The Bruery Cuivre – Old Ale at 16.2% ABV (C$41.09 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 750 ml, packaged on 5-Mar-2015, acquired 11-Dec-2015, reviewed 25-Jan-2022)
Appearance: slightly hazy cola brown with one finger of fine beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon & oak, dark fruit, tobacco & leather, toasted bread. (9/10) Taste: high sweet, moderate bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, sticky warming finish. (4/5)
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a beer so completely and utterly ignore seven years in a bottle. (I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that something stronger than your typical bottle of wine can still draw blood if it wants to.) Still deep and complex, with lots of barrel notes on an emphatic sweet malt bill. Definitely a slow sipper. (17/20)
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