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Coton - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

321 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 321
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DefenCorps on 05-22-2010)
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Reviews by Xul:
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Xul

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brownish amber, capped by a finger of foamy, pale beige colored head. Retention is good for the style as it settles down to about a half finger and slowly recedes from there.

S: Strong caramel presence up front with some molasses and brown sugar, as well as some light citrus notes. Darker fruits come in quickly with raisins and figs as well as some light alcohol.

T: Opens up with caramel and molasses before a big dose of dark fruits hits on the mid-palate - raisins, figs, some light berries and a hint of citrus. Some brown sugar and light vanilla/oak run around the edges of the fruit before light leather and smoke come in near the backend, leading to a long finish reminiscent of a good whiskey.

M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, coats the tongue with a syrupy feel, but not in a bad way.

D: A sipper, but extremely drinkable for the style and ABV...a perfect beer to relax with after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:33:53 | More by Xul
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mhaugo

California

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

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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.

C

Serving type: bottle

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Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.