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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

247 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 230
Gots: 183 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

fo1ksguitar, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of claspada
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.

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%

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
Photo of Sixofsigmas
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Sixofsigmas, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Brew33
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.

Brew33, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
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.

kawilliams81, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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.

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%

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
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Kaydogg, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of gueuzegossage
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

gueuzegossage, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
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
Bottle 1,076
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.

Jeffo, Jun 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

popery, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

rjacobs6, Apr 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Khazadum, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a snifter. Bottle number 1,227. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this.

5.0 A: Dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of tan creamy/frothy head. Retention is infinitely impressive for a beer of this magnitude. It stays around a long ass time. A small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: That additional 70% in a barrel makes all the difference. This reeks of bourbon and fortunately the barrel aging was done extremely well. Leathery, peat, and spicy with melon and apple fruitiness. Somehow very minimal booze. Underneath there is brown sugar, caramel, plum and raisin fruitiness. The base beer comes off a lot more mellow that the regular Cuir, which is mellow to begin with. Still, very nice.

4.5 T: Like the nose, the bourbon makes it's presence known. Same flavors as in nose. However, the base beers is allowed to come out and it comes out strong. Tons of brown sugar to start. Raisin, plum, tobacco, date, and fig fruitiness. Caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak. Somehow this is less boozy than the regular. The only thing preventing this from getting that perfect score is the sweetness. There's simply too much of it. But, that is the way of the Bruery.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Chewy with a mild amylase build-up.

4.0 D: Very tasty sipper/desert beer. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but sometimes you are in the mood for something like that. Tonight is one of those nights.

DavoleBomb, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

leschkie, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

tjfinkle, Apr 10, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of Retsinis.

Pours a murky brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is the same with some toasted coconut flavors as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged beer that I enjoyed much more than the regular Cuir.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

seeswo, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

22oz bottle opened on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a medium to dark brown with a foamy light tan head. Good retention.

S - Carmel and boozy bourbon.

T - Carmel, vanilla, bourbon.

D - Good carbonation, medium to heavy body.

O - Bold and heavy, lot of bourbon, which is always a good thing. This one should age nicely.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 18, 2012
Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.