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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Reviews: 70
Hads: 273
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 4.81%
Wants: 230
Gots: 186 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 273
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (551 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (636 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (982 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (535 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of jlb502
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$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. (816 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (601 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (665 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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