Coton - 100% Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Old Ale
4.42 | pDev: 8.37%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, super thin head on it, not impressive looking, looks more like spirits than beer. Aroma was ultra rich, lots of malt, barrel, chocolate, syrup/molasses, alcohol heat.

Taste is incredibly complex and huge. Sweet caramel and chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt malt and brown sugar. Sticky stuff. Not all that hot for 17%. Carbonation subdued and appropriate. Giant stuff.

Dec 26, 2015
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this last night with an anniversary ale vertical. This was the first 100% bourbon barrel aged anniversary ale we had (100% Papier was too hard to find). I've had the 25/75 blend a few times, which is good, but the 100% blend is just amazing. The barrel really does something nice to this old ale, simply amazing.

Aug 09, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #633.

Appearance - Deep amber. Nice khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Lots of bourbon. Sharp liquor aroma. Oak. Vanilla. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Slight oxidation.

Taste - Bourbon is first. Brown sugar. Oxidized flavors lend sherry and just a bit of cardboard, but I think it works really well. Bourbon comes back aggressively.

Mouthfeel - Immensely boozy. Medium carbonation. Sticky sweet.

Overall - This beer ages so nicely. Delicious.

Jun 08, 2014
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spicelab from Australia

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle with big thanks to mulder1010 and MrKennedy. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany with a languid saffron head that falls summarily to a collar.

Lovely and refined. Woody and strikingly dry barrel notes - very little in the sweet department. Mild oxidation. Underneath are solid dark fruit notes of currants, figs and stewed plums.

Amazing, brooding and rich. Baked toffee, molasses, burnt choc-caramel and toasted bread in a sea of full-on barrel goodness, itself contributing ample notes of coconut, vanilla and liquorice.

Big, syrupy and viscous, with just enough carbonation to keep it drinkable.

Well impressive. Achieves the elusive distinction of bigness that isn't substantially tied to either booze or sweetness. Beers like this are exactly what make trading and having a tasting circle worthwhile.

May 28, 2013
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mulder1010 from Australia

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML into a snifter

A-- Dark chocolate brown color, bordering on black. Light brown head. Good body to head. One finger head to start and dropped off to a collar. Obvious ABV legs and good strips of lacing with this.

S-- Bourbon, massive bourbon. I would say this got some time in the barrel. Oak, bourbon, leather, brown sugar, chocolate, figs, vanilla, and a slight bit of oxidation. Nothing bad at all.

T-- See above :), minus the oxidation. Bourbon is a little more restrained and the brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and fruits are bigger. ABV is very well hidden.

M-- Thick, rich, sweet, and powerful. Quite coating. Sweet but not overly sweet.

O-- My thought was this is at it's prime now. Dangerously drinkable. Big and bold beer that has balls but gives you enough not to kick your ass. Splendid beer

May 17, 2013
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scottfrie from California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Snifter, reviewed from notes. Thanks a ton for sharing, Nick!

Pours a murky dark raisin brown with a thin bubbly collar of a head that hung around a little while. Tobacco and sugary sweetness are most prominent to me on the nose with notes of leather, caramel, chocolate, raisins, bourbon and vanilla mixed in as well. The taste follows suit with extremely rich and well integrated flavors as mentioned. Sweet overall but very balanced and not cloying. The alcohol is hidden extremely well despite being such a big beer, and the bourbon is not overpowering. This one is definitely a sipper though. Carbonation is low, body is full and the mouthfeel is slick. A surprisingly drinkable beer.

Feb 03, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with a very thin head on top of it. Like .002". I guess one shouldn't expect much from a beer of this nature, but nonetheless. Aroma, tons of stuff going on, booze, maple syrup, chocolate, burnt malt, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Very nice, just a little stingy.

Taste, wow, decadent. Bruery knows how to make a massive, complex beer really enjoyable when you throw it in a bourbon barrel. Waves of caramel, chocolate hit up front. Brown sugar seems to take the pain off the alcohol that I was fearing from the nose. Some molasses/maple for good measure. Relatively sweet overall, makes 17% taste like 11%. Real sticky, I'm sure if you spilled this, it would cling to your skin. Its a good thing this came in a very small 4 oz pour, I could never imagine drinking 25.4 oz of this at a time. Definitely a sharing beer, like many of the Bruery's best beers. Carbonation is just right, which is lower than the average beer, but fitting for something of this monstrosity. My favorite thing about this was how it covered up the sting and dark fruit (even if minor) in the base Coton.

If you don't like dark lord or black tuesday because they are sweet, I don't see you liking this. If you do like massive sweet complex beers, check this one out.

Oct 10, 2012
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Auracom from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Personal whale slain tonight. Thanks to Dan for helping me tackle this one. 12 oz. poured into a snifter on September 22nd, 2012.

A - Semi thin, rich mahogany coloring. One finger of a frothy medium tan head. Retention amounts to clinging bubbles. Very little lacing. Tons of legs, as anticipated.

S - Huge oak and bourbon barrel. It's even more than what I've had from other Bruery beers. Big secondary caramel. Touches of winter fruit, molasses.

T - Big barrel. Molasses, honey, possible light cherry oxidation to complement the enormous bourbon. Much more tannic barrel and woody character than sweetness, which is honestly perfect. Mellowed residual alcohol. As it warms up, the balance that this blend achieves is just absurd. Heavy oak and peppercorn-spice aftertaste.

M - I don't understand it, but the Bruery's bigger beers always feel heftier than they appear. Medium body, low and appropriate carbonation, semi-dry, mouth-watering finish.

D - What's not to love about this? Easily the best balance of the anniversary series bottles that I've tried. This is the reason I look forward to this series every year, and I pray that future releases will truly feel akin to year #2.

Edit - revisited on April 30th, 2013 side-by-side with my reference, Adam from the Wood. This bottle was predominantly sweet with brown sugar enveloping all barrel characters and overall did not match what I experienced the first time with the exception of aroma, which was still well-done./ Docking some points for consistency.

Sep 24, 2012
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Bendurgin from Maine

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bazillion to Andy for sharing this one. Poured into a chalice. This one pours dark brown with a small cap of dark tan head.

The aroma is rich with hints of plumbs and raisins with toffee and cocoa in the background. A nice bourbon background. The pallet has a good flavor of dark fruits and bourbon. This is reminiscent of a port with a dark cherry presence.

The body is thick and chewy with soft carbonation. Overall this one is real nice. A wonderful treat.

Sep 17, 2012
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. The color is nearly black. There is a small tan head that covers the black body.

The aroma is full of chocolate and port. There is a huge vanilla aroma.

The taste has lots of chocolate malt flavor. There is some nice vanilla. There is just enough sweetness here, and absence is a lot of heat. There is a mild fruitiness here also, which lends itself to the portlike flavors.

This is thick, rich, and full bodied. The carbonation is high for a strong abv, but pleasant.

This is delicious. A great beer to share with many.

Sep 17, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish and a woody aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely tasty and dangerously drinkable.

Jul 08, 2012
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jvillefan from New York

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the bruery's new tap room opening.

A: A not very dark brown beer with a very minimal head that was dark ivory in color.

S: Despite being high ABV, there was nearly no aroma from this beer. There was some malt but that was about it.

T: Very good it tasted similar to a lighter version of Eutopia. Heavy malt and dark fruit.

M: Very heavy and lightly carbonated.

O: Exceptional, The Bruery does it again.

Jul 07, 2012
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mrtripod from California

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a caramel color and rich. A rough pour yields a light small tan head that did dissipate quickly.

S:Plenty of sweet dark caramel and rich bourbon with notes of light vanilla.

T:Sweet, caramel and bourbon explosion that is somewhat smooth yet has a lingering taste of alcohol. Harsher than than the non-BA. Hotness will hopefully mellow with age.

May 29, 2012
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a gold wax dipped and burlap bagged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Happy birthday to my lovely wife!

Bottle Number 0869

A: Pours a deep, dark chestnut. This actually builds and keeps a creamy and bubbly khaki colored head on top that retains for ages and leaves quite a bit of lace behind. Shows lots of legs when swirled.

S: HUGE aromas of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, and cherries drowned in caramel. As it warms, some notes of molassas, bread pudding, fudge, and rum soaked plums emerge. Alcohol is very surprisingly restrained with just a faint solvent whiff.

T: See above with maybe more emphasis on the cherry and bruised dark fruit. As the glass wears on some chewy oak and spices come about.

M: Thick and viscous with a peppery alcohol zing that keeps this from becoming a syrup-y mess. Excellent balance for something this big.

O: As good as this is, it did start get to get a little difficult to continue drinking by the end of the glass. We could've used 1 or 2 more people to help us drink this.

Nov 29, 2011
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Sideswipe from California

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At The Bruery barrel tastin event.

Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. Minimal tan head and lacing. Smells of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit and booze. Sweet dark fruit up front. Abundant caramel follows and brings mild chocolate flavors with it. The finish is sweet with some alcohol presence. Sweet caramel in the aftertaste. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Really enjoyed this one. Great caramel flavors and well integrated ABV make this a pleasure to imbibe. Wish I still had bottles of this one.

Nov 19, 2011
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Vanlingleipa from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter - as dark and murky as advertised. Possessing almost zero head, this brew coated the interior of the glass so thickly that after finishing, it was like the snifter had been tinted rusty brown.

Intense flavors of raisins and bourbon dominate from start to finish, bringing to mind Haagens Daaz rum soaked raisins (substituting bourbon for rum). This is the kind of bottle you want to share with several people. Alcohol still nuclear. Would love to try this one a few years down the road. Wonder what the half-life is on bourbon barrel isotopes?

Such a vivid taste experience, I don't think I'd like to drink it any more than once a week or so.

Aug 14, 2011
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cosmicevan from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Real Deal barrel aged coton (thanks billyshears!) – gorgeous pour, nice murky, no head as expected…I mean, a little bit of head, but none to really speak of. Lacing is sparse, but it really coats the glass. Nice looking. Swirling it around actually does build some head. smell is WAY heavy on the bourbon…now I see the extreme difference from regular coton where the smell of bourbon was hinted at…this beer almost knocks you down with the booze smell. Nice blended sweetness. Oh WOW, that’s a good beer…like drinking bourbon with a touch of beer…a lot of these bourbon barrel aged brews are similar since the bourbon is so overwhelming in the flavor, it is heavy on the booze, but balanced so while heavy on the bourbon, it is still a good beer. very smooth drinker. it is very hot, so the booze dominates everything but the undertones are really good. I might even prefer regular coton since it isn’t as boozy, but if looking for a 100% bourbon barrel aged brew this one is a winner.

Jul 05, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a deep chestnut-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 large amounts of vanilla and slighter hints sugary toffee.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slightly sweeter caramel malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are boozy dark fruits – raisins with hints of dates. Midway through the sip vanilla flavors smooth things out a bit, carrying through to a mildly sweet ending.

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

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

Overall the BA version of this beer was undoubtedly smoother and more complex, as with many beers the barrel brought things together – well worth a shot.

Jun 02, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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 has a one finger head. The coffesmell is a bit too strong for me as a non coffee drinker. You can get a lot of brandy notes, coffee and chocolate notes.

Good brew!

May 20, 2011
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wim took this and the 25% version out of his cellar last weekend. Thanks for the fun day Wim!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Bottle: 0310
Note: Drank this right after the 25% version.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium sized, light tan head with good retention. Darker than the 25% version; perhaps a bistre brown even, with zero carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but no wisp or lacing is left. Very nice looking, but not as outstanding as the previous bottle.

SMELL: Lots of barrel. It’s nice barrel to be sure, but it’s still dominating. Lots of vanilla and bourbon, with piles of oak as well. Touches of caramel and toffee try to fight through, but they’re fighting a losing battle against the ever-present bourbon barrel.

TASTE: The base beer is slightly present here in the form of some caramel and toffee flavors, but the bourbon barrel is still the star of the show. Lots of bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors mostly overpower the delicious base beer underneath. Bold and persistent aftertaste is full of barrel and sweet vanilla notes, accompanied by a strong boozy presence too. Very barrel heavy, which is often fine, but in this case it overpowers the already wonderful base beer. Still a very good tasting barrel aged ale.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, noticeably thinner than the 25% version, but very creamy smooth on the palate. Wonderfully smooth for a 17% beer. Goes down smooth with only a touch of heat and finishes relatively mouth-coating. Still very smooth, but has lost some of it’s thick, heavier feel.

OVERALL: This was a real treat. It’s was great fun to try the 25% and 100% bourbon barrel aged versions back to back. The 100% version is certainly a delectable treat, especially if you’re a bourbon fan. For me, however, considering how much I loved the 25% version, this brew was simply too barrel heavy and drowned out the wonderful base beer underneath. To be sure, I thoroughly enjoyed this and wouldn’t pass it up, but found the nuances of the 25% version to be more enjoyable. Thanks again for bringing these two out side-by-side Wim. Good times.

May 19, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle at Publican. I was fairly shocked to see this listed on the menu, and Alex and I thought it a misprint until we saw the bottle, which we immediately bought.

A - Opaque black-brown pour, with an evident richness, and small encircling wisps of froth; where most beer would deposit lace, Coton shows legs.

S - Jeez. The nose is filthy rich. Wood, insanely good Bourbon, vanilla, a hint of cherry, sweet honey, toffee, and caramel notes leap out of the glass, and are as delectable as the finest creme brulee.

T - The brew tastes every bit as good as the nose suggested it could. It actually tastes better. There is a richness and intensity of flavor in this beer that is just so enticing; I found Black Tuesday to possess a similar quality. To say that it exhibits complex and delicious notes of vanilla, Bourbon, buttery oak, milk chocolate, hazelnut, toffee, dulce de leche, dark fruit and cherries doesn't really even do this brew justice; it is a leviathan. And of course it tastes boozy! It is 17% and aged in Bourbon, what'd you expect, Jupiler?

M - Silky and luscious.

O - It is one of the best -bals I've had, straight-up, as well as among the best brews of this high of an ABV that I've had, too.

May 18, 2011
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beerpirates from Belgium

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Great presentation with the cotton bag

The beer itself pours a murky red-brown with a tan head. A bit of lacing, which is impressive for a beer of such heft.
Smells nice with good amounts of caramel, sweet malt, toffee, and some dark sugar. Hints of oak are present, but are more detectable in the mouthfeel. Taste is quite similar to the nose, with the oak a bit more pronounced. Low to medium carbonation and fairly heavy,
alcohol is present although surprisingly drinkable given the ABV on this.
Very nice beer

May 16, 2011
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trodersark from California

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in tap several times, poured into a tulip & 2oz. taster glass.

B.A. Coton pours a dark chocolate black, which a decent two-finger head. It smells of boozy bourbon goodness, vanilla, licorice. It tastes like heaven. Excellent bourbon taste in the ale, which lingers in your mouth for a long time. It leaves a oily sheath covering the inside of your mouth that wont leave for a while. The brew is extremely drinkable. Overall, excellent job by the bruery. Job Well done with this one.

May 10, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at The Publican and split several ways. I guess this was left over after their Bruery beer dinner. Pretty sweet!

A - Pours a muddled brown, very slight cream-color head, some bubbles left over on top here and there. Really surprised to see much of anything, being a 17% monster.

S - Burnt sugars, maple, oak, plums, raisins, figs. A nice vanilla character in there as well. Rich, decadent, sweet. The alcohol is almost non-existant on the nose, which is mind-boggling to me. Lots of complexity here, very nice.

T - Rich, sweet burnt sugars, dark fruits, smooth bourbon, oak. Much like the nose, it's dessert in a glass, just excellent. The sweetness, rich bourbon, and barrel are an amazing combination. The alcohol notes are smooth and subtle, nothing like 17%...more like 10-12%.

M - Full, rich and smooth, pretty much no carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - A wonderful way to end a long meal, which is what exactly what this beer is meant for. After a nice dinner, this was the perfect final course to end the night. The 17% made sure I didn't have much left after we killed the bottle. Recommend!

May 09, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the perfect after dinner drink this evening we saved this one till after everyone was done and we could sit down and enjoy it. served chilled and split 3 ways this was enjoyed on 4/24/11

the pour was very dark. a deep hazelnut color quickly seemed to melt into a more viscous and dark color that raised a small off white head that clung to the sides of the glass just long enough to be able to put down a touch of lacing.

such a complex profile as hints of figs, molasses, dark chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, and deep chocolate are all the background to a wonderful bourbon and oak aroma that seems to permeate through the air. sweet and subtle as it crosses the lips, the feel is not as carbonated as one would think, but in this situation i think it works better being slightly under carbonated. loads of dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and rich dark chocolate notes balance on the profile and create a rich blend of near perfect flavors that leave you full, satisfied, and thrilled to have been able to try it.

overall blown away. i have had some really good beers the last few days and this was just icing.

Apr 25, 2011
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