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The traditional 7th anniversary gift is copper, so we’ve named our 7th anniversary ale "Cuivre" which is "copper" in French. Cuivre is loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. A portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Cuivre is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark this major milestone.

Editor’s Note: This is the entry for The Bruery’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Anniversary beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1513) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Bottle number 1,227 of Barrel Aged Cuir. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 5.0 A: Dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of tan creamy/frothy head. Retention is infinitely impressive for a beer of this magnitude. It stays around a long ass time. A small ring of lacing is left. 4.5 S: That additional 70% in a barrel makes all the difference. This reeks of bourbon and fortunately the barrel aging was done extremely well. Leathery, peat, and spicy with melon and apple fruitiness. Somehow very minimal booze. Underneath there is brown sugar, caramel, plum and raisin fruitiness. The base beer comes off a lot more mellow that the regular Cuir, which is mellow to begin with. Still, very nice. 4.5 T: Like the nose, the bourbon makes it’s presence known. Same flavors as in nose. However, the base beers is allowed to come out and it comes out strong. Tons of brown sugar to start. Raisin, plum, tobacco, date, and fig fruitiness. Caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak. Somehow this is less boozy than the regular. The only thing preventing this from getting that perfect score is the sweetness. There’s simply too much of it. But, that is the way of the Bruery. 4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Chewy with a mild amylase build-up. 4.0 D: Very tasty sipper/desert beer. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but sometimes you are in the mood for something like that. Tonight is one of those nights. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-17-2012 04:03:52

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11610) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
Bottle at Christian Firtal. Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark sugar, caramel, raisins, vineous alcohol, even fortified wine notes. Sweet caramel and dried fruit flavour with a touch of fruity tartness. A bit hot, vineous alcohol. Lots of oak in the aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle pours a darker brown white head. Smells and tastes of bourbon caramel molasses dark fruit sweet with a booze end. Not much for hops. Not bad I prefer the 75% mix one better less sweet. Bit fizzy on tongue. Not bad but not as good as other too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
BA Coton - thanks to Steve for the pour. Pours out dark mahogany brown with a touch of off white foam. Nose is rich bourbon, vanilla, deep sweet malts, dark fruit. Taste follows the nose - it’s a sweet, complex, rich drinking experience. Palate is velvety smooth. Loved this beer - one of the few beers that’s better than BA 4th D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/7/2012. Bottle marked BA Cuir. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over. The pour is a full caramel color with a tight off-white head. Caramel, marshmallows, bourbon, vanilla, oak. The taste is very smooth. Vanilla, caramel malt, and then a toasted malt leads into a strong, boozy bourbon flavor. Vanilla, spice and oak help to finish out with a bit of maple and alcohol bite. Creamy with a medium level carbonation, and a body on the full side. Given the 14.5% ABV though, "on the full side" is pretty light. There is a grainy nature to it. This is quite a good beer, but it does not quite top the list of best old ales I have had. Bourbon barrel fourth dementia is better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 3rd December 2011
ChrisOs Early December Tasting. Opaque dark brown beer, tidy tan head. Smooth semi dry palate. Rich malt with lots of sweet bourbon. Toasted coconut and a trace of vanilla. Sweetish bourbon finish. Semi dry. Decent but even after 18 months probably a bit young.

7th February 2014
Fruet bottle share at Bruce’s birthday bash. Bruce produces a Bruery?! Seems a lot more mellow this version - Sweetish malt, sweet caramel, little vanilla and light tangy dried fruits. Warming afterglow but no real heat in the mouth,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (960) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
This is the 100% BA Cuir version. I shared this one with thain709 and deuane earlier. A - Pours murky brown with a nice one and a half finger tall khaki head leaving very light lace down the glass. S - Smells of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, warm bourbon booze, vanilla, dark fruits and a touch of sherry. This one has a lot going on, nearly all of it for the good. T - Starts off with a big dose of sugary sweetness - mostly brown sugar, toffee and caramel - slowly giving way to hints of dark fruits, vanilla and some light sherry. The booze continues to grow slowly as it sits in the glass. Finish is a mix of sweetness and a bit of booze, lingering on the pallet long after consumption. M - Heavy body and bold flavors with moderate carbonation. Sweet, boozy feel that lingers on the pallet long after the finish. O - I rather enjoyed this one. It had a ton of awesome flavors and the bourbon matched very well with the base. It is still a touch too hot for my liking. Glad I have a few of these in the cellar for future testing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1171) - New York, USA - JAN 30, 2012
100% BA Coton, 01/28/2012. Pours deep mahogany, half-finger caramel head, fades to a still surface. Nose begins with dark bread malts, sweet boozy dark fruits, honey, cinnamon raisin, big notes of vanilla, caramel. Taste carries caramel syrup, bready maltiness, apple plum, vanilla bourbon, hot finish. As with the regular version, thick and chewy in the mouth, but barrel aging has smoothed out the flavor profile, reducing the perceived sweetness, making a smoother experience. Just like the regular version, a decadent brew, but kicked up a notch, the barrel treatment has smoothed out the rough spots and added a bit of balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2012
had as Bourbon Barrel Aged Cuir .. . thanks to Casey for this, what a treat! .. . deep brown .. sticky low foam .. maple, caramel, burnt sugar, upper shelf bourbon, and light rum barrel .. . smooth mouth, sticky finish .. . just awesome! .. . . I warned yah’! Didn’t I warn yah?! That colored chalk was forged by Lucifer himself!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2012
100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Cuir
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbe Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, relatively large bubbled, creamed-amber tinged head. The beer is a darkish amber color that shows a hazed, opaque, amber hue when held up to the light. My first smell of the aroma has me noticing notes of toasted, sweetened coconut, lots of vanillin, ample vanilla-scented toffee and caramelized grain. My second smell has me noticing more of the spicy oak, toasted wood notes and definite Bourbon like aromatics. This makes me think of some sort of Bourbon soaked, caramelized grain type sweet, holiday cake / bread. Quite rich and satiating smelling, and without a huge, hot alcohol note; I was a little timid of this bee, as I thought it would be overly boozy, but this mostly manages to not be (at least in the nose).

Lightly sweet up front, along with a sort of tart, bourbon like note, the finish has a lot more sweetness to it though with a rich, caramelized type of character that really accentuates a sweet, lightly toasted coconut and vanillin character. This beer is quite smooth, there is a touch of alcohol warmth, but it is kept well in check; there is definitely a bourbon flavor here, smooth, but warming, tart, lots of oak flavors and even some fruit-like Bourbon notes. The finish has a spiciness, redolent of oak, astringent oak and hop bitterness that adds some bite, but really the smoothness from the toffee / caramel an sweetness is the dominant note here. Not overly thick, or chewy for its strength, this is most definitely a sipping brew as it has a dense, palate coating viscosity, but it doesn’t seem overly heavy or rich somehow.

Surprisingly, this is much better than I was expecting; I was expecting to actually not like this, not only am I not hating this, it is actually quite good. Really the surprise is that it is so smooth, and so well integrated and not nearly as hot as it should be. Despite being quite drinkable now, this will get a lot better with age, and perhaps a lot of it. Richness, roundness, complimentary oxidation, and a needed complexity should come with age, and I would guess that this could go for a lot longer than I would expect; this beer might even have the potential to go for a long, long time. It should at least go for 5 years with improvement, and, assuming it doesn’t fall apart for unexpected reasons it should go a lot longer; hold on to a bunch and sample over the next 50 years. Currently it is a bit simplistic, but, like I said, I expect some age to make this even better.

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