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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 drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Beer is brown and hazy and forms a thin head of small and large bubbles. Head falls away rather quickly leaving a very thin layer of nearly nothing on the surface of the glass. No lacing and the carbonation level is low. I think CK may undercarb their beers.

Aroma is kind of like a Belgian dubbel, with a hint of some booziness to it but not in a bad way. There is not a strong aroma of alcohol, just a hint of some bourbon or some wood. Pretty sweet smelling with some raisin in there.

This beer finishes with a slight roast, up front its pretty sweet and a little hot. The overall finish is kind of dry and pretty caramelly. Overall this beer is pretty good and drinkable for a 14.5% beer. I would not have expected it.

drabmuh, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at churchkey in DC. Reviewed on my Droid.

Arrives in a 10 oz snifter with a hint of a ring of foam. Near pitch black. Arom/a is fruity with oak aroma evident. Also smells slightly funky.

First sip I detect a brett like flavor followed by a hot alcohol burn. Second sip confirms the brett funkiness. The bourbon flavors are subdued, masked by the alcohol burn.

A very interesting beer... drinkability suffers due to the very high ABV, the burn just seems to mask the complexity. I'm glad to have tried this, but won't seek out again

FickleBeast, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of at1234
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A deep, crimson body is topped by an assertive head that takes its time to form, and when it does molds into a full, off-white garnish engulfed with aromas of caramel, dark fruit and lemon. I'm confused as to why this isn't rated higher considering this hits all ends of the spectrum of a well executed brew...it offers dominant flavors of fig, dates, raisin, caramel, molasses and Belgian candi. Being maturated in bourbon barrels only adds more complexity, which is always two thumbs up in my book. With that said...vanilla, wood and subtle hints of coconut come through. Here is the best part, it's finished with brett, so its acidic profile stands up tall to all the other flavors that battle with one another to see who is most noticeable. This thing is amazing, simply put...and another excellent release from The Bruery.

at1234, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a red-brown, with a soft off-white head, good retention and nice lace.

S: Dark fruit, booze and rum soaked prunes and raisins, brown sugar.

T: Heavy on the dark fruit and Belgian character. The beer is incredibly boozy and raw, Virgin Papier was but the flavours were more integrated, this one is a bit all over the place. Nice flavours of nuts/pecans/Brazil nuts in the finish which I liked with some oak notes.

M: Medium/full bodied, there is some thinness on the palate, some EtOH on the finish/burn.

D: This beer is extremely young, a beer that needs to be put away until 2020 to be truly drinkable and complex.

Edit 10/3/10, I got to revisit this beer at The Bruery provisions store. The heat has died down considerably, the fruitiness has come out and more to the forefront, a lot tastier. I'm pleased with the amount of improvement this beer has had in only 5 months.

Halcyondays, May 29, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

**This beer was significantly better from the bottle. Probably would have bumped it into the 4.0-4.15 range. But, I almost never repeat review, so just adding the note here.

Thanks to the Bruery for putting on a great event.

Pours an orange-ish brown. Some chunks of white froth, but no real head.

Smells strangely earthy, with brown sugar, harsh caramel, and a bit of .... ripe fruits ... to the nose. Hmm.... oddly alcohol-y and harsh. Just raw at the moment. A Bruery employee mentioned it may need a few months and I definitely think that will help.

The taste of Coton, similarly to Overlord's love, is rough edged and harsh. Wow. In your face booziness and alcohol heat, some citrus rind and pith, a bit of dates and other dark fruits, overwhelming boozy caramel and brown sugar. Does not really have the complexity of its big brother, BA Coton, but is a pretty multi-dimensional brew in its own rights.

Mouthfeel appropriate.

Overlord, May 24, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

womencantsail, May 23, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a brownish cocoa color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose on this bad boy is very complex and is difficult to describe. Ultimately, I felt like I picked up chocolate, vanilla, orange and fino sherry.... not exactly something I smell every day in a beer. On the palate this beer is just outrageous, and is almost too much of a good thing. This beer is very rich, sweet and boozy, showing heavy cream, honey, prunes, golden rasains, butterscotch and melted butter. Mama mia! The flavors in this intensely flavored beer are amazing. Mouthfeel is rich, plush and very, very long. Given the richness and abv., it kind of goes without saying that drinkability is not exactly this beer's strong suit. This beer is decadence incarnate and is meant to be consumed slowly and in small quantities.

Excellent stuff, but this is not the sort of beer I'd go looking for every day.

John_M, May 22, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maxs.

Pours a deep red ruby brown, mild clarity and a thin tan ring of bubbles and lace. Very strong fruity (raisin, plum) and sugary (molasses) aroma with mild bourbon notes. Aroma is the highlight of this beer for me. Body is thick and chewy with fine, light carbonation. In the flavor the sweet fruits and sugars dominate and the bourbon aging and malt body are pushed to the background. Alcohol is smooth but the beer is still very hot this young. A very enjoyable, raw sipper as long as you don't mind the sweetness.

yourefragile, May 22, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today. Woohoo! World premiere!
Deep ruby/mahogany red with reddish brown highlights. There's a thin ring that lasts for quite a while too.

The nose is intense. Fruity plums, raisins and prunes, caramel, light toffee, burnt sugar, leather. This smells amazing! The palate opens big, chewy, sweet and boozy. Quite fruity up front, it quickly gives way to a robust sweetness with caramel, brown sugar, burnt sugar , leather. There's also some tannin character, light but necessary and arguably insufficient in its effort to balance out the sweetness. Full in body, low in carbonation and a solid finish, this beer is excellent. The alcohol is well hidden, there's a lingering leather character and sweetness to this. It's a great sipper, but I found myself leaning towards drinking a liter of the Victory Braumeister in its stead.

DefenCorps, May 22, 2010
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Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.