Coton | The Bruery

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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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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of Arenbeer
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of at1234
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Photo of billshmeinke
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Photo of champ103
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of mhaugo
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of crashlimo
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bruery Coton, 2010 vintage, consumed in July 2015. Boozy, hot, beautiful. Raisins, sweetness galore, barrel... it's all there. It's been said before indeed, but this beer (and other similar brews from Bruery) are more akin to wines than beer itself. Sort of like a twenty-year-old Porto or Pedro Ximenez. Drinkable despite the brutal ABV, but still a sipper. Five years on the bottle, and still good and delicious. I love Old Ales!

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Photo of mschrei
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer. Poured into snifter. Beautiful mahogany colors with very healthy lacing. Deep dark fruit scents. Smooth, dark fruit flavors, and the alcohol has mellowed with age, even with a very palpable barrel presence.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy brown body with a ivory/brown head.

S: Bourbon and deep malt aroma. There is a pleasant alcohol bite.

T: Sweet malt and bourbon flavors with a nice alcohol bite.

M: Amazing body with a great carbonation bite.

O: Amazing beer. Worth actively seeking this beer out.

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Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a translucent mahogany with some light tan head.
S: It smelled like tons of vanilla and caramel and honey wheat, with some butterscotch and a bit of bourbon and bready yeast.
T: It tasted like butterscotch and caramel and vanilla and smooth oak, with some honey wheat and candi sugar and a bit of sour yeast and alcohol. It had a bittersweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It had a beautiful body that was thick and smooth with a little carbonation.
D: This beer is super amazing with some of the best malt flavors and terrific body. A top notch old ale with a Belgian influence and barrel aging to set it apart from other old ales, which worked perfectly. It was a bit hot fresh, so it needs to be sipped. But it should be sipped regardless, to fully enjoy the complexities. So good fresh, and I'm sure it will improve with age. I'm glad I bought a second bottle for the cellar, despite the price!

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Photo of rebel1771
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was cellared for about 1 year.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with a decent slightly off white head.

S: Tons of caramel malt with strong note of ripe fruit. Big alcohol aroma as well.

T: Strong punch of alcohol right away. Sweet caramel malts up front with flavors of ripe fruits and a bit of nuttiness.

O: Overall this is a pretty amazing beer. I had saved this one for a special occasion and I am glad I did. Sharing this one with people I love was pretty awesome.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

saw this at the growler station this afternoon when picking up some brews for a trade and couldn't resist...16oz growler.

a-Through the growler has a deep mahogany color. Had a bit of carbonation and not much of a head (as I find in most if not all Bourbon Barrel Aged beers). When poured into a duvel tasting glassthe color seemed a bit bolder with a deep plum like center that lightened up along the sides of the glass. Really attractive deep and rich.

s-Vanilla and caramel jump out at first. Almost cranberry juice sweetness. Honey...alc...

t-Woody sweetness. Dark fruits...almost quad-like or BSDA like in the flavor from the heat of the alcohol. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla...

m-light bodied with more of an alcohol sweetness than a tingle. leaves a juice-like aftertaste.

d-DANGEROUSLY drinkable. glad I only got the 16oz growler. I could feel the 17% immediately (had a crazy buzz going not even halfway through), but it is pretty well blended with the old ale making it feel and taste much more like a quad or a BSDA (2 styles which I happen to love). The Bourbon Barrels add a strong sweetness and a darkening of the brown sugars. This is a nice marriage of a style and barrel aging.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

We finished up the night with this. it was a nice break after finishing off dessert and sweeter beers. Sublte boubon flavors which is what i like. Not a fan of over bourboned barrel aged beers. This was nice and alchol well hidden in such a big brew.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinarily rich, and complex brew with a long range that folds over itself as a delicate if robust sipper.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Label with an intricate Bruery emblem in gold and ocher with a touch of green. It offers a small description of the brew, and anniversary context, with thanks to supporters. Back label has cellaring, and serving notes. Shows bottling year (2010), bottle number (00330), and Alc. by. Vol. (14.5%). Served in a snifter.

A - Amber brown pour, with a fair if short lived head, which leaves a faint surface memory with more persistent memory ring and little lacing.

S - Nice nose, a bit subdued, barely hinting at the intensity below. Caramel sense, sugar and malt with a fruity touch, maybe a tad of bourbon and a hint of alcohol.

T - While the smell is pleasing it does not prepare for the full unfolding of flavors that follows. Great range that has a high sugary note, cotton candy like, woven in a long boozy and malty sense, slow undercurrent with touches of vanilla, plums, honey, butterscotch, prunes, sour insinuation that fades in a long Belgium character that goes back under the rich boozy sugar.

M - Medium-full body, with light carbonation, a caramel and boozy finish. A bit hot around the alcohol.

D - As one goes through the drink the distinct flavors gather a nice long balance and unity with a very long range. Quite the sipper.

Notes: While maybe a bit raw this feels quite extraordinary. I'd love to get my hands on another couple of these bottles, maybe to age... Sure, I've not had many Bruery offerings, which in general I've found to be good quality, but this one is certainly in the outstanding category.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, bottle #00363. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a murky reddish/copper color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for long. There isn't too much lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like brown sugar, dark fruit (raisins, figs), vanilla, oak, and some sherry. The taste pretty much is just like the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit (raisins, figs, prunes), oak, sherry, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and some dark bread. There's also a nice sweet boozy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, creamy and a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew overall. I never had the chance to try this fresh, but I don't think the age has hurt it at all. Definitely worth a try if you come across a bottle!

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Photo of remhaze
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this last night, and shared with couple of friends. It's fantastic. I was surprised when I first took a sip. It's... perfect. It drinks more like a regular 5-6% beer than 15%.
Very smooth, a bit creamy, and overall delicious.

Right before the coton, I had a glass of the firestone porabola. I love the porabola, but the coton definitely hit the spot. It's a nice perfect beer to end the night. It's well balanced and it taste better as the temperature warms to a room temperature.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by whitemomba.
I've had this one before, but never typed up a review... Here we go;

So I normally truly dislike old ales, but I'll be honest here; this one is delicious.
Lots of caramel malt, toasted and burnt toffee, and lots of vanilla. Nice boozy character on the finish.
Very nice. Medium-full body with ample carbonation.

Overall, this is the best old ale I've had (or at least that I've reviewed). I could sip this all night.

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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark murky brown with a decent size fuffy head.

S: Wow this smells crazy. Sour nose with rasions, spices, maltyness, soy sauce, and a pinch of bourbon on the end.

T: Nice flavors here. Very different. It starts with a slightly sour nut-like taste then followed by grape juice some caramel and a little bourbon. On the end a get little wood and fig with some yeasty spice and a suprisingly fairly smooth finish.

M: very silky and smooth. Looks thicker than it is. Very nice feel.

D: This is not nearly as hot as I expected for 14%. Alch is well hidden. This beer drinks quite well for its size. It does start to get fairly toasty as it warms, but still more mild than expected.

Thoughts: I am not very familiar with this style. I have probably had only a handfull of Old ales in my beer drinking experiences, but I really like this. According to what I have read on the style this matches up very well. Overall, lots of great flavors and very drinkable for its ABV. Great brew from a very talent brewery.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while having dinner at Ford's Filling Station in LA. Wish I had known they were charging $30 for the bottle. Ouch.

A: Very very dark brown with no head or hint of carbonation.

S: Soy sauce. As it warms, some more subtle flavor emerge. Dark fruits and molasses.

T: Lots of raisin with plum, burnt brown sugar, smoke, molasses, fig and caramel with a pretty good hit of bourbon mixed in. Alcohol is evident but not completely overpowering. Finished a bottle of this over the course of dinner. Needless to say, I was not able to drive home afterwards.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip

Bottle # 837

A: pours dark amber, in the stream from bottle to glass and is more reddish brown with a very thin finger of brown head. almost no lacing.

S: molasses and caramel. malt sweetness. a bit nutty as well. a light alcohol on the nose.

T: raisins, brown sugar/molasses, a bit of vanilla, oak and then the alcohol hits mainly in the throat and in the aftertaste which is expected for 14.5%
M: can only be explained as heavy and thick.
D: definitely a slow sipper, the abv makes it a sipper, if it was lower abv it could possibly be a session ale.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 3097.

A: deep copper color with some reddish hues, clear, poured with a good, dense, creamy tan-colored head that dissipated within minutes to nothing
S: incredibly deep and full nose, sweeter roasted malts with leather undertones, malt dominates, near port-like or aged barley wine
T: incredibly intense beer, deep roasted/burnt malt, some barrel aging noticeable, finish is a combo of sharp burn malt and/or bitterness
M: tons of different tastes between burnt malt, EtOH, barrel, intense very drinkable for ABV, creamy
O: very unique, reminded me of a British barley wine and/or port

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Photo of crusian
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rated by style...
collaborative review with my girlfriend. We make a better team than I make as a one.
bottle from liquormax in colorado. number: 5657 2010

pours MUCh darker than I thought it would. looks like a deep dark brown ale or borderline cheap stout.

nose. I dont get much on the nose, but she is getting lots of berry fruit, and some nutty oakeness. which is odd, because that is the flavor that I am picking up on the palate. This is one of the first beers I have had in a while that I have said, wow. the oak and vanilla is a nice touch to the randomly weird berry flavor in it. Calling this an old ale, I am not too sure, but holy crap I just saw this is 14.5%. NEVER would have guessed that. Alcohol is almost not detectable. Bourbon is present, but I think in the minute quantities it is bringing out other flavors related above.
I dont think that a 100% bourbon barrel aged would taste that good, to be honest. It would overwhelm the subtler flavors experienced here. It seems like oaking or bourbon aging is getting out of hand, but this is he most well balanced of that genre.

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Photo of rye726
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really sure why this is $22 a bottle when only a quarter of it is barrel aged. Give me a fucking break Bruery. But a nice example of the style that should age well.

Pours a rusty, stained mahogany. Silky tan head, nice lace.

Nose has dark pitted fruits, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, peppery alcohol and a hint whiskey.

Taste is a bit more complex. Quite sweet, but I like it. Figs, dates, plums, rich candy malts, subtle hops, spicy alcohol and tart fresh cherries. Subtle, well balanced bourbon presence.

Full body is delicately carbonated. Drinks well considering size and age.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up as a surprise at my local Binny's. Bottle no. 03718. 2010 Anniversary Ale. 75% ale, 25% ale aged in bourbon barrels.

A - pours hazy, deep copper tones with an off white/light tan head that actually stands up. Leaving lace on glass.

S - Aromas of vanilla, wood, and some sourness.

T - first sip - slight sour ale with hints of wood, and vanilla/bourbon. Alcohol at end of sip.

M - thin to mid-bodied. Sourness, with some woody tannins linger.

D - NOT a session beer. Good late night beer. might go good with a cigar by the fire pit. Good drinkability, but could not get passed the first bottle.

don't taste the "old ale" in the style description. Not sure where I'd put this in the base style. 14.5 % is a little high for an old ale. suggest a new style - BFB: big f'in beer, with wood.

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