Coton - The Bruery

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 355
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 79
Gots: 228 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of timc100
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared by the Bruery

There is some definite oxidation but it is working well. Lot of that soft vanilla, sherry, pale oak oxidation with sturdy toasted toffee, caramel, brown sugar old ale. On the palate there is a lot of the soft vanilla, sherry, some oak. A lot drier than the current anny vintages.

Showing its age, but still enjoyable (344 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL (bottle 07301) into a snifter. Pours a hazy brown mahogany w/ a minimal khaki head.

Aroma is sweet and sugary. Caramel, brown sugar, dried dates and figs, and light booze.

Taste is likewise sweet, sugary, and fruity. Lots of caramelized brown sugars followed by sweet bourbon that warms the back of the throat. Toffee, red grapes and just a hint of sour cherry. Oak seems lost in the other flavors, although only 25% spent any time in a barrel. Some Port wine character especially as it warms, as other reviewers have noted.

Mouthfeel is sticky, almost syrupy. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall a huge sipper of a beer but it's lacking some of the complexity of The Bruery's later anniversary beers. Maybe this one is on its way downhill. Glad I got to try it but I wouldn't pay the premium for another bottle. (816 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
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). (1,356 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of mentor
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged in my cellar since it was fresh on shelves. Pours a thin fizzy layer that disappears and is fed by aggressive streamers. Clear dark amber-brown liquid. Smells strongly of caramel oxidation, toffee, dried dark fruits (prune, tamarind), leathery, soothing bourbon, ivory soap, chocolate, sugary oak, cherry biscuit, clean alcohol sting. Complex, though not particularly intense.

Tastes lighter malt than I was expecting, and not as sweet. It's sweet, but not sticky. Has tall oak, raisiny bourbon, vanilla that's over-run by wood astringency mixed with strong clean alcohol. Fig, cherry, slightly burnt home-made candy brittle, flat discount-cola. The beer's attempt to be wet sweet is swept clear by prickly alcohol that dries the tongue and warms my belly. Closes with a pear-syrup sweetness with a dusting of chocolate and light-colored caramel. This beer reminds me of 2005 BA Old Salty from Heavyweight Brewing. A bit more alcohol and not quite as estery and malty sweet. Medium in the mouth, but has a creamy dextrine quality. Modest carbonation. Rum raisiny goodness. Overall quite nice, but a bit to zippy hot alcohol for my preference. The alcohol will likely help this beer if aged further, but I think this one has a maximum of two years left according to my preferences. (1,286 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of BRANDY818
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank. The beer is retired but they had an aged keg.

It was a little murky looking with a caramel color and a head that couldn't wait to vanish.

Smell is very winey. Strong.

Interesting flavors of malty grain and hot booze.

Nice heavy mouthfeel that made this a slow sipper.

Glad I tried it and fun to share with friends, but I never even considered ordering another. (409 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. I bought this at Beer Run when it was released in 2010 for $21.

Appearance: Pours hazy brown, but when held to light, is actually pretty clear, and a deep dark garnet color. Hard pour yields a bit of off white head with minimal retention.

Smell: Rich, sweet malt and fruit. Raisins and dates, dried peaches and/or apricots. Some oxidation notes. Vanilla notes from the boubon, and some alcohol smell.

Taste: Super sweet with lots of complexity. Insane amounts of fruit flavor and considerable alcohol bite. Similar to port of sherry. Finish yields the bourbon, a bit of roast, and a long, warming boozy kiss.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, low carbonation.

Overall: I like it quite a bit. Its really sweet though, and that gets a little old. SImilar to the Fruet I drank at Christmas, but less bourbony. (812 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy brown body with a ivory/brown head.

S: Bourbon and deep malt aroma. There is a pleasant alcohol bite.

T: Sweet malt and bourbon flavors with a nice alcohol bite.

M: Amazing body with a great carbonation bite.

O: Amazing beer. Worth actively seeking this beer out. (277 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy brown color with light red hues along the edges and really no head to speak of but there is some solid lacing if your swirl this in the glass.

Aromas begin with tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla and oak. There is some dark fruits and molasses with some emerging spirit and alcohol.

The tastes begin with warming alcohol which transitions into the toffee and caramel maltiness. There is a super sweet candy maltiness and some maple syrup flavors as well with some light darker fruits as it warms. The sweetness and alcohol are still fairly present even after the 2-3 years in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with a very little amount of carbonation. Finish is fairly biting from the alcohol and fairly sweet.

Overall I cannot recommend this beer as each year they come out with a new one that is more balanced and less alcoholic thanks to the solara blending method they use. The overly abrasive alcohol and borderlining cloying nature make this a fairly big miss for me. Cuir was such an improvement as was Fruet so I can only assume this year's Bois will be even better. (1,101 characters)

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big beer. poured cloudy (unfiltered). frothy, white, irridescent, broken bubbly thin head. good amount of lace. at first impression, everything about the beer reminded me of vintage bigfoot. pumpkin and allspice in the nose and taste. i'm not picking up a lot of barrel aged influence on the beer, sadly. beer is alcoholic and has a warming feel when consumed. really interesting astringent quality on the upper gums in the mouth. beer really opens up and expands in the mouth as you spend more time with it. roasted meat aromas and flavors, a sugary component to the taste prevails, waxy feel at the top of the palate. prickly feel at the front of the tongue. tart citrus fruit and cigar smoke. interesting beer. for $35.99, i'd save my money for something else but glad i had a chance to try it. (797 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Bottle: 6369

Pours a murky and muddy mahogany color with soem orange amber edges. There is a thin quarter inch head that forms that is light tan and recedes fairly quickly.

Aroma starts off with some slight sour or maybe briny notes, some leather and tobacco notes as well. There is some sweetness in the back and some Bourbon as well. Slight honey notes. There is some toffee and molasses notes but that briny note kind of turns me off a bit.

Flavor starts off with some dark fruits. Prunes and some nice molasses and toffee sweetness. There is some leathery notes as well in the flavor but these are less noticeable in the taste. Sweet notes of bourbon as well with some slight oaky notes as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily with lower carbonation.

OK Old Ale. not my favorite out there and The Bruery has some better ones out there. Still its a tasty. (907 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice ruby color with a 2 finger tan head. Leopard spots of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Has some Worcestershire just like Cuir does, leather

T- Worcestershire, some spices, and sweet amber malts.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

O- Liked this better than Cuir, but still had that weird Worcestershire character to it. (355 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this beer. Thanks Chris.

poured into tulip glass.

bottle number- 6827

reviewed from notes 7/29/12.

Appearance: medium red bodied beer with small tan head. The beer drops to a cap that has some good staying power.

Smell: Dark fruit, caramel, & toffee.

Taste: Big dark fruits and a touch of leather. Has a slightly soured fruity frinish. Similar to cherries I would say.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: So we did an Olde Ale Tasting featuring Cuir, BA Cuir, Coton, and Fruet. Coton took third place. Not bad; fairly solid Olde Ale that was to style. Does even match up to either of the Bruery's BA Olde Ales. That bourbon barrel does wonderrs to Olde Ales! (727 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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! (796 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review. been wanting to try this one for a while now, figured this was the perfect opportunity.

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass. bottle #01789.

pours a deep, opaque mahogany tone with a solid finger of a beige/tan head. demonstrates middling retention though a lasting cap; decent walls of lacing.

the headliner in the nose is bourbon; despite just the 25% being bourbon-bbl aged i get it right away. also strong notes of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and oak. very nice bouquet.

first thing i get from the flavor is a lot of sweet maltiness. not cloying sweetness, though it straddles the line... more dark fruit, vanilla, oak/woody notes, and a warming boozy finish. taste does not live up to the promise of the nose, though it is quite enjoyable.

smooth, medium-plus bodied mouthfeel, a bit syrupy... carbonation is on the low side but IMO that doesn't negatively impact the beer. this is the ultimate sipper, not extremely drinkable in the sense it goes down easy.

in the final analysis i'd say this is a very good beer and i'm glad to have tried it; that said, it doesn't live up to it's hefty pricetag. not sure much would.

original review on: 10-18-2010 (1,189 characters)

Photo of Adrianized
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red wood color with lighter brown highlights. Small tab head dissipates. 4

Oak, wet wood, moss, prunes, whiskey, a touch of maple, and some alcohol. 4.5

Oak and wet bark. Raisins, prunes, and figs. Some vanilla. Finishes alcohol hot. 4

Full bodies with light carbonation. 4

Overall pretty good, but not worth the hefty price tag. 4 (349 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is the same as the smell and is very nice. There is a slightly acidic quality in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells. (562 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 3097.

A: deep copper color with some reddish hues, clear, poured with a good, dense, creamy tan-colored head that dissipated within minutes to nothing
S: incredibly deep and full nose, sweeter roasted malts with leather undertones, malt dominates, near port-like or aged barley wine
T: incredibly intense beer, deep roasted/burnt malt, some barrel aging noticeable, finish is a combo of sharp burn malt and/or bitterness
M: tons of different tastes between burnt malt, EtOH, barrel, intense very drinkable for ABV, creamy
O: very unique, reminded me of a British barley wine and/or port (596 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting. Finished a distant #6 of 6 for me.

A - Pours a murky medium brown with just a smattering of bubbles.

S - Dominated by soy and worcestershire, with a bit of saurkraut and vanilla.

T - Slightly sweet vanilla, but a very salty, soy finish. Just strange. As it warmed a bit, I got some pepper on the finish, as well as some increased tartness.

M - Full bodied with perfect carbonation.

O - I'm not sure if this bottle was infected or just not aging well, but this was not enjoyable at all. I don't think we got through half of the bottle, even after finishing everything else. It is just not something I want to come near ever again. (700 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions

Look: Dark brown with reddish hues. 1/8 inch head and no real retention

Smell: The nose starts out a touch sour and then is backed up with copious amounts of dark fruits

Taste: Dark fruits in full effect that is backed up by slight notes of oak and vanilla. The beer finishes with some nice coffee note and a fair amount of alcohol which does become a bit distracting as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation which is to be expected

Overall: A nice little beer with great complexity the beer should do well with even more age (577 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks pat

Pours a deep, opaque caramel brown color with some slightly brighter hues. Thinner beige head rests on top, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Very rich in the nose - roasted malts with boozy warmth. Toffee and burnt sugar with caramel. Some oaky and vanilla tones too.

Rich and a bit sweet up front with some toffee and caramel. Light touches of dark fruit with candied notes. Thick, beefy malt backbone with layers of flavor. Some oak and vanilla flavors with a nice boozy warmth towards the finish.

Full bodied, decent enough carbonation, sticky and heavy on the tongue. A nice burly, smooth sipping old ale here, I liked the booziness of this combined with the malty, toffee sweetness. I'd love to try the 100% BA version. (784 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 750 ml bottle split with my brother last summer. Have had this a few times now. Poured into a Victory tulip glass...

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany-brown color that is a bit murky. Not completely opaque. A creamy tan head forms about 1/5 fingers thick and quickly recedes to a collar.

S - Dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla and a bit of oak come out. Theres a candy sugar aroma there too which is nice. Sherry like qualities on the nose here.

T - Sweet flavors of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and alcohol soaked raisins come first. There is a slight bourbon and oak presence. Some chocolate and leather come out as well. Nice complex and reminds me of a sherry/port hybrid.

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice richness to it that isn't overpowering or too sweet.

O - Really nice beer. I enjoyed this one immensely and really cannot wait to see how it ages. (920 characters)

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Coton from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.