Coton - The Bruery
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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
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2013 04:13:13 | More by mentor
Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.