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Coton - The Bruery

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very good

348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 76
Gots: 219 | FT: 12
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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 348 | Reviews: 161
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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a small, tight head that dissipates quite quickly. The nose hits first with booze, and underneath I get good notes of caramel, bright fruits, dates, and maybe some grapes.

The taste definitely still focuses on the boozy character and has a good deal of sweet malt. Definitely a bit over the top with the booze. Some brown sugar and fruit in there as well. This really quite hot right now, but hopefully it develops some more with age. Absolutely pales in comparison to the barrel aged version.

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a rocky head that pancakes down on the liquid while leaving a skeleton of lace

Smell: The booze is readily apparent in the aroma, with a dark fruit, molasses and soy sauce character; burnt caramel and vanilla elements linger in the background

Taste: Rather complicated flavor profile....starts out with a alcohol-soaked fruitcake character that builds with molasses, soy sauce and a surprising sourness that jumps to the fore at mid-palate, along with the bourbon; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors and the bourbon barrel elements converge into the finish, though the sourness lingers well into the after-taste

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This beer well could take years to come together; despite the complexity, it is currently a chore to get through all of the big flavors, the sour edge and the booziness

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected to this to be black for some reason. When I got my glass of it I thought it was a mistake. This beer is very similar to the 2 turtle doves in my opinion. The aroma is strong of alcohol, malts and dark fruits. It's got a strong flavor of most of the same qualities. Surprising red color, with a little head assuming from the ABV of this puppy! Overall this would be awesome for a nightcap beer. It will make your eyes lips heavy real quick and makes you nice and warm rather quickly.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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 womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oddly enough, I'm the first CA resident to review this beer...

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a dark brown/mahogany color with a mild off-white head.

S: While quite sweet, the nose is not quite as rich as the barrel aged version. A strong fruity character along with caramel, toffee, and burnt sugars.

T: The sugar components are quite strong on the tongue. The caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee dominate up front. The sweet, dark fruits come into the play toward the middle and back end of the sip. The beer is, however, on the hot side.

M: Quite full in body, but not quite as thick and chewy as the barrel aged version. Certainly a noticeable alcohol heat as well, but this heat is not as well integrated as it could be.

D: This one is a bit raw. With a bit of time, hopefully the booze will mellow out and integrate into the beer, making for a more well-rounded beverage.

Photo of largadeer
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for opening this one, Nick.

Murky amber body, almost rust-colored, with a small head that settles to a collar. Nice viscosity, this has legs like whiskey.

Smells quite fruity, prune-like, with notes of iron, mineral, molasses. A bit cloying and unrefined. Some oak and bourbon sweetness. Decent.

Tastes of prunes, molasses, mineral/iron. Rich and thick, but unlike the 100% barrel-aged version, this is fairly cloying and somewhat astringent. It might improve with a few years of age, but I wouldn't recommend opening this fresh. I don't like the prune juice flavor and the sweetness isn't nearly as palatable and smooth as the 100% barrel aged version.

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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It had short retention and left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of oak, caramel, bready malts and toffee. The were some boozy notes, too.

T - It tasted of rich, sweet caramel. There were oaky notes with hints of bourbon and mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied beer with a strong alcohol warmth.

D - This is a good old ale that is very strong and punches you right in the mouth.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a ChurchKey snifter.

It's funny: I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce the name of this beer. Is it Coh'-ton, Coh-ton', cotton, Catan (all hail!), or what? Damn Bruery and its crazy shit. I mean, it's spelled with a "w", dammit! Stupid clever attempts! Anyhoo... The pour results in a cloudy amber brown, with a veryu minor excuse for a white bubbly head. Like an old man, this old ale has very little snow on top (along with a lot o' nothin'). It smells of caramel apple (nuts and all, baby), cashews (see?), oak (or some kind o' wood, anyways), bourbon (insert parenthetical here), and a hint of vanilla (...I got nothin'...). Hooray, unnecessary parentheticals! *ahem* That vanilla I mentioned doesn't register on my tongue, though everything else does. In addition, some cranberries and hot cinnamon (y'know, like some good ol' Red Hots) crash the party, bringing along some pleasant extra bits o' complexity. It all sits heavily, but not too, on my tongue, coating my mouth with mildly carbonated goodness. The heft and relatively high ABV, though, keep the drinkability from hittin' the bell, no matter how many swings are paid for. I think the damn game's rigged, but she seems to like it, and you know there just ain't no arguin' with dames. Get some!

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey

Large beefy frothy head fades slowly with a sticky lacing, dark but clear mahogany brown copper color

Nose nice bourbon, some woody aromas, some dark crystal malts, dark sweet barleywine like aromas, brown sugar molasses, little nutty

Taste semi sweet, wood, bourbon, sweet brown sugar, burnt molasses and malts, bit of minerality, sweet dark malts barleywine like, hint of smoke and nutty, bit of cinnamon, plenty of warming booze especially as it warms, light Belgiany dark fruit. Finishes with a long slightly syrupy and boozy finish, with lingering dark sweet malts and a bit of bourbon.

Mouth is semi syrupy and heavier, with decent carbonation.

Drink is meh, plenty booze and it has a bit of a bitter iffy burnt minerality taste, as well as being syrupy.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

I was pleased to try this at max's in baltimore. served on tap

Deep brown with translucent clarity and light beige cap. The smell is incredible with lots of caramel and some wood aromas with a custard, almost sherry like nose. The feel is ridiculous because it does seem strong but nowhere near 14.5% it is sweet and fruit with a cream texture. The beer has a lot of taste happening with some raisin, caramel and custard with a lot of sweet dark sugar and almost dessert like qualities. I enjoyed this but would not really call it drinkable in the ultimate sense unless you drink 14.5% beers like they are ordinary. It does hid the alcohol in the layers of malt pretty well almost reminds you of how thomas hardy's has the complexity in a very big beer.

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

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Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.