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Coton - The Bruery

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 76
Gots: 218 | FT: 12
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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.

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Photo of Aenema
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of mdfb79
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

Photo of Lunch
2.69/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Photo of guess98224
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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 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.

Photo of SShelly
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Photo of at1234
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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 John_M
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Coton from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.