Coton - The Bruery

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 80
Gots: 228 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DefenCorps on 05-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by sweemzander:
Photo of sweemzander
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours thick and a dark brown sienna/caramel color. A minimal off-white head; minimal lacing.

(S)- Dry, yet rich too. Some caramel and toffee with plenty of fig and brown sugar. Hints of raisin.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Some good rich fig and toffee aspects with hints of booze and brown sugar.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a decent balance; very sweet with a noticeable boozy heat, but it does not bother me too much based on the style.

(D)- Its a decent old ale, but I think it needs time to smooth out its edges. My biggest disappointment for this one is how much it costs for a bottle of this compared to what you get. This better me amazing in a few years otherwise I am regretting buying mine.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter a deep chesnut brown with a thinner but well defined tannish colored head that settles pretty quickly leaving no lace behind.Aromas are deep wood,dark fruit,and sweet alcohol,the booze really hits as it warms,its quite appetizing though in my opinion.Cakey sweet flavors,big alcohol and dark fruit as well,the alcohol is very sweet in the finish.Its a big time sipper but thats ok it is pretty refined, but take it slow.As I drank more I noticed a bit of a green apple-like sourness in the finish more and more.

Photo of RoyalT
2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This poured a nice chocolaty brown in color with little head as one could imagine.

Smell - This is rich, malty booze with little complexity. The fruits though are very diverse and more like a BSDA. The wood though is overpowering IMO and squashes the fruity bouquet.

Taste - The malts are sloppy and the booze overpowering. I think there are probably some terrific fruits in there but they are such a chore to find at this point I'm not going to try.

Mouthfeel - This is close to full-bodied. The alcohol isn't overly stinging but just is a raunchy, unnecessarily rough wild card that trumps everything else. Those BAs who know me can attest that I am a great fan of alcohol - hahaha - but this is just all wrong.

Drinkability - I guess I'm the odd man out because mostly the other reviews here are good but I thought this was horrible. It was off-balanced, way too much liquor, an unstructured malt base that already fell apart (why someone was saying we should age it I have no idea), and the "25% wood" was 24% too much.

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle number 07144 poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Average pour produced a lot of bubbles that formed to a two finger tan head that gradually fell to a thin cap. Beer is deep opaque mahogany brown. Some sticky lace spots but not a ton.

Smell - So sweet and very forward with the smell. Poured and set down an arms length away and aroma just found my nose. Dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. A deep full breath in through the nose found some oaky and vanilla scents. Not finding the 14.5% ABV in the nose, but very pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Taste is almost exactly what the nose led on, very sweet. Malty, caramel, toffee, and alot of sweet plum and raisin. Oak in the finish along with a slight burn, but nothing compared to what I was expecting from such a big beer. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, very pleasant with a slick thick coating left on the inside of my mouth just urging me to drink more.

Drinkability - While the feel in my mouth is urging me to continue drinking this is tough to do alone. Eventually it gets too sweet and I need a palate cleansing water before I continue. After a clean mouth its like starting the bottle all over again and pleasant, so I'm gonna go right up the middle with this one.

Overall, a great beer worth trying despite the steep price tag. If I find myself deserving a treat I will buy another. No disappointment here.

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

(Aged for 3 years)

Muddy brown and very dark ambers. Small amount of visible carbonation--just a small ring of tiny bubbles near the edges of the glass. Leaves the glass oily.

Sweet aroma of melted sugars and caramels. Sticky toffee pudding along with a hint of bourbon barrel. The sweetest aroma of any of the anniversary flight beers.

The flavor follows the aroma. This is, fairly significantly, the sweetest of the Bruery anniversary flight. Melted Sugar Daddy caramel candies, some butterscotch, a bit of bourbon barrel, and just a tiny bit of chocolate muffin. Tasty.

Near full in body with low carbonation.

Very tasty, but I don't think this one has anywhere left to improve.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, good tan head. Little bit of retention for it, but at this alcohol level. . .

Extremely boozy aroma. And wood. Jeez, its like you're sniffin a barrel of grain alcohol.

Taste, very warming, a hodgepodge of flavors from soaked oak, vanilla, caramel (thick), toffee. I don't get a discernable fruit presence in this one. Gonna hold onto my bottle, let it age a ways. This is one brutal beer in terms of a challenge to your palate. Its hot, its complex, its not likely to make a lot of friends. But it is appreciable on some levels, and I think it could improve with years on it, and you can definitely age this one for years and years based on my impressions. Not my favorite Bruery offering, but a unique one nonetheless.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Tasted side-by-side with the BA version

Pours a dark amber-brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with large amounts of booze-soaked medium and dark fruits – pears and raisins mostly. Also present are slight hints of vanilla and slighter hints of earthy and somewhat spicy hops. As the beer warms soft toffee aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by fruit flavors intimated by the aroma – raisins with light amounts of pears. Midway through the sip vanilla flavors smooth things out a bit, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall the BA version of this beer was undoubtedly smoother and more complex. Still, this is a solid beer in its own right and is worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- The woody dense brown body is murky with a double head of light tan. The lower head is creamy with a top head of big bubbles pushing above the glass. There is a sea of slow tiny bubbles fighting their way to the surface.
S- The faint sour hint turns to fresh wood and a faint coffee hint that grows as the beer warms. The sour note is more vinous that lactos. There is a faint vanilla and leather note at the end of the tartness.
T- The slight tartness finishes with a mellow caramel sweetness with some roasted malt in the background. The sweet and tart flavor lingers with a hop bite to follow. There is a woody quality that comes through in the malt and has touches of bourbon without the alcohol.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel. There is no alcohol heat but there is a sweetness that clings in the finish.
D- There is a good blend of mellow tartness and sweetness that is a bit caramelly with a very subtle depth underneath. The malt takes 2nd place to the tartness but the sweetness gets a bit to big for the rest of the flavor.

Photo of pwoods
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kels for sharing.

750ml capped brown bottle poured into a RR glass.

A: Pours deep woody brown with strong ruby highlights. Moderate head on the pour with little retention and only a bit of lacing.

S: Alcohol is strong but not stinging. Lots of tart fruitiness. Malts and oak.

T/M: A fair bit of alcohol, nice and warming. Lots of fruitiness with the alcohol, somewhat sweet but still a distinct tartness. Plenty of caramel and toffee malts. Some barrel notes add a nice touch. Carbonation is low and smooth. Body is nearly full.

D: 14.5% is a bit surprising even with the present alcohol. Pretty drinkable for it's size.

Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Bottle #04039.

Clear rosewood body with bright alizarin crimson highlights and a ropy malestrom of buff foam which subsides to a wasps nest of a collar and a dusty swirling surface slick.

Stewed fruit, nectarines, prunes, figs, and dried blueberries in the nose. A mildly fusel bourbon scent emerges on the tail end, with hints of caramel, cheap tobacco, wheat, and butterscotch.

Rather sweet on the palate with all the corresponding flavors to the aroma, with the addition of more sugar, a touch of vanilla, a very mild bitterness with hints of candied ginger and candied grapefruit zest, and an element of brandy from the bourbon barrel taking hold of the dark fruit notes.

Velvety, medium-thick, with low but decent carbonation. The heat is a bit much for the style, and makes certain fruit notes take on a subtle medicinal aspect (sort of like cherry flavored cough syrup).

I expect this could stand to be laid down for several years - one imagines the Bruery planning a decades long vertical of anniversary ales...though this beer seems like it was brewed more with that in mind than with creating something to be enjoyed in the present.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter.Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malts with a good dose of caramel and some woody notes from the barrel aging.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruits and some booze from the alcohol. There is definitely some heat in the finish from the alcohol, but that is to be expected from a beer of this strength. The heat will only improve with some aging. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer fresh but I think it will be outstanding with some aging. I would grab a few bottles to cellar if possible.

Photo of telecomz
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A surprise find this weekend. This store rec'd on 1 of only 3 cases in the state (MA).

A - Deep copper. Substantive tan head.

S - Vanilla and wood.

T - Some tartness. Vanilla-bourbon-brown sugar. Expected alcohol to end.

M - Substance without viscosity.

D - A good food companion. Would be great with steak-frites. One or two at a sitting; no more.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Medium khaki head. Leggy. Medium collar.

Smell - Very oaky. A little acidic. Oxidized, too. Sherry. Deep brown sugar.

Taste - Sweeter than it smells. Lots of brown sugar and caramel. Sherry-like oxidation. Sharp woody flavor.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Not boozy, though. Well carbonated.

Overall - I love these beers. This one has a perfect amount of age on it, too.

Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 04699 of the 2010 vintage was picked up in NC, review based on notes from a few days ago

Pours a caramel/crimson color with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fig & cherry notes& some boozeyness

T: Follows the nose, plus faint whisky notes up front, plus dryness & plums. Some woody notes, plus vanilla & raisins as this warms along with herbal & woody hops. Finishes dry, plummy, boozey & with oaky notes

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, nice warming notes

Booze is well hidden, aged nicely, one I would drink again

Photo of IKR
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky medium-brown. Thin beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Raisins, prunes, & brown sugar. Hints of bourbon which increases upon warming.

Taste: Raisins, prunes, & brown sugar with traces of bourbon. Fairly sweet taste which subsides in the finish but still remains.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a light carbonation. The prominent flavors and mouth-feel conceal the 14.5% ABV.

Overall: The last few occasions I've had Coton it's been the Bal-aged version. The Bal-aged version is more complex and not as sweet, but I still like the base Coton. i paid $15 a bottle at the Bruery's 2nd anniversary and at that price I'm happy with how the base Coton tastes after almost a year of aging.

Reviewed on 3-29-2011

Photo of Gmann
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#01509 Pours a chocolate brown color with honey hightlights and a short dense khaki head that settled into a solid ring. The aroma is of prunes and boozy raisins with some honey sweetness. Nice typical old ale aroma. The taste is sweet, fruity with a nice malty body. There is a nice dark grape sweetness, boozy raisins, with some carob and slight tobacco. There is some hints of milk chocolate and pepper spice. There is a tartness from the oak barrels as well a a hint of bourbon. There was something to the taste that I wasn't figuring out then I read the label, 25% bourbon barrel aged. It is a nice subtle bourbon barrel flavor. Works very well with a solid oak presence. Very nice flavor profile, though still a very "young" old ale. Should get more of a raisiny/pruney flavor as it ages though the barrel aging will disappear. The feel is full, slightly slick, low carbonation, and some noticable belly burn. Its slick and sweet but not sticky at all which is nice for such a high ABV. I really dig "young" old ales and this fits that description. I really like the flavors as it has a nice depth without being overly heavy on the raisin flavor. Though I like this fresh, it will probably be awesome aged.

Photo of bierguru
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - deep amber mocha colored head laces out very thin

S - fig, rasin, pear, big alcohol small

T - just like the smell there is a big alcohol taste, fig, oak, taste like a bourbon with fig mixed in

M - bourdon burn

D - its ok only the alcohol burn numbs the taste buds pretty quick

Photo of rebel1771
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was cellared for about 1 year.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with a decent slightly off white head.

S: Tons of caramel malt with strong note of ripe fruit. Big alcohol aroma as well.

T: Strong punch of alcohol right away. Sweet caramel malts up front with flavors of ripe fruits and a bit of nuttiness.

O: Overall this is a pretty amazing beer. I had saved this one for a special occasion and I am glad I did. Sharing this one with people I love was pretty awesome.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #06691.

A: A dark ice tea pour appears a dark brazilian cherry wood in the glass. The head is smooth and frothy, beige in color, and rose an initial 2 fingers high. The retention was moderate leaving a generous film coating behind as a lacing.

S: A bit of sour malt is experienced upfront with some stalky vines and dry burbon scents. Fresh prunes, mixed in with some dried molasses, comes through. There is definitely a muskiness coming from the yeast but surprisingly no trace could be found of its 14.5%abv.

T: The alcohol is present and quite apparent on the open combined with some boozy dark fruit, caramelized brown sugars, and sweet malt juice. Dried molasses, rum raisin, dark cherries and some spicy cola also add some spicy variety to the mix. The alcohol is spicy and hot, of dried maple syrup and some cinnamon notes adding a zing to the punch with some vanilla influence. The overall palate is one that was very sweet, vinous, and provided a big acidic bite on the finishing take. Overall a generally sweet but deeply complex drink that reveals a rich chocolate malt presence upon warming to room temp. Another winner from this bruery.

M: The mouthful is light, very warming with a spicy bite on the tongue. Oily and slippery feel provides for a great hold with a burbon dryness coming though on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Your definitely not gonna be putting this down to quickly or in any quantity, the only reason for my average drinkability rating. The overall enjoyment is one that is very high, but the big acidic nature and alcohol kick is one that makes this an honest slow sipper. A bomber pushes the further end of the drinking spectrum, not a bad idea to share this with a friend unless you want to devote a good 45 minutes on this. Vinous in nature and should be treated as such, small portions at a time, sipped and savored in a chalice with a warm ambience.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottle #00363. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky reddish/copper color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for long. There isn't too much lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like brown sugar, dark fruit (raisins, figs), vanilla, oak, and some sherry. The taste pretty much is just like the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (raisins, figs, prunes), oak, sherry, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and some dark bread. There's also a nice sweet boozy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, creamy and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew overall. I never had the chance to try this fresh, but I don't think the age has hurt it at all. Definitely worth a try if you come across a bottle!

Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle.. let it cellar at its recommended temp of 55 deg. for only about 3 months..

- Nice dark clear ruby brown.. big fizzy tan head down to a steady creamy later with great lacing all about.

- Spicy earthy kick on a bed of roasty caramel and molasses.. Esters, fig, raisin.. plum.. sweet brown sugar kick.. perhaps some nice grassy bittering hops..

- Creamy caramel, esters, touch of tart prune or fig.. sugars, vanilla.. oak, liquor.. rather sweet, yet smooth and balanced.. warming the gut..

- Medium bodied, slightly smooth and oily, creamy in texture. Well carbonated, almost perfectly carbonated.

- Great drinker with a few months on it.. not so hot as I bet it was hot off the barrel. Great complex flavors and a nice kick of prune. Great brew.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Meantime tulip. 14.5% ABV, Bottle 03800.

A - A bit oily pouring with a hazy dark amber brown color. Coton had a loose off-white head with low retention, typical for a beer with this much alcohol. Little spots of lace are left over on the glass.

S - Dusty old basement and wood paneling with a splash of warm, solventy alcohol. It even smells old! A pinch of soy sauce coming through the aroma concerns me a little bit. Hints of very mellow fruits come through.

T - Amber malts toasted to the extreme, they borderline being burnt. Dry cocoa and some gooey caramel back up the amber malts. Light fruit esters come from the alcohol. Very old and dusty wood paneled basement with a little bit of soy sauce.

M - Medium-full bodied and sweet with a funky finish and a fairly boozy alcohol prominence. It's got a sharp bite to the back end of this beer.

D - Ugh, this beer is damn near undrinkable. I don't know what compelled me to spend almost $25 on this bottle, but I regret every cent of it. Not only is it way overpriced for what it is, (my main problem with it) it also needs a few years to reach a desirable drinkability level for how much of a hot, sweet, boozy mess it is. With the fact it's fairly fresh, I can see the soy sauce that already plagues this beer getting even worse. If you find yourself in possession of a bottle of Coton, save it for a few years before you crack it open.

Side note: The short fills in The Bruery bottles, as pointed out by Sweemzander, are getting a little annoying. Not that it'll kill the beer but with all that oxygen it makes me suspicious of prolonged aging of their beers.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red amber. Moderate tan head and light lacing. Interesting flavor, sweet malts, lots of dark and light fruits and booze. A bit of citrus. A sweet-sour dark fruit finish. A very different, but enjoyable flavor. The ABV packs a punch, though. I'm not convinced this is an old ale, but it is interesting.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was honestly a little lacking for me. a nice ruddy color with light hints of reddish tones around the sides and bottom of the glass. no head or lacing to really speak of, just a flat and lifeless color.

aroma is deep though, tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla, touches of wood and hints of deep earthy malts and alcohol. warming really mellows it out as the toffee and caramel come back through full boar and really wipe the slate clean. i love when those sweet notes hit the palate at just the right time giving it that candy sweet depth that is really balanced out well by a nice warming alcohol note and a subtle, but defiant barrel flavor. light burning/warming on the finish seals the deal.

overall a bit thin and lacking in the look, but the aroma is there as is the flavor.

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint glass, coton is a deep brown in color, appearing almost purple in the dim bar lights, head is small and retention is low

s: loads of leathery fruit aromas - especially prune with some raisin and fig, toffee malt layered underneath with oaky bourbon, red sherry, dark sugars, very rich

m: carbonation low, full bodied - just a touch slick and syrupy

t: big prune, dried red grape, and black fig flavors with a tempered bourbon interior, lightly oaky, some lighter fruit skin tannins with boozy bourbon in the finish, oxidized sherry, heavily sweet with a touch of the sour expected in the style, a monstrous presence on the palate

d: it's a hell of a beer throwing a lot of weight, but all things considered was reasonably drinkable

quite nice but it's somewhat disappointing at the same time - this is a beer with lots of mass, but without a commensurate level of complexity

full pint at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

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Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.