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Coton | The Bruery

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3.97/5
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387 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DefenCorps on 05-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews:
172
Ratings:
387
pDev:
12.09%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Slatetank
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 bonkers
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split a bomber with a friend, poured into 2 snifters. The beer is a dark, muddy toffee color with a fizzy little tan head. As soon as you pop the top the room is filled with a wonderful aroma of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Unfortunately, the flavor does not match the aroma. Lots of hot bourbon, and vanilla but the flavors were not quite right. IMO the carbonation was too low and the mouthfeel was thinner than I expected. It is an enjoyable sipper, but for the money there are better ones. Maybe after it lays down for a year the flavors could come together more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a ruddy amberish color with good carbonation and a light toffee color head

S: Brown sugar, caramel, old dark fruits, and plenty of booze

T: Booze, wood, bourbon, dark fruits. This beer tasted like it was already going over the hill oir past its prime it seemed.

M: Sordove sticky, warm, funky

D: Ahh. Ok but not worth the price at all!

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Photo of bierguru
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - deep amber mocha colored head laces out very thin

S - fig, rasin, pear, big alcohol small

T - just like the smell there is a big alcohol taste, fig, oak, taste like a bourbon with fig mixed in

M - bourdon burn

D - its ok only the alcohol burn numbs the taste buds pretty quick

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #06691.

A: A dark ice tea pour appears a dark brazilian cherry wood in the glass. The head is smooth and frothy, beige in color, and rose an initial 2 fingers high. The retention was moderate leaving a generous film coating behind as a lacing.

S: A bit of sour malt is experienced upfront with some stalky vines and dry burbon scents. Fresh prunes, mixed in with some dried molasses, comes through. There is definitely a muskiness coming from the yeast but surprisingly no trace could be found of its 14.5%abv.

T: The alcohol is present and quite apparent on the open combined with some boozy dark fruit, caramelized brown sugars, and sweet malt juice. Dried molasses, rum raisin, dark cherries and some spicy cola also add some spicy variety to the mix. The alcohol is spicy and hot, of dried maple syrup and some cinnamon notes adding a zing to the punch with some vanilla influence. The overall palate is one that was very sweet, vinous, and provided a big acidic bite on the finishing take. Overall a generally sweet but deeply complex drink that reveals a rich chocolate malt presence upon warming to room temp. Another winner from this bruery.

M: The mouthful is light, very warming with a spicy bite on the tongue. Oily and slippery feel provides for a great hold with a burbon dryness coming though on the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Your definitely not gonna be putting this down to quickly or in any quantity, the only reason for my average drinkability rating. The overall enjoyment is one that is very high, but the big acidic nature and alcohol kick is one that makes this an honest slow sipper. A bomber pushes the further end of the drinking spectrum, not a bad idea to share this with a friend unless you want to devote a good 45 minutes on this. Vinous in nature and should be treated as such, small portions at a time, sipped and savored in a chalice with a warm ambience.

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Photo of bump8628
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the tasting room.

Ruddy brown with a thin, but appropriate off-white head.

Booze-soaked dark fruits, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, raisin, toffee, even more booze. Sweet and a little syrupy, but not prohibitively so, and certainly not out of place in this style or in a beer pushing 15% ABV.

A big punch of flavor and complexity, quite good, but the booze becomes pretty rough after a few ounces. I'd like to try this in about 5 years.

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Photo of GOGRANDE
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of rpstevens
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. The beer pours a murky brown with hazy mahogany edges. There is a thin white bubbly head that leaves oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet caramel, vanilla, hints of oak, dark fruits and tobacco. The alcohol is present, but adds to the smell nicely. As the beer warms the dark fruits become a bit more dominant, there are some raisins, plums and slightly tart cherries.

The taste follows the smell, but the alcohol sweetness overpowers the other components. The taste starts with hints of raisins and slightly tart cherries. The dark fruits are followed by candied sugar sweetness, vanilla, leather, tobacco and oak. The wood helps to balance out all the sweetness, but it just doesn't go far enough. The alcohol dominates the finish, aside from another slight hint of cherries.

The beer is adequately carbonated and has a nice medium-to-heavy body that compliments the complex flavors nicely. If the alcohol weren't so dominant this would be much more drinkable.

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

(Served in a snifter)
A- The woody dense brown body is murky with a double head of light tan. The lower head is creamy with a top head of big bubbles pushing above the glass. There is a sea of slow tiny bubbles fighting their way to the surface.
S- The faint sour hint turns to fresh wood and a faint coffee hint that grows as the beer warms. The sour note is more vinous that lactos. There is a faint vanilla and leather note at the end of the tartness.
T- The slight tartness finishes with a mellow caramel sweetness with some roasted malt in the background. The sweet and tart flavor lingers with a hop bite to follow. There is a woody quality that comes through in the malt and has touches of bourbon without the alcohol.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel. There is no alcohol heat but there is a sweetness that clings in the finish.
D- There is a good blend of mellow tartness and sweetness that is a bit caramelly with a very subtle depth underneath. The malt takes 2nd place to the tartness but the sweetness gets a bit to big for the rest of the flavor.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter.Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is sweet malts with a good dose of caramel and some woody notes from the barrel aging.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruits and some booze from the alcohol. There is definitely some heat in the finish from the alcohol, but that is to be expected from a beer of this strength. The heat will only improve with some aging. 

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer fresh but I think it will be outstanding with some aging. I would grab a few bottles to cellar if possible.

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Photo of atsprings
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The computer geek in me wants to note that this is review 1337 for me! Pleased to find this one on tap at Busy Bee during Raleigh Beer Week. Served in a Unibroue tulip a murky brown with a very thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is a nice blend of oak and dark malts. The taste is a nice complex blend of dried fruits, burnt caramel, molasses, oak and a bit of leather. The beer is certainly a heavy sipper, with a decent amount of alcohol presence, but an enjoyable one. This one is certainly enjoyable, but will clearly get better with age.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow just a devlish swampwater look with an opaque, murky garnet pour with very little head.

S - Mild but with some very noticable flavors going on. Supersweet malts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar. Hint of bourbon.

T - Really sweet. There's a brown sugar, caramel, toffee, sort of sweetness married with the strong alcoholic flavor. Hoppy finish.

M - Surprisingly smooth and creamy. A thick or sticky mouthfeel would be a bummer with such a sweet brew but this avoids that pitfall.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv

Mischief, 8.5% abv

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%
Brewed for The Bruery's 2nd Anniversary. Notes they have learned a lot, and pays honor to the 2nd Anniversary wedding tradition of giving the gift of Cotton.
75% Old Ale with 25% Ale aged in Bourbon barrels.
Drank impressively smooth as a true young Old Ale, amazingly well made and smooth high abv Old Ale.

RUGBROD, 8% abv

Autumn Maple, 10% abv

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Murky medium brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy brownish yellow head with pretty good retention given the ABV and a decent ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Sweet toffee upfront along with carmelized sugar and molasses. Some plum and raisin fruitiness in there and bourbon gives a nice touch. However, the nose is pretty tame for the style. Booze is extremely well hidden.

3.0 T: Unlike the nose, the taste is not tame at all. There's a lot going on and in fact, too much. Cloying throughout - the molasses, toffee, and caramel gangrape the amylase in my mouth causing flem to ball up on the back of my tongue. There's just a general muddling of maltiness. The other aspects are pretty good. There's a pleasant plum, prune, raisin, currant fruitiness going on and although you can tell this is a high ABV brew, it isn't overly boozy. It's hard to say if time to mellow this out.

3.5 M: If I rated the mouthfeel on flem production, I'd give it a 1.0. If I rated it on smoothness and creaminess, I'd give it a 4.5. Thus, I'm compromising at 3.5. Really nice mouthfeel, but needing to spit out the residual sugar balls constantly kinda sucks. Warming throughout and especially on finish.

3.0 D: If I factored in the price, I'd give the drinkability a 1.5, but I don't do that. This is a resonable attempt at a great big olde ale, but it just didn't work in practice. Maybe it needs time, but there are plenty of other olde ales that don't. The taste is average, the mouthfeel is great, but the cloying-ness needs to be minimized.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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Photo of tjfinkle
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle No. 9385 poured into tulip

Appearance- Thick dark orange brown with very little head and minimal carbonation

Smell - Caramel and sweet malts up front followed by woody Bourbon

Taste - Initial flavors of molasses and heavy malts followed very shortly after by the serious alcohol. Some rich fruity flavors, but for the most part they are overpowered by the alcohol and thick malts

Mouth-Thick with very light but adequate carbonation, well balanced

Drink- at 14.5% this is not an easy drink. It is so thick and boozy, but still very enjoyable. I feel that this has the potential to age well. I can't wait to break open one of my 100% barrel aged bottles to compare, but I think I am going to give them a little time.

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Photo of crashlimo
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle(#01746)

Generally I find old ales to be rather hit or miss (mostly miss). However this has to be one of the most surprising and deliciously complex brews I've ever encountered (I am confused by some of the previous reviews)

Pours an dark orange brown with minimal head.

Smells sweet with notes of caramel and dark fruit, and perhaps some brown sugar (not overwhelmingly boozy for the ABV).

It has a very complex and intense flavor that requires some serious gustatory analysis upon first sip. Citrus rind and dark fruit are most prominant with a wonderful sweet caramel finish. Booziness seems extremely well tamed considering the 14.5%, contrary to prior accounts (I can only imagine it has aged well)

I absolutely loved this beer, as each sip presented a new dimension of flavor. If it wouldn't destroy my liver I could drink this all day

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Photo of Pahn
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a tight, short-lasting ring of lacing. Pours a very dark but translucent red, and leaves a few spots and splotches of lacing occasionally.

Smell: From the bottle: Yeah, there's some alcohol in this beer. In the glass: Wow... Before even putting my face near the glass I can smell caramel, oak, vanilla. Actually getting close to it, I'm getting those same smells, plus some mild cola smell, and some smoky, nutty aromas. No where near as boozy smelling as I first thought, thought some solvent comes out late in the bottle. Some raisin as well. Lots going on, but creates a very smooth, pleasant whole.

Taste: First sip: smooth caramel and vanilla up front, then a devastating explosion of alcohol heat (15%~ ABV, yeah I'll buy it). I can feel it in my chest. The first sensations were silky smooth, and before I can get too skeptical from the alcohol bomb, some really nice nutty, woody notes come out in the aftertaste. Promising.

Over the course of the next several sips, it becomes clear that ABV isn't the only big thing about this beer. I'm getting deep, malty flavors up front with hard to identify (for me) but very distinctive nutty notes (maybe pecan or macadamia or almond), along with toffee and prune. As I acclimate to the heat, the finish develops a real bourbon and vanilla character. Further in, the creamier flavors are disappearing and I'm getting tart notes of apple and more dark fruit (pretty distinctively raisin and prune, with raisin dominating the aftertaste).

Is this messy and unbalanced? So much is going on that it's really hard to gauge; each sip is yielding bold, adventurous flavor. Are the flavors just beyond making sense together? I'm not sure. Now it tastes predominantly spicy and hot. The fruit notes are getting stronger too--but there's some smokiness and vanilla cutting through the fruit impressions.

As exploratory as this beer is, in the end I'll say that yes, it is well-balanced. That beautiful aroma is sort of like a guide, letting you know the main caramel/nut/vanilla/bourbon core of the beer, which just gets deepened and accentuated by the constantly evolving complexity of flavors. The flavor is starting to really make sense, but more importantly, it's not getting dulled; it's not that the alcohol is taking over, or the oak or caramel or apple or prune notes drop off, it's that all of these stay strong and continue to contribute. I'm sold.

Mouthfeel: While it's a decent vehicle for these flavors, it's ultimately not great. Full bodied, low carbonation, very hot and sticky. Develops a borderline unpleasant oily slickness. It's not bad, but it could be a lot better.

Drinkability: Excellent celebratory beer, delivering the kind of adventurous but expertly balanced flavor I expect from a high profile Bruery release. Points off for the mouthfeel; if I were deciding whether or not to spend my night with this beer or another heavy hitter like Bourbon County Stout, Coton's mouthfeel would be an issue.

Coton delivers what you'd expect of it if you're buying it in the first place for a reason other than "Here's a rare beer." It's a big, bold, old ale. Lots of heat, lots of dark fruit, lots of caramel and vanilla. It's a special occasion type beer that makes sense as the Bruery's anniversary release. It could probably use a few years of aging, but I think it's already a very good sipper if you like complex, brash, high ABV beers.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.71/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This poured a nice chocolaty brown in color with little head as one could imagine.

Smell - This is rich, malty booze with little complexity. The fruits though are very diverse and more like a BSDA. The wood though is overpowering IMO and squashes the fruity bouquet.

Taste - The malts are sloppy and the booze overpowering. I think there are probably some terrific fruits in there but they are such a chore to find at this point I'm not going to try.

Mouthfeel - This is close to full-bodied. The alcohol isn't overly stinging but just is a raunchy, unnecessarily rough wild card that trumps everything else. Those BAs who know me can attest that I am a great fan of alcohol - hahaha - but this is just all wrong.

Drinkability - I guess I'm the odd man out because mostly the other reviews here are good but I thought this was horrible. It was off-balanced, way too much liquor, an unstructured malt base that already fell apart (why someone was saying we should age it I have no idea), and the "25% wood" was 24% too much.

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Photo of Hoops4life511
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle number 07144 poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Average pour produced a lot of bubbles that formed to a two finger tan head that gradually fell to a thin cap. Beer is deep opaque mahogany brown. Some sticky lace spots but not a ton.

Smell - So sweet and very forward with the smell. Poured and set down an arms length away and aroma just found my nose. Dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. A deep full breath in through the nose found some oaky and vanilla scents. Not finding the 14.5% ABV in the nose, but very pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Taste is almost exactly what the nose led on, very sweet. Malty, caramel, toffee, and alot of sweet plum and raisin. Oak in the finish along with a slight burn, but nothing compared to what I was expecting from such a big beer. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, very pleasant with a slick thick coating left on the inside of my mouth just urging me to drink more.

Drinkability - While the feel in my mouth is urging me to continue drinking this is tough to do alone. Eventually it gets too sweet and I need a palate cleansing water before I continue. After a clean mouth its like starting the bottle all over again and pleasant, so I'm gonna go right up the middle with this one.

Overall, a great beer worth trying despite the steep price tag. If I find myself deserving a treat I will buy another. No disappointment here.

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Photo of largadeer
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
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 cpetrone84
2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a dark dirty and cloudy reddish brown with a good bit of light tan colored head that is pretty dense and creamy.

S-the nose is huge and sweet, tons of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, cherries, plums, notes of roasted malts and chocolate malt behind with a touch of vanilla, notes of boubon and booze in the back.

T-ouch, hot and lots of booze in the back, very sugary, caramel, sweet dark fruits like the nose, raisins, plums, cherries, chocolate malt is pretty prevalent behind, notes of vanilla with a nice roasted malt presence. again, lots of heat and booze with notes of bourbon, a little messy.

M-full bodied, syrupy and chewy, good carbonation to balance.

D-this is huge beer with lots of heat and booze in it, the flavors there are pretty solid and comes through in the nose. could be good down the road but seems to be a bit boozy and messy right now.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade. Had this on my wants list and was excited to get it. Can't wait to try. 2010 750ml bottle...

A: Dark, dark ruby red black with some nice highlights around the edges and throughout. 1 inch off white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Super boozy caramel with some molasses and sugary carrot cake scent. Some dark fruit and alcohol scents. Good.

T: Sugary malty spices upfront blended with some caramel alcohol and some heavy oakiness. Good.

M: Very thick and heavy. I like brews this way so this is good.

D: A little rougher to get down because its so heavy, thick, and boozy. Decent.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Good to try if you like like really big beers. This beer is huge and thick. Good to try once if you like big old ales.

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

75% Ale, 25% Bourbon Barrel Aged version (bottle 1439)

Pours a dark oak brown with large white bubbles and no lacing. Smell of roasted sugars, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, oak.

Taste of nicely slow roasted sugars, bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, earth, vanilla , dark fruit. These all blend together really well. If I could compare it to another beer I have had, I would say Sixpoint Grand Crue which was also very tasty, but slightly flat. I was told it was about 4 years old, so that was partially understandable. The Grand Crue was not quite as boozy understandably by age. As far as I know this was also not made for a Rock band, so on that basis only, this one is not nearly is good. With taste however I have to say this beats the Grand Crue a little bit. There is a nice bourbon presence even with only 25% on this bottle. Slightly boozy which is good at a 14.5% abv as well.

Good carbonation and a nice thick leathery mouthfeel. Drinkability is also pretty good for a drink of this stature.

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