Hoarders Cuvée (2017)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.16 | pDev: 5.29%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoarders Cuvée (2017)Hoarders Cuvée (2017)
Notes: This cuvée upended the competition at the Hoarders Cuvée blending tournament to be produced by The Bruery in 2017. Designed by Nathan Beckham and Alex Jacoby to mimic the flavors found in a pineapple upside-down cake, this cuvée is cast in a thick layer of our bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, Black Tuesday, and a sticky-sweet glaze from other bourbon barrel-aged ales, including Mash, poured over pineapples. We then mix in vanilla, maple and almond flavors to create an incomparable cuvée that melts in your mouth. This is not your mama's pineapple upside down cake. Store it cool and let it warm before serving.
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Reviews by emyers:
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emyers from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Clear amber-brown with a half inch off white head

Nose: Sweet brown sugar, caramel, some bourbon/oak. Not necessarily pineapple per se.

Taste: Much more complexity than I was getting in the nose. Caramelized sugar up front with a notable raisin presence from the Black Tuesday. Subtle almond comes through as does bourbon on the tail end. I don’t necessarily get any pineapple but very good flavor profile either way.

Feel: Full-bodied, mild carbonation. Sweet finish.

May 24, 2020
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IKR from California

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Clear medium-brown with red overtones color with a generous sized off white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar, and faint vanilla notes. It might be the power of suggestion (it's a listed adjunct) but I get a hint of pineapple at times.

Taste: Bourbon, brown sugar, and mild vanilla and almond notes. All of the flavor notes work well together and produce a nice taste profile. I like the flavor profile but perhaps time (Brewed in 2017) has resulted in a muting of some of the listed adjuncts as I was really unable to pick up the pineapple and the almond and vanilla was very faint. The alcohol presence is very restrained for the listed ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: This was a tasty Strong Ale. I would really like to have tasted this fresh but I enjoyed this one and the alcohol presence was extremely mild for the listed ABV. Without an upfront adjunct presence this beer reminds me of the Bruery Melange 3 which is a very good thing.
Edit: after letting warm I upped the taste score to 4.5 which is more appropriate

May 03, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 14, 2017
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer to be an interesting one. Basic bourbon barrel flavors, but complex like Tesla eating dinner with just the right amount of peas.


Nov 11, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud

Decent fizzy bubbly head, long legs, dark chocolate brown color

Nose dark choc cocoa, little barrel almost coconut spice barrel wood, touch maple candy thing, some vanilla barrel, caramel thing, no pineapple

Taste fair sweet candy, dark choc cocoa, caramel, vanilla, little barrel and toasted oak, a hint of canned pineapple, maple icing mostly on the back end,

Mouth fuller bod syrupy sticky plenty of warming booze, decent fluffy carb

Overall not bad, I expected much more

Sep 02, 2017
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imperialking from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 12, 2018
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 08, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The brew is an amber brown color with ruby clarity when held to the light. A firm 2 finger khaki head rests atop retaining quite well.

Aroma of toasted coconut, maple, vanilla, oak and caramel. As it warms and breathes some fruity pineapple emerges.

Taste has a spicy oak compinent, pineapple, maple, caramel and bourbony booze.

Medium to fuller in body with ample carbonation. A pretty tasty sipper.

Aug 22, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown with a thin brown head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of light barrel barrel coconut, some brown sugar, little vanilla and almond butter. Decent alcohol burn as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice vanilla notes, sweeter nutty almond. Good bourbon aspects and some coconut. Fair amount of sweet canned pineapple.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, a bit thin and boozy.

O - Overall this was a rather solid beer, it does deliver what it provides. Quite nice.

Serving Type: bottle

Sep 02, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one of those beers I thought was terrible on paper but actually turned out to be enjoyable.

Pours black, clearly has some Black Tuesday to it, but slightly lighter color than that, there is some of those dark brown anniversary ales in here diluting the black hole appearance darkness wise somewhere half between BT and anny beers. The aroma is a nondescript sweeter Black Tuesday. Surprised to see an almost 1/2" beige head. Can't say that pineapple was revealing itself here, but that is prolly the sweetness I'm picking up.

Taste pushed about the sweetest version of Black Tuesday, but the anniversary ale portion still pushes its bourbon drenched cracker jack like toffee note. Plenty of vanilla smoothness. Detecting maple more than pineapple. Pineapple just having a tough time cracking through all the heft. Even getting the nuttiness of walnut and almond more than the pineapple. But I think its contribution was a different kind of sweet that made the mouth feel so easy on this huge beer. This is a solid sipper that would have made bigger waves if it was from a smaller geographically obscure kind of brewery.

Aug 24, 2020
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shoegueuze from California

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 11, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gold wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled. Served in a Bruery snifter. Enjoyed 1/26/18.

Pours a rich, deep burgundy with a two and a half finger cap of pale tan head. As with so many other high abv Bruery beers retention amounts to pretty much nothing. That cherry mahogany glow under the light is beautiful though.

Sweet, inviting aromas of bourbon, pineapple glaze, vanilla, marzipan, maple and caramel.

Layers of boozey, delicious flavor. Cooked sugar, bourbon, cocoa, pineapple liqueur, spirit-soaked oak, marzipan, vanilla and maple, all with a hearty helping of warming alcohol.

Syrupy full feel with light carbonation. The boozey sweet finish holds notes of bourbon glazed pineapple marzipan fudge cake.

These Hoarders Cuvées are a really neat concept from The Bruery. Allowing their “high rollers” to construct their own “melange” of sorts. Well this one is particularly delicious and I’m glad to have been one of the relative few to get to try it.

Mar 26, 2018
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jschott75 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 04, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Feb 16, 2019
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Erik-P from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 12, 2017
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 10, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 2017, obviously, so it's time to see what a bit of age has done to all of the additive flavors. Not a whole lot, as it turns out. For whatever reason, Bruery beers with added flavors seem to age well in my experience. Still plenty of vanilla and almond to provide a rich, cake batter impression, and the pineapple is subtle but still quite present. I don't get much in the way of a maple glaze, so maybe that's tailed off a bit. But overall, still top shelf and worthy of the Hoarder's name--this is a fun blend. It would be tough to go wrong with a blend of Black Tuesday and Mash, but the additives here really do play their parts well.

Mar 09, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky-looking amber brown color with a fat finger of tan head. Dissipates to a thick crown with a wispy island in the center, but no lacing.

Sweet, barleywine-like aroma with bourbon, fig, vanilla, almond and light, cakey malt.

Sweet tasting as well, with maple and hints of pineapple, and a heavy hit of almond. A kiss of alcohol burn, a hint of bitter bakers chocolate and a dull, but surprisingly strong, hop bitterness in the background keep it from being cloying. There's some fig and other dark fruit -- almost like a mix of grape jelly and red wine -- that linger in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, slightly sticky, slightly creamy feel.

This is supposed to be inspired by a pineapple upside down cake. Not sure I would have picked up on the pineapple in this if I didn't know to look for it. It's still a great, sticky-sweet multi-flavored barleywine mash up.

Oct 08, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to what is essentially a black beer which is topped by a dense and rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of huge dark chocolate, vanilla, almonds, brown sugar, and oak with a hint of pineapple
T: Taste is vanilla, dark chocolate, almonds, caramel, a touch of pineapple, maple, oak, roasted malts, brown sugar sweetness and a hint of coffee. On the swallow there's more vanilla, almonds, maple, oak, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and slight pineapple sweetness.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with a sticky and syrupy feel. Carbonation is slightly effervescent but it is adequate for the style while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. It's hellaciously sweet though so it's a bit much for one person to drink by themselves. The beer does have a lot of complexity and a fairly balanced flavor profile. At this stage in its life everything is integrated really well and the beer is enjoyable to drink. Worth a try.

May 23, 2020
Hoarders Cuvée (2017) from The Bruery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 19 ratings