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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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BA SCORE
100
world-class

250 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 250
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 231
Gots: 184 | FT: 7
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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4/5  rDev -11.9%

t0rin0, Mar 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

pzymali, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Auror, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

jaasen64, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Azrael
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

beergorrilla, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Zaphog, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Thehuntmaster, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

extra, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of MordorMongo
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

thebouch01, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gobzilla, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +10.1%

dtx00, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

fo1ksguitar, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

claspada, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

claaark13, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Auracom
4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Auracom, Oct 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Sixofsigmas, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Brew33
3.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Brew33, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kawilliams81, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Duff27, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Kaydogg
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Kaydogg, Jul 24, 2012
Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.