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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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 386
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 BostonHops
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review. been wanting to try this one for a while now, figured this was the perfect opportunity.

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass. bottle #01789.

pours a deep, opaque mahogany tone with a solid finger of a beige/tan head. demonstrates middling retention though a lasting cap; decent walls of lacing.

the headliner in the nose is bourbon; despite just the 25% being bourbon-bbl aged i get it right away. also strong notes of dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and oak. very nice bouquet.

first thing i get from the flavor is a lot of sweet maltiness. not cloying sweetness, though it straddles the line... more dark fruit, vanilla, oak/woody notes, and a warming boozy finish. taste does not live up to the promise of the nose, though it is quite enjoyable.

smooth, medium-plus bodied mouthfeel, a bit syrupy... carbonation is on the low side but IMO that doesn't negatively impact the beer. this is the ultimate sipper, not extremely drinkable in the sense it goes down easy.

in the final analysis i'd say this is a very good beer and i'm glad to have tried it; that said, it doesn't live up to it's hefty pricetag. not sure much would.

original review on: 10-18-2010

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Photo of Adrianized
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red wood color with lighter brown highlights. Small tab head dissipates. 4

Oak, wet wood, moss, prunes, whiskey, a touch of maple, and some alcohol. 4.5

Oak and wet bark. Raisins, prunes, and figs. Some vanilla. Finishes alcohol hot. 4

Full bodies with light carbonation. 4

Overall pretty good, but not worth the hefty price tag. 4

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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 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 ChrisPro
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting. Finished a distant #6 of 6 for me.

A - Pours a murky medium brown with just a smattering of bubbles.

S - Dominated by soy and worcestershire, with a bit of saurkraut and vanilla.

T - Slightly sweet vanilla, but a very salty, soy finish. Just strange. As it warmed a bit, I got some pepper on the finish, as well as some increased tartness.

M - Full bodied with perfect carbonation.

O - I'm not sure if this bottle was infected or just not aging well, but this was not enjoyable at all. I don't think we got through half of the bottle, even after finishing everything else. It is just not something I want to come near ever again.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions

Look: Dark brown with reddish hues. 1/8 inch head and no real retention

Smell: The nose starts out a touch sour and then is backed up with copious amounts of dark fruits

Taste: Dark fruits in full effect that is backed up by slight notes of oak and vanilla. The beer finishes with some nice coffee note and a fair amount of alcohol which does become a bit distracting as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation which is to be expected

Overall: A nice little beer with great complexity the beer should do well with even more age

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Photo of xnicknj
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks pat

Pours a deep, opaque caramel brown color with some slightly brighter hues. Thinner beige head rests on top, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Very rich in the nose - roasted malts with boozy warmth. Toffee and burnt sugar with caramel. Some oaky and vanilla tones too.

Rich and a bit sweet up front with some toffee and caramel. Light touches of dark fruit with candied notes. Thick, beefy malt backbone with layers of flavor. Some oak and vanilla flavors with a nice boozy warmth towards the finish.

Full bodied, decent enough carbonation, sticky and heavy on the tongue. A nice burly, smooth sipping old ale here, I liked the booziness of this combined with the malty, toffee sweetness. I'd love to try the 100% BA version.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 750 ml bottle split with my brother last summer. Have had this a few times now. Poured into a Victory tulip glass...

A - Pours a deep, rich mahogany-brown color that is a bit murky. Not completely opaque. A creamy tan head forms about 1/5 fingers thick and quickly recedes to a collar.

S - Dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla and a bit of oak come out. Theres a candy sugar aroma there too which is nice. Sherry like qualities on the nose here.

T - Sweet flavors of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and alcohol soaked raisins come first. There is a slight bourbon and oak presence. Some chocolate and leather come out as well. Nice complex and reminds me of a sherry/port hybrid.

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice richness to it that isn't overpowering or too sweet.

O - Really nice beer. I enjoyed this one immensely and really cannot wait to see how it ages.

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

A: Pours a murky light brown with a finger of light brown head.

S: Light bourbon, toffee and caramel.

T: Slightly sweet malt to start moving quickly into alcohol heat. Very light bourbon. Mildly bready with caramel, toffee and raisins. Just a hint of some burnt sugars. This is quite acidic and overly fruity for my tastes.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: Just Ok for my palate.

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Photo of Marty30
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cosmicevan for this bottle! Poured into a Duvel tulip at 58 degrees.

A. Looks black but when held upto the light brown and ruby hues come through. 2 finger mocha colored head that dissapates to a nice cap.

S. I get sweet figs,raisons,plums upfront. Following that is toffe and leather. Very strong and sweet smelling beer.

T. Dark fruits come first,then I get leather and tobacco,toffee,caramal,chocolate!Some thing in here has a slightly bitter taste to it? Not as sweet as I expected which is good. This is very complex so many layers of flavor. Alchohol is there but not as hot as I would of thought.

M. Good feel not as thick as I expected,certainly not a bad thing.Medium feel with a good amount of carbonation. Sweet in the beginning and ends up slightly bitter.

Overall I thought this beer was badass! Right up my ally. So complex. Must try.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - LIghtly hazed ruddy color, bordering on mahognay. A think khaki cap of foam sits on top of the beer and has pretty good retention. Scattered lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Sweet toasted bread, caramel, a bit of burnt sugar and plenty of alochol. A bit of toffee comes through along with some vanilla as the beer warms. Very sweet aroma throughout.

T - Sweet and boozy with hints of caramel and toffee. There is a bit of dark fruit as well with some alcohol soaked raisin being most prevalent. As the beer warms I get more burnt sugar and dark bread. The sweetness provides a backing through the etnire beer and the booze is certainly present as well.

M - A touch on the lighter side of medium bodied; a bit thinner than something of this stature should be in my opinion. Carbonation is light.

O - Rather boozy but the flavor profiles are fantastic. Layered nicely and a full run of big malty sweetness, alochol, dark fruits and even a little oak.

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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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Photo of litheum94
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 9/4/11. Bottle 04188. Thanks to daysinthewake for sharing.

Deep brown body, prune juice color. Some light comes through. Brown head that leaves very quickly.

Surprisingly sour on the nose; sour cherry and brett like tones. Caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Sweet bourbon flavors. Agave and sherry.

Savory flavors of sherry and bourbon, with toffee sweetness. Brown sugar and caramel malts. Some earthy yeast. No hop presence. Some booziness on the finish, but not in a bad way.

This is a damn delicious, great old ale. Tons of depth, and way too easy drinking for the ABV.

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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 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 brotherloco
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle. Bottle #7640. Served in a tulip. Chilled slightly below cellar temperature since I knew it would take a long time to drink.

Pours a deep plum red with a finger of beige foam, which mostly recedes. Mix of tiny and large bubbles. Lots of thick lacing.

Complex aroma. Dark fruits, port wine, vanilla, earthy oak. Some spicy peppery Belgian yeast and candi sugar, of course we're dealing with The Bruery here. Booze is present, but how couldn't it be at 14.5%

Big flavor here, wow. A sweet start much like a Belgian quad. Dark fruits and candi sugar are there. Sweetness explodes and then the middle goes surprisingly sour, not sure what's causing that, it tastes like fermenting fruit. Not getting a ton of barrel presence, but I guess that makes sense with only 25% of this beer being aged. Nonetheless, vanilla notes are present among the sweetness. The sourness lingers long into the finish and aftertaste, kind of odd. The alcohol never dominates the flavor, but you do feel it in the finish as well.

Body is medium-full and carbonation is on the low end of medium-low. Gets syrupy and thick in the finish.

A complex brew for sure, but can't give it high marks as the flavor is a bit of a mess.

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Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage on tap at the armsby abbey

A - Poured into a Bruery tulip a wonderful almost garnet hue with a super creamy two finger head that fades to leave very nice haloing.

S - Big dark fruit aromas and sticky malts blend together to form a good candy sweet aroma. Very appealing.

T - Very similar to the nose with sticky sweet dark fruits and chocolate. The abv isn't even remotely noticeable in the flavours. My goodness this is dangerous.

M - Exceptional. Really no other way to describe this. Abv drinks more like 6% than the 15+! Smooth creamy just delicious.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer and would live to have a bottle of it. So good it melded nicely together and become an incredibly sessionable beer, which in crazy for something this alcoholic. Wow.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Large head that thins out forming a solid light tan layer of foam atop a dark amber body.

The aroma has some leather and some dark fruit. There is some mustyness as well as some pepper.

Dark fruit and caramel dominate with burnt sugar. This is sweet of course with a little bit of heat in the finish.

This is very thick with a lot of carbonation for the ABV.

I like this as a sipper. I will try the cuir most likely because this is goof.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This one pours very dark brown with about a finger of creamy looking light tan head.

This one smells kind of leathery; almost kind of salty. A little bit medicinal which I feel is somewhat common for old ales, but it is my least favorite aroma. A little bit fruity though with some cocoa in the background. The fruity and rich with some notes of toffee and hints of chocolate. The taste also has a bit of nuttiness to it.

The body is full and the carbonation is soft. This one is a bit warm on the tongue and burning going down. Overall this is tasty. Seems like it could still mellow out a bit though.

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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 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 Trilogy31
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 07499. Pours a beautiful brown amber with nice clarity and a crimson hue when held to light. Gorgeous head that almost has an orange cream color to it, settles to a light khaki and leaves nice lacing. The nose has a maderized quality to it along with burnt brown sugar and toffee. The taste is rich bourbon barrel, vanilla, red fruits/cherry, more brown sugar, sherry notes along with a touch of spice. The beer is nicely carbonated and still has nice tannins from the barrel. Excellent beer at this age and still sitting on two more. Not quite as enjoyable as abacus but a very good ba brew in its own right.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark ruby red in color with a deep tan soapy head. Good initial head lingers.

Sweet smelling of caramel, fruit, raisins, sugary candy, and a little bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Very sweet. Lots of dark dried fruit. More bourbon as it comes closer to room temperature.

Sweet dark dried fruits, molasses, and caramel upfront with a little bourbon and alcohol. Finish follows the start with more bourbon and alcohol. Little vanilla and wood. Lingering sweetness.

Medium body, slightly syrupy, low, but enough, carbonation. Some alcohol heat at the finish that becomes more apparent as it warms.

Mostly sweet and fruity with a light bourbon presence. Lots of raisin-like fruit sweetness. Could have used more bourbon flavor to match the alcohol content. Good aroma and flavor. 


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