Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery
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Reviews by OlieIPA:
2.53/5 rDev -42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
Poured from a 750 milliliter wax dipped bottle into a Stella glass at approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
A: A somewhat translucent brown body that exhibited burgundy-like hues and supported a thick toffee colored head.
S: A bunch of toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar and bourbon up front. A woody and smoke-like character seemed to come through towards the end, but again, the barrel aging definitely was the main showcase in this department.
T: Extremely sweet! The bourbon barrel came off a bit too raw and exhibited qualities similar to rum rather than the barrel of choice. This in turn masked much of the underlying flavors and gave them a sort of tang/sour character. The flavors I was able to pick up included cotton candy, brown sugar and a little bit of tobacco leaf bitterness. I couldn't decide/figure out where the over-the-top medicinal sweetness was coming from, but I know it was too much for me. I will say that this brew at times, projected complexities similar to all the Firestone Anniversary ales, but still wasn't enough to win me over.
M: A very sticky, carbonated, and full-bodied beer that I felt enhanced the flavor profile.
D: Again, way too sweet and tangy! I cracked opened a bottle among three of my close beer buddies and I don't think any of us finished our glass.
Overall: Compared to last year's BA version (Papier), I found this Old Ale a great disappointment. I had a chance to enjoy both the Rye Whiskey and Bourbon barrel versions from last year's release and found both of those extremely tasty and easy to drink. This year's though was hard to handle and I would contribute it's downfall to the barrel rather than the beer itself. I love the Bruery and think they produce stellar products, but this one was a big whiff in my opinion. A try it beer. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2010 21:37:20 | More by OlieIPA
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4.35/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #633.
Appearance - Deep amber. Nice khaki head. Medium collar.
Smell - Lots of bourbon. Sharp liquor aroma. Oak. Vanilla. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Slight oxidation.
Taste - Bourbon is first. Brown sugar. Oxidized flavors lend sherry and just a bit of cardboard, but I think it works really well. Bourbon comes back aggressively.
Mouthfeel - Immensely boozy. Medium carbonation. Sticky sweet.
Overall - This beer ages so nicely. Delicious.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 01:00:44 | More by Alieniloquium
Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.