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 UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is the same as the smell and is very nice. There is a slightly acidic quality in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected to this to be black for some reason. When I got my glass of it I thought it was a mistake. This beer is very similar to the 2 turtle doves in my opinion. The aroma is strong of alcohol, malts and dark fruits. It's got a strong flavor of most of the same qualities. Surprising red color, with a little head assuming from the ABV of this puppy! Overall this would be awesome for a nightcap beer. It will make your eyes lips heavy real quick and makes you nice and warm rather quickly.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a rocky head that pancakes down on the liquid while leaving a skeleton of lace

Smell: The booze is readily apparent in the aroma, with a dark fruit, molasses and soy sauce character; burnt caramel and vanilla elements linger in the background

Taste: Rather complicated flavor profile....starts out with a alcohol-soaked fruitcake character that builds with molasses, soy sauce and a surprising sourness that jumps to the fore at mid-palate, along with the bourbon; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors and the bourbon barrel elements converge into the finish, though the sourness lingers well into the after-taste

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This beer well could take years to come together; despite the complexity, it is currently a chore to get through all of the big flavors, the sour edge and the booziness

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Photo of largadeer
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for opening this one, Nick.

Murky amber body, almost rust-colored, with a small head that settles to a collar. Nice viscosity, this has legs like whiskey.

Smells quite fruity, prune-like, with notes of iron, mineral, molasses. A bit cloying and unrefined. Some oak and bourbon sweetness. Decent.

Tastes of prunes, molasses, mineral/iron. Rich and thick, but unlike the 100% barrel-aged version, this is fairly cloying and somewhat astringent. It might improve with a few years of age, but I wouldn't recommend opening this fresh. I don't like the prune juice flavor and the sweetness isn't nearly as palatable and smooth as the 100% barrel aged version.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2010 vintage. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with stickered-over unbranded pry-off pressure cap and intricate appealing label art acquired at a CA bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its reputation and current 89 rating. Bottle #04167. 14.5% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Smooth even consistency. Somewhat soft complexion. Retention is pretty decent for the ABV - about 3 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a really dark opaque brown. Not vibrant or particularly appealing. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it ain't much to look at. I'm starting to have my doubts. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here.

Sm: Vinous booze. Brown malts and booze. Faded fruits - maybe depleted cherries, and bourbon notes - especially vanilla. Sweet bready character. Alcohol isn't really hidden too well at all. Syrups. Musty wood (but not rich toasty oak or anything particularly pleasing).

An intimidating aroma of average strength.

T: Brown malts, marshmallow, vanilla, faint bourbon, musty wood, biscuit malt, some vinous character, faded candi sugars, fruitcake, rum/sugarcane, caramel, and raisin.

Needs far more complexity, subtlety, intricacy and nuance. The bourbon is way too tame. It's overly boozy and hot for what it is. Not a well balanced beer. Has some loose cohesion, but is far from gestalt.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

Mf: Carbonation has left this "beer." Smooth and wet, though it has an unbecoming dryness in places. Thick as hell. A biteen syrupy. Chewy. Has a heavy body. Presence on the palate is imposing. It can fairly be called boozy and hot. Unrefreshing. Doesn't suit the flavour profile especially well.

Not oily, gushed, or astringent.

Dr: A sipper if I ever tried one, Coton is nigh but impossible to kill alone. My companion and I will likely struggle to reach the bottom of the bottle. I can't say I'm a big fan of it. Far from The Bruery's best work. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. I don't see what all the fuss is about. A pretty disappointing brew across the board.

Far from a world class old ale. More of a boozy faux-liqueur. If this is how it drinks with age, it was likely intolerable fresh.

It opens up considerably with warmth. I would've initially given it a 'C-', but it graduates to a C.


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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It had short retention and left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of oak, caramel, bready malts and toffee. The were some boozy notes, too.

T - It tasted of rich, sweet caramel. There were oaky notes with hints of bourbon and mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied beer with a strong alcohol warmth.

D - This is a good old ale that is very strong and punches you right in the mouth.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a small, tight head that dissipates quite quickly. The nose hits first with booze, and underneath I get good notes of caramel, bright fruits, dates, and maybe some grapes.

The taste definitely still focuses on the boozy character and has a good deal of sweet malt. Definitely a bit over the top with the booze. Some brown sugar and fruit in there as well. This really quite hot right now, but hopefully it develops some more with age. Absolutely pales in comparison to the barrel aged version.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Bottle #1420. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a small foamy light tan head with decent retention that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Expected for a beer of this huge alcohol content. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, dark fruits, breadiness, fig, bourbon, and a bit of alcohol. Very strong and prominent aromas here, good stuff. Taste of huge raisin, caramel, dark fruits, cherry, fig, bourbon, molasses; with light vanilla and a bit of oak. Big sweetness of dark fruits, caramel, and molasses linger on the finish for a good period of time. Lots of complexity going on here as well. Fairly low carbonation with a huge full body, as I was expecting. Alcohol is extremely well hidden in this with only a warming on the finish noticed. Very viscous and slick mothfeel, with surprisingly smooth drinking, but it is definitely a sipping beer. Overall, quite an impressive brew, big complexity with nice drinkability for the alcohol level. Excellent.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter a deep chesnut brown with a thinner but well defined tannish colored head that settles pretty quickly leaving no lace behind.Aromas are deep wood,dark fruit,and sweet alcohol,the booze really hits as it warms,its quite appetizing though in my opinion.Cakey sweet flavors,big alcohol and dark fruit as well,the alcohol is very sweet in the finish.Its a big time sipper but thats ok it is pretty refined, but take it slow.As I drank more I noticed a bit of a green apple-like sourness in the finish more and more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey

Large beefy frothy head fades slowly with a sticky lacing, dark but clear mahogany brown copper color

Nose nice bourbon, some woody aromas, some dark crystal malts, dark sweet barleywine like aromas, brown sugar molasses, little nutty

Taste semi sweet, wood, bourbon, sweet brown sugar, burnt molasses and malts, bit of minerality, sweet dark malts barleywine like, hint of smoke and nutty, bit of cinnamon, plenty of warming booze especially as it warms, light Belgiany dark fruit. Finishes with a long slightly syrupy and boozy finish, with lingering dark sweet malts and a bit of bourbon.

Mouth is semi syrupy and heavier, with decent carbonation.

Drink is meh, plenty booze and it has a bit of a bitter iffy burnt minerality taste, as well as being syrupy.

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 04699 of the 2010 vintage was picked up in NC, review based on notes from a few days ago

Pours a caramel/crimson color with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fig & cherry notes& some boozeyness

T: Follows the nose, plus faint whisky notes up front, plus dryness & plums. Some woody notes, plus vanilla & raisins as this warms along with herbal & woody hops. Finishes dry, plummy, boozey & with oaky notes

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, nice warming notes

Booze is well hidden, aged nicely, one I would drink again

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was honestly a little lacking for me. a nice ruddy color with light hints of reddish tones around the sides and bottom of the glass. no head or lacing to really speak of, just a flat and lifeless color.

aroma is deep though, tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla, touches of wood and hints of deep earthy malts and alcohol. warming really mellows it out as the toffee and caramel come back through full boar and really wipe the slate clean. i love when those sweet notes hit the palate at just the right time giving it that candy sweet depth that is really balanced out well by a nice warming alcohol note and a subtle, but defiant barrel flavor. light burning/warming on the finish seals the deal.

overall a bit thin and lacking in the look, but the aroma is there as is the flavor.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased to try this at max's in baltimore. served on tap

Deep brown with translucent clarity and light beige cap. The smell is incredible with lots of caramel and some wood aromas with a custard, almost sherry like nose. The feel is ridiculous because it does seem strong but nowhere near 14.5% it is sweet and fruit with a cream texture. The beer has a lot of taste happening with some raisin, caramel and custard with a lot of sweet dark sugar and almost dessert like qualities. I enjoyed this but would not really call it drinkable in the ultimate sense unless you drink 14.5% beers like they are ordinary. It does hid the alcohol in the layers of malt pretty well almost reminds you of how thomas hardy's has the complexity in a very big beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oddly enough, I'm the first CA resident to review this beer...

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a dark brown/mahogany color with a mild off-white head.

S: While quite sweet, the nose is not quite as rich as the barrel aged version. A strong fruity character along with caramel, toffee, and burnt sugars.

T: The sugar components are quite strong on the tongue. The caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee dominate up front. The sweet, dark fruits come into the play toward the middle and back end of the sip. The beer is, however, on the hot side.

M: Quite full in body, but not quite as thick and chewy as the barrel aged version. Certainly a noticeable alcohol heat as well, but this heat is not as well integrated as it could be.

D: This one is a bit raw. With a bit of time, hopefully the booze will mellow out and integrate into the beer, making for a more well-rounded beverage.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a dark orange-brown color with one inch of off white head.

s - Smells strongly of booze. Also smells of darek fruits, sugar, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Taste is again, lots of booze and dark fruits. Also some sweet malts and sugar again. Not too enjoyable.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation.

d - I was not a big fan of this beer, nor were the other 3 people I was with at SAVOR. I thought it was a sweet, boozy mess that was still way too hot. It's a hard 14.5% ABV and I would not want to try this again unless it was aged for a few years. After a lot of hype I thought this was very overrated.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a ChurchKey snifter.

It's funny: I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce the name of this beer. Is it Coh'-ton, Coh-ton', cotton, Catan (all hail!), or what? Damn Bruery and its crazy shit. I mean, it's spelled with a "w", dammit! Stupid clever attempts! Anyhoo... The pour results in a cloudy amber brown, with a veryu minor excuse for a white bubbly head. Like an old man, this old ale has very little snow on top (along with a lot o' nothin'). It smells of caramel apple (nuts and all, baby), cashews (see?), oak (or some kind o' wood, anyways), bourbon (insert parenthetical here), and a hint of vanilla (...I got nothin'...). Hooray, unnecessary parentheticals! *ahem* That vanilla I mentioned doesn't register on my tongue, though everything else does. In addition, some cranberries and hot cinnamon (y'know, like some good ol' Red Hots) crash the party, bringing along some pleasant extra bits o' complexity. It all sits heavily, but not too, on my tongue, coating my mouth with mildly carbonated goodness. The heft and relatively high ABV, though, keep the drinkability from hittin' the bell, no matter how many swings are paid for. I think the damn game's rigged, but she seems to like it, and you know there just ain't no arguin' with dames. Get some!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber body. Medium khaki head. Leggy. Medium collar.

Smell - Very oaky. A little acidic. Oxidized, too. Sherry. Deep brown sugar.

Taste - Sweeter than it smells. Lots of brown sugar and caramel. Sherry-like oxidation. Sharp woody flavor.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Not boozy, though. Well carbonated.

Overall - I love these beers. This one has a perfect amount of age on it, too.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled that I purchased off the shelf in Pennsylvania roughly 5 years ago and cellared until now. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter it appears a brown color with a khaki head a finger strong that fades holding in a thin film.

Aroma is sweet like caramel candy, raisons, grapes and plums with a soft hint of alcohol that becomes more solvent feeling as it warms up.

Taste is fruit and mildly vinous with an herbal bitterness that lasts and almost has a faint dry oaked note. The booziness is enjoyable with a hint of leather, earth and something along the lines of cocoa.

This is medium to full bodied with moderate to lighter carbonation. Very enjoyable and just starting to show its age. I wish I had more of these because its pretty damn awesome and I think it has legs to go a few more years.

Side note: Yesterday I opened the younger anniversary bottling Cuir and it tasted older than this one with more oxidative character. I recapped the bottle and actually enjoyed it more on day 2. This bottle of Coton tastes like a less oxidized day 2 opened Cuir if that makes any sense.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Beer is brown and hazy and forms a thin head of small and large bubbles. Head falls away rather quickly leaving a very thin layer of nearly nothing on the surface of the glass. No lacing and the carbonation level is low. I think CK may undercarb their beers.

Aroma is kind of like a Belgian dubbel, with a hint of some booziness to it but not in a bad way. There is not a strong aroma of alcohol, just a hint of some bourbon or some wood. Pretty sweet smelling with some raisin in there.

This beer finishes with a slight roast, up front its pretty sweet and a little hot. The overall finish is kind of dry and pretty caramelly. Overall this beer is pretty good and drinkable for a 14.5% beer. I would not have expected it.

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Photo of aasher
2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a syrupy light brown in color with ruby highlights. It pours near still with almost no head. It smells of sweet brandy, sherry, sweet dark fruits, with a moderate amount of alcohol. It tastes of sweet brandy, overly sweet dark fruits, molasses, maple syrup with a light boozy finish. It drinks pretty thin and is overly sticky. It's just awkward and feels disconnected. It's just strange. I can't like this. It's over a year old and it doesn't hold a candle to Cuir. It's overall strange and just doesn't do what it should and could have. This is a miss by the Bruery.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Cloudy brownish, red body with a thin tan head with a bit of retention. Aromas are wet cardboard, dark fruits (plums, prunes), candied caramel. On the palate, the oxidized aroma is not as pronounced but hints of it are present. The center flavors are the rich, sweet dark fruits followed on the back-end by a big caramel malt backbone. Good, but certainly open these bottles now if you're hanging onto them. I cannot see this going anywhere but downhill.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red amber. Moderate tan head and light lacing. Interesting flavor, sweet malts, lots of dark and light fruits and booze. A bit of citrus. A sweet-sour dark fruit finish. A very different, but enjoyable flavor. The ABV packs a punch, though. I'm not convinced this is an old ale, but it is interesting.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark murky brown with orange yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of dark fruits were present on the nose with apple, pears, caramel, toffee, but had some booze and bourbon notes.

T: the dark fruits also dominated the taste with caramel brown sugar flavors pear apple accents and a touch fo booze that was well hidden.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, boozy, silky finish.

D: it was a pretty easy drinking beer comsidering the extreme ABV and does seem like its getting better with age.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

My 2400th Review

Poured into a chalice a nice brownish color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with some nice bourbon notes, nice touch of figs, plums, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, like the bourbon notes, and dark fruits. Full/Medium body, ABV is hidden very well with this brew. A very nice sipper. Very Drinkable, recommended. Thanks Chuck.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Hulmeville in a 10oz serving or so, glad to find this as I passed up Melange #3 flowing on tap during beer week due to the high alcohol. Kicks rocks..

Coton looks dark but is not yet black, a dark brown mixed with a very small amount of bronze when up to light. Just a stroke of off white foam on top, no stick, it's 14%, understandable.

Smells of deep caramel action and sweet fruits including plum and apple. But there is a huge amount of malt sweetness. Candi sugar, vanilla, toffee, port, prunes, alot.

Not smelling a insane amount of booze, I was pleasantly surprised that while a bit hot, Coton is not boozy, just a touch. Alcohol is the least of my concern with all thats on top. This includes huge malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. A small amount of oak, but a nice amount of light vanilla bean. Dates and raisins with port soaked fruits, a small amount of bourbon. What I get is good layered beer.

This is big beer, no doubt about it, a nice strong almost full body. It's quite thick but goes down real smooth like. Just a bit of heat on the backend after the melange of flavors. Lightly carbed, just enough to keep it moving along. Sweet mostly, coton is something else. A coating beer.

It's a sipper for sure, but I was at a bar and I like to drink at bars so, you know how that goes. Insanely drinkable and flavorful without being cloying in the least bit, not artifical more like art official. I would like to try this next to a fire in the winter and id drink the whole damn bottle, damn the alcohol. I need to find a bottle of this for a 5 year nap. Note to self- Never pass up Bruery special releases no matter the cost.

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Coton from The Bruery
3.92 out of 5 based on 386 ratings.
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