Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery
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4.78/5 rDev +5.3%
750ml bottle 17,0% Abv. (Though my bottle lists the Abv at 14,5%)
Served lightly chilled and split between an over sized wine glass and a snifter.
Bottle number 764
A massive thanks to futura123 for sending this bottle my way.
Appearance: Bourbon barrel-aged Cuir appears a medium brown in the glass, with a back light revealing the body to in fact be a very deep red with bright golden edges. A rough pour yields a massive beige coloured head (so much for the idea that a high Abv. and barrel aging kill head formation) that displays good retention, but doesn't leave any lacing.
Smell: Ah man, this smells amazing - the extra 75% barrel aging has worked wonders for this beer! The nose if astoundingly complex and displays the perfect balance between barrel character and the base beer. Notes include: Bourbon, soft vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, butterscotch, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of nose tingling alcohol (though that is to be expected from a 17% monster like this), a touch of maple, apples cooked in brown sugar, raisins, figs, dates and a note that is reminiscent of leather.
Taste: Holy balls, this is insane! The flavour takes all the components of the nose and just makes them more intense! The initial flavour is very sweet (just what I like), with sweet caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon and brown sugar all easily noted. Decadent bourbon soaked fruits (raisins, figs, dates and stewed plums) soon join the picture, along with a hint of maple, some oak and an earthy, almost leathery character. There is a little alcohol present, but rather than hinder the flavour it helps to temper the sweetness and keep the beer drinkable.
Mouthfeel: The level of carbonation (medium or just over) is a little high for my tastes, however it is sufficiently smooth that it is not really a big deal. The body is just shy of full and quite sticky.
Overall: 100% Bourbon Barrel-aged Cuir is easily one of the best old ales that I have had - the extra 75% barrel aging makes a world of difference and lifts a good beer into the world class category. I was a little hesitant to open this one on my own, however it was so good I had no problem hammering the entire bottle and would happily do so again!
01-21-2013 20:54:11 | More by Thehuntmaster
4.33/5 rDev -4.6%
A: poured reddish amber brown in color with pale orange highlights when held up to the light and a big bubbly head that left plenty of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.
S: plenty of caramel, brown sugar and maple sweetness were apparent upfront on the nose with bourbon barrel character present, a good amount of booze heat, subtle darl fruit, mild burnt sugar, hints of vanilla and sweet belgian yeast notes.
T: dark fruitiness was more apparent on the palate alongside caramel burnt sugar sweetness, plenty of booze, good bourbon barrel accents, sweet belgian yeast, a touch of vanilla and lots of malty goodness.
M: the brew was medium to full in body with plenty of carbonation which had a dark fruity, sweet, bourbon barrel, boozy, malty rich and sticky finish.
O: I have to admit it was a damn good beer but these anniversary brews are very similar in so many ways; to me I guess.
01-01-2013 10:54:55 | More by Gobzilla
4.43/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a murky brown color with a smallish khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer leaving some solid lacing.
Aromas begin with caramelized brown sugars, toffee, treacle and prunes/dried fruits. The barrels come in more as it warms with vanilla, toasted coconut and minimal oak. There are some minimal oxidative sherry notes that will no doubt increase with time.
The tastes follow the nose but are more bold beginning with sweet caramel maltiness, figs, dates, vanilla, toasted bread and some candy/honey/maple notes. Once again as it warms the oak comes out a little more with some emerging minimal booziness and some sweet bourbon alcohol (really minimal for such a huge beer).
The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is big and bold but surprisingly not cloying or boozy; balanced overall from the barrel 100% barrel aging to help cut the huge malt backbone.
Overall, what a treat. Definitely a sharer/shipper and one to be enjoyed over a period of time. The flavors are so bold and delicious it warrents spending time with each sip. I never had either of the previous barrel versions but I heard this is the best one to date and is really in a good place right now so I recommend opening one if you are currently sitting on one or trading for one if you have the arsenal.
11-13-2012 15:13:05 | More by claspada
4.26/5 rDev -6.2%
After trying 100% BA Coton [very recently], Dan and I decided to crack this one for the hell of it. Thanks man! 7-8 oz. poured into a CBS snifter on October 11th, 2012.
A - Damn this looks so thin for what it is, even thinner than Coton. Semi clear, medium-brown with a khaki head that quickly reduces to thin film. Marginal lacing, though I give props to it for 14.5%.
S - Really very close to 100% Coton, with that predominant, unwavering, wonderful bourbon character. Oak barrel and mahogany, tannic. Touch of vanilla and coconut. Underneath I get a heavier molasses and sweet syrup note than I recall from the previous anniversary.
T - Almost exactly as I thought it would be. It's not as well balanced as 100% Coton, with a much more prominent molasses and caramel that is just a tad too sweet. The barrel is the same, the bourbon is the same, but it just doesn't have that integration. Still hard to argue with this one though.
M - Medium body, semi-dry finish. Low but sufficient carbonation.
D - Great, but not mind-blowing. I still think it's weird that base 25% Cuir was so much better than base 25% Coton, yet the 100% version flip-flop. Oh well. Would never say no to a pour of this.
10-11-2012 19:53:36 | More by Auracom
3.08/5 rDev -32.2%
This is a LONG time want for me. I've passed it up in the cellar for months waiting for the right day to pop it. Decided to give it a go.
First off it pours a TOWERING tan head. Wait.... It's a 14.5% Barrel aged old ale with a 4 finger head? Okay... The aroma was as expected. Bourbon forward, sugary malts, booze. Not bad at all. The flavor was pretty good. The alcohol is disguised well a la Black Tuesday. The Bruery really knows how to mask the alcohol in these high abv beers. That being said, it's WAY too sweet. The style and abv would certainly suggest ample sweetness but this is downright messy. Brown sugar, Sugar Daddy's, chewing tobacco, cooked caramel, bourbon. Incessant sweetness. Overpowering, no balance of flavors at all just in your face sweetness that really detracts from the experience. It's a shame.
The mouthfeel was pretty good considering the overzealous carbonation. Overall this beer has the drinkability of amber malt extract and the sweetness to match. The complexity is simply buried under what I believe is a mountain of sugar. Swing and a miss Bruery.
09-18-2012 13:49:24 | More by Brew33
4.45/5 rDev -2%
Served side by side with Cuir.
A- Pours a brownish amber color with a 2" tan head. Minimal lacing.
S- Brown sugar, bourbon, leather and tobacco.
T- Sweet amber malts, bourbon, chocolate and some leather.
M- Full body and medium carbonation. Has a syrupy feel.
O- Very good beer that has great combination of flavors and aromas.
08-15-2012 13:57:50 | More by kawilliams81
4.28/5 rDev -5.7%
thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot!
poured into a tulip glass.
bottle number- 02332
reviewed from notes taken on 7/29/12.
Appearance: Reddish medium brown body with small tan head.
Smell: Lots of big sweet malts and bourbon.
Taste: Bourbon upfront just like the nose. Lots of caramel and vanilla sweetness. A touch of leather.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This one is way smoother than Cuir.
Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. BA Cuir was seated number 2 across the boards. Really Solid BA Olde Ale huge difference is noted between the cuir and BA Cuir. Its honestly like anight and day difference favoring BA cuir.
08-03-2012 07:43:42 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5 rDev -4.2%
Light yellow/tan short head on a murky copper body. Good alcohol legs, no lacing. Short lived head retention.
Strange boozy dark fruit aroma, good though.
Dark fruits with very noticeable alcohol, not overdone though. "raisins".
Carbonation still there. Medium mouthfeel.
A good one. Miles ahead of thr regular Cuir, which was head side by side. Thanks egrace84.
07-29-2012 19:53:57 | More by Duff27
4.33/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
07-05-2012 17:05:29 | More by Alieniloquium
4.08/5 rDev -10.1%
Big thanks to dboon for sending this one over a while back. Been looking forward to the Cuir pair for a while now.
From a 750ml into a snifer
Drunk the 25% and the 100% back to back
APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, cream-white head with good retention. A thick, dark red body, transparent, with high levels of carbonation. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring that remain to the end of the ride. No lacing down the glass. Exact replica of the base beer.
SMELL: Lots of barrel on this one. Bourbon, vanilla, and some toffee notes. A touch of spicy aromas from the base beer as well. This is very bourbon barrel heavy, but it's enticing for sure.
TASTE: Very barrel heavy again. Bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate kick things off right away. Toffee and caramel sweetness from the base beer come in through the middle, moving into a bold and lingering barrel heavy finish. Bourbon and oak, milk chocolate, toffee, and a light red fruit note linger. Very tasty and surprisingly well balanced given the big barrel presence. The base beern held its own here.
PALATE: Similar to the base beer, but perhaps a little lighter on the palate. Higher levels of carbonation and creamy on the palate, goes down fine with a little bite at the swallow and finishes rather dry. More heat lingers than the base beer.
OVERALL: Excellent bourbon barreled strong ale, though I'd appreciate a thicker feel and more restrained carbonation for top marks. Despite the barrel heavy nose, the taste was actually quite well balanced; the base beer refused to be outdone. A quality brew for sure. Cheers for sending this one over dboon.
06-01-2012 19:52:23 | More by Jeffo
Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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