Cuivre | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This 2015 Anniversary Old Ale celebrates The Bruery’s 7th year and it is 100% ale aged in Bourbon Barrels. Cuivre translates to “Copper” and this beer will be packaged in 750ml bottles.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-12-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
391
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
205
Trade:
31
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Ratings: 391 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of lemmy187
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.66/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Capped and foiled 27.4 fluid ounces. Poured into a stemmed tulip. Shared this with family during our regularly scheduled Sunday dinner.
A sweet Manhattan cocktails. Also reminiscent of Southern Comfort. Drinkable in its own way, but another nice beer made lesser by barrel aging. This beer has some minor old ale characteristics, but it is now a sweet sipper of a barleywine. A desert beer. 3.5
A – Pours a dark amber, cloudy, but opaque in the glass with a two-finger brown head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Good carbonation. 3.75
S – Oxidation, spirits, vanilla and brown sugar. 4.0
T – Sweet/almost cloying, bourbon/spirits, vanilla, caramel, faint oxidation. 3.5
MF – Heavy bodied, sweet finish, warming with even a bit of heat into the sinuses. 3.75

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dshansen1184
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml foiled and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware.

Looks like a typical old ale. More carbonated than most. Nose is tobacco, molasses, brown sugar and syrup. Rich, deep and extremely aromatic. Very sweet and heavy. Beer opens black strap molasses, brown sugar and honey. Tobacco, a touch of roasted malt and more syrup in the middle with a heavy, sweet booziness lingering in the back that builds towards the front at the end. Boozy, brown sugar finish that's sticky and hot. Body is full with low carbonation. Smooth and rich on the palate and hot and rich going down. Sticky finish. Excellent for the style.

This isn't exactly something I'd have often but as a sipper, its excellent. Great flavor with a near-perfect body.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radome
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 750 ml bottle. It was sealed with a crown cap covered by a layer of plastic. Bought in 2015 and stored until September 2017.

L - Dark copper color but murky and opaque. The opacity does not seem normal and I believe it has come on during the aging process due to oxidation. Low tan head on initial pour that quickly disappears, leaving only a wisp of bubbles. Some legs on the glass like a red wine.

S - Aged sherry aromas. Leather, oak, tobacco, soy sauce, maple syrup, sherry-like alcohol. They may sound like an odd combination, but it is pleasant and inviting, although some of these notes may be from oxidation and could be bringing the beer down from its peak..

T - The tastes follow the aromas. Strong graham cracker malt with lots of oak. Underneath are tons of flavors swirling around. Leather and maple syrup and tobacco and definitely sherry. Delicious and complex, but again I wonder about the unintended effects of oxidation.

F - Medium to thick body. Low carbonation. Medium to high bitterness keeps the sweetness at bay. Strong alcohol heat and presence.

O - This must have been a world-class beer in its prime, but I regret aging it this long because the appearance (for sure) and the flavors and aromas (maybe) have been affected by aging and oxidation.

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Photo of superspak
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/5/2015. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, apple, red grape, sherry, and red wine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, peppercorn, smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Mildly increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, date, apricot, apple, red grape, sherry, and red wine; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, leather, tobacco, peppercorn, smoke, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/woody bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, molasses, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, dark fruit, cherry, apricot, apple, sherry, red wine, light chocolate/cocoa, peppercorn, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small pleasant warmth with a bit of booziness lingering after the finish, but not overwhelming. Overall this is an insane barrel aged old ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between rich malts, fruity yeast, and barrel character. Not overly drying from the ABV and barrel presence. Lacking the butterscotch notes of some previous barrel aged versions; but still nails it on all levels, with even more added complexities. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaypeajus
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polopaul20
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elemenohpee1
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of invapid
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartleby91
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage; drank 10/16/15 on draft @ Bad Apple.

Muddy brown appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Caramel, cigar tobacco & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, cigar tobacco & milk chocolate flavors up front; brandy notes on the finish. Sweet but not cloying; complex yet easy to drink. Very nice!

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Cuivre from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 391 ratings