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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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 05-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle #1686). Pours a beautiful burnt copper color with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma has caramel, bourbon, candied sugar and figs. Taste is sweet with caramel and wood notes being prominent. Full bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish that hides the alcohol very well. A really great beer.

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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 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 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 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 MrVonzipper
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 38degrees (BA Week)
It wasn't poured properly so it and no head to make an accurate review on. Color was a mirky brown with a slight reddish tint.

Rich sweet nose of dark fruit soaked in alcohol, prunes

Burst of great but not overwhelming sweetness initially. Notes of figs, prunes, raisins, dates and caramel, alcohol and backended oak.

Full bodied with pretty good carbonation. Rich and sticky mouth.

Overall a very good beer. Full flavored rich sweetness balanced pretty well with the large abv and nice subtle oak on the back end.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to largadeer for sharing this at a tasting.

A: Pours a dark bourbon-raisin brown with a thin collar of a head. Spotty lacing was left down the glass.
S: Big notes of bourbon on the nose with a touch of vanilla and sweet raisins. Sweet smelling overall.
T: Sweet flavors of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, bourbon and caramel. The finish is full of raisins and the aftertaste is sweet and lingers forever.
M: Full bodied, nice hefty mouthfeel, low carbonation, and clean all around. Alcohol is actually pretty easy going.
O: For such a big beer the alcohol is incredible smooth and hidden. Thanks again for the taste, Chris.

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Photo of IKR
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark-brown. Fair size beige head that dissipated quickly. I think the Bal-aged Cuir was darker than the regular Cuir I had.

Smell: Bourbon notes dominate, some faint brown sugar and toffee notes. I got some alcohol in the regular Cuir but none in the BA version.

Taste: Bourbon, some fruity sherry notes, some brown sugar, vanilla and toffee. The beer finishes slightly sweet with some Bourbon notes.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: I'm definitely a fan of this one. I also liked the regular Cuir quite a bit. The overall difference between the bal-aged version and the standard version has appeared to narrow compared to Coton, but the Bruery's barrel aging efforts are apparent in the smoothness and increased complexity of the Bal-aged version. It'll be interesting to compare both versions of next year's Anniversary beer as the regular version appears to get smoother and more complex with every generation.

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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 womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Provisions

A: The pour is a murky dark brown with some reddish notes to it. A small soapy khaki head to go with it.

S: Lots of bourbon comes through, like with almost all barrel aged Bruery beers. There's a strong smell of nuts and a bit of a sherry-like fruitiness. Some chocolate notes, but plenty of toffee and caramel.

T: As expected, a strong flavor of bourbon, too. Oak and toffee, brown sugar, and caramel make up a lot of the flavor. There is some of the spiciness that I detected in the regular Cuir, too. Some dark fruits and a sherry-like flavor in the background. Moderate chocolate oxidation notes and some light maple.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Solid, but not quite as good as Papier or Coton, in my opinion.

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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 billshmeinke
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms. Served in a snifter.

About a finger of off white head sits a top a dark brown body. Impenetrable to light. Decent lacing.

Bourbon oak and brown sugar up front. Some booze and ripe fruits as well. Really rich and powerful nose.

Bourbon soaked plumbs and pears up front then some vanilla, toffee, and oak. Even a bit of fudge. The fruit and bourbon really stand out.

Heat is surprisingly well hidden (for the abv). Thick, syrupy, alcohol becomes a bit tongue numbing towards the end.

A solid beer, but one glass is definitely enough just cause the flavors are so over the top.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Provisions,

A: Pours a deep red-brown to umber, medium off-white head, some lace.

S: Very gamey, smoked venison type nose initially, with some molasses and dates.

T: This is starting to get interesting. As opposed to BA Papier and Coton which were still very much straight up old ales and showed tons of barrel character, the BA Cuir is starting to show signs of the solera system. As with the previous incarnations, there is a heavy brown sugar, molasses, prune/dried fruit backbone to this beer. What I found most intriguing were the oxidative characteristics, there is a clear oloroso sherry note in this and having this back to back with BA Coton the effect of the solera method is clear. I can only imagine this will get more prominent as the new anniversaries are bottled.

M: Smooth and silky, with a very light carbonation. Very full-bodied, just a tad cloying.

O: A real good and contemplative effort. I just wish this would go on at the tasting room so I can delve into it more.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healthy head, strong lacing which eventually settle into a ring. Dark mahogany color.

Caramel, raisin, chocolate, vanilla.

RICH. Creme brulee, vanilla, maple, bits of chocolate contrasted with cinammon and notes of orange. The bourbon is in the background, quickly helping to destroy my senses.

Alcohol is negligible, bits of it hit in the finish - behind the many layers of thick caramel and vanilla.

So yeah, quite good and apparently versatile. Paired it with some aged Gouda and cheddar and it was outstanding, also could serve as a dessert beer - I'd pour this on vanilla ice cream like chocolate syrup. Make sure you share this one....if possible.

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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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