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Coton - 100% Bourbon Barrel-Aged | The Bruery

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Coton - 100% Bourbon Barrel-AgedCoton - 100% Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 64
Reviews by beagle75:
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4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a tall goblet at The Bruery tasting room.

A: Murky, dark brown with some light penetrating the edges but less toward the center of the glass. Minimal beige foam head present. No lacing remains. This beer looks less like a beverage but more like something one would find in an old, unmarked bottle stored in the garage.

S: Strong brown sugar and raisins. No hint of alcohol present.

T: Very sweet with elements of molasses and concentrated dark raisins and prunes. Some slight anise and peat breaks through, along with a very restrained and enjoyable amount of bourbon. Alcohol is detected as it warms the palate, without being excessive or inappropriate for the style.

M: Heavy, syrupy viscosity that matches the flavors well. Carbonation seems a little more pronounced than expected, which is never really a surprise in beers from The Bruery.

D: For a beer with very high alcohol content, this is a pleasure to sip. Although it is not much to look at, it presents a flavor profile that is both decadent and capable of winning over those that normally avoid strong ales. In a style where hops are typically undetectable, this beer opts for tradition over any sort of "West Coast" re-invention. It reminds of Firestone 13 or other strong dark ales from The Bruery, such as Two Turtledoves.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2nd annaversary party.

Pours a very dark brown. Little lacing. Film for head.

Aroma of lots of bourbon, dark fruits and toasted sugars.

Tastes as it smells. Kinda sweet. A little hot but good.

Mouthfeel is kinda viscous but nice carb.

Overall an amazing beer. Glad to have several tasters of this.

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of OlieIPA
2.61/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 750 milliliter wax dipped bottle into a Stella glass at approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: A somewhat translucent brown body that exhibited burgundy-like hues and supported a thick toffee colored head.

S: A bunch of toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar and bourbon up front. A woody and smoke-like character seemed to come through towards the end, but again, the barrel aging definitely was the main showcase in this department.

T: Extremely sweet! The bourbon barrel came off a bit too raw and exhibited qualities similar to rum rather than the barrel of choice. This in turn masked much of the underlying flavors and gave them a sort of tang/sour character. The flavors I was able to pick up included cotton candy, brown sugar and a little bit of tobacco leaf bitterness. I couldn't decide/figure out where the over-the-top medicinal sweetness was coming from, but I know it was too much for me. I will say that this brew at times, projected complexities similar to all the Firestone Anniversary ales, but still wasn't enough to win me over.

M: A very sticky, carbonated, and full-bodied beer that I felt enhanced the flavor profile.

D: Again, way too sweet and tangy! I cracked opened a bottle among three of my close beer buddies and I don't think any of us finished our glass.

Overall: Compared to last year's BA version (Papier), I found this Old Ale a great disappointment. I had a chance to enjoy both the Rye Whiskey and Bourbon barrel versions from last year's release and found both of those extremely tasty and easy to drink. This year's though was hard to handle and I would contribute it's downfall to the barrel rather than the beer itself. I love the Bruery and think they produce stellar products, but this one was a big whiff in my opinion. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with beerloco last weekend at our 6 great brews mini-tasting!

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a small knaki crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Sweet bourbon and dark malt over a hint of wood.

Taste: Same as smell but with a candi sugar addition.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down amazingly easy for a 17% abv brew.

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Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy brown color, fairly flat-looking with just a tiny tannish head.

Smells of sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon, vanilla, spice, and oak. A little booze.

Flavor is nice and tasty, with -bal aging evident. There's lots of bourbon in there for sure. Also caramel, toffee, vanilla, mild oak, raisin cake, and pie spices. A little on the hot side, but not terribly.

Body is fairly full and carbonation level is low, but that works fairly well in this beer. Really smooth on the palate.

Overall a really solid beer, maybe a little short of something like Rye Barrel Papier, but extremely tasty.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #800

On-tap at the Bruery

A: The pour is a muddled dark brown color with a surprising amount of off-white head on top which sticks around nicely.

S: A really rich, sweet aroma fills the nose. I pick up lots of vanilla, maple syrup, burnt sugar, caramel, and toffee as I give it a deep sniff. The bourbon is present, but not completely overwhelming, and the wood character is somewhat minimal.

T: The sweetness follows on the palate as the burnt sugar, caramel, and vanilla attack the tongue. A touch of dark fruits combines with vanilla and maple syrup and works surprisingly well. There is certainly some booze present, but it's not really hot.

M: The body is thick and full, with a minimal carbonation. The beer is sticky and chewy on the tongue.

D: This is dangerously easy to drink. I had several glasses of this fine libation and found it to be absolutely delicious and I really look forward to opening some of my bottles.

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Photo of Skuter
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MrFootstones
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A vigorous pour gives way to an evanescent head, gone as soon as it appears. As with Melange no. 3, color is murky and unappealing, but I feel like a -bal beer of this immense stature can get away with that.

Aroma: Incredibly decadent toffee, bourbon, brown sugar, mild oxidation. Boozy barrel notes. So good.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, snickerdoodles (cinnamon, sugar, baked cookie), dates, dark fruit, happiness.

Mouthfeel: Velvety from the residual sugars and soft carbonation, works well for the beer.

Drinkability: Wouldn't have guessed the alcohol was so high. Incredibly delicious, and a pleasure to sip.

This is immensely better than regular Coton. The gross tangy dark fruit I remember hating has smoothed into a much more well integrated and inviting flavor, full barrel assault is sublime.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bmanning for sharing this bottle. Great presentation with the cotton bag, which led to some fairly interesting speculation as to the design of later barrel-aged anniversary series beers. 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 raw, 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 carbonation and fairly heavy, although surprisingly drinkable given the ABV on this. Very nice beer and, IMO, much more drinkable than the standard version at this point.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a dark murky brown color with a slight tan head. The aroma is pretty nice with a blend of chocolate, nuts, vanilla, and barrel rounding out the nose. Surprisingly the booze isn't that evident ot me in the aroma. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Sweet start but agian the booze is pretty well hidden with nice flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and oak. The bourbon tastes pretty good as well blended into the whole flavor profile.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW #100!!!

Thanks a ton A!

Poured from bottle to small tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with a very thin tan bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves just a ring clinging to the glass. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing. Pours deep dark chocolately brown, dark black in the thickest part and unable to see any light through, only on the sides.

Smell - Tons of bourbon immediately in the nose, from the barrel aging no doubt. Lots of oak, leather, sweet bourbony goodness, dark fruits and that all too familiar "old" smell. Vanilla comes along with the oak. Maybe a tiny hint of raisins, toffee and some roasted malts. Again the bourbon is the strongest smell.

Taste - My goodness is this delicious. Super sweet bourbon right up front, meets the dark fruits right in the middle and moves on to a great chocolate/coffee finish. The bitterness is there, probably from the roasted malts. As it warms I catch a bit of alcohol and more of the fruits come out. Figs, raisin, prunes and lots of brown sugar. The bourbon and oak come out even stronger. Super complex and super delicious, tons of layers. I continue to get more as the beer warms. Vanilla comes through along with molasses and caramel.

Mouthfeel - This is simply a pleasure on the tongue, very thick and chewy. This beer is super sticky and right where it should be for weight and body. Coats the mouth and the flavor lasts forever.

Drinkability - 17%? I could drink the whole 750 if I had one, this is dangerously drinkable for a beer of it's stature. It is very sweet but surprisingly not cloyingly so. With all that said, this is still just a sipper. This is simply a masterpiece from The Bruery.

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Photo of pperez38
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmoore50
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So about two weeks ago I opened up a bottle of regular Coton, and I am very surprised that this is the same beer. This beer is much better than its younger brother.

The appearance is a very hazy cocoa brown. It pours with a nice tan head that doesn't really stand around. I love the oily nature of the beers I have been drinking lately, it reminds me of a good rye whisky. Delicious.

The smell is of sweet plumbs and fresh whisky. Lots of booze backed up by some dark bread-y malts and caramel and butterscotch. Great smells coming out of this.

The taste captures a lot of the strong smells with even more booze. It has a very strong brown sugar and toffee flavor with a nice clean whisky background. There is a noticeable alcohol presence, but it is not offensive in anyway. I think this would be a great Winter beer for me, but I would be intoxicated the entire season. This beer is around 18% ABV, which is dangerous because it is pretty drinkable.

I am constantly impressed by The Bruery, rarely have they not met my expectations for what a great brewery should be. Bravo.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of litheum94
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Coton - 100% Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 160 ratings