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RATINGS: 546   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Bottle shared at the 8th Richmond Industry Gathering, 12/1/13. Pours a dark hazy rust color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of whiskey, caramel, mild candied fruits, vanilla and wood in the finish. The taste is raisin, vanilla, wood, toffee, mild citrus. Medium bodied, hot. 8/3/8/4/15

Sucre, draft at Churchkey, 5/23/14. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, raisin, wood, caramel, vanilla. The taste is whiskey, raisin, alcohol, toffee, chocolate, vanilla. Medium bodied, low carbonation, hot but not overly so. 7/3/7/3/13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2520) - Odense SV, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2013
Bois edition. Bottle shared by Kingcecil, thanks. Dark red brown body with small head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, roasted malts, brown sugar, woody and sweet. Flavour is wood, bourbon, candy sugar, light spice and smoke, alcohol and malts. Still quite sweet. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
One2remeber (237) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle at CCB. Ambient temp. Huge tannins with a subtle, yet prominent bourbon presence. Vanilla, tree bark byproduct. Still get caramel, chewiness in nose with all the complexity. Aroma sends flares to the nostrils. Wow. Everything changes in taste. A bit tangy sour, tootsie roll candy caramel, ever so soft. Lingers with a hint of green apple, booze, and chocolate. Very delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (10314) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Fruet. Old tick form Dark Horse day. Huge 7 oz pour hanks to Ashley. Was starting to get really cold before drinking this, this warmed me up like no other.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2243) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap at the Beer Monger, Portland. p> Deep brown cloudy pour. Limited head. Aroma of bourbon-soaked fruit cake. Huge boozy flavor, booze dominant and not entirely as a good thing. Wood. Super-sweet, very much a Bruery beer in that way. Full oily mouthfeel. Holly loves it. But it simply doesn’t merit 10% abv, let alone the 15.5% it is carrying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle, 75cl. As Fryer. It pours an unclear brown body under a small beige head. The aroma has alcohol, dried fruits, mostly raisins, caramel and a faint vanilla scent. It’s warming and full bodied on the palate, with flavors of dark dried fruits, caramel and some vanilla. Alcohol flavors too. Lasting finish. A quite wonderful one. 130607

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle, pours a brown colour, a bit of cloudy pour, got some yeastys in my pour, taste was nice it was strong but really quite smooth, overall it was tasty,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle:   Deep dark caramel, thin to moderate foamy tannish head, little lacing.   Rich caramel, bready, and dark pitted fruit nose, with hints of Bourbon barrel aging.   Bright fig and prune notes up front, slightly tart, a little acidic, followed by dark pitted fruit, caramel, bourbon, and heavy sweet breadiness.   Pretty darn tasty I gotta say, with a very strong alcoholic warming.   Not hot, but I can tell this is big.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Finishes sweet, rich, hot caramel, breadiness, and soft dark pitted fruit.   I should also note, flavors of Bourbon but not your usual vanilla, graham cracker, and such.   Barrel aging is there, but does not dominate, which is nice for a change.   Thanks for the bottle Rob!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12742) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, dark fruit, wood and bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet and bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with a standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3546) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2013 bottle in a trade thanks to wheresyourball! Pours an opaque, dark brown with thin ring of creamy colored head. Aroma is big on the bourbon barrel, lots of oaky vanilla sweetness, then some nice caramel malts and chocolate. Taste follows, add some toffee, hints of nuts, but still lots of that barrel aged quality. Thick and viscous, soft carbonation, nice burn in the stomach. Very nicely done.

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