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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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 272
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
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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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish and a woody aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and dangerously drinkable.

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4.38/5  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.

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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.

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4.7/5  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.

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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.

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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam and Anna for sharing this at the pre-Toronado mega-tasting. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Hey! This is carbonated! A dime of foam quickly fizzles to a thin ring and light film. The body is a transparent reddish-brown color with a nice glow, and is a touch darker than the Rye Papier we had next to it. A few specks of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

S - Compared to Papier, the nose is actually less harsh and boozy. I'm not sure if this is a product of the solera process, or due to the difference in barrels. Instead there is just plenty of butterscotch, coconut, multigrain bread, brown sugar, earthy, wood, and a bit of alcohol spice. Excellent stuff - not cloying, but rich and decadent.

T - Taste is surprisingly mellow for 17%. Packs a big wallop of brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, and other sweet things, but is thankfully offset by a dry oaky finish. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still quite good.

M - The low but present carbonation helps keep things from getting too heavy. Full, sticky body with a nice light warmth to it. Nice balance of tannic and sugary elements in the finish.

D - Again, this is much easier to drink than the ABV and style would lead one to expect. I'm glad I requested the inclusion of this beer as I think I prefer it to the 100% BA Papiers.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle at the Bruery dinner with Patrick Rue at Brasserie Beck last night. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is black and forms a thick brown head of medium and small bubbles that falls away quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. This beer looks good.

The aroma is way way stronger than the regular Coton. This one is huge. Very strong in the liquor department. Its bourbon city in here. Otherwise the aroma is woody and sweet. Lots of plums and raisins in there but the star of this show is liquor.

So, this beer is medium in body and very bourbon-y. Its sweet up front and there is this near harshness to it, but not in a bad way. For being 17% this beer is shockingly drinkable, smooth and relatively clean finishing. There are some roasted malts in the back palate of the beer and mostly alcohol and booze in the forward to mid-palate regions. Still there is a lot of port like sweetness in the front, with strong currant flavors and mild woodiness. Much better than the regular version - the 25% blend.

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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery, thought I'd never get to try this one,

A: Pours a deep brown with a colaesque head, solid retention.

S: Classic Bruery barrel character. Are they classic after 2 years? Rich amounts of vanilla and wood, whiskey, sweet malt, great.

T: Heavy dark fruit which was recognized in regular Coton but given the death nell by the alcohol. Very sweet malt/molasses, prune heavy, raisins/Amarone with the whiskey, a great flavour, for me though, just missing a WOW factor to go 5.

M: Very smooth, full-bodied, creamy. Viscous and elegant on the tongue.

D: Another high alcohol beauty from The Bruery. Having only had unaged Coton before, the need for barrel aging was evident. This is so much more drinkable young than regular Coton, but I think a beer that can certainly improve from intensive aging.

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3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's, served in a goblet. Third time I've tried this, first time on tap...

Pours a murky, cola-esque dark brown with minimal wisps of an white head; no lacing or retention to note. Aroma is the highlight of the beer, an over the top sugary sweet blend of bourbon, vanilla, oak, burnt sugar, caramel, etc. The balance and blending of the barrel aging with the base beer is quite remarkable and follows through in the taste turning this into something distinct and superior to the original beer. However, while the sweetness isn't quite as overwhelming as expected, it still detracts slightly from the flavor and drinkability. Bourbon and sugars dominate with a malty, caramel body; vanilla and oak flavors are more subtle than the nose. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with minimal carbonation and for 14.5% is dangerously smooth and drinkable. A very good beer, but in this genre I'd still much rather drink any of the FW anniversary beers and wouldn't break my back tracking this down.

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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.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Meu Deus! It's on-tap at the source! On to the beer:

It's brown in color, with almost no head from the moment I received it, but for a beer this strong, I was more lenient. It gives some legs after each moment I'm done sipping. The aroma is phenominal, as expected. The Bruery never dissapoints in this aspect as long as it involves a barrel. Raisins, boozes, grapes, toasted sugar....yum!

A little boozy, but still very tasty stuff. Not boozy as the advertized alcohol. A sweet tasting beer, no surprise there. It's grapes, bourbon, hints of vanilla, lots of toasted sugar...tasty. A little carbonated, but for the most part a viscous, fat liquid that smothers your palate. There's no need to rush the drinking of this one, but you could if you choose to do so.

Most breweries would be delighted to have a beer this great, but for The Bruery, it's another high quality barrel aged beer. A highly recommended beer to try if you're lucky to find it.

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4.15/5  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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4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Appears deep auburn with a mahogany tinge near the edges when held to light. The head is creamy and about one finger high, settling to a bubbly ring around the glass. There's no lacing, as is to be expected with a beer of such a formidable ABV, but a swirl leaves thick legs that crawl down the glass at a slow pace, hinting at the potency of the alcohol content.

S: The aroma is heaven. Maple, brown sugar, strong vanilla notes and bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, dates, light prune, leather, and a graceful oxidation character. The nose is stunning. I'm trying this juxtaposed next to bottle and growler samples of the regular version, and this simply blows regular Coton out of the water. There is absolutely no mistaking the Bruery's signature barrel aroma, and it does wonders for the base beer. Amazing.

T: Caramelized bourbon brown sugar with light yam and prune notes, though the prune is just a whisper compared to its strength in the regular version. The barrels really beat it into submission. There's a trace of chocolate. Vanilla and oak complement toffee, leather, and a faint tobacco character. There's no real hop presence, though the earthy quality may be from the hops. Booze is incredibly well hidden in the flavor, though it provides ample warming. I'd guess the ABV at 10% if I didn't already know it. The finish is quite sweet, the beer is very sweet on the whole, with a recapitulation of all the aforementioned flavors.

M: Full body with upper lower level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, viscous, and thick, with ample warming.

Overall: Amazing. I'd drink a 4oz serving of this every night if health and supply allowed.

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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.