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Coton - The Bruery

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87
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164 Reviews
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Reviews: 164
Hads: 358
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 81
Gots: 229 | FT: 14
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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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Reviews: 164 | Hads: 358
Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 513.

A - Very dark rusty brown in color, topped by a thin half finger tan head. Not the greatest head retention, but I wouldn't expect that from a brew that is 14.5%.

S - Sweet caramel malt with dark fruit...most likely figs or raisins. You can smell a certain booziness in this one, also seems to be a bit of vanilla trying to tame that same alcoholic aroma.

T & M - This is a hot little number! That same caramel malt comes through with a bit of a fruity character, seems to lean toward a combination of cherry and fig. There is also a bourbon booze flavor that helps add to this warmth. Medium bodied with a good warmth from the alcohol.

D - This is a gorgeous brew, and one I'm very happy to have had a chance to try! I wish I had a bottle to cellar, because I think this beer would only get better with time. Thanks to my buddy Skye for hooking me up with this...hopefully you can hook me up with more of these in the near future! (954 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottel poured into my tastinglass @ a tasting with some awesome BA's -:)

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. Caramel , 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. Drinks a little hot now, I think a year of aging will mellow it out. (600 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hoppymcgee for this bottle from The Bruery. It's officially Old Ale night here in Eagan, MN. Bottle #1364.

The pour out of the distinctive bottle flat, clay-brown with scatterings of ruby. Smell is subtle for a partially barrel-aged offering, big oak ups, spare barrel, warm & fruity.

Coton tosses off the slavery-chains of style & runs screaming "freeedom!" into the bushes. Fruit & light spices are not what I think when I think "Old", but that's what's in the fore here. Allspice & a mix of fresh garden herbs are tossed with a handful of sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup; what a weird mix. Bourbon licks the whole mess with a gentle tongue. Fleeting rum, toffee, alcohol. On the downslope, an almost blue Nyquilesque ending. Mixed with an herb garden. Frickin' bizarre.

Heavy, flat beer without much evident or tasted carbonation. Weighs like a small piece of quartz in the belly. Drinkable? Well, no. It's not.

One of the top ten strangest beers I've ever tasted, & I change my mind almost with each sip. Good! Weird. Really good! Ewwww. Nice! What the hell? Schizo of a brew. Glad I tried it. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Seeker41184
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date Drunk: 12/31/10

70mL into pint glass

Bottle #07214 which was purchased for a whooping $22.99, decided I would treat myself for Christmas with a nice single bottle. The smell is that of raisins, butterscotch, belgian yeast, and semi sweet chocolate. The taste is of tobacco, malt, rye, heavy bourbon, belgian yeast, and caramel with a slight vinegar finish. I don't notice the 14.5% ABV until the beer reaches my stomach, which in turns gets warm. Beer would be much better aged. (485 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this stuff!

750ml bottle into a goblet glass at cellar temp

A- Pours a really nice dark reddish brown that's nice and murky with a less than a finger off white head that doesn't stick around. Little bit of spots for lacing but not much, what really shines on this beer are the really impressive alcohol feet sticking on the side of the glass. Beautiful

S- Really sweet malts and strong caramel up front with a comforting booziness and defined bourbon notes right behind it that stings the nose and readies the palate. Hints of vanilla and oak are definitely easy to pick out as well. On top of all that also getting some really nice dark fruit characters such as raisin, figs, maybe some dark cherries, and definitely some dark bread.

T- Where to begin. Strong dark fruit and dark bread crust flavors coat the mouth up front and follow with a nice sweetness from the malts, caramel, and burnt sugars. After it goes down your hit with a heat from the bourbon but at the same time the tastes of the barrel come out such as vanilla and wet musty wood. For being %14.5 the alcohol is definitely there but blends so well with the rest of this beer that it becomes unnoticeable even as it warms because you can't help but concentrate on all the flavors that are consuming your taste buds.

M- Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a really nice wet finish and a sure alcohol sting if your not used to it.

Overall I'm a sucker for dark fruit oriented and bourbon aged brews so this is pretty much the bees knees for me. Such a complex beer in every way and really worth the money. Looking forward to trying the %100 Barrel Aged version.

SkÅL! (1,682 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a New Belgium tulip.

A: Amber-brown that is clear but with little effervescence or head. Some evidence of legs.

S: Sweet malts, specifically caramel and dark fruits. Alcohol expressed as rose notes. Maybe dark bread and damp wood.

T: Lots of malts: sweet caramel, tart cherry, figs, and dark bread. Low bitterness and fruit (cherry) pits. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued.

M: Big body with low carbonation. Somewhat syrupy and definitely mouthcoating. Warming.

D: I'm surprised that Coton is such a tasty and accrurate take on the old ale style. A great sipper that will most likely benefit from age, probably another five years. I wish more barrel were present in this beer. Still very good. (710 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been holding on to this guy for almost a year now I guess, and I figured I'd pop it open.

Pour is a russet-brown-red with some burnt orange highlights to it. Little head to speak of, but looks like an old ale to me I guess.

Nose is pretty interesting--big plums, raisins, toasted bread, all on top of a subtle bourbon note.

Flavor is really robust--full of dark fruit with a big malty sweetness. It's boozy, though. And the sweetness. I know people like some of these big malty beers, but I swear this is like diabetes in a bottle.

Feel is a bit thin, though considering the ABV that makes sense.

Overall, I was disappointed in this beer for the $20 I paid for it. It's a big sweet boozy beer--it's not bad because it tasted awful or anything, it's bad because it's nearly impossible to drink due to the ABV and the sweetness. (837 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04/05/11- Review of a 750 mL bottle marked (07058).
A: Ruby-like mahogany, decent cream head with lacing.
S: Caramel, noticeable bourbon alcohol, strawberry, some milk chocolate.
T: Blackberries, chocolate with coffee, sweet caramel, strong bourbon, candi sugar.
M: Medium body with not much carbonation, and then turns almost tart and dry with the alcohol.
O: Pretty good. It's a sipper, but an enjoyable one in small servings. (428 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark murky brown with orange yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of dark fruits were present on the nose with apple, pears, caramel, toffee, but had some booze and bourbon notes.

T: the dark fruits also dominated the taste with caramel brown sugar flavors pear apple accents and a touch fo booze that was well hidden.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, boozy, silky finish.

D: it was a pretty easy drinking beer comsidering the extreme ABV and does seem like its getting better with age. (619 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split the bottle with a friend at the Map Room in Chicago on April 2nd, 2011. 12-13 oz. of this into a tulip.

Coton poured a murky, dark toffee/brown coloring with absolutely no head whatsoever (yeah no surprise at 14.5%). Just a few bubbles lingered on the top with tons of alcohol feet at the sides.

The aroma was dominated by bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol characters. I was a bit surprised by the big bourbon presence, thought it would've started fading back a bit with over a year on this bottle but it evidently has not. No problem, I like bourbon. The nose overall feels a little messy and kind of all over the place.

The drink offers up the exact same flavors but it's better integrated. Bourbon might be a bit less than it was in the aroma. Caramel is still huge, some toffee. Lots and lots of brown sugar. The sweetness is so close to being too much... cloyingly-sweet is probably the best description. It's a bit of a flavor bomb and hits me in waves throughout the drink. ABV is less present than it was in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is a little tricky. Good carbonation from the bottle conditioning but the body is bit thin. Strongly coats the tongue with heavy flavors and has a dry finish. Very throat-warming in the backend.

Drinkability isn't so great. It's rather palate-destroying and I had trouble getting through my half of the bottle. Can't imagine taking on this one solo. Again, ABV is better hidden in the taste so that helps this one a little bit.

Overall, worth trying. I hope to sample 100% BA Coton though, found myself wishing this had been better balanced and more wholly integrated throughout all of the flavors. I can't help but be very tough in grading this one based on my expectations, but it's honestly still a decent brew and I would revisit if given the chance. (1,827 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky medium-brown. Thin beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Raisins, prunes, & brown sugar. Hints of bourbon which increases upon warming.

Taste: Raisins, prunes, & brown sugar with traces of bourbon. Fairly sweet taste which subsides in the finish but still remains.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a light carbonation. The prominent flavors and mouth-feel conceal the 14.5% ABV.

Overall: The last few occasions I've had Coton it's been the Bal-aged version. The Bal-aged version is more complex and not as sweet, but I still like the base Coton. i paid $15 a bottle at the Bruery's 2nd anniversary and at that price I'm happy with how the base Coton tastes after almost a year of aging.

Reviewed on 3-29-2011 (732 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark ruby brown with a one finger light tan head little retention and light lacing.

Aroma of sweet dark cherries, alcohol and a hint of herbal hops.

Taste dominated by alcohol with dark cherries, fig and toffee. Not much balance from the hops.

Medium body, creamy with very little if any carbonation. Warth from the alcohol is a little too dominate.

Overall I was expecting a little more, needs a little bitterness for balance. The price may keep me from trying it again. (482 characters)

Photo of dstc
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a slight red tone. Light brown head falls to just about nothing. Spotty lace.

Aroma is of alcohol and fruits, like big booze soaked raisins. Reminds me of DFH Raisin d' Extra. Now you have to find one of those to see what I'm talking about.

First thing you notice in the taste is the alcohol. Big, full bodied and very sweet malts make up the body of this beer. Taste of dark fruits, raisins, plums with hints of vanilla and a strong bourbon flavor.

Very full in the mouth and quite smooth with low carbonation.

I like it. Sweet and boozy, good stuff. (590 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface by saying this particular bottle had close to a year on it.

A - Pours a deep black cherry color with a toffee colored head, foam lacing, and sticks to the sides of the glass like syrup.

S - Oak, light bourbon, cherries, small traces of chocolate, medicinal, plums, and other dark fruit. Also has hints of molasses and maple syrup.

T - The taste is even across the palette but has several layers that are semi-cloying and sweet with dark fruit, molasses, light maple syrup, cherries, bourbon, rum raisin, figs, and a small amount of oak tannin.

M - Lipsmacking sticky and full bodied. The alcohol has a very moderate amount of warming as it slides down the throat.

D - Pretty good. But at 14.5%, how drinkable can it really be? I have to say that I'm enjoying the bottle but it would have been better on my deck with good tunes and a cigar.

I would like to get another bottle and lay it down for one to two years. (934 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
2.17/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this beer from a growler. This beer pours a rich caramel brown color with no head and almost no carbonation. The smell is dark fruits and sweetness and that alcohol smell but it is more than just warming. The taste is pretty close to the smell sweet alcohol messy with hints of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is entirely to thick and flat. This beer is not drinkable in my opinion but maybe it is better from a bottlep (418 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cherry brown with a touch of tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruit, raisin, cherry and even a bit of caramel. Taste is like the nose, with a big richness that finishes hot going down and bring up small fusel alcohol flavors. There is just the tiniest touch of barrel in there. If I had a bottle of this I would sit it down for another year where it might really grow up. Flavor wise, this beer has a lot of potential if it mellowed a bit more. Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. If that slightly off, fusel flavor were to diminsh further, this could get up to a 4.5 or 5. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit thinner than expected, but in this case, it is welcome. (681 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap as part of Beer Run's Valentine's Day celebration. Served in a 10 oz. snifter - that was about all I could take of this one, too.

Appearance: Arrives a dull amber, not quite dark enough to be mysterious or bright enough to be radiant. A slow fizzle of effervescence to the surface yields a thin, sizzling ring of foam but no head or surface dusting. Lacing is ... well, non-existent, unsurprisingly. It's not that I didn't expect it, but it's still a little disappointing.

Aroma: Spicy, spicier than the mouth is, really. There's not too much here, but it's not bad - heavy roasted malts, some boozy sherry-like notes, rum-macerated dark fruits.

Taste: A fat, chewy brew. Pineapple is dominant up front, tangy, fruity, and sweet. Caramel and brown sugar aren't far behind, nor is bright green oak and shiny stone fruit. Roast, bread, and toffee merge in to earth and toast, smothered in macerated cherries, plums, peaches, and pears, with faint hints of darker fruits behind. Spicy heat is barely concealed, but is indistinguishably merged with a slew of surprisingly strong herbal and fruity hoppiness and cane sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Flat, flat, flat, with only the barest, faintest hint of carbonation evident among the morass of sugar. It doesn't work terribly with the flavor profile - there's enough spice, heat, and hoppyness to counteract the sugars such that this one doesn't turn in to a cloying, sticky, syrupy mess - but it's fairly close to becoming, you know, a cloying, sticky, syrupy mess.

Drinkability: Well, not really. This beer has a lot going for it. It's complex, though not unprecedentedly so for something this big - a lot of what's going on in here is a result of the way the booze interacts with the fruit notes and sugars, and anything that ages for the amount of time something like this necessarily has aged is bound to show a measure of complexity. On the other hand, the heat is here, the carbonation low, and the flavors occasionally harsh and abrasive. It's a mixed bag, and a mixed bag that comes with a 14.5% kick in the nuts. All that said, I know I'll continue to try the Bruery anniversary beers, and would do so even if they tasted far worse than this - it's nothing if not interesting. (2,241 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while having dinner at Ford's Filling Station in LA. Wish I had known they were charging $30 for the bottle. Ouch.

A: Very very dark brown with no head or hint of carbonation.

S: Soy sauce. As it warms, some more subtle flavor emerge. Dark fruits and molasses.

T: Lots of raisin with plum, burnt brown sugar, smoke, molasses, fig and caramel with a pretty good hit of bourbon mixed in. Alcohol is evident but not completely overpowering. Finished a bottle of this over the course of dinner. Needless to say, I was not able to drive home afterwards. (566 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle.. let it cellar at its recommended temp of 55 deg. for only about 3 months..

- Nice dark clear ruby brown.. big fizzy tan head down to a steady creamy later with great lacing all about.

- Spicy earthy kick on a bed of roasty caramel and molasses.. Esters, fig, raisin.. plum.. sweet brown sugar kick.. perhaps some nice grassy bittering hops..

- Creamy caramel, esters, touch of tart prune or fig.. sugars, vanilla.. oak, liquor.. rather sweet, yet smooth and balanced.. warming the gut..

- Medium bodied, slightly smooth and oily, creamy in texture. Well carbonated, almost perfectly carbonated.

- Great drinker with a few months on it.. not so hot as I bet it was hot off the barrel. Great complex flavors and a nice kick of prune. Great brew. (771 characters)

Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a 10oz goblet/snifter at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Reddish/amber hue with short cap of light brown tightly bubbled head with some scattered thin lacing down the glass.

S: Toffee, caramel, minty-herbal hoppiness, cherry alcohol. Sweet overall with a little bit of raisin and fig too.

T: Sturdy, boozy flavor with loads of caramel, toffee sweetness and herbal hops not providing much defense. The alcohol is pretty stiff. Enjoyable, but it defintely would not be my first choice for a fresh old ale/barleywine and would be a good mone to cellar for 5+ years.

M: Slightly tacky, full bodied, low carbonation.

D: Had high expectations, but maybe I should pick up a couple of bottles to try out in 5 and 10 years to get a real idea of this brew's potential now. (787 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 08155. I am absolutely thrilled to see someone utilizing one of the most intriguing aging methods in the world of booze: the solera method. Port and brandy from the Iberian peninsula have long been produced using this method, and I hope that The Bruery continues this tradition, so that we may see the system at its full maturity.

A: Deep mahogany in color, and fairly hazy, Coton emerges with an admirable head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: I am always happy when I can smell a beer immediately upon opening. Deep rum, raisin, and brandy tones are readily perceived, while the apple, molasses, and coconut need coaxing.

T: Slightly sweet, but not cloying. This is no easy task once the 10% threshold is breached. Burnt sugar, apples, and raisins are on the front, while nuances of cherry and rum linger for minutes at a time. I've only seen a finish like this on high quality spirits.

M: Full body, oily texture, no carbonation. About the best you could hope for at this strength.

D: A top notch brew from one of the best breweries out there. I eagerly await the next offering. Hopefully it will follow the Solera tradition, and contain a moiety of Papier and
Coton. (1,191 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/4/2011

Bottle opened for the hell of it to compare to something else which turned out not to be what I thought it was.

A: A hard pour yields an enormous frothy beige head. The body is reddish brown.

S: Prunes, dates, a little vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, sweet potatoes, dash of bourbon, a little oak, earthy notes. There's some noticeable alcohol.

T: Wood, lower moderate level of bitterness, evident booze, light vanilla, noticeable astringency, caramel.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky with some warming and astringency.

Overall: A nice beer, but the 100% barrel aged version spoiled me. (637 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.76/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #04196 into The Bruery tulip.

Pours a deep, murly brown color, bordering on plum, with a two-finger, fizzy khaki head on top that doesn't stick around. Not much in the way of lacing or retention, but nice legs - hey, what's really to be expected from a 14.5% abv old ale?

Nose is beautiful. Deep, complex, near perfect - alcohol and leathery dried fruit up front, notes of toffee and molasses, bit of brown sugar, oak and a touch of the bourbon barrel coming through.

Taste is beautiful as well. The same alcohol heat is up front as in the nose, but in no way overwhelming or out of place as it pairs with the loads of dried dark fruit, savory in an almost new-leather way, and brown sugar. Just a bit tangy, hints of tobacco alongside the leather, toffee, bourbon underneath, very oaky, dry. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, very lightly carbonated. Silky, dry, some tannins on the long, rich finish. Utterly fantastic drinkability considering the abv. Again, beautiful beer. (993 characters)

Coton from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.