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Old Ale
4.18 | pDev: 11.48%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Cuir is our third anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier, but again created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale.
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle # 2424.
Look: mostly clear, dark copper. Some reddish head on the pour that mostly dissipates.
Smell: dark fruits, toffee, hints of bourbon.
Taste: much like the nose. Brown sugar, molasses. Super, super smooth.

Sep 21, 2021
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Kendo from New York

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Day 2 of "Raid Your Cellar During COVID-19 Quarantine." Last night it was a 15-year-old Brooklyn Monster Ale (barleywine), tonight it's a roughly 9-year-old Old Ale.

Consumed on 4/8/20. Cellar-aged for a couple years, but it's been in my beer fridge for quite some time.

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, the body is clear mahogany-amber when backlit, more chestnut brown when the light's removed. A 1-finger khaki-colored head rests on top, but dissipates quickly.

S: Nice nose of dried fruits (figs, raisins & prunes), molasses and brown sugar, and a touch of caramel malt. Also notes of ripe apples & cider.

T: Follows the nose, with a caramel malt/toffee foundation followed by molasses, licorice, apple cider, and dried fruits - raisins and prunes, primarily. Touch of vanilla, oak and bourbon, but not a lot. The 14.5% ABV is noted in belly, but not on the palate at all. Age has likely mellowed this one.

M: A bit oily and slick - any carbonation that was there at birth has largely disappeared over the intervening years, notwithstanding that nice head I got on the pour.

O: This has aged well - a nice sipper that will warm your soul.

Apr 08, 2020
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

030620 Frothy tan head billows above the ruby-brown pour. Caramellic wafts lead to barrel notes and a pleasant earthiness.
The aroma develops as it warms as this brew has been cooped up since 2011.
Very smooth mouthfeel and tastes of caramel, raisin bread, fig, with light apple notes and a touch of clove. Thanks for the opportunity David and Doug!

Mar 07, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. An 8 year aged keg, let's go! Opaque and languid brown with only a skinny tan ring. So much toffee aroma, with booze, barley, fig, molasses, leather, bourbon, and brown sugar. Taste opens up into a syrupy, boozy and chewy body. This feel gives the flavors from the smell time to sit on the palate and play, luxurious and potent. The toffee, bourbon (even after all these years) and the dark fruit stand out the most. I miss the days when the bruery was killing it like this consistently

Dec 12, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp in January of 2019. Pours dark brown with substantial head. Nose is heavy oxidation, dark fruits, and a bit of toffee. Not overly appealing. Taste is better than the nose. Nice notes of toffee, Belgian yeast, bread, nuts, dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Overall, this has held up well despite a not-so-nice nose.

Jan 13, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown which is nearly black topped by a finger and a half of dense light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of toffee, raisins, caramel, light fruitiness, and a hint of licorice
T: Taste is toffee and caramel with raisins and some licorice. Other spice notes come in at times as well. Nice fruitiness from the Bruery house yeast as well along with a slight vanilla. Swallow is more caramel and vanilla with a hint of oak along with some lingering dark fruits, raisins and spice.
M: This beer is big and slightly chewy in the mouth with soft carbonation that is adequate for the style. The beer has a drying finish which is to be expected for the style.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and some very nice complexity. This one isn't showing the slightest hint of oxidation either which is very nice. These are definitely drinking very well and I still have one left. Lucky me.

Sep 16, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Originally purchased for my 1,300th review on BA. It was not to be. This was pulled from "the cellar" of my local specialty beer shop. The third anniversary ale, brewed in 2011. Bottle # 05739 Black wax seal. Let's see how well it's aged in 6 years in the cellar.

A Very cloud and opaque brownish color with some red hues. Mocha foam cap is pretty thick and short but smooth and dense. recedes pretty fast. Only a thing ring is left.

The aroma has some oxidation hints..mainly wet cardboard. Then it's, smokey oak, old leather with spicy tones, herbal and earthy. The aroma is actually very complex. Mild chocolate and spices , toffee with wet earhy notes and heady, woody malt. Blackberries pop out later on.

75% new ale blended with 25% very old ale from Bourbon Barrels. The flavor is amped up in complexity! The malt layers is unreal. First, very sweet tones of maple syrup with tons of Bourbon Barrel boozy notes, smokey oak and vanilla, sugared dates, ovetly ripe dark fruits, boozy heat tingle, some sour tones from the hops and or yeast combo. Very "Sweet N Sour" overall, multiple flavor aspects derived just from the Bourbon Barrels, especially the oak and maple syrup. Earthy, herbal balance rides on in the finish with a slightly bitter, earthy ending. The malt flavor's just mutate and change in your mouth and as you swallow. Amazing depth of charecter.

The actually very "alive" for an Old Ale and especially for a 6 year old! A decent bite, hot booze tingle but very full and heavy. Oily slick
Long and smooth and kinda dry in the finish.

Take your time with this one. The 14.5 % abv is no joke. A true sipper. The sweet and sour effect is very intense. You will find the overall complexity in all catagories to be a real challenge to experience. Only very mature audiences can attend this tasting!

Jul 11, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Lots of toffee/caramel aroma with a light barrel presence.

A: Dark brown color, opaque, with a thin tan head that dissipates into the glass.

T: Very rich malts with toffee/caramel notes, light dried fruits with a moderate barrel character with a sweet finish.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. The alcoholic strength is noticeable, but quite smooth.

O: Awesome; the beer doesn’t exhibit oxidative notes, but the extended aging has also tempered the intense alcoholic warmth to really bring out the rich malt complexity.

May 24, 2017
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Popped open a 750-mL bottle I've been holding onto for god knows when. Poured into my Bruery snifter. Looks a muddy Amber color with some brownish off white head that quickly vanishes to some soapy bubbles. Bottle presentation was very nice with wax over standard bottle cap.

Smells of cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar and molasses. There's a hint of some bourbon in there with light oak. Smells a little boozy but I'm guessing it has certainly mellowed over the years.

Very sweet upfront with almost a syrupy or candied texture. Lots of brown sugar, sweet cherries, and molasses. A hint of bourbon & oak. Surprisingly smooth for 14.5% abv. Very full bodied & mellow although the booze does warm the throats after the 3rd or 4th sip. Sort of reminds me of cough medicine.

Was worried about drinking this bottle all to myself but the smoothness really makes it quite approachable. I wish it had less cough syrup flavor, maybe more bourbon or more hops to add a tad more bitterness? This beer seems to have aged well. I only wonder how it was fresh.

Apr 08, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage; drank 4/1/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque brown/orange appearance.

Nice khaki head; decent lace.

Caramel & brandy notes in the nose.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Caramel & brandy flavors up front; dry raisin notes on the finish. Surprisingly light on booze heat. Simple, but a nice treat.

Feb 20, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft at the Bruery Tasting Room as part of Orange County Beer Week. Really enjoyed this in the bottle over the years, but it seems to be past its prime; the pour I had exhibited all of the usual trademark flavors of The Bruery's anniversary ales, but it was heavily oxidized.

Jun 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Brown color, not as pretty looking as a lot of Bruiry beers. Small 1/8" head. Tan. Aroma is awesome, chocolate, vanilla, oak, coconut, brown malt, warming alcohol. Well done. Anniversary beers are legit.

Taste was the first in the series to get good at hiding the alcohol unlike the previous two iterations. Toffee and caramel is this series hallmark, liquid cracker jacks with booze. Sweetness is perfect for helping the mouthfeel flow. Syrup and leather.

Complex and well integrated. Good beer, time to pop one of the 100% -bal ones soon.

Feb 01, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a very dark brown color with solid 2 fingers light khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma of raisons sweet caramel, molasses, dry toasty malt, booze and some papery oxidative qualities.

Tastes raisony, toasty malt, cocoa, molasses and slight herbal character. Some oxidative notes pushing through adding great complexity and focus on the dryer side of the maltiness present.

This is full bodied and modestly carbonated. Great balance of booze, malt, herbal and oxidative qualities. This bottle is 5 years old at the time im opening it but it actually tastes older than that and im really digging it. (I assume this is the product of the solera method of blending/aging.)

Revisit 12 hours after opening for another 8oz pour:
Less carbonation which actually feels more fitting of this big beer giving it a richer, creamier feel. Papery oxidation initially that gives way to lots of fruit like raison/prunes and a seemingly completely masked alcohol inclusion. The aftertaste has a bit of fall foliage feel with herbal bitterness contrasting the caramelized sugars.

Jan 11, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle. 4 years old.
Very fruity aroma featuring dried plums and other dark fruits. Bitter and sweet with a touch of tartness.
Warming but not hot.

Dec 06, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Cuir 2011, consumed in August 2015. Surprisingly drinkable despite the crazy ABV.

Sweet ma non troppo, wonderful aroma of raisins, burnt sugar and Pedro Ximenez.

Not heavy; age is good for this beauty... although I wouldn't wait too long to drink a '11 vintage.

Sep 14, 2015
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thatoneguymike from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My lady and I have a tradition of drinking the anniversary series with our corresponding anniversary, and we happily drank this last night with our meal.

Dark and beautiful, smells of toffee, oak and brown sugar, this thing tasted like a thing of joy. Just a wonderful, sweet but boozy, and totally in a good way taste. The stickiness of the mouthfeel matches the way this thing looks and and warms the indsides.

After we were somewhat let down with Coton, Cuir was a standup release and was a wonderful way to mark three years strong together. Another fantastic release from The Bruery.

May 31, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank in early 2015 at a little over 3 and a half years old.

Appearance: leathery mahogany color. a small half a finger yellowish tan head with fairly strong retention. super hazy with some sediment floating around. completely opaque.

Smell: sherry, caramel, toffee, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar and dark fruits. some slight cardboard has developed and has some alcohol presence.

Taste: opens with a strong sherry taste along with some booze. lots of sweetness comes through with notes of caramel, toffee, molasses and maple syrup. some alcohol. oxidation is certainly a factor in this beer but only a little cardboard flavor.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and heavy. strong stickiness.

Overall: this one has certainly aged well though I believe it may have peaked and be heading back the downslope. oxidation at this point is a mostly (~85%) good factor to the taste but it is showing hints of negative aspects.

Jan 26, 2015
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wethorseblanket from California

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New review for an old bottle (Number 03258). Pours a dark crimson-edged brown under a quickly faded tan head which lingers at the rim and leaves a few spots. Aroma is rum, bourbon-soaked raisins, vanilla, brown sugar/molasses, toasted grains, and fusel alcohol. Flavor is similar to the nose with some mellow oxidation and dark cherry notes. Full body, and semi-moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet, syrupy, boozy, bourbon vanilla, oak. Aged well, this one.

Oct 15, 2014
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep burgundy color with a thick toffee colored ring of lacing around the glass, mild carbonation.

S - Dark maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, musty, oak, and some dark fruit and sweet molasses.

T - Some sweet dark tart fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, light smoky oak, and some cherry acidity. Initially I was getting some roasted toffee on the palate but that quickly faded away and was replaced with the acidic tart cherry notes.

M - Finish is very dry but because of the presence of some tart acidity the dry finish quickly turns to semi-dry, then disappears. Velvet consistency across the tongue, thick, viscous, and lip smacking sticky.

O - With the bottle being (3+) years old it's expected the flavors and aroma have been muted.
In it's current state, predominantly oak, tart fruit, and Bourbon. If anyone likes to cellar bottles and has one of these left, I wouldn't let it sit much longer.

Apr 08, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Cuir" is the French word for leather and, indeed, this Old Ale looks slightly worn but still tough; despite a very murky complexion a beautiful, glistening amber colour persists. Even its head is firm and durable - an incredibly impressive feat given its makeup (blended and barrel-aged), age (2 years), and strength (a whopping 14.5%).

The Bruery's anniversary ales (such as this one) are made using the Solera method, which is a process of retaining some liquid from every batch or vintage and blending it into the next one. Over the years, the average age of the product - and, by association, its complexity and uniqueness - is gradually increased.

For those keeping count, Cuir is the third release made in this fashion and, as result, certainly gives us lots to ponder over. The aroma alone is a dizzying (somewhat literally given the alcohol) array of candied fruits, cherries, dark toffee, nut brittle, and vinous esters of a very sherry-like nature.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the excitement stirred up by the bouquet but does introduce a slight tartness in the form of a prominent choke cherry flavour. The burnt sugar and dark fruit profile continues but truthfully isn't as tasty as it sounds. Still, if there were scores for uniqueness and intensity, this would certainly earn the highest marks in those categories.

There are some techniques in the brewing process (i.e., decoction mash) that can be quite demanding. Tossing your beer in a bourbon barrel, however, is incredibly easy relative to how much complexity it affords; the effort-to-pay out ratio is huge. It makes for a beer that's strong but sublime. This one shows off oaky, slightly oxidated nuances of vanilla and sherry.

Cuir is a beer of technical virtuosity and inspired brilliance. I not only think the 'solera anniversary' offerings is a neat project, I know from trying a few that it makes for notably interesting and special ales as well. These beers come with a hefty price tag but they're worth it (and also worthy of a spot in the cellar next to your prized Bordeaux or vintage Champagne).

Feb 22, 2014
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artoolemomo from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Received with very little head which obviously can't have much retention. The head is a light beige while the body is a mix of burgundy and chestnut brown that appears as a dark amber/maroon when held up to the light.

Nose- Very mild. Some light peach, mango perhaps, a hint of mustiness. Even leather. Swirling doesn't reveal much except a certain creaminess. Peach is almost apricot or pear. I'm sure this reveals nothing about the actual profile but it's interesting in its subtlety nonetheless.

Taste- The nose is somewhat of an indication of what this beer is going to be like- starts off with subtle fruit esters that pretty much pinpoint the fruit flavors I enjoy- peach, apricot, and pear. But pear seems to be at the forefront which is almost a godsend for me. Even the pear ciders and pear brandies I've had seem to pale in regard to the actual but this expresses the delightful sublimity of that fruit. What's more is that I wasn't expecting this flavor profile. Even more surprising is that this beer expresses absolutely no booze. Some light cherry, a continued bit of peach, but this seems pear dominated. Slight notes of woodiness but this doesn't match the given description at all and I don't care. This beer isn't all that complex but the delicacy is amazing. Such great balance and integration with a flavor note that I find irresistible. Some hints of spice on the finish. Pepper, cinnamon, coriander. The woodiness is almost pine, suggestions of cedar. It's just enough of a contrasting note to prevent this beer from devolving into pure decadence. Easily a great beer. Too bad that this is probably the only time I will ever drink it, but what can you do? As it opens, slight notions of the real heat start to appear but not as much as it should.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with very heavy notes of syrup. It drinks light juice and has some creaminess. Light carbonation. A tad bit of zing. Great overall structure.

Drinkability- It's a good thing this beer costs so much- it's that good. At points, it's not even recognizable as a beer. Slight tangy notes and tiny indications of heat separate it from a blend of pear/apricot/peach juice but not by much. 9 bucks is the highest price I've ever paid for so small a pour but I understand. Not only are these beers 30 bucks a 750mL but this beer also has some age on it. To simplify: it's worth it.

Overall- Great beer- I'm glad that I saved the best for last. I wasn't sure when I saw the rather slight rating of about 4.2 for a Bruery Anniversary beer but now I know it's partially because of the flavor profile. My favored tastes are not others but finally, a beer hits my really specific favorites. Plus it'll get you really drunk. How can you lose? A must try- as in, it's a must if you come across it. When will you get another chance?

Jan 25, 2014
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draheim from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL (bottle 02505) into a snifter. Pours a crystal-clear ruby mahogany w/ a surprisingly big khaki head that settles to a velvety film. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is fruity and sweet. Brown sugar, black cherries, molasses, rum-soaked pipe tobacco, caramel, vanilla.

Taste follows nose. Rich and complex, sweet and syrupy; maybe just a touch too sweet. Lots of sugars evident. Brown sugar, molasses, candied yams, raisins, caramel, toffee, bing cherries, pipe tobacco, and just a touch of alcohol heat... the list goes on, almost infinitely.

Mouthfeel is, not surprisingly, sticky and chewy, coating. Lingering aftertaste. The opposite of crisp and refreshing. A true sipper of a beer, dessert in a glass. This one will last the rest of the evening.

Overall about what I expected. I prefer Fruet, but this one is clearly in the same family. If it wasn't *so* sweet I'd probably give it higher marks, but it's still an interesting beer to carefully contemplate.

Jan 05, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml brown glass (black glass?) bottle with black wax-ed over branded pry-off pressure cap and classy brown/tan label acquired at a SoCal bottle shop over a year ago and served into a Verdugo Bar stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. The wax took some time to remove given its thickness. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; I hated Fruet and haven't been big on the other beers in this series that I've tried. Reviewed as an old ale. Bottle #01082. 14.5% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a carbonation hiss upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Head retention is pretty good for the high ABV - about 5-6 minutes - pretty impressive. Uneven lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head has a nice even consistency, but could definitely be softer.

Body colour is a dull nontransparent vaguely translucent dark brown with amber hues. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's sort of a mediocre appearance for an old ale. It don't look like much.

Sm: Toffee, caramel, heavy malty sweetness, and nice bourbon notes (vanilla, light oak, wood) are the first things I notice. I also pick up English malts, cream, milky notes, faint leather, tobacco, and burnt sugars. Some dark fruit does land - mainly plum, fig, and maybe raisin/grape.

Any hop character has definitely faded. I don't pick up any yeast character, in spite of its lack of filtration. It's certainly got some booziness, but I wouldn't call it hot. More a pleasant warmth - at least in the aroma.

It's an imposing, powerful aroma of mild strength. I'm a bit cautious going in given the alcohol and my experience with other beers in this series.

T: The bourbon notes are by far the highlight for me; I get some nice vanilla, reticent oak, and some intangible barrel notes that are enjoyable.

Sadly, the base beer isn't quite up to par. It's a loosely cohesive mess of caramel, toffee, cream, milky notes, biscuit malt, brown malts, English malts, bread crust, faint dark fruit (plum and fig), faint tobacco, and buried leather. A kiss of fruitcake. Sure, there's more going on here than in your typical brew, but it isn't well balanced, and there's certainly little subtlety. The tobacco and leather lend it some nuance. I wouldn't call it intricate. It isn't particularly well layered. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Any hop character is long gone. I also don't find any yeasty notes.

While I'm not sure I'd out and say I like it, I do think it's the most approachable of the anniversary series I've had so far. the sweetness isn't too out of control, but it is sugary as hell. I can almost feel my teeth rotting just drinking it.

Mf: Has some nice albeit sparse creaminess. Well-carbonated. It isn't as full-bodied as its anniversary brethren, nor is it quite as thick. Smooth and wet. Sticky, almost syrupy. It does have some boozy warmth which limits the drinkability.

Not at all stale, chewy, oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.

Overall, the texture suits the taste pretty well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Absolutely a sipper, but I'm actually not dreading killing this bottle like I thought I might. This is definitely the best Bruery anniversary beer I've tried so far, and renews my faith a bit in the series overall. That said, it's still far from world-class and I remain dumbfounded by its high ratings. Far from a stellar old ale; honestly, I prefer North Coast's Old Stock Ale. I'd never buy this again at its unreasonable price point and I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little old ale from The Bruery and will certainly get you drunk. I recommend splitting with friends.

A powerful old ale that will get you knackered but won't knock your socks off. The bourbon barrel notes offer infinitely more likable character than the base beer, begging the question - why use this base at all?

It does improve as it comes to temperature, and drinks as well as I can imagine from a tulip.


Dec 31, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2011 anniversary
The Bruery tulip

A: Murky reddish brown. Not a lot of head. Not a lot of lacing. Lower carbonation. Alcohol feet are there.

S: Dark fruits. Booze. Sweet malts. Toffee. Doesn't smell AS oxidized as the Papier but this has to do with the age. I love the nose on these.

T: Flavor is similar to Papier but a little less oxidized. Lots of dark fruit. Some brown sugar. Very sweet malty goodness. Vanilla and toffee. Touches of leather and some tobacco behind it all. Finish is long.

M: Full bodied. Chewy.

Nov 18, 2013
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HookemHoos from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter at a bottle share from a 750 ml bottle.

A: Pours a redish orange color with a minimal amount of carbonation.

S: The smell was very boozy with notes of vanilla and caramel.

T: Taste follows with the smell and was very boozy. The caramel and vanilla follow through.

O: Overall it's a very good beer. Same as with the other anniversary beers, it is best enjoyed among friends. Tackling this by yourself would be a massive challenge.

Nov 18, 2013
Cuir from The Bruery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 608 ratings