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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) - The Bruery

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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 273
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PeprSprYoFace on 05-23-2010)
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Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ½ finger of tan hued head. It fades away leaving little lace. Color is a caramel copper brown.

Aroma: warm bourbon awesomeness. Caramel and chocolate. Great oak and vanilla. Sweet and creamy. Awesome!

Taste: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate sweetness. Awesome old ale flavors. Very warming fitting the style greatly. Malty as well.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends boozy, but in a good way.

Overall, the barrels were great for this beer. Very drinkable for the style. Top notch. I am definitely digging this beer.

mothman, Jan 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

glid02, Jun 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +2%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photekut, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.75/5  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.

PeprSprYoFace, May 23, 2010
Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Crazydaddyo, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  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.

nickd717, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

morimoto76, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.53/5  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.

thagr81us, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of hopsbreath
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

hopsbreath, Jan 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

GRG1313, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of trodersark
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

trodersark, May 10, 2011
Photo of StarRaptor
5/5  rDev +13.4%

StarRaptor, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

claaark13, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

waddellc2, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of kmoen
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

kmoen, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of bombadil
5/5  rDev +13.4%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -9.3%

jlb502, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of enelson
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

enelson, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  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.

mikesgroove, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

largadeer, Jun 05, 2010
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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.