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Coton - The Bruery

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very good

334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 76
Gots: 214 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DefenCorps on 05-22-2010)
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Photo of champ103
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark and murky reddish/brown color. A minimal brown head forms, and sticks around as a ring. Very little lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, toffee and chocolate. Dark fruits of fig, cherries, and plums. A tart green apple aroma as well. Light vanilla and oak. Really complex and awesome.
T: Follows the nose. A large toasted malt flavor up front. Sweet toffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Dark fruits, and a great green apple tartness lingers. Dry oak as well.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Velvety smooth and decadent. So easy to drink. The high alcohol is extremely well hidden. I can sip on this all day.

This is really exceptional. A huge beer, that has incredible nuance and balance. Something that is harder and harder to find these days. Highly recommended.

champ103, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the hulmeville inn. Way to go steve, the new philly beer geek.

A- comes to me in a mini pilsner type glass with no head just a faint ring and a wisp or two on top. Murky orange brown in color that glows yellow at the edges in the sunlight.

S- sherry and sweet candied fruit. Burnt brown sugar and caramel.

T- sweet cream sherry soaked stone fruit and caramelized turbinado sugar. Toasted honey wheat bread with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. More spice in the back with cloves studded oranges and spiced cider.

M- thickish and chewy viscous mouthfeel, coats the palate with sweetness. Lite carb just a small fizz after a bit. There is some heat but with some time I think it will clam down.

D- well its damn near 15 abv and super sweet but its not cloying the touch of heat burns the sweet just right.

oglmcdgl, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of roadhouse
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 in a snifter

Nice mahogany pour with a cream head. Good staying power for the high ABV really.

Aroma is full of dark fruit and cherry. A touch of fig, toffee, raisin, and good old booze.

Taste is raisin, fig, cherry, toffee, but there's also a bitter component from hops and perhaps some roasted malt but it's on the light side. I think the high ABV also comes in a bit to increase that harshness.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but not overly so. Fairly smooth and a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall a really great beer. I can see this one being an A+ with 3-5 years on it. I might have to find me another bottle for aging purposes. Very expensive but I can see this one being worth it if you can manage to age it. Rating on this site will indeed go up over time, it's just too hot at the moment and flavors need to blend.

roadhouse, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color, with a nice light tan foam resting on top (although it quickly disappears, leaving s nice slick atop the surface).

Good aromas here: bourbon, raisins, stewed fruits and candi sugar. On the palate, I get some nice warming alcohol light oak and a little chocolate. Much better, IMHO, than papier at this point. Smooth, somewhat mellow and very drinkable.

emmasdad, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of nobes341
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, cloudy orange hue. A brownish orange head bubbles to the surface but quickly dissipates leaving nothing but the outline of a head to be that never was.

S: Molasses, dark fruits, alcohol, caramel.

T: As complex as the smell. Dark, roasty malts, slightly fruity. Very sweet. Oaked notes are very subtle, but present. Warm alcohol drones in after the initial brown sugar, fruitiness.

M: Medium-heavy. Coats the glass like a single malt but there's nothing single about this tasty malt bomb.

D: Sipper. Desert. Not an every day beer (unless you have a growler to kick). This is a very nice Old Ale.

nobes341, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a translucent mahogany with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like tons of vanilla and caramel and honey wheat, with some butterscotch and a bit of bourbon and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like butterscotch and caramel and vanilla and smooth oak, with some honey wheat and candi sugar and a bit of sour yeast and alcohol. It had a bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It had a beautiful body that was thick and smooth with a little carbonation.
D: This beer is super amazing with some of the best malt flavors and terrific body. A top notch old ale with a Belgian influence and barrel aging to set it apart from other old ales, which worked perfectly. It was a bit hot fresh, so it needs to be sipped. But it should be sipped regardless, to fully enjoy the complexities. So good fresh, and I'm sure it will improve with age. I'm glad I bought a second bottle for the cellar, despite the price!

Pencible, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Manoftyr
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Pours a dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights into the glass, there isn't much carbonation but it never the less gives rise to a thin yellowish off-white head which recedes rather quickly leaving a wispy ring. Although there isn't much head it leaves some nice sticky lacing which is impressive given the ABV.

Aroma-Dark tangy fruits up front; I smell prunes grapes, raisins and a kind of sour funkiness. Underneath that are some vanilla and slight caramel elements and maybe the smallest hint of bourbon.

Taste-Tangy sweet with that same dark fruit character found on the nose only now I can pick up dates and tart cherries on the palette in addition to the aforementioned fruits. There's a subtle hoppiness that balances things out along with a spicy booziness and a very subtly bourbon character right at the finish that lingers after you swallow. The caramel notes found on the nose are much more subdued and the vanilla entirely absent but there's plenty enough going on without it.

Mouthfeel-Very delicate carbonation with a full syrupy body; spot on for the style methinks.

Drinkability-Although this is a great beer it's gonnna take a hit here as it's not terribly drinkable to me; the overpowering tartness combined with the thick heavy body and lingering aftertaste make this a real sipper. One glass is plenty, if not more than enough, for me.

Manoftyr, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Gmann, Jul 10, 2010
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

brentk56, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of rye726
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really sure why this is $22 a bottle when only a quarter of it is barrel aged. Give me a fucking break Bruery. But a nice example of the style that should age well.

Pours a rusty, stained mahogany. Silky tan head, nice lace.

Nose has dark pitted fruits, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, peppery alcohol and a hint whiskey.

Taste is a bit more complex. Quite sweet, but I like it. Figs, dates, plums, rich candy malts, subtle hops, spicy alcohol and tart fresh cherries. Subtle, well balanced bourbon presence.

Full body is delicately carbonated. Drinks well considering size and age.

rye726, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to the supremely generous Overlord for this one. 750ml into pint glass.

A- Pours thickly. A rich copper color, a very nice creamed coffee head that is thick like a ricecake. Nice super-thick lacing ring after the first sip.

S- Caramel, bourbon, brandy-soaked fruits. Butterscotch (in a good way).

T- Rich, caramel wave hits me first. Fruity, plums, raisins, figs and dates, all things sweet and dried. A hint of pineapple.

M- Great body, heavy but not overbearing. Boozy for sure, but not solventy. Patrick is right up there with DFH with their high-ABV brewing techniques. More carbonation than I was expecting but I think it helps soften the blow.

D- Moderate to moderately high... style and ABV in mind. I like this stuff. Not sure what aging will do to it, but I'd be interested in finding out. Still, well-put-together and ready to drink now.

ShogoKawada, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet at 50 degrees, and reviewed through the mid-60s.

Pours with a short, thick, tan-colored head over a deep, cloudy amber brown body. Light lacing.

Aromas of rich red fruits - plums, grapes, and then some raisin comes through as it warms. Addition of molasses and alcohol round it out. Very inviting.

Whoa! Thick on the palate, with a much deeper profile than the aroma suggests. Definitely gets into the thicker Old Ale category. Black strap molasses, mouthfull of raisins, vanilla extract, and a touch of cabernet in the finish.

Make no doubt about it, this is a meal. I highly recommend splitting the 750ml. I cut mine with water throughout, and thankfully enjoyed it a couple hours after dinner.

BeerImmediately, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of telecomz
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

telecomz, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as a surprise at my local Binny's. Bottle no. 03718. 2010 Anniversary Ale. 75% ale, 25% ale aged in bourbon barrels.

A - pours hazy, deep copper tones with an off white/light tan head that actually stands up. Leaving lace on glass.

S - Aromas of vanilla, wood, and some sourness.

T - first sip - slight sour ale with hints of wood, and vanilla/bourbon. Alcohol at end of sip.

M - thin to mid-bodied. Sourness, with some woody tannins linger.

D - NOT a session beer. Good late night beer. might go good with a cigar by the fire pit. Good drinkability, but could not get passed the first bottle.

don't taste the "old ale" in the style description. Not sure where I'd put this in the base style. 14.5 % is a little high for an old ale. suggest a new style - BFB: big f'in beer, with wood.

JamnesCameron, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love Old Ales and this entire style. This was good but not great.

The appearance is a brown dirty hazy beer with a tan fizzy head. It looks a little lighter in body, I don't want to say watered down but I would say it looks 'light'.

The smell was of brown sugar, sharp booze, plumbs and assorted dark fruits, with some candied sugar. The booze smell was pretty strong and not really of whisky, rather metallic spirits.

The taste was good, but overly carbonated. I know that some swirling can get it down, but maybe in a few years with some oxidation and time it will settle out and turn into something amazing. It was a little cold when I first tasted it, so when it warmed up to room temperature it was way better. The whisky came out, oak, woody tannins shined, brown sugars. Good beer that was meant specifically for aging.


Jmoore50, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Aenema
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a murky brown, thin tan head.
Smell - Lots of sugar, some soy sauce, booze, dark fruit.
Taste - Caramel, lots of alcohol, though not a disrupting amount, dark fruit. A wide array of flavors.
Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and although slightly syrupy, it is not as thick as expected.
Drinkability - Much easier to drink than I anticipated, but still very rich and filling.
Overall - Really in between with this one; a very different beer with some interesting characteristics. Overall though, I can't say I'm in a rush to have this one again.

Aenema, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank at a tasting with jrallen34.

A - Deap brown, with a bluish/red haze that that hints at purple. Small off-white head that receded to a ring. No lacing.

S - Lot of caramel and brown sugar. Some dark fruit, mainly figs. A bit of noticable alcohol. Smells very sweet.

T - Big sweet taste right off the bat. A lot of dark fruit and brown sugar. Surprisingly the alcohol doesn't come through that much. Kind of a mixture of a quad and a barley wine.

M - Low carbonation, pretty full bodied. Little too heavy.

D - Thought it was great at first due to the really high ABV, but then the sweetness killed it.

AgentZero, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 bottle into an Orval glass...The beer pours a medium clearish brown with amber highlights, very little carbonation...The aroma is light but smells like a quad, malty caramel and dark fruits, light vanilla and bourbon a little alcohol. Its really nice...The taste isn't as complex, very alcoholic. Light vanilla and bourbon. Light hoppy finish reminds me of a bw. Quad in the aroma, bw in taste. Its ok, nothing special. The feel is super light. Drinkability is ok.

jrallen34, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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

blackie, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a dark orange-brown color with one inch of off white head.

s - Smells strongly of booze. Also smells of darek fruits, sugar, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Taste is again, lots of booze and dark fruits. Also some sweet malts and sugar again. Not too enjoyable.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation.

d - I was not a big fan of this beer, nor were the other 3 people I was with at SAVOR. I thought it was a sweet, boozy mess that was still way too hot. It's a hard 14.5% ABV and I would not want to try this again unless it was aged for a few years. After a lot of hype I thought this was very overrated.

mdfb79, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Lunch
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 750ml bottle purchased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Bruery tulip at the appropriate temperature (05/27/10).

A: Pours an oily deep orange brown with a sight cap of light tan/off-white head. Decent retention for a 14.5% beer.

S: Unlike the on-tap version, I am getting a lot of smoked meat from this aroma. Some dried fruits, caramel and toffee, but mostly the meat. Good amount of alcohol in this one.

T: Oh dear. The smoked meat has continued and this one is not pleasing at all. As much as I don't want to say it, this bottle of beer is fairly gross.

M: A full-bodied bodied beer that is quite thick and oily.

D: Not so much.

Overall this beer was a huge disappointment as I have become quite found of The Bruery. I split this bottle with a friend and both of us were unable to choke down the rest of this bottle. A couple weeks later I had this on-tap and it was a fairly different experience, but still disappointing. Some of the other people that i enjoyed this with on-tap commented that their bottles too paled in comparison to the beer on-tap.

Lunch, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of guess98224
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought 25.4 oz bottle at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD. Drank it at home with The Hubster.

A: Pours a dark amber-orange. Small ring of foam remained throughout drinking.

S: Very rich aroma. Smelled of prunes, figs and raisins. Very sweet smell. Can smell bourbon.

T: Very complex fruit taste, brimming with raisins, prunes, figs, bourbon, toffee. Sweet with slightly bitter after-taste.

M: A full beer that coats the tongue and palate.

D: Very drinkable, but at 14.5 ABV, it caught up with me.

Overall, this beer is very good. We had heard quite a bit about it before we tried it, and it was not disappointing. Drinks a little hot now, I think a year of aging will mellow it out.

Serving type: Bruery tulips

guess98224, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

TMoney2591, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Bruery tulip at 50 degrees.

Two finger off white head. Some smaller bubbles in the middle, but pretty tight looking head. Very dark brown with some amber on the edges. Dies down to a layer of foam on top with a few tiny bubbles in there. Eventually dies down to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass with wisps in the middle. Some lacing left behind as well. Really impressive for the abv.

The nose has a plethora of dark fruits reminiscent of dates, figs, raisins and plumbs. Brown sugar and hints of toffee. A whiff of grape juice too. Some alcohol in the nose too.

The taste has a plethora of dark fruits like raisins, dates, figs, and plumbs up front (raisins are especially prevalent). Then black currants and burnt brown sugar. Also, vanilla and some bourbon. The flavor ends on a sort of red wine like note. There is also a bit of spearmint hop presence. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar linger. (Had this on tap at the Bruery and there is a more noticeable bourbon presence in the bottled version which is certainly a plus.) Quite complex. Flavors vie for dominance which is nice, and the lingering flavors are great.

This beer's viscosity is surprisingly low for the abv. Lots of flavor and complexity. Low end of medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth. There's also a really strong bite on the end (hop bite?). A bit hot on the way down.

Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. One of the best old ale's I have ever had. I really wish I could get my hands on the 100% barrel aged version.

billshmeinke, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tonys darts away, direct draw system.

Pours dark crimson, opaque with a ring of slightly off white head.

Aroma is nutty and sweet, lots of alcohol and dark fruit. Very layered but hard to really tell in the crazyness that's Tonys.

Flavor is deep and boozy with brandy notes, some chocolate, lots of alcohol but more warming in the chest than the mouth.

Another interesting beer from familia rue, probably another of their beers I will be hanging onto the bottle for about 8 years to see if it mellows out at all...

SShelly, Jun 05, 2010
Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.