Coton | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DefenCorps on 05-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
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.


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4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A deep, crimson body is topped by an assertive head that takes its time to form, and when it does molds into a full, off-white garnish engulfed with aromas of caramel, dark fruit and lemon. I'm confused as to why this isn't rated higher considering this hits all ends of the spectrum of a well executed offers dominant flavors of fig, dates, raisin, caramel, molasses and Belgian candi. Being maturated in bourbon barrels only adds more complexity, which is always two thumbs up in my book. With that said...vanilla, wood and subtle hints of coconut come through. Here is the best part, it's finished with brett, so its acidic profile stands up tall to all the other flavors that battle with one another to see who is most noticeable. This thing is amazing, simply put...and another excellent release from The Bruery.

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4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Bruery tulip at 50 degrees.

Two finger off white head. Some smaller bubbles in the middle, but pretty tight looking head. Very dark brown with some amber on the edges. Dies down to a layer of foam on top with a few tiny bubbles in there. Eventually dies down to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass with wisps in the middle. Some lacing left behind as well. Really impressive for the abv.

The nose has a plethora of dark fruits reminiscent of dates, figs, raisins and plumbs. Brown sugar and hints of toffee. A whiff of grape juice too. Some alcohol in the nose too.

The taste has a plethora of dark fruits like raisins, dates, figs, and plumbs up front (raisins are especially prevalent). Then black currants and burnt brown sugar. Also, vanilla and some bourbon. The flavor ends on a sort of red wine like note. There is also a bit of spearmint hop presence. Hints of vanilla and brown sugar linger. (Had this on tap at the Bruery and there is a more noticeable bourbon presence in the bottled version which is certainly a plus.) Quite complex. Flavors vie for dominance which is nice, and the lingering flavors are great.

This beer's viscosity is surprisingly low for the abv. Lots of flavor and complexity. Low end of medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth. There's also a really strong bite on the end (hop bite?). A bit hot on the way down.

Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. One of the best old ale's I have ever had. I really wish I could get my hands on the 100% barrel aged version.

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4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark and murky reddish/brown color. A minimal brown head forms, and sticks around as a ring. Very little lace is left behind.
S: Toasted malts, toffee and chocolate. Dark fruits of fig, cherries, and plums. A tart green apple aroma as well. Light vanilla and oak. Really complex and awesome.
T: Follows the nose. A large toasted malt flavor up front. Sweet toffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Dark fruits, and a great green apple tartness lingers. Dry oak as well.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Velvety smooth and decadent. So easy to drink. The high alcohol is extremely well hidden. I can sip on this all day.

This is really exceptional. A huge beer, that has incredible nuance and balance. Something that is harder and harder to find these days. Highly recommended.

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4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5oz draft pour in a snifter. 14.5% ABV.

Appearance: Chestnut brown, slightly cloudy, with a light cap of beige foam (4/5).

Aroma: Sweet bourbon, vanilla, jammy Port wine, brown sugar, molasses, a little black pepper, and a hint of oak (5/5).

Taste: I have never tasted any beer that more closely resembles a Port than this. Very interesting. This flavor is then laced with sweet sugars and dark pitted fruits (primarily cherry) (4.5/5).

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation. Beautiful warmth from the alcohol (4.5/5)

Overall: This was The Bruery’s second anniversary ale, which I guess makes it a little over three years old at this point. I had it at their Taproom, and appreciate how lovingly they have seen it into maturity. It’s an incredible example of what the “big” end of this style can be, with a very distinct and mature flavor and aroma. It’s also an exciting example of the “Solera” method, where the same beer is created year-after-year and previous vintages are blended into it for layers of depth and complexity. I guess for this version only Papier (1st anniversary) is in the mix, but it’s nice to know that some of what I’m drinking will be around for a long time. From my understanding, similar techniques were used in historical Old Ale making. I could drink it all day if it wouldn’t make me dead (4.5/5).

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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(#01746)

Generally I find old ales to be rather hit or miss (mostly miss). However this has to be one of the most surprising and deliciously complex brews I've ever encountered (I am confused by some of the previous reviews)

Pours an dark orange brown with minimal head.

Smells sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruit, and perhaps some brown sugar (not overwhelmingly boozy for the ABV).

It has a very complex and intense flavor that requires some serious gustatory analysis upon first sip. Citrus rind and dark fruit are most prominant with a wonderful sweet caramel finish. Booziness seems extremely well tamed considering the 14.5%, contrary to prior accounts (I can only imagine it has aged well)

I absolutely loved this beer, as each sip presented a new dimension of flavor. If it wouldn't destroy my liver I could drink this all day

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