Coton - The Bruery
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3.88/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap as part of Beer Run's Valentine's Day celebration. Served in a 10 oz. snifter - that was about all I could take of this one, too.
Appearance: Arrives a dull amber, not quite dark enough to be mysterious or bright enough to be radiant. A slow fizzle of effervescence to the surface yields a thin, sizzling ring of foam but no head or surface dusting. Lacing is ... well, non-existent, unsurprisingly. It's not that I didn't expect it, but it's still a little disappointing.
Aroma: Spicy, spicier than the mouth is, really. There's not too much here, but it's not bad - heavy roasted malts, some boozy sherry-like notes, rum-macerated dark fruits.
Taste: A fat, chewy brew. Pineapple is dominant up front, tangy, fruity, and sweet. Caramel and brown sugar aren't far behind, nor is bright green oak and shiny stone fruit. Roast, bread, and toffee merge in to earth and toast, smothered in macerated cherries, plums, peaches, and pears, with faint hints of darker fruits behind. Spicy heat is barely concealed, but is indistinguishably merged with a slew of surprisingly strong herbal and fruity hoppiness and cane sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Flat, flat, flat, with only the barest, faintest hint of carbonation evident among the morass of sugar. It doesn't work terribly with the flavor profile - there's enough spice, heat, and hoppyness to counteract the sugars such that this one doesn't turn in to a cloying, sticky, syrupy mess - but it's fairly close to becoming, you know, a cloying, sticky, syrupy mess.
Drinkability: Well, not really. This beer has a lot going for it. It's complex, though not unprecedentedly so for something this big - a lot of what's going on in here is a result of the way the booze interacts with the fruit notes and sugars, and anything that ages for the amount of time something like this necessarily has aged is bound to show a measure of complexity. On the other hand, the heat is here, the carbonation low, and the flavors occasionally harsh and abrasive. It's a mixed bag, and a mixed bag that comes with a 14.5% kick in the nuts. All that said, I know I'll continue to try the Bruery anniversary beers, and would do so even if they tasted far worse than this - it's nothing if not interesting.
Serving type: on-tap
02-27-2011 20:23:10 | More by CrellMoset
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4.58/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
5oz draft pour in a snifter. 14.5% ABV.
Appearance: Chestnut brown, slightly cloudy, with a light cap of beige foam (4/5).
Aroma: Sweet bourbon, vanilla, jammy Port wine, brown sugar, molasses, a little black pepper, and a hint of oak (5/5).
Taste: I have never tasted any beer that more closely resembles a Port than this. Very interesting. This flavor is then laced with sweet sugars and dark pitted fruits (primarily cherry) (4.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation. Beautiful warmth from the alcohol (4.5/5)
Overall: This was The Bruery’s second anniversary ale, which I guess makes it a little over three years old at this point. I had it at their Taproom, and appreciate how lovingly they have seen it into maturity. It’s an incredible example of what the “big” end of this style can be, with a very distinct and mature flavor and aroma. It’s also an exciting example of the “Solera” method, where the same beer is created year-after-year and previous vintages are blended into it for layers of depth and complexity. I guess for this version only Papier (1st anniversary) is in the mix, but it’s nice to know that some of what I’m drinking will be around for a long time. From my understanding, similar techniques were used in historical Old Ale making. I could drink it all day if it wouldn’t make me dead (4.5/5).
Serving type: on-tap
04-19-2014 04:37:25 | More by mhaugo
Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.