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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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Ratings: 387 |  Reviews: 172
Photo of Kelton
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Marty30
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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 +7.6%
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 +11.3%
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 +4.3%
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 +13.4%
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 +11.6%
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 -9.3%
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 +6.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -15.4%
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 +5.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +2.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -35%
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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to one of my gueuzehawgs. I split this among five or six people which was a good idea. Nice amber color with a foamy head which was surprising given the abv. Smells boozy and sweet, a bit of candy. Flavor is a super boozy old ale with hints of toffee and sweetness. I actually liked this but that may be because I had such a small sample. Anything over six ounces would be hard to stomach.

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Photo of russwbeck
1.81/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Reddish pour that hints towards brown. The head is almost non-existant. About a pinky of off-white head that is gone before you know it.

S: Really this smell comes down to two things. Raisins and booze. I really don't get anything else. i would describe the smell as "offensive".

T: The raisins really start the taste off interestingly. Imagine if after that, you took grain alcohol and doused raisins in it, then ate the raisins. That basically describes this beer. The alcohol is SO intrusive.

MF: Not very highly carbonated. The high alcohol content really coats the tongue in an unpleasant fashion.

O: VERY disappointed with this. The bottle says it ages gracefully for decades...I should hope it tastes better than this at least.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up while in Destin from Chan's...poured into my Bruery tulip...

Deep pungent aromas of sweet fruity malts with pear preserves and sweet juicy plums coming to mind... It sort of smells like a Christmas pudding with hints of spice and even perhaps some cocoa...lots going on here...

Bracingly sweet at first with the aforementioned fruits leading the way... I get doses of chocolate at times as well... Hints of the barrel as well...smooth and luxurious feeling with a sense of sipping pleasure to it. Warming to the chest and throat...

I liked this one pretty well...

Glad I got to try this...

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Tasted side-by-side with the BA version

Pours a dark amber-brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with large amounts of booze-soaked medium and dark fruits – pears and raisins mostly. Also present are slight hints of vanilla and slighter hints of earthy and somewhat spicy hops. As the beer warms soft toffee aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by fruit flavors intimated by the aroma – raisins with light amounts of pears. Midway through the sip vanilla flavors smooth things out a bit, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall the BA version of this beer was undoubtedly smoother and more complex. Still, this is a solid beer in its own right and is worth a shot.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a tasting with seven others. I consumed about 8oz for this review. Poured in to a small pint glass. At the time of this review the bottle was a year old.

Appearance- Muted crimson with an off white head. Not clear but not hazy either. Requires a vigorous pour to have a good head. 4/5

Smell- Sweet bourbon caramel. Very fruity and fig-like. Prunes maybe? 4/5

Taste- Very sweet and caramely. Dark fruits a-bound. Malt flavor, alcohol and some cinnamon comes out even more as it warms. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel - Very good. Thick, almost port like. It is a little sticky but not too much. 4.5/5

Overall- Very good after dinner drink. Could be very good if paired with a warmed piece of apple pie. Part of me wishes I had this when it was fresh. It was probably a little thinner, which IMO, would have made it a little better. 4.5/5

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Photo of Brabander
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We had a beertasting at Beerpirates place on sunday the 15th of may 2011. Jeffo, Claark13, Bierschenker, beerpirates and i drank a whole bunch of beers. Thanks for your hospitality Wim!

Poured in my Westvleteren tasting glass this beer looks quit nice. The smell has a bit watermelon in it and the taste is totally different in respect to the watermelon smell. Very special. This is an unfiltered beer and has some boozyness with the 14,5 ABV.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wim busted this one out along with the 100% BA version at his place last week. Thanks for a fun day man!

From a 750ml bottle into a mini-snifter.
Bottle 09262

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized, light tan head with good retention. Maroon red or sangria red in color with higher levels of carbonation evident. A nice wisp and ring remain until the end and leave some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malt, toffee, with lots of red fruits in there. Some raspberries and perhaps some watermelon as well. Very nice and fruity indeed.

TASTE: Lots of flavor on this one. Caramel, toffee up front. Some definite nuts and lots of malt sweetness. Lots of sweet caramel flavor through the middle into a boozy and spicy finish. A big, bold aftertaste with lots of sweet red fruits, caramel, and a touch of bourbon notes lingers nicely. Very tasty stuff and quite complex as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Very good feel that supports the wonderful flavors.

OVERALL: This was a complete hit. Lots of wonderful, complex flavor, and all the supporting elements were there in full force. I will say that I think I enjoyed this more than the base beer, as the 25% barrel aging ended up adding to an already delicious base beer instead of dominating it, which I think the 100% BA version did a little bit. This was certainly a high point of the evening for me. Thanks again Wim for breaking this baby out!

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Photo of drizzam
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 513.

A - Very dark rusty brown in color, topped by a thin half finger tan head. Not the greatest head retention, but I wouldn't expect that from a brew that is 14.5%.

S - Sweet caramel malt with dark fruit...most likely figs or raisins. You can smell a certain booziness in this one, also seems to be a bit of vanilla trying to tame that same alcoholic aroma.

T & M - This is a hot little number! That same caramel malt comes through with a bit of a fruity character, seems to lean toward a combination of cherry and fig. There is also a bourbon booze flavor that helps add to this warmth. Medium bodied with a good warmth from the alcohol.

D - This is a gorgeous brew, and one I'm very happy to have had a chance to try! I wish I had a bottle to cellar, because I think this beer would only get better with time. Thanks to my buddy Skye for hooking me up with this...hopefully you can hook me up with more of these in the near future!

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottel poured into my tastinglass @ a tasting with some awesome BA's -:)

A: Pours a dark amber-orange. Small ring of foam remained throughout drinking.

S: Very rich aroma. Smelled of prunes, figs and raisins. Very sweet smell. Can smell bourbon.

T: Very complex fruit taste, brimming with raisins, prunes, figs, bourbon, toffee. Caramel , Sweet with slightly bitter after-taste.

M: A full beer that coats the tongue and palate.

D: Very drinkable, but at 14.5 ABV, it caught up with me.

Overall, this beer is very good. Drinks a little hot now, I think a year of aging will mellow it out.

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Coton from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 387 ratings
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