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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL (bottle 07301) into a snifter. Pours a hazy brown mahogany w/ a minimal khaki head.

Aroma is sweet and sugary. Caramel, brown sugar, dried dates and figs, and light booze.

Taste is likewise sweet, sugary, and fruity. Lots of caramelized brown sugars followed by sweet bourbon that warms the back of the throat. Toffee, red grapes and just a hint of sour cherry. Oak seems lost in the other flavors, although only 25% spent any time in a barrel. Some Port wine character especially as it warms, as other reviewers have noted.

Mouthfeel is sticky, almost syrupy. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall a huge sipper of a beer but it's lacking some of the complexity of The Bruery's later anniversary beers. Maybe this one is on its way downhill. Glad I got to try it but I wouldn't pay the premium for another bottle.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5oz draft pour in a snifter. 14.5% ABV.

Appearance: Chestnut brown, slightly cloudy, with a light cap of beige foam (4/5).

Aroma: Sweet bourbon, vanilla, jammy Port wine, brown sugar, molasses, a little black pepper, and a hint of oak (5/5).

Taste: I have never tasted any beer that more closely resembles a Port than this. Very interesting. This flavor is then laced with sweet sugars and dark pitted fruits (primarily cherry) (4.5/5).

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation. Beautiful warmth from the alcohol (4.5/5)

Overall: This was The Bruery’s second anniversary ale, which I guess makes it a little over three years old at this point. I had it at their Taproom, and appreciate how lovingly they have seen it into maturity. It’s an incredible example of what the “big” end of this style can be, with a very distinct and mature flavor and aroma. It’s also an exciting example of the “Solera” method, where the same beer is created year-after-year and previous vintages are blended into it for layers of depth and complexity. I guess for this version only Papier (1st anniversary) is in the mix, but it’s nice to know that some of what I’m drinking will be around for a long time. From my understanding, similar techniques were used in historical Old Ale making. I could drink it all day if it wouldn’t make me dead (4.5/5).

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Coton from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 388 ratings