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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 486   ABV: 16.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2012
750 thanks to Sam. The first beer at the tasting in Boise! Pours a dark cloudy red/brown color with a small white head. A big nose of bourbon, wood, chalk. A great flavor of hot bourbon, old musty dry malts, cherry, sweet syrup. Very tasty. Not a beer to drink everyday but decadent. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1364) - Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Quite a nice find at the local Total Wine. Not cheap, though. Aromas of bourbon (lots of it), cherries, raisins, toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla filled the room when I opened this one. Pour is dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Flavors are alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, plums & raisins, molasses, and brown sugar. Dark fruits, too. A good brew that I didn’t think would live up to the price tag. It’s good but not something I would pick up again for the same price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Thanks to OmegaX, for the generous share. This beaute poured a hazy deep brown body with a thin tan head. Smelled like cherries, caramel, oak and tree sap. The body on this was perfect, and it was sugary-sweet too. Flavors of tart berries, bourbon, wood and licorice were very pleasant right up to the tangy and dry finish. This one is potent though, and most definitely a sipper to be shared.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
In Claremont, CA for short visit. Into Stolzle tulip glass from 750ml. Fine pour; a very deep brown with a light tan head that stands up for a bit, but settles to a perimeter of bubbles quickly, as with many barleywine-type high-alc beers. This beer exhibits depth and span on all fronts. Rich with fruit, but balanced by chocolate and port, and even some Coca-Cola notes. However, it doesn’t lose touch with barley--that underlying element is always apparent. Fruet is warm and viscous, but the alcohol doesn’t dominate (I don’t think I’d ever guess 15.5%!). Bottom line, it’s a beer of true complexity. One of the best super-gravity beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Not nearly as thick as I expected based on other critiques. Definitely has some body but pretty easy-drinking for the abv. Still haven’t cracked any BA cuir yet somehow but looking forward if it is like this. Plenty of bourbon;vanilla, plenty going on with this, bit of dark fruit and sherry character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Dark muddled Oak Creek pour...hazy, murky, cloudy...minimal head but one does rise from the tiny swirl of bubbles after an aggressive pour. Heavy bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes throughout. Brown sugar, caramel, maple, toffee, dark fruit, candied yams, prune and fig shine through. Syrupy. Would literally stick to a spoon if dipped. Slow down and enjoy this one. It will bite you otherwise. Pretty damn good. Love that they are able to grow enough to accomplish this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (2970) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle 750ml. Pours brown with high creamy beige head. Aroma is of bourbon, bread, caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, cherries. Taste is of dark fruits, sweetness, dates, figs, warming alcohol, bourbon. Palate: full bodied. Overall: Awesome. Not very dinrkable, but indeed it is meant to share and sip slowly. An outstanding beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (764) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Pours cloudy dark red. Aroma: bourbon, malt, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits. Awesome! Taste is mostly caramel and dates. Really sweet. Some warming alcohol (well, obviously...) Ful bodied. Outstanding beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (4528) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2014 Bottle (750 ml). Labeled "Fruet". Brown with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, alcohol, wood and black cherries. Taste is sweet with caramel, fresh dates, bourbon, toffee, dried raisins and vanilla. Warming alcohol. This beer is sugary but I think it’s necessary to make it drinkable despite 15,5% abv. Very rich beer. Complex and well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1218) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2012
bottle. Pours a dark hazy amber color with a decent head that fades quickly. The aroma is heavy caramel and alcohol. Has that old ale smell for sure. THe taste has a decent amount of alcohol, with more caramel and other burnt flavors. The bourbon flavor is very smooth. Finishes rather smooth and clean. Tastes a lot like BB4D, which is a huge compliment.

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