Hoarders Cuvée (2016)
Bruery Terreux

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Strong Ale - American
4.32 | pDev: 7.18%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hoarders Cuvée (2016)Hoarders Cuvée (2016)
Notes: An invitation to join The Bruery Hoarders Society is the ultimate nod in how far you’ve come in your craft beer journey. Each year as a member, you get access to some of the most elusive and exclusive beers (such as this) and one-of-a-kind experiences, like going toe-to-toe with your peers in blending sessions exclusive to Hoarders.

This Cuvee is the icing on the cake - literally - as it took top honors in the Hoarders Cuvee blending tournament to be produced by The Bruery in 2016. Featuring a nearly equal blend of our most storied bourbon barrel-aged beers - Black Tuesday and our anniversary ale - with additions of raspberries, vanilla beans and cacao nibs, this beer was designed by Hoarders Society member, Paul Moore, and his teammate, Luis Barriga, to embody the ultimate cupcake. It’s the first fruited beer of its kind out of The Bruery, and a fitting release for the first installment in the newly minted Hoarders Cuvee series.
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown beer which is almost black. The beer is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of intense raspberries, chocolate, vanilla and some bourbon barrel notes. Slight hints of roasted malt hiding in the background as well.
T: Taste is raspberries up front with some roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, vanilla, even more chocolate and raspberries, some nice oak, hints of the Bruery's yeast strain with some additional dark fruits, toffee, and caramel sweetness. On the swallow there's more raspberries, chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, coffee, and lingering sweetness.
M: This beer has a body which is on the heavier side of medium with a slightly silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is on the low end of things but more than adequate while the beer's high ABV gives this one a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice blend. I'm sure the vanilla popped a lot more when fresh, but I have no complaints from this beer with this much age on it. The flavors and complexity are outstanding and the alcohol is hidden surprisingly well. I'd like to see this one come around again.

Jan 12, 2020
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superspak from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 8/2016. Thick and brittle wax, a bit difficult to remove. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal ring of lace eventually. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge juicy/tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit jam/skin/seeds, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, cherry, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, leather, tobacco, oak char, peppercorn, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Amazing aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of raspberries, vanilla, fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and bourbon barrel notes; with huge strength. Taste of huge juicy/tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit jam/skin/seeds, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, cherry, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, molasses, leather, tobacco, oak char, peppercorn, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tang/tartness, and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy red raspberries, fruit jam/skin/seeds, raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, cherry, red apple, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, biscuit, brown bread/crust, light chocolate/cocoa, leather, tobacco, oak char, peppercorn, herbal, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, vanilla, fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an amazing malt/tart/tangy fruit, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/tangy fruit, and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/slick/bready, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 18.5%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing fruit strong ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, vanilla, fruity yeast, dark/bready malts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the modestly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Basically just like a fruited version of their old ale. Not as much cocoa nibs as I expected. Perfectly balanced between super juicy/jammy raspberries, vanilla, fruity yeast, rich malts, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Minimal residual sweetness with lingering drying. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing experimental style example. Not overwhelming on any aspect. Aged wonderfully. This is the smoothest beer for the ABV I’ve ever had from the Bruery.

Jul 13, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

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

S - Aromas of nice cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. The raspberry is really faint and subtle. No alcohol in the nose.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Not much vanilla at all, loads of chocolate. There is, however, a ton of raspberry flavour. Massive jammy raspberry notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated bit thin, very sticky.

O - Overall this was a very solid beer from bruery. There was nice raspberry notes but uhh the end this was like a glass of black Tuesday that someone dropped some raspberry syrup in.

Serving Type: bottle

Sep 02, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud

Decent fizzy bubbly head, decent lacing, super murky dark brown

Nose a lot going on, raspberry, chocolate, cinnamon like spice cocoa, choc syrup, little vanilla, caramel, roasted char,

Taste sweet with big raspberry chocolate candy bar, cocoa, melted chocolate and cocoa syrup, little baking spice, maybe cinnamon again, touch of vanilla, warming tingly hot booze, like fresh Black Tuesday with raspberry jam. Bitter roasty finish

Mouth is heavy, thick syrup, huge burning alcohol, decent carb

Overall hard to get behind this one.

Sep 02, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml waxed and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours muddy with a big 'ole head. Nose is lightly tart with hints of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, tobacco, oak and booze. Deep and rich with great complexity. Beer opens chewy. Toffee, chocolate, raspberry, brown sugar and vanilla make this one (per usual) very sweet. The raspberry is present throughout the entire experience but its complemented by a roast from the nibs, then a sweetness from the brown sugar and molasses and finally, a creaminess at the finish from the vanilla. Body is heavy with moderate carbonation. Finishes messy with an aftertaste that burns and lingers.

Solid if a little overcarbed. In my opinion, beers of this magnitude are better off almost flat. Solid but I can't have more than 3 or 4 ounces of this monster. To be shared for sure.

May 06, 2017
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold wax capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. 2016 Edition, no specific bottling date but released 09/2016. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a murky russet, resting essentially black in the glass, with two and a half fingers of fast-vanishing bubbly ecrue head. Within seconds the froth is gone, not to return.

Aromas of bourbon, raspberry jam, chocolate, toffee, vanilla and dark fruit. It really smells great.

Taste follows the nose. Boozey bourbon, raspberry, chocolate, cooked caramel, toffee, fruit skins, heavily roasted malt, Bruery yeast, vanilla bean and wet oak. Those raspberries make a wonderful flavor bridge between the imperial stout and old ale.

Full, coating feel with subdued carbonation. The aftertaste is reminiscent of chocolate covered, bourbon-soaked raspberries.

The Bruery's anniversary ales and Black Tuesday are both at the top of their respective styles. The raspberries in this Hoarders Cuvée really marry those two benchmarks. This was a delight to drink and I look forward to enjoying the rest of my modest stash.

Feb 08, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well this kind of looks like shit. Like when you have the loose poops from drinking or you're just a total allergy anaphlactic type, this looks like the D word (not diacetyl) up in your glass. Nasty brown, tons of sediment throughout the liquid. Doesn't form any head. This looks like shit. Smells much better than shit. Way better. Sugar confectionary candy, cocao, bourbon, cherries, vanilla, raspberry sorbet. Complex. What a swing.

Taste, sugary sweet and boozy, but nowhere near its abv. Do you like Southern Tier's Creme Brulee? If so, you'll love this. Just as polarizing. If you still drop the tired beetus jokes, you prolly wont like this. Of anything BT blend, this one really doesn't bear too much similarity to the base (other than the high abv). Its so candied up, you won't recognize it.

I fucking dug it. Totally a dessert Black Tuesday.

Feb 06, 2017
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gibgink from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty brown with small head that runs away quickly after pouring. Did other people say this smells of raspberries? They were right. Taste follows suit, with a clean and velvety finish. No trace of the alcohol on this one. Going to give the overall grade a little knock, because while the raspberry is upfront in personal, it dominated the chocolate and vanilla. I could not pick up on those flavors. Still a great beer though.

Feb 06, 2017
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KevSal from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 into a perfect stout glass

bottle states 18.5% instead of the 18% listed here

looks pretty good, exactly like an anniversary beer, maybe a few shades darker, probably the bt mixed in?

wow the nose is crazy! i got a ton of raspberry upfront. very impressive, i get chocolate for sure. slight vanilla in the end. bourbon through out. i'm ready for it

flavor is Huge raspberry, it comes through better than i expected. bourbon soaked chocolate covered raspberries, completely. slight vanilla in the finish. can taste the bt and anny in this one, on the sweeter side, but dat raspberry tho

body is thick but on the thinner side of heavy. kinda wish it was a thicker and stickier

overall this beer is excellent! i know we wish for a vanilla bt but a fruited strong ale done right? i'll take it! best fruit in a stout/strong ale i've ever had.

edit: wow well as this warmed up the flavor goes through the roof! .25 added to the taste, really enjoying this second half of the bottle

Jan 22, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Hoarders tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with a small foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- initial aroma smells like a chocolate cupcake with raspberry icing. Sweet raspberry puree mixes with a blend of Black Tuesday and anniversary ale; chocolate, caramel, toffee, woody oak & bourbon. The addition of vanilla enhances that cake/icing aroma

T- big blast of raspberry up front, reminiscent of raspberry puree or raspberry jam. Mid-palate gives a mix of chocolate, caramel/toffee, black strap molasses, raisin & fig. The finish gives some oaky bourbon with plenty of vanilla on the linger, as well as more raspberry and some booze

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a viscous, slightly warming finish. Alcohol is actually hidden pretty well, considering the ABV

O- raspberry is prominent throughout, which holds up to the strong base beer blend. The vanilla adds a nice addition as well, very good overall

Jan 21, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a matching hoarders taster appears muddy brown in color with a quick fading khaki cap.

Nose is all raspberry fruited appeal upfront with caramelized sugars - vanilla and neutral booze filling out the back.

Taste has a surprising amount of raspberry flavor then solvent alcohol with supporting flavors akin to the anniversary series - caramel, vanilla and molasses mainly.

This is full bodied and modestly carbonated. I was honestly surprised by how much the raspberry shines in this. The vanilla is subtle but present - albeit the flavoring is no more vibrant than the same vanilla-like character the old ale has without any vanilla bean addition. I was not able to detect any of the listed cacao. Overall a good brew but it was hardly recognizable of having any black tuesday incorporated into it.

Nov 02, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Lots of chocolate, moderate raspberries, light vanilla, and faint oak aromas.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a very thin khaki head that quickly recedes into the glass.

T: Rich chocolate, caramel-like malts, with moderate raspberries and vanilla that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation.

O: Delicious; the beer has a great rich and malty character that is well complimented by the additions of raspberries, vanilla and bourbon barrel presence.

Sep 18, 2016
Hoarders Cuvée (2016) from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 62 ratings