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 clarkm04
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 12/30; bottle.

Appearance- Mahogany brown/red unfiltered color, medium carbonation with a slight tan head and decent lacing throughout the draw.

Smell- Vanilla, caramel, pineapple/passion fruit, slight alcohol, expected more with a 14.5% ABV beer

Taste- Very complex taste overall. Lots of flavors going on with one. Overall very sweet and malty with slight fruit and an absence of alcohol in the overall taste. A lot of vanilla in the backside. Very surprising since typically beers this high have a strong alcohol note. Overall very balanced with a viscous and chewy taste.

M- Silky smooth with decent carbonation. Very stunning for a beer with this much alcohol.

D- Still a sipper despite the balance

O- Outstanding! Would definitely drink more.

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Photo of kels
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a hazy medium brown shade with ruby and amber highlights throughout. Not much clarity to speak of, and the initial off-white head fades from a skim to nothingness, leaving only the slightest amount of spitty lace along the walls of the glass.

Really nice nose on this one. Starts with warm honeylike sweetness and nicely caramelized malts. There's a tart fruitiness in there that reminds me of orange zest and sweet dates. I also get some candy sugar right before a little hit of isopropyl.

Most notable aspect of the taste- near cloying sweetness. The malts are so super-caramelly sweet, and the sugars really take over on the palate. Sticky-sweet dates, golden raisins and honey add the sweet palate, which is really only cut by the sharpness of the alcohol that creeps through. There's a slight tinge of roast in the overall palate.

Feel is disappointingly thin although palate-coating due to the sugary stickiness. It has very low carbonation, low viscosity, and weak hold in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is moderate at best. The mouthfeel really lowers it more than the alcohol. Would like to see a little heavier feel.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, good tan head. Little bit of retention for it, but at this alcohol level. . .

Extremely boozy aroma. And wood. Jeez, its like you're sniffin a barrel of grain alcohol.

Taste, very warming, a hodgepodge of flavors from soaked oak, vanilla, caramel (thick), toffee. I don't get a discernable fruit presence in this one. Gonna hold onto my bottle, let it age a ways. This is one brutal beer in terms of a challenge to your palate. Its hot, its complex, its not likely to make a lot of friends. But it is appreciable on some levels, and I think it could improve with years on it, and you can definitely age this one for years and years based on my impressions. Not my favorite Bruery offering, but a unique one nonetheless.

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

Thanks to Kels for sharing.

750ml capped brown bottle poured into a RR glass.

A: Pours deep woody brown with strong ruby highlights. Moderate head on the pour with little retention and only a bit of lacing.

S: Alcohol is strong but not stinging. Lots of tart fruitiness. Malts and oak.

T/M: A fair bit of alcohol, nice and warming. Lots of fruitiness with the alcohol, somewhat sweet but still a distinct tartness. Plenty of caramel and toffee malts. Some barrel notes add a nice touch. Carbonation is low and smooth. Body is nearly full.

D: 14.5% is a bit surprising even with the present alcohol. Pretty drinkable for it's size.

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

A - Deep brown, slightly hazy, light tan head, and good lacing.

S - Tends to lean towards the citrus side of the aroma for an old ale with raisins, candied figs, and fermented orange peel.

T - Mirrors the aroma with hints of figs, Belgian sugar, and sweet bread. A little sweeter than what I can remember most old ales tasting like but somehow The Bruery makes it work. Still get that musty funk to it at the end.

M/D - Heavy body with low carbonation which gives a thick texture on the palate. Alcohol is definitely present but doesn't give off a lot of heat as one might expect.

One of the better old ales, just way overpriced in my book.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before, a barrel-aged version, but that was at an event at Blue Palms in Hollywood and I was busy happily entertaining, so here's a review finally of the regular version.

On tap at Tustin Whole Foods. Into an Allagash tulip, pours a half-finger's length of head atop a deep ruby body, almost vinous in consistency. Plenty of rising bubbles as I tilt the glass.

Aromas are rich in butterscotch and fruit cake. Maybe a little honey dew in there? Also a lingering, hmmm, something in there I cannot place. But it's off somewhat.

Exhibits a rich, malty rye bitterness up front, with more bourbon, chocolate malts, caramel, tobacco, and hops on the finish. My issue with the flavor, I think, is the rye: it's dominating everything, and not in a good way that a beer like Rugrod does. It overpowers the other flavors to the point that at certain moments Coton almost comes off as one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is soft and silky on the palate, slightly sticking to the gums.

Overall, I appreciate Coton's flavors; subjectively, it's not among my preferences. If it's in front of me, I will drink it and probably enjoy it. If someone places Paupier (bourbon or rye) in front of me, Coton will be passed up.

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

Reviewed from notes, split two ways.

A- Dark red-brown with a monster head that has a nice creamy texture. Great frothy retention and lots of lace all over my glass. Impressive for 14.5% and 1/4 barrel aged.

S- Deep caramel and dark fruit blast characteristic of the style. Sweets are apparent. Spicy raisins sort of take over as it warms. Good brown sugar and a slight amount of Bourbon and vanilla.

T- Huge blast of caramel and dark fruit with spicy raisin in the finish. Alcohol comes in big at certain points but it does not negatively affect the flavor. Oak and bourbon were a bit too faint for me, would've like just a bit more. Becomes sweet and the raisins take over as it wears you down.

MF- Oily thick body with moderate carbonation and very warm from alcohol (but not overly). Fairly creamy.

DB- Rich and drinks like it is actually 14.5%. A huge beer that would benefit from a bit more oak and bourbon. The raisin take over at the end makes it one glass thing.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml shared by cbutova.

Pours dark murky red with a super bubbly tan head. Retains very well leaving good lacing to boot, impressive for such a big beer.

Smell contains raisins, caramel, spice, some peat/smoky malt, oak. Nice smell. Barely any alcohol present.

Taste is super caramel, raisins, light citrus+grassy hops, oak, spice (brown sugar?). Getting some light Belgiany spice as well. Biscuity malts. Bourbon is more and more present as it warms, sweetness starts to become cloying too.

Decent mouthfeel, maybe a bit thin. It does show it's 14.5% but it's not overly boozy.

Letting it warm up didn't help this one, I liked it more on the cooler side. Good beer but a little too sweet overall.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased and shared by BeerFMAndy. Thanks for taking the bullet on this pricey hot mess. Poured fro mthe bottle into my tulip.

A: Dark cinnamon hue. A bout a finger of dirty yellow head leaves a smattering of lace.

S: Here's where the horror began to unfold. The nose is like someone dissolved a full cone of cotton candy in a bucket of straight booze. Is that why they called it "coton"? Caramel and sugar drizzled dark fruit along with hot alcohol is pretty much all you get.

T: Well on a positive note the nose didn't lead me in the wrong direction. Pretty much hot sweet sugary booze is all there is. Yuck!

M: Thick syrupy body with very light carbonation.

D: Pretty much a fail for me. Considering the cost on this one. I'm so glad I passed on this everytime I waled by it at my local shop.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours thick and a dark brown sienna/caramel color. A minimal off-white head; minimal lacing.

(S)- Dry, yet rich too. Some caramel and toffee with plenty of fig and brown sugar. Hints of raisin.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Some good rich fig and toffee aspects with hints of booze and brown sugar.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Has a decent balance; very sweet with a noticeable boozy heat, but it does not bother me too much based on the style.

(D)- Its a decent old ale, but I think it needs time to smooth out its edges. My biggest disappointment for this one is how much it costs for a bottle of this compared to what you get. This better me amazing in a few years otherwise I am regretting buying mine.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Meantime tulip. 14.5% ABV, Bottle 03800.

A - A bit oily pouring with a hazy dark amber brown color. Coton had a loose off-white head with low retention, typical for a beer with this much alcohol. Little spots of lace are left over on the glass.

S - Dusty old basement and wood paneling with a splash of warm, solventy alcohol. It even smells old! A pinch of soy sauce coming through the aroma concerns me a little bit. Hints of very mellow fruits come through.

T - Amber malts toasted to the extreme, they borderline being burnt. Dry cocoa and some gooey caramel back up the amber malts. Light fruit esters come from the alcohol. Very old and dusty wood paneled basement with a little bit of soy sauce.

M - Medium-full bodied and sweet with a funky finish and a fairly boozy alcohol prominence. It's got a sharp bite to the back end of this beer.

D - Ugh, this beer is damn near undrinkable. I don't know what compelled me to spend almost $25 on this bottle, but I regret every cent of it. Not only is it way overpriced for what it is, (my main problem with it) it also needs a few years to reach a desirable drinkability level for how much of a hot, sweet, boozy mess it is. With the fact it's fairly fresh, I can see the soy sauce that already plagues this beer getting even worse. If you find yourself in possession of a bottle of Coton, save it for a few years before you crack it open.

Side note: The short fills in The Bruery bottles, as pointed out by Sweemzander, are getting a little annoying. Not that it'll kill the beer but with all that oxygen it makes me suspicious of prolonged aging of their beers.

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

Appearance: Pour is a dark toffee-brown color; thin tan head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Booze, of course, at 14.50%. Followed by toffee, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and vanilla

Taste: Similar to the smell, lots of booze with molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toffee, caramel, dark fruits and vanilla. Malts and other ingredients are a bit of a frankenstein monster

Mouthfeel: I swear it seems a bit thin somehow.

Drinkability: The bruery seems to excel at making these big, boozy disasters.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

55th review on BA
bottle to tulip
Bottle # 4316

Thanks to johndoe8 for this one.

App- It was a cloudy, light brown with some yellow highlights and a slow forming 1 finger head to it.

Smell- I got a huge smell of vinegar, bourbon, alcohol, molasses and some other smells I am leaning towards saying were a citrus to the side of tangerine. **EDITED** Rich smooth aromatics with malty and a bit of molasses behind it.

Taste- I wanted to love it, I wanted to give it all 5's and be blown away. I think I need to chalk this up to a bad bottle. It was overly vinegar tasting with too much going on at the same time. ***EDITED** This was on tap @ Bruery Reserve party and I had a few tasters. Much better IMO. More malty sweetness and smoother. Flavors balanced well and created a good depth of flavor.

Mouth- If not for the flavors the feel of the beer is nice. It was a tad powerful but a little sweet but did leave a nice after taste. **EDITED** When on tap this created a rich smooth finish with a good bit of low/medium body and a good medium carbonation.

Drink- Its a big beer at almost 15%. I think I was over anxious to try it and should have gave it a year to mellow out. Ill have to work to find another beer. **EDITED** This has really come together and is aging nicely. The flavors mellowed and this became a much better beer.

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

A: Pours a brownish amber, capped by a finger of foamy, pale beige colored head. Retention is good for the style as it settles down to about a half finger and slowly recedes from there.

S: Strong caramel presence up front with some molasses and brown sugar, as well as some light citrus notes. Darker fruits come in quickly with raisins and figs as well as some light alcohol.

T: Opens up with caramel and molasses before a big dose of dark fruits hits on the mid-palate - raisins, figs, some light berries and a hint of citrus. Some brown sugar and light vanilla/oak run around the edges of the fruit before light leather and smoke come in near the backend, leading to a long finish reminiscent of a good whiskey.

M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, coats the tongue with a syrupy feel, but not in a bad way.

D: A sipper, but extremely drinkable for the style and ABV...a perfect beer to relax with after a long day.

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours from the bottle thick and syrupy, a smoky, nearly opaque dark mahogany with a half-finger-thick though short-lived head of dark tan that becomes the thinnest of rings within seconds.

S: port wine, raisins, vanilla, paper, subtle toasted bread, sour cherries, heavy balsamic vinegar, molasses. Complex, but I think there's too much salty vinegar in here.

T: thankfully, the vinegar flavor has fallen off greatly, only slightly noticeable in the background. It's replaced by sugary gingerbread and molasses, vodka, light vanilla and oak. It's like macaroons! There are also raisins and plums in there. Very sweet but with an interestingly dry finish.

F: Velvety and thick, the smooth medium-full body is supported by a prickly medium carb.

D: syrupy, sweet, thick, substantial. I can feel it sitting in my stomach, getting me drunk. It's interesting, but nowhere near as good as the fully barrel-aged version.

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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 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 perrymarcus
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 358

Enjoyed this bottle with Jctribe25 while we (Patrick really) brewed a batch of homebrew.

Poured with a thin finger of head that vanished pretty quickly.
Dull brown color. NO lacing to speak of.

Not much bourbon the in aroma. Mostly Malt and sweetness in the forms of molasses and brown sugar.

The first couple of sips blasted you with molasses. Perhaps after adjusting to this flavor and the beer warming slightly more of a brown sugar flavor come to the forefront. Very nice beer. At 14.5% abv, this has the alcohol very well hidden. A wonderful beer to enjoy over the afternoon.

Shy of syrup like, but certainly full bodied and velvet like in your mouth.

I really enjoyed this beer. Well done.

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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 augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Bottle #04039.

Clear rosewood body with bright alizarin crimson highlights and a ropy malestrom of buff foam which subsides to a wasps nest of a collar and a dusty swirling surface slick.

Stewed fruit, nectarines, prunes, figs, and dried blueberries in the nose. A mildly fusel bourbon scent emerges on the tail end, with hints of caramel, cheap tobacco, wheat, and butterscotch.

Rather sweet on the palate with all the corresponding flavors to the aroma, with the addition of more sugar, a touch of vanilla, a very mild bitterness with hints of candied ginger and candied grapefruit zest, and an element of brandy from the bourbon barrel taking hold of the dark fruit notes.

Velvety, medium-thick, with low but decent carbonation. The heat is a bit much for the style, and makes certain fruit notes take on a subtle medicinal aspect (sort of like cherry flavored cough syrup).

I expect this could stand to be laid down for several years - one imagines the Bruery planning a decades long vertical of anniversary ales...though this beer seems like it was brewed more with that in mind than with creating something to be enjoyed in the present.

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

This was a phenomenal gift from stawn. He just sent it unsolicited in an act of generosity.

Bottle number 03214.

A- Muddy, purpleish brown. No head, just little polka dots of soapy foam.

S- Letting this warm up to around the suggested serving temp of 60° really lets the aroma come alive. Big complexities of sweet, dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses, and vinous wine-like qualities. Not surprisingly there is no shortage of alcohol. Its strong enough to give off brandy/whiskey like smells as well as a strong fussel bite.

T- Pretty in line with the nose, only better and with more complex surprises. Very vinous and brandy-like. Deep red grapes with a touch of acidity to it, wood, brown sugar, a very tiny bite of hops at the end just before a bucket load of fussel, almost vodka like booze.

M- Full bodied, but not super thick. Low carbonation and lots of alcohol warmth. For as sweet as this beer is, the stickiness is very low.

D- I like this. Obviously the alcohol is challenging, but this beer drinks easy on a cool fall night. A glass of this makes a great night cap.

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Coton from The Bruery
3.92 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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