

Taste is prunes/dark fruit, burnt sugar and caramel with a solid bourbon backbone. It's thick but not too thick, with some definite alcohol kick at the end. A sipper for sure. Split the snifter and that was plenty.

The nicest thing about this beer is the lingering aftertaste. Take a sip, put it down, wait ten or twenty seconds and you'll be convinced you were just eating vanilla ice cream (or maybe pralines and cream).

Overall this is another great candy-coated, barrel aged beer from The Bruery. Definitely preferred this over BA Coton, which I thought was over-the-top with booze.

06-05-2011 20:05:46 | More by jlb502
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billshmeinke

California

4.05/5  rDev -10.8%

On tap at Blue Palms. Served in a snifter.

About a finger of off white head sits a top a dark brown body. Impenetrable to light. Decent lacing.

Bourbon oak and brown sugar up front. Some booze and ripe fruits as well. Really rich and powerful nose.

Bourbon soaked plumbs and pears up front then some vanilla, toffee, and oak. Even a bit of fudge. The fruit and bourbon really stand out.

Heat is surprisingly well hidden (for the abv). Thick, syrupy, alcohol becomes a bit tongue numbing towards the end.

A solid beer, but one glass is definitely enough just cause the flavors are so over the top.

06-02-2011 01:40:06 | More by billshmeinke
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

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

California

4.15/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Caramel, raisin, chocolate, vanilla.

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

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

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

05-31-2011 22:20:05 | More by ptykozoon
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

 

05-30-2011 20:00:16 | More by HopHead84
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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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