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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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 386
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +2%
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 -53.8%
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 +7.1%
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 +5.1%
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 +11%
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 +0.8%
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 +7.1%
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 +2%
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 +2%
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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Photo of maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hoppymcgee for this bottle from The Bruery. It's officially Old Ale night here in Eagan, MN. Bottle #1364.

The pour out of the distinctive bottle flat, clay-brown with scatterings of ruby. Smell is subtle for a partially barrel-aged offering, big oak ups, spare barrel, warm & fruity.

Coton tosses off the slavery-chains of style & runs screaming "freeedom!" into the bushes. Fruit & light spices are not what I think when I think "Old", but that's what's in the fore here. Allspice & a mix of fresh garden herbs are tossed with a handful of sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup; what a weird mix. Bourbon licks the whole mess with a gentle tongue. Fleeting rum, toffee, alcohol. On the downslope, an almost blue Nyquilesque ending. Mixed with an herb garden. Frickin' bizarre.

Heavy, flat beer without much evident or tasted carbonation. Weighs like a small piece of quartz in the belly. Drinkable? Well, no. It's not.

One of the top ten strangest beers I've ever tasted, & I change my mind almost with each sip. Good! Weird. Really good! Ewwww. Nice! What the hell? Schizo of a brew. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date Drunk: 12/31/10

70mL into pint glass

Bottle #07214 which was purchased for a whooping $22.99, decided I would treat myself for Christmas with a nice single bottle. The smell is that of raisins, butterscotch, belgian yeast, and semi sweet chocolate. The taste is of tobacco, malt, rye, heavy bourbon, belgian yeast, and caramel with a slight vinegar finish. I don't notice the 14.5% ABV until the beer reaches my stomach, which in turns gets warm. Beer would be much better aged.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this stuff!

750ml bottle into a goblet glass at cellar temp

A- Pours a really nice dark reddish brown that's nice and murky with a less than a finger off white head that doesn't stick around. Little bit of spots for lacing but not much, what really shines on this beer are the really impressive alcohol feet sticking on the side of the glass. Beautiful

S- Really sweet malts and strong caramel up front with a comforting booziness and defined bourbon notes right behind it that stings the nose and readies the palate. Hints of vanilla and oak are definitely easy to pick out as well. On top of all that also getting some really nice dark fruit characters such as raisin, figs, maybe some dark cherries, and definitely some dark bread.

T- Where to begin. Strong dark fruit and dark bread crust flavors coat the mouth up front and follow with a nice sweetness from the malts, caramel, and burnt sugars. After it goes down your hit with a heat from the bourbon but at the same time the tastes of the barrel come out such as vanilla and wet musty wood. For being %14.5 the alcohol is definitely there but blends so well with the rest of this beer that it becomes unnoticeable even as it warms because you can't help but concentrate on all the flavors that are consuming your taste buds.

M- Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation and a really nice wet finish and a sure alcohol sting if your not used to it.

Overall I'm a sucker for dark fruit oriented and bourbon aged brews so this is pretty much the bees knees for me. Such a complex beer in every way and really worth the money. Looking forward to trying the %100 Barrel Aged version.


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Photo of Wadsey
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a New Belgium tulip.

A: Amber-brown that is clear but with little effervescence or head. Some evidence of legs.

S: Sweet malts, specifically caramel and dark fruits. Alcohol expressed as rose notes. Maybe dark bread and damp wood.

T: Lots of malts: sweet caramel, tart cherry, figs, and dark bread. Low bitterness and fruit (cherry) pits. Alcohol is surprisingly subdued.

M: Big body with low carbonation. Somewhat syrupy and definitely mouthcoating. Warming.

D: I'm surprised that Coton is such a tasty and accrurate take on the old ale style. A great sipper that will most likely benefit from age, probably another five years. I wish more barrel were present in this beer. Still very good.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been holding on to this guy for almost a year now I guess, and I figured I'd pop it open.

Pour is a russet-brown-red with some burnt orange highlights to it. Little head to speak of, but looks like an old ale to me I guess.

Nose is pretty interesting--big plums, raisins, toasted bread, all on top of a subtle bourbon note.

Flavor is really robust--full of dark fruit with a big malty sweetness. It's boozy, though. And the sweetness. I know people like some of these big malty beers, but I swear this is like diabetes in a bottle.

Feel is a bit thin, though considering the ABV that makes sense.

Overall, I was disappointed in this beer for the $20 I paid for it. It's a big sweet boozy beer--it's not bad because it tasted awful or anything, it's bad because it's nearly impossible to drink due to the ABV and the sweetness.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was honestly a little lacking for me. a nice ruddy color with light hints of reddish tones around the sides and bottom of the glass. no head or lacing to really speak of, just a flat and lifeless color.

aroma is deep though, tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla, touches of wood and hints of deep earthy malts and alcohol. warming really mellows it out as the toffee and caramel come back through full boar and really wipe the slate clean. i love when those sweet notes hit the palate at just the right time giving it that candy sweet depth that is really balanced out well by a nice warming alcohol note and a subtle, but defiant barrel flavor. light burning/warming on the finish seals the deal.

overall a bit thin and lacking in the look, but the aroma is there as is the flavor.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04/05/11- Review of a 750 mL bottle marked (07058).
A: Ruby-like mahogany, decent cream head with lacing.
S: Caramel, noticeable bourbon alcohol, strawberry, some milk chocolate.
T: Blackberries, chocolate with coffee, sweet caramel, strong bourbon, candi sugar.
M: Medium body with not much carbonation, and then turns almost tart and dry with the alcohol.
O: Pretty good. It's a sipper, but an enjoyable one in small servings.

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

A: poured a dark murky brown with orange yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of dark fruits were present on the nose with apple, pears, caramel, toffee, but had some booze and bourbon notes.

T: the dark fruits also dominated the taste with caramel brown sugar flavors pear apple accents and a touch fo booze that was well hidden.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, boozy, silky finish.

D: it was a pretty easy drinking beer comsidering the extreme ABV and does seem like its getting better with age.

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Photo of Auracom
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split the bottle with a friend at the Map Room in Chicago on April 2nd, 2011. 12-13 oz. of this into a tulip.

Coton poured a murky, dark toffee/brown coloring with absolutely no head whatsoever (yeah no surprise at 14.5%). Just a few bubbles lingered on the top with tons of alcohol feet at the sides.

The aroma was dominated by bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol characters. I was a bit surprised by the big bourbon presence, thought it would've started fading back a bit with over a year on this bottle but it evidently has not. No problem, I like bourbon. The nose overall feels a little messy and kind of all over the place.

The drink offers up the exact same flavors but it's better integrated. Bourbon might be a bit less than it was in the aroma. Caramel is still huge, some toffee. Lots and lots of brown sugar. The sweetness is so close to being too much... cloyingly-sweet is probably the best description. It's a bit of a flavor bomb and hits me in waves throughout the drink. ABV is less present than it was in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is a little tricky. Good carbonation from the bottle conditioning but the body is bit thin. Strongly coats the tongue with heavy flavors and has a dry finish. Very throat-warming in the backend.

Drinkability isn't so great. It's rather palate-destroying and I had trouble getting through my half of the bottle. Can't imagine taking on this one solo. Again, ABV is better hidden in the taste so that helps this one a little bit.

Overall, worth trying. I hope to sample 100% BA Coton though, found myself wishing this had been better balanced and more wholly integrated throughout all of the flavors. I can't help but be very tough in grading this one based on my expectations, but it's honestly still a decent brew and I would revisit if given the chance.

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Photo of IKR
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky medium-brown. Thin beige head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Raisins, prunes, & brown sugar. Hints of bourbon which increases upon warming.

Taste: Raisins, prunes, & brown sugar with traces of bourbon. Fairly sweet taste which subsides in the finish but still remains.

Mouth-feel: Full body with a light carbonation. The prominent flavors and mouth-feel conceal the 14.5% ABV.

Overall: The last few occasions I've had Coton it's been the Bal-aged version. The Bal-aged version is more complex and not as sweet, but I still like the base Coton. i paid $15 a bottle at the Bruery's 2nd anniversary and at that price I'm happy with how the base Coton tastes after almost a year of aging.

Reviewed on 3-29-2011

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected to this to be black for some reason. When I got my glass of it I thought it was a mistake. This beer is very similar to the 2 turtle doves in my opinion. The aroma is strong of alcohol, malts and dark fruits. It's got a strong flavor of most of the same qualities. Surprising red color, with a little head assuming from the ABV of this puppy! Overall this would be awesome for a nightcap beer. It will make your eyes lips heavy real quick and makes you nice and warm rather quickly.

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Photo of dtivp
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark ruby brown with a one finger light tan head little retention and light lacing.

Aroma of sweet dark cherries, alcohol and a hint of herbal hops.

Taste dominated by alcohol with dark cherries, fig and toffee. Not much balance from the hops.

Medium body, creamy with very little if any carbonation. Warth from the alcohol is a little too dominate.

Overall I was expecting a little more, needs a little bitterness for balance. The price may keep me from trying it again.

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Photo of dstc
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown color with a slight red tone. Light brown head falls to just about nothing. Spotty lace.

Aroma is of alcohol and fruits, like big booze soaked raisins. Reminds me of DFH Raisin d' Extra. Now you have to find one of those to see what I'm talking about.

First thing you notice in the taste is the alcohol. Big, full bodied and very sweet malts make up the body of this beer. Taste of dark fruits, raisins, plums with hints of vanilla and a strong bourbon flavor.

Very full in the mouth and quite smooth with low carbonation.

I like it. Sweet and boozy, good stuff.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface by saying this particular bottle had close to a year on it.

A - Pours a deep black cherry color with a toffee colored head, foam lacing, and sticks to the sides of the glass like syrup.

S - Oak, light bourbon, cherries, small traces of chocolate, medicinal, plums, and other dark fruit. Also has hints of molasses and maple syrup.

T - The taste is even across the palette but has several layers that are semi-cloying and sweet with dark fruit, molasses, light maple syrup, cherries, bourbon, rum raisin, figs, and a small amount of oak tannin.

M - Lipsmacking sticky and full bodied. The alcohol has a very moderate amount of warming as it slides down the throat.

D - Pretty good. But at 14.5%, how drinkable can it really be? I have to say that I'm enjoying the bottle but it would have been better on my deck with good tunes and a cigar.

I would like to get another bottle and lay it down for one to two years.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
2.17/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this beer from a growler. This beer pours a rich caramel brown color with no head and almost no carbonation. The smell is dark fruits and sweetness and that alcohol smell but it is more than just warming. The taste is pretty close to the smell sweet alcohol messy with hints of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is entirely to thick and flat. This beer is not drinkable in my opinion but maybe it is better from a bottlep

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Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cherry brown with a touch of tan head. Smells strongly of dark fruit, raisin, cherry and even a bit of caramel. Taste is like the nose, with a big richness that finishes hot going down and bring up small fusel alcohol flavors. There is just the tiniest touch of barrel in there. If I had a bottle of this I would sit it down for another year where it might really grow up. Flavor wise, this beer has a lot of potential if it mellowed a bit more. Surprisingly drinkable for such a big beer. If that slightly off, fusel flavor were to diminsh further, this could get up to a 4.5 or 5. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit thinner than expected, but in this case, it is welcome.

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