Coton - The Bruery
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a tight, short-lasting ring of lacing. Pours a very dark but translucent red, and leaves a few spots and splotches of lacing occasionally.
Smell: From the bottle: Yeah, there's some alcohol in this beer. In the glass: Wow... Before even putting my face near the glass I can smell caramel, oak, vanilla. Actually getting close to it, I'm getting those same smells, plus some mild cola smell, and some smoky, nutty aromas. No where near as boozy smelling as I first thought, thought some solvent comes out late in the bottle. Some raisin as well. Lots going on, but creates a very smooth, pleasant whole.
Taste: First sip: smooth caramel and vanilla up front, then a devastating explosion of alcohol heat (15%~ ABV, yeah I'll buy it). I can feel it in my chest. The first sensations were silky smooth, and before I can get too skeptical from the alcohol bomb, some really nice nutty, woody notes come out in the aftertaste. Promising.
Over the course of the next several sips, it becomes clear that ABV isn't the only big thing about this beer. I'm getting deep, malty flavors up front with hard to identify (for me) but very distinctive nutty notes (maybe pecan or macadamia or almond), along with toffee and prune. As I acclimate to the heat, the finish develops a real bourbon and vanilla character. Further in, the creamier flavors are disappearing and I'm getting tart notes of apple and more dark fruit (pretty distinctively raisin and prune, with raisin dominating the aftertaste).
Is this messy and unbalanced? So much is going on that it's really hard to gauge; each sip is yielding bold, adventurous flavor. Are the flavors just beyond making sense together? I'm not sure. Now it tastes predominantly spicy and hot. The fruit notes are getting stronger too--but there's some smokiness and vanilla cutting through the fruit impressions.
As exploratory as this beer is, in the end I'll say that yes, it is well-balanced. That beautiful aroma is sort of like a guide, letting you know the main caramel/nut/vanilla/bourbon core of the beer, which just gets deepened and accentuated by the constantly evolving complexity of flavors. The flavor is starting to really make sense, but more importantly, it's not getting dulled; it's not that the alcohol is taking over, or the oak or caramel or apple or prune notes drop off, it's that all of these stay strong and continue to contribute. I'm sold.
Mouthfeel: While it's a decent vehicle for these flavors, it's ultimately not great. Full bodied, low carbonation, very hot and sticky. Develops a borderline unpleasant oily slickness. It's not bad, but it could be a lot better.
Drinkability: Excellent celebratory beer, delivering the kind of adventurous but expertly balanced flavor I expect from a high profile Bruery release. Points off for the mouthfeel; if I were deciding whether or not to spend my night with this beer or another heavy hitter like Bourbon County Stout, Coton's mouthfeel would be an issue.
Coton delivers what you'd expect of it if you're buying it in the first place for a reason other than "Here's a rare beer." It's a big, bold, old ale. Lots of heat, lots of dark fruit, lots of caramel and vanilla. It's a special occasion type beer that makes sense as the Bruery's anniversary release. It could probably use a few years of aging, but I think it's already a very good sipper if you like complex, brash, high ABV beers.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2010 03:09:06 | More by Pahn
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2.86/5 rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
2010 vintage. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with stickered-over unbranded pry-off pressure cap and intricate appealing label art acquired at a CA bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation and current 89 rating. Bottle #04167. 14.5% ABV confirmed.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Smooth even consistency. Somewhat soft complexion. Retention is pretty decent for the ABV - about 3 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a really dark opaque brown. Not vibrant or particularly appealing. No floating yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it ain't much to look at. I'm starting to have my doubts. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.
Sm: Vinous booze. Brown malts and booze. Faded fruits - maybe depleted cherries, and bourbon notes - especially vanilla. Sweet bready character. Alcohol isn't really hidden too well at all. Syrups. Musty wood (but not rich toasty oak or anything particularly pleasing).
An intimidating aroma of average strength.
T: Brown malts, marshmallow, vanilla, faint bourbon, musty wood, biscuit malt, some vinous character, faded candi sugars, fruitcake, rum/sugarcane, caramel, and raisin.
Needs far more complexity, subtlety, intricacy and nuance. The bourbon is way too tame. It's overly boozy and hot for what it is. Not a well balanced beer. Has some loose cohesion, but is far from gestalt.
Average depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.
No yeast character or hop character comes through.
Mf: Carbonation has left this "beer." Smooth and wet, though it has an unbecoming dryness in places. Thick as hell. A biteen syrupy. Chewy. Has a heavy body. Presence on the palate is imposing. It can fairly be called boozy and hot. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile especially well.
Not oily, gushed, or astringent.
Dr: A sipper if I ever tried one, Coton is nigh but impossible to kill alone. My companion and I will likely struggle to reach the bottom of the bottle. I can't say I'm a big fan of it. Far from The Bruery's best work. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. I don't see what all the fuss is about. A pretty disappointing brew across the board.
Far from a world class old ale. More of a boozy faux-liqueur. If this is how it drinks with age, it was likely intolerable fresh.
It opens up considerably with warmth. I would've initially given it a 'C-', but it graduates to a C.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 07:28:06 | More by kojevergas
Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.