Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) | The Bruery

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Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)Cuir (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 05-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of davod23
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy jumping fuckin' shitballs, this is a great beer. Poured into my Bruery snifter from the bottle while watching Drag Me to Hell (I salute you, Sam Raimi).

Deep brownish crimson, perfect clarity when held up to the light, impressive cap of tan foam that just never seems to completely go away. Nice legs when swirled. Oh, and I really like the bottle/label/wax on this too, which is just a bonus. Awesome.

Smell is outstanding. Candy aromas abound - toffee, caramel, rum raisin, perhaps a bit of generic nuttiness, booze, and a good amount of vanilla and bourbon to round it out. Awesome.

Taste... is to die for. Ye gods. This series is incredible, and seems to keep getting better. I had a bottle of the BA Coton a couple weeks ago and was floored, and I think this is better. Big bourbon, figs and raisins, toffee crunch, caramel, and a big spoonful of vanilla cream. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Full, rich, not quite syrupy, long lasting finish. Perfect amount of carbonation. Awesome.

Overall: Did I mention this beer is awesome? Black Tuesday might want to move over, I may have a new favorite from the Bruery.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown, crisp caramel, tight white bubbles. Nice foam cap.

S-Caramel, toffee and a little heat.

T-Sweet dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and heat. Tasty.

M-Thick, creamy and perfectly carbed.

O- Fucking delicious. The high ABV is well integrated into the beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottles arrived today and I wasted no time in cracking right into them, poured into a darkness snifter. Glad to have shared this with myself at my nightly tastings in my living room with my wife and my cat.

deep, dark brown. color emerged almost immediately. Entirely opaque, except for a few hints of light on the sides and bottom that showed off a bit of a reddish hue. The head was small, maybe an inch at first and then settling down

hints of vanilla and bourbon, swirling around with caramel, roasted malts and a deep, sweet profile, decadent Lots of lightly blended bourbon flavors, nothing over the top or really heavy, this was wonderfully accented, and essentially perfection. Started with a rolling touch of caramel, and sugary roasted malts that were accented by touches of vanilla and oak. Hints of some earthy, touches rolled into it as well. Long lasting flavor of bourbon, with a touch of peppery spice on the finish. Luscious Mouthfeel was really just the icing as it came off full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth sipper, this was easily the nightcap on the evening and needed to be enjoyed over the long haul which It was.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #2374. Out of a wine glass.

A- Pours a nice clear dark brown color. There is a healthy tannish head, which is surprising for a beer of this nature.

S- A sweet smell of molassas, brown sugar, and malt. Bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of tobacco are all there. Despite the high ABV, there is not really any booziness.

T- Wow, this is great. Very crisp and smooth at first, then hits a heavy sweetness. Molassas, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and even some hints of chocolate. The bourbon blending is excellent, and really enhances the flavor of the beer.

M- Perfect all around. Nice mouthfeel, while still keeping a great level of carbonation for the style. The flavor just continues to dance around in my mouth.

O- Wow. My second BA Bruery offering, and this one is stellar. I've had Coton, and this is definitely a better take of The Bruery's Old Ale. I imagine this could smooth out a bit with some time, and maybe drop some sweetness. This is amazing just how it is now though.


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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is chestnut brown with an oily, tan head. The beer looks viscous. The head settles to an eighth inch or so and holds, leaving a thick sheet of lacing that gently cascades down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is fabulous. A huge blast of bourbon and vanilla, with some sweet malts, toffee, caramel, booze, and oak. Sublime.

The taste is equally fabulous. Delicious vanilla and bourbon flavors take center stage. Just effortless to drink. I could imagine finishing the bottle solo.

Silky smooth feel. It's shocking that this beer is 14.5% abv, as it certainly doesn't come off as hot in any way.

Overall, stellar. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Overlord
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, semi hazy brown with a surprisingly robust and long-lasting deep tan head ... maybe half an inch in height. Surprising given the -bal aging and abv content. Really nice, and the bubbling mouthfeel despite the heavy, syrupy consistency was surprising as well.

Smells phenomenal. Just dead-on perfect. The Bruery really nailed the anniversary series with this iteration, and I can only hope future versions will be as good. Bourbon mixed with a bit of dark, burnt molasses, whipped toffee'ed caramel, a touch of ... raisins? ... along with brown sugar and drizzled sugar cakes. And BOURBON.

Taste is also excellent, with the deep bourbon background blending marvelously with the oh-so-sweet caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit background, and a bit of ... I don't know ... nutty bourbon-i-ness.

Just a fantastic beer. Epic, and I shall seek more.

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Photo of jlb502
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #0664, shared in line at the CBS release graciously by Koufax21. Thanks!! 750ml bottle poured into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a hazy amber and yellow mixture with some nice legs up the glass. Little head the subsides into a thin ring and leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Oak and vanilla with a nice sweetness. Very subtle bourbon and some dark cherries. Great smell.

T: I was blown away. Sweet buttery caramel and subtly bourbon are the most present (no heat though). Slight dark fruit sweetness as well. Nice twinges of oak pop up as well.

M: So drinkable for being almost 15%! The heat was so well hidden and it really was nice. Just enough carbonation to be lively and left a great sweetness.

O: I was blown away. The drinkability was outstanding and the flavors in the taste were just so well balanced. The barrel really did wonders for this beer. This really was delicious and a big thanks to Koufax21 for sharing this bottle!

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle 17,0% Abv. (Though my bottle lists the Abv at 14,5%)
Served lightly chilled and split between an over sized wine glass and a snifter.
Bottle number 764

A massive thanks to futura123 for sending this bottle my way.

Appearance: Bourbon barrel-aged Cuir appears a medium brown in the glass, with a back light revealing the body to in fact be a very deep red with bright golden edges. A rough pour yields a massive beige coloured head (so much for the idea that a high Abv. and barrel aging kill head formation) that displays good retention, but doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell: Ah man, this smells amazing - the extra 75% barrel aging has worked wonders for this beer! The nose if astoundingly complex and displays the perfect balance between barrel character and the base beer. Notes include: Bourbon, soft vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, butterscotch, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of nose tingling alcohol (though that is to be expected from a 17% monster like this), a touch of maple, apples cooked in brown sugar, raisins, figs, dates and a note that is reminiscent of leather.

Taste: Holy balls, this is insane! The flavour takes all the components of the nose and just makes them more intense! The initial flavour is very sweet (just what I like), with sweet caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon and brown sugar all easily noted. Decadent bourbon soaked fruits (raisins, figs, dates and stewed plums) soon join the picture, along with a hint of maple, some oak and an earthy, almost leathery character. There is a little alcohol present, but rather than hinder the flavour it helps to temper the sweetness and keep the beer drinkable.

Mouthfeel: The level of carbonation (medium or just over) is a little high for my tastes, however it is sufficiently smooth that it is not really a big deal. The body is just shy of full and quite sticky.

Overall: 100% Bourbon Barrel-aged Cuir is easily one of the best old ales that I have had - the extra 75% barrel aging makes a world of difference and lifts a good beer into the world class category. I was a little hesitant to open this one on my own, however it was so good I had no problem hammering the entire bottle and would happily do so again!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to drabmuh for opening this one up before the Fantome tasting. Served in a Fantome glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with a good tan head. Bubbly foam and some spotty lacing. The nose brings strong bourbon with oak and vanilla. Some candied pineapple and light cherry as well. Great integration with dark fruits and a bit of sherry. Cherry and coconut come through especially as it warms. Medium body with low carbonation. No boozy; chewy and delicious. Incredible.

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Photo of remhaze
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Real dark rich sweet beer. It's a perfect beer to drink small portion of, perhaps with some cheese/pretzel type of pairing. I can't wait to age this. It's perfect to drink in the next two years.

Quick! buy a bottle to age! This is definitely one of those beers.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 top Old Ale on the Top Beers - Old Ale list. Additionally it is the #2 beer on the Top Beers - New and the #79 beer on the Top Beers - United States, this will be on the top 100 soon, it is that good. Served in a Bruery tulip because I can.

Beer is mildly hazy and brown, dark brown but not black, thin off white head of small bubbles, low carbonation but decent retention, minimal lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is wow, bourbon, sweetness, candy, strength, vanilla, alcohol but not boozy. Smells awesome.

These barrel aged anniversary beers keep getting better and better. Seriously. I love this beer. Medium bodied, a little thin on the back, but the flavors are liquor, oak, vanilla, sweet candy, caramel, it all plays together so well, it is deserving of this praise.

On a side note, you need a blow torch to get through the wax.

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Photo of spycow
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks Agentzero. Pours a dark hazy brown with minimal lacing. Smells unbelievable of candy, raisin, tobacco, and vanilla. Immediately can taste the bourbon, dates, figs, other dark fruits but can't really taste the alcohol which hard to believe at such a high abv. A smooth and syrupy feel that goes down easily with a long finish of so many flavors. Overall, another good iteration of the 100% -bal anniversary version. A must try and definitely better than the regular version and a definite recommend!

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Photo of jegross2
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the 100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Cuir from The Bruery. A hearty thank you to BeerAdvocate user FrankenBrew for sharing this one with me!
Score: 97

2011 vintage bottle served in a CBS snifter glass.

Appearance: Cuir is a dark caramel, mostly opaque color with yellow-brown highlights at the top of the body. Pours a thin foggy layer of cream-colored head that quickly settles into a thin bubbly ring around the glass. Minimal lacing. 4/5

Smell: Oak, red grapes and maple. Bourbon and vanilla too. A little boozy. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex and sweet, but not overly sweet. This is a very balanced brew. Brown sugar and red grape hit up front. Then lots of bourbon flavors without the alcohol bite coat the mid-palate. Yum! As the beer layers, dark fruits flavors gradually grow, with lots of fig and raisin on the mid-palate. Lots of raisin flavor! A little oaky too. The finish is bourbon without the alcohol bite, raisins and a twist of vanilla. This is absolutely one of the most delicious tasting beers that I have ever had and it is surprisingly smooth and balanced for a barrel aged beer -- especially one that is 14.5% ABV. The alcohol was apparent in the nose, but is hidden in the flavor. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Thick and tasty. Finishes sweet. 4.5/5

Overall: An absolutely brilliant beer -- possibly the best Old Ale that I have ever had. Cuir is a bit pricey, but it is well worth the cost.

Recommendation: Even casual beer drinkers will be able to appreciate this brew. Beer geeks need to seek this limited-release brew out and wallow in its robust complexities.

Pairings: Chocolate and caramel brownies.

Cost: $35 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review is from notes

This was one of my bottles from my Reserve Society allocation that I brought to a small bottle share (5 of us in total)

A: After using a wine foil cutter to get the wax off (works really well by the way), popping the cap, and poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass, the beer pours a cloudy brown, with a semi ruby red hue. A small, quarter inch of tan cream colored headed formed, and then dissipated to just a ring of bubbles. The beer coats the glass like milk.

S: Wonderful scents, aromas, and layers of bourbon, brown sugar, oak, honey, and a touch of apricots.

T: Let me put it this way, I'd step over ten naked women to get at a pint of this! Bourbon, vanilla, candied figs, honey, oak, caramel, and a touch of toffee. Beautifully layered, mirroring the nose, and just a great beer to savor. As usual with Bruery barrel aged beers, the beer does not taste hot, or anywhere near as strong as it is.

M: Sticky, light to medium carbonation, viscous.

O: Delicious! Pure Decadence, wow! We let this warm a good 30-45 minutes before we popped it, in a no window, 65 degree or so bar where we were doing a bottle share. I also felt that the anniversary series is increasing in complexity, as intended with the blends of the older vintages as well. What else can I say that many don't already know, the Bruery really knows what they are doing with their barrel treatments of their beer.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night with an anniversary ale vertical. I've had the 25/75 version before, and I liked the 100% bourbon barrel aged much better. I feel the 100% bourbon barrel aged version gives you more of the barrel characteristics which go extremely well with the old ale base. Once again, another home run from The Bruery.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From 11/05/11 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this one; thanks a ton Matt. One of my favorite beers from the tasting. Poured into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a reddish mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty good, exactly like what I remember the normal base Cuir looking like.

s - Smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet dark fruits, raisins, and caramel malts. Ton of bourbon but the sweetness comes through as well. Great nose.

t - Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, and liquor. More vanilla here than the nose, which I like a lot, and stilla ton of bourbon. Once again, very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and just a tiny bit hot, but considering the barrel aging and ABV it isn't bad at all. Scarily easy going down.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome barrel aged old ale, and thought it was a TON better than the base Cuir. I found it the tiniest bit hot, but I liked that, and think it must be close to its peak already. A ton of bourbon and vanilla in the nose and taste, which I always love. Huge fan of this one and looking to the future variations; would love to get a bottle and have again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with beeruser, funkydelic, StayWhatYouAre2, 67couple, and others at a recent tasting graciously hosted by beeruser! This was tasted side-by-side with regular version! Bottle #1335! Served from bottle into a Duvel Parra tulip. Poured a deep red brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, big oak, subtle sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent. This was surprisingly one of the highlights on the night for everyone involved in the tasting. You could not pick out very much of the base brew in this one at all if I'm honest. And dark chocolate!? Are you kidding me!? Really well done brew from the Bruery once again. So glad I shelled out the money to be in the Reserve Society this year and this brew reminds me why I am.

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Photo of maximum12
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to msulinski for this bottle, a great trader in a state that seems to breed a lot of 'em. I loved the regular version of Cuir, so I've been looking forward to this one, & have an option on two more bottles (from another fine Pennsylvania trader, oddly enough). Big, expensive 750 ML bottle poured into a small glass, other half goes into the fridge for my hard-working wife.

Let me say that the gold wax was perfect...not like the finger-slicing Cuir waxing. THIS is how you wax a bottle, well enough to serve & protect, but not so much that you need a bowie knife to get the junk off, or have it crumble into three thousand pieces. Pour is dark muddy with crimson flaring around the edges; surprisingly persistent head given the high ABV. The smell, oh, the lovely, ass-grabbing smell. Bourbon & vanilla are apparent at arm's length, or more. Sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel, molasses. Freakin' beautiful. This must be what a threesome smells like.

100% Barrel Aged Cuir singes & burns like a shot of liquor; I lost nose hairs. The alcohol is searing to the point of distraction. The bourbon & vanilla in the nose run roughshod through the taste. Underneath that is a riot of complexity. Strong sherry flirting with the beginnings of oxidation. Dates, or figs, or raisins. Malty? Yeah, I suppose. Plenty of caramel. Finish is maddeningly sweet, like a honey-based maple syrup. Despite the obvious carbonation, this is a heavyweight of a beer in the stomach. I shouldn't have eaten dinner. Just like the regular Cuir, terrifyingly drinkable for a huge beer. If my wife isn't home soon, I'm going to finish the whole bottle.

Mmmm. Belly warm. Happy. This is an excellent beer, simply superb. I'll be interested to see how this blend ages, I'd love to try it again in a year when the alcohol starts to trim sail, but the early notes of oxidation are alarming.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was luck enough to be visiting in CA when they released some bottles to the general public. Picked up a few to age and one to drink immediately. Tried side by side with regular Cuir. Bottle says 14.5 ABV but I've seen in listed in some Bruery emails at 18%.

A - A nice dark brown with a bit of light brown head.

S - Very sweet smelling. A good amount of booze/bourbon as well. Molasses, dark fuits, roasty.

T - An immediate alcohol/bourbon flavor that is much smoother than the regular version. Didn't get as much of that booze sting in the finish as with regular Cuir. Very sweet, I was getting a lot of coconut. Also, molasses, burnt sugar, dark fruits, bourbon.

M - Full, pretty smooth, right amout of carbonation.

O - Amazing! I would put this right up there with Kuhnhenn BB4D, a lot of similar flavors going on. Would drink it all night if it weren't such a high ABV.

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Photo of crusian
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from t0rin0, thanks man, much appreciated!

bottle pops with little fanfair, not sure what I expected, maybe some eruption of something... but just a normal pop... but the nose hits me right away, before I even start to pour, and I say wow. been a while since I said that.
Pours a lighter than expected brown, but settles in the glass a very dark menacing brown for an old ale. Liking what I am seeing. maybe a half finger of head.

smell is bourbon... not much more I can say. when faced with a bourbon county stout and this with a blindfold, i would be hard pressed to tell the difference.

Taste is smooth as hell, i cant believe this is 14.5%. It does taste significantly different than the bourbon county stout for sure. This is not a stout. Tons of bourbon, oak and vanilla, but it is not as strong as the nose lets on. The bourbon actually sits back and is so completely smoothed out by the oak. Vanilla on the front and by the time it finishes, it is so clean, that it almost feels like there was never anything in your mouth at all. incredible.

mouthfeel is medium with perfect carbonation... man this is going to take me all night to drink, awesome.

This is great. I loved regular Coton, and the Cuir I had tasted like it was a bad bottle... but this is amazing. I want more.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel colored with surprising clarity compared to the previous iterations of this beer, this looks much more refined. It pours with a tall lasting head that slowly settles to a collar.

Aroma: The nose is loaded with caramelized sugar, bourbon and sherry. Surprisingly, very little noticeable heat from a fresh bottle. A little nuttiness, mellow oxidation. Very fruity. This doesn't seem as complex or rich as 100% barrel aged Coton, however.

Palate: And it doesn't taste as complex, either. It's great nonetheless, with big flavors of caramel and bourbon, vanilla and oak. Alcohol is surprisingly reigned-in. Sherry-like oxidation appears near the finish, and there's a strong stewed fruit sweetness that lingers. Full bodied, though it does seem thinner than 100% BA Coton and Papier. Finishes with lingering oak, toffee and a mild alcohol bite. Overall, I'm not sure that I like this as much as 100% bourbon barrel Papier or Coton, but it's still very good.

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Photo of Phelps
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3223, poured into a tulip.

Deep, murky purple with ruby highlights when held to a light. The head is beautiful and so thick and creamy it could probably support me if I lie on it. The cappuccino-colored foam descends slowly, leaving behind thick columns of lacing.

Tangy, intense nose. Lots of tangy brandy, dark chocolate syrup, butterscotch, raisins, vanilla. A surprising amount of roasted, chocolatey character here. Very rich.

While the flavor is incredible, what most impressive about barrel-aged Cuir is the concealment of its alcohol content. At 14.5 percent ABV, the fact that I can’t pick up even a hint of booze in the flavor is just superhuman. Some booze obviously warms the chest and comes through the nostrils, but it stays out of the flavor, allowing me to fully enjoy it without distraction.

And what a feast it is. The nose is mirrored here: bourbon and brandy-soaked raisins drizzled in rich dark chocolate sauce. The oak is a little more noticeable, imparting the nice woody notes that accompany the stuff from the bourbon: vanilla, butterscotch. It all combines in a sweet, smooth finish that’s very quaffable despite its richness.

A beer like this needs a body big enough to support the flavor, and this Cuir’s got it. Creamy, sugary medium with just a little carbonation, good heat and a very mild bitterness. Lots of lingering sugars between sips as well.

The Bruery’s anniversary series just keeps getting better, which may be a product of the Solera process, or may just be because they’re great brewers. Cuir is the best of the series so far, and BA Cuir improves upon it. The bottle was dangerously easy to finish by myself. Plus, I got a nice little strip of leather to use as a luggage tag. I'll never lose my bags again!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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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