Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 273
Gots: 58 | FT: 3
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PeprSprYoFace on 05-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a tall goblet at The Bruery tasting room.

A: Murky, dark brown with some light penetrating the edges but less toward the center of the glass. Minimal beige foam head present. No lacing remains. This beer looks less like a beverage but more like something one would find in an old, unmarked bottle stored in the garage.

S: Strong brown sugar and raisins. No hint of alcohol present.

T: Very sweet with elements of molasses and concentrated dark raisins and prunes. Some slight anise and peat breaks through, along with a very restrained and enjoyable amount of bourbon. Alcohol is detected as it warms the palate, without being excessive or inappropriate for the style.

M: Heavy, syrupy viscosity that matches the flavors well. Carbonation seems a little more pronounced than expected, which is never really a surprise in beers from The Bruery.

D: For a beer with very high alcohol content, this is a pleasure to sip. Although it is not much to look at, it presents a flavor profile that is both decadent and capable of winning over those that normally avoid strong ales. In a style where hops are typically undetectable, this beer opts for tradition over any sort of "West Coast" re-invention. It reminds of Firestone 13 or other strong dark ales from The Bruery, such as Two Turtledoves.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with a very thin head on top of it. Like .002". I guess one shouldn't expect much from a beer of this nature, but nonetheless. Aroma, tons of stuff going on, booze, maple syrup, chocolate, burnt malt, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Very nice, just a little stingy.

Taste, wow, decadent. Bruery knows how to make a massive, complex beer really enjoyable when you throw it in a bourbon barrel. Waves of caramel, chocolate hit up front. Brown sugar seems to take the pain off the alcohol that I was fearing from the nose. Some molasses/maple for good measure. Relatively sweet overall, makes 17% taste like 11%. Real sticky, I'm sure if you spilled this, it would cling to your skin. Its a good thing this came in a very small 4 oz pour, I could never imagine drinking 25.4 oz of this at a time. Definitely a sharing beer, like many of the Bruery's best beers. Carbonation is just right, which is lower than the average beer, but fitting for something of this monstrosity. My favorite thing about this was how it covered up the sting and dark fruit (even if minor) in the base Coton.

If you don't like dark lord or black tuesday because they are sweet, I don't see you liking this. If you do like massive sweet complex beers, check this one out.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Tasted side-by-side with the BA version

Pours a deep chestnut-brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with large amounts of booze-soaked medium and dark fruits – pears and raisins mostly. Also present are large amounts of vanilla and slighter hints sugary toffee.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slightly sweeter caramel malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are boozy dark fruits – raisins with hints of dates. Midway through the sip vanilla flavors smooth things out a bit, carrying through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall the BA version of this beer was undoubtedly smoother and more complex, as with many beers the barrel brought things together – well worth a shot.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2nd annaversary party.

Pours a very dark brown. Little lacing. Film for head.

Aroma of lots of bourbon, dark fruits and toasted sugars.

Tastes as it smells. Kinda sweet. A little hot but good.

Mouthfeel is kinda viscous but nice carb.

Overall an amazing beer. Glad to have several tasters of this.

Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy brown color, fairly flat-looking with just a tiny tannish head.

Smells of sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon, vanilla, spice, and oak. A little booze.

Flavor is nice and tasty, with -bal aging evident. There's lots of bourbon in there for sure. Also caramel, toffee, vanilla, mild oak, raisin cake, and pie spices. A little on the hot side, but not terribly.

Body is fairly full and carbonation level is low, but that works fairly well in this beer. Really smooth on the palate.

Overall a really solid beer, maybe a little short of something like Rye Barrel Papier, but extremely tasty.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint at the Reserve Society Party. Poured dark brown with a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, wood, and bourbon. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, cream, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was excellent. A very nice smooth flavor that mixed quite well with the barrels. Had a good aroma going on too. This is a must try without a doubt and was an awesome tick while given the chance to try it on tap.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared at ramnuts house by our host. Black13, TulipSnifter, Bird, Mini, and Growler were there with us on 1-15-11. Review from notes.

A: Murky dark brown cloudy with some large frothy cappuccino bubbles on the edge. No lacing shows up but there are some legs. This is a big ass beer so that considered, it looks pretty good.

S: Ooooo... That's some sweet, sweet whiskey there. Turbinado sugar and sugar daddies round out a lovely profile here.

T: Nice vanilla, chocolate, anise, and warming alcohol.

M: Thick, coating, palate/tongue numbing (literally).

D: Fantastic! I went back to this bottle for the most tasters out of anything we had that night and it was my personal favorite of the evening.

Photo of trodersark
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in tap several times, poured into a tulip & 2oz. taster glass.

B.A. Coton pours a dark chocolate black, which a decent two-finger head. It smells of boozy bourbon goodness, vanilla, licorice. It tastes like heaven. Excellent bourbon taste in the ale, which lingers in your mouth for a long time. It leaves a oily sheath covering the inside of your mouth that wont leave for a while. The brew is extremely drinkable. Overall, excellent job by the bruery. Job Well done with this one.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the perfect after dinner drink this evening we saved this one till after everyone was done and we could sit down and enjoy it. served chilled and split 3 ways this was enjoyed on 4/24/11

the pour was very dark. a deep hazelnut color quickly seemed to melt into a more viscous and dark color that raised a small off white head that clung to the sides of the glass just long enough to be able to put down a touch of lacing.

such a complex profile as hints of figs, molasses, dark chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, and deep chocolate are all the background to a wonderful bourbon and oak aroma that seems to permeate through the air. sweet and subtle as it crosses the lips, the feel is not as carbonated as one would think, but in this situation i think it works better being slightly under carbonated. loads of dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and rich dark chocolate notes balance on the profile and create a rich blend of near perfect flavors that leave you full, satisfied, and thrilled to have been able to try it.

overall blown away. i have had some really good beers the last few days and this was just icing.

Photo of largadeer
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The presentation has to be noted; the bottle comes clad in a cotton sack, the label is elegant and the cap coated in a thick layer of bronze-colored wax. The beer itself is a dark leathery brown, largely opaque but for the faint translucency around the edges. A small tan head forms and ultimately settles to a collar. A quick swirl creates syrupy legs that slowly crawl down the glass.

It smells incredibly decadent. Rich toffee, brown sugar and leather meet a light earthy oxidation, all wrapped up in a blanket of boozy bourbon. The richness and complexity are outstanding. There's a faint whiff of chocolate and roast, but this is more about the intense caramelized malts and earthy, leathery notes.

Rich and sweet on the tongue, toffee, bourbon and molasses flavors are balanced by earthier notes of pipe tobacco and leather. Alcohol is evident but just barely, exhibiting no harshness. Amazing for a beer that was just bottled. It's hard to stop sipping despite the richness and viscosity. The long finish displays some caramel sweetness and peppery alcohol. Absolutely outstanding, and it should get better with age.

Photo of mrtripod
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a caramel color and rich. A rough pour yields a light small tan head that did dissipate quickly.

S:Plenty of sweet dark caramel and rich bourbon with notes of light vanilla.

T:Sweet, caramel and bourbon explosion that is somewhat smooth yet has a lingering taste of alcohol. Harsher than than the non-BA. Hotness will hopefully mellow with age.

Photo of spicelab
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle with big thanks to mulder1010 and MrKennedy. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a languid saffron head that falls summarily to a collar.

Lovely and refined. Woody and strikingly dry barrel notes - very little in the sweet department. Mild oxidation. Underneath are solid dark fruit notes of currants, figs and stewed plums.

Amazing, brooding and rich. Baked toffee, molasses, burnt choc-caramel and toasted bread in a sea of full-on barrel goodness, itself contributing ample notes of coconut, vanilla and liquorice.

Big, syrupy and viscous, with just enough carbonation to keep it drinkable.

Well impressive. Achieves the elusive distinction of bigness that isn't substantially tied to either booze or sweetness. Beers like this are exactly what make trading and having a tasting circle worthwhile.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for sharing this want of mine. Poured as the 6th beer of the tasting, and the last one of the first night.

Pours a deep garnet color with violety hues. A 2mm head leaves drippy and leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is beer inundated with prunes. There is some liquor and alcohol warmth in the background, though the flavor of the prunes does overwhelm pretty much all of the barrel characteristics this beer may have. The aroma finishes out with some brandy notes.

The palate is a bit more complex, as prunes, dates, and vanilla all come through very strong. The one thing that I noticed about the Bruery's barrel aging during this tasting is that it definitely imparts some remarkable vanilla flavors. This beer drinks closer to 10% as the prunes overwhelm the bourbon and alcohol warmth.

Low carbonation and thick in texture as one would expect, this is a bit heavy and is best shared 5-6 ways, giving 4-5 ounce pours. Otherwise, I just imagine that it would be too much. I imagine that 4-5 years will make this beer something truly special.

Photo of beerpirates
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Great presentation with the cotton bag

The beer itself pours a murky red-brown with a tan head. A bit of lacing, which is impressive for a beer of such heft.
Smells nice with good amounts of caramel, sweet malt, toffee, and some dark sugar. Hints of oak are present, but are more detectable in the mouthfeel. Taste is quite similar to the nose, with the oak a bit more pronounced. Low to medium carbonation and fairly heavy,
alcohol is present although surprisingly drinkable given the ABV on this.
Very nice beer

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a gold wax dipped and burlap bagged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Happy birthday to my lovely wife!

Bottle Number 0869

A: Pours a deep, dark chestnut. This actually builds and keeps a creamy and bubbly khaki colored head on top that retains for ages and leaves quite a bit of lace behind. Shows lots of legs when swirled.

S: HUGE aromas of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and cherries drowned in caramel. As it warms, some notes of molassas, bread pudding, fudge, and rum soaked plums emerge. Alcohol is very surprisingly restrained with just a faint solvent whiff.

T: See above with maybe more emphasis on the cherry and bruised dark fruit. As the glass wears on some chewy oak and spices come about.

M: Thick and viscous with a peppery alcohol zing that keeps this from becoming a syrup-y mess. Excellent balance for something this big.

O: As good as this is, it did start get to get a little difficult to continue drinking by the end of the glass. We could've used 1 or 2 more people to help us drink this.

Photo of cvaypai
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW #100!!!

Thanks a ton A!

Poured from bottle to small tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a very thin tan bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves just a ring clinging to the glass. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing. Pours deep dark chocolately brown, dark black in the thickest part and unable to see any light through, only on the sides.

Smell - Tons of bourbon immediately in the nose, from the barrel aging no doubt. Lots of oak, leather, sweet bourbony goodness, dark fruits and that all too familiar "old" smell. Vanilla comes along with the oak. Maybe a tiny hint of raisins, toffee and some roasted malts. Again the bourbon is the strongest smell.

Taste - My goodness is this delicious. Super sweet bourbon right up front, meets the dark fruits right in the middle and moves on to a great chocolate/coffee finish. The bitterness is there, probably from the roasted malts. As it warms I catch a bit of alcohol and more of the fruits come out. Figs, raisin, prunes and lots of brown sugar. The bourbon and oak come out even stronger. Super complex and super delicious, tons of layers. I continue to get more as the beer warms. Vanilla comes through along with molasses and caramel.

Mouthfeel - This is simply a pleasure on the tongue, very thick and chewy. This beer is super sticky and right where it should be for weight and body. Coats the mouth and the flavor lasts forever.

Drinkability - 17%? I could drink the whole 750 if I had one, this is dangerously drinkable for a beer of it's stature. It is very sweet but surprisingly not cloyingly so. With all that said, this is still just a sipper. This is simply a masterpiece from The Bruery.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle. Great presentation with the cotton bag, which led to some fairly interesting speculation as to the design of later barrel-aged anniversary series beers. The beer itself pours a murky red-brown with a tan head. A bit of lacing, which is impressive for a beer of such heft. Smells nice with good amounts of caramel, sweet malt, toffee, and some raw, dark sugar. Hints of oak are present, but are more detectable in the mouthfeel. Taste is quite similar to the nose, with the oak a bit more pronounced. Low carbonation and fairly heavy, although surprisingly drinkable given the ABV on this. Very nice beer and, IMO, much more drinkable than the standard version at this point.

Photo of grub
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. zach contributed this one. thanks zach!

750ml bottle topped with gold wax.

pours a hazy brown. a thin ring of fine tan head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is amazing. bourbon. vanilla. caramel and toffee. biscuit. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. dark fruit. tons of depth and complexity. as much as i want to taste it, i feel like i would be content to just keep smelling it for hours.

taste is great. much like the aroma, but with more of a dark chocolate character. bourbon and vanilla. caramel and toffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. dark fruit. tons of depth and complexity. vanilla is at a higher level than in the aroma, and also more boozy than the aroma led me to expect. chocolate + bourbon + booze.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. a bit boozy, this is one damn tasty barrel aged beer. the barrel balances well against the base, whos depth and complexity would be tough to overpower. good stuff!

Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank with jrallen34 at a tasting.

A - Pours a much deeper brown than the regular version. Off-white, one-finger head that dissipated to a ring. Some chunk lacing on the sides through out the drink.

S - Lots of dark fruits and caramel. The barrel influence definately comes through, hints of wood, and a strong vanilla smell. Not bad.

T - Brown sugar and figs on the front with some caramel malts and more dark fruit presense. The alcohol cuts the sweetness only a tiny bit. Vanilla taste with a bit of wood, nice barrel influence helps this beer.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation.

D - Pretty good if it really is 17%, although the bottle says 14%. The barrel aging mutes the sweetness of the orginal making it easier to drink. This is a pretty good beer, but I'm imagining drastically overrated due to the rarity.

Photo of waltonc
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not sure if opening this on a day where the temperature reached 99 degrees in Denver was a great idea, but what the hell. Pours dark caramel brown with a creamy tan head. Smell is over-the-top caramel, bourbon, raisins, and brown sugar. Really really sweet. A caramel sundae in a bottle. Some leather-like notes in here as well. Rich, layered, and complex. Mouthfeel is thick, coating, sticky, and well carbonated. A magnificent beverage for those who love a great ridiculously high alcohol bourbon bomb. Makes me glad I joined the Reserve Society.

Photo of mulder1010
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into a snifter

A-- Dark chocolate brown color, bordering on black. Light brown head. Good body to head. One finger head to start and dropped off to a collar. Obvious ABV legs and good strips of lacing with this.

S-- Bourbon, massive bourbon. I would say this got some time in the barrel. Oak, bourbon, leather, brown sugar, chocolate, figs, vanilla, and a slight bit of oxidation. Nothing bad at all.

T-- See above :), minus the oxidation. Bourbon is a little more restrained and the brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and fruits are bigger. ABV is very well hidden.

M-- Thick, rich, sweet, and powerful. Quite coating. Sweet but not overly sweet.

O-- My thought was this is at it's prime now. Dangerously drinkable. Big and bold beer that has balls but gives you enough not to kick your ass. Splendid beer

Photo of antioch
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery's 2nd Anniversary Party.

Appearance is that of a typical barrel aged stout, porter or old ale... Thick and dark, with almost no light coming through.

Smell is also of a typical barrel aged brew, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark brown sugar and some dark fruits.

Taste is great as always. Alcohol heat comes through pretty quickly, but it's not overwhelming. Very sweet and tasty vanilla and sugar also coats your tongue throughout the whole sip.

Mouthfeel is typical. Thick, viscous and full. Slight carbonation to make the beer dance a bit on the tongue, but other than that... It's thick.

Drinkability, well... I had a few of these... But, they were small pours, if I had a pint glass or a whole tulip of this, I might think it wasn't too drinkable.

All in all, it was a tasty beer.

Photo of womencantsail
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #800

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a muddled dark brown color with a surprising amount of off-white head on top which sticks around nicely.

S: A really rich, sweet aroma fills the nose. I pick up lots of vanilla, maple syrup, burnt sugar, caramel, and toffee as I give it a deep sniff. The bourbon is present, but not completely overwhelming, and the wood character is somewhat minimal.

T: The sweetness follows on the palate as the burnt sugar, caramel, and vanilla attack the tongue. A touch of dark fruits combines with vanilla and maple syrup and works surprisingly well. There is certainly some booze present, but it's not really hot.

M: The body is thick and full, with a minimal carbonation. The beer is sticky and chewy on the tongue.

D: This is dangerously easy to drink. I had several glasses of this fine libation and found it to be absolutely delicious and I really look forward to opening some of my bottles.

Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's for Baltimore Beer week.

The beer pours a dark rootbeer color with fairly decent head retention, but not a lot of lacing. This beer has all the hallmarks of a beer that has seen some serious barrel aging. On the nose... good grief. Talk about a rich smelling beer. I get considerable milk chocolate, raspberry liquer and maraschino cherry. I don't get a huge amount of bourbon on the nose, but that's more than made up for by what I get on the palate. This is such a sweet and boozy beer... how anyone could ever drink more than one small glass of this stuff is beyond me. In any event, the flavor profile replicates the nose, though I don't get quite as much cherry or fruit liquer. Of course it could simply be that I'm getting so much bourbon on the flavor profile, it's hard to focus on much else. Mouthfeel is very full, rich, soft and long. Drinkability is kind of a joke with this beer. The combination of bourbon, sweetness, and considerable alcohol make drinking this beer very slow going.

My reaction to this beer is much the same as my reaction to Black Tuesday. This is clearly an outstanding beer, but how often is anyone going to be in the mood for something this sweet and boozy? Not very often I'm thinking. Was happy to have the opportunity to sample this, but can't imagine revisiting any time soon.

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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.