Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) | The Bruery

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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by PeprSprYoFace on 05-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cedromar
2.38/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

So, I went back and forth over which to crack tonight, Melange #3 or BA Coton. I picked Coton.

The beer pours a velvet smooth borderline pitch black. A tan head quickly recedes to the sides of the glass.

A quick whiff burns the nostrils. That's a crapload of alcohol with very faint hints of vanilla, toffee and bourbon. I honestly think I may have accidentally opened my bottle of sex panther.

Taste is just like the aroma, way too hot. Given how smooth and complex Black Tuesday was, I have to say I'm surprised at the one-sidedness of this brew. There are faint flavors in the background, but god damn, the alcohol overpowers it all.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Easily the high point of Coton.

Drinkability, no, just no. I'm sorry Patrick, you're a hell of a guy, but god damn, I just do not like this beer. I refuse to drain pour given the cost, but honestly, right now, this one isn't worth the calories.

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Photo of OlieIPA
2.61/5  rDev -39.7%
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 jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into my Orval glass...Dark brown, not clear but semi translucent, dark amber highlights. Light tan head, not much retention or lacing...Aroma is light, vanilla light burnt roastiness light bourbon. Less going on the Coton, which seems it should be the opposite...The taste is ok super vanilla lots of bourbon, dark fruits on the front but gone quickly...The feel is pretty light, ok to drink.

This was drank right after the regular Coton. It improves on it a little making it a little more drinkable but neither is anything special.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
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 mrtripod
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank with jrallen34 at a tasting.

A - Pours a much deeper brown than the regular version. Off-white, one-finger head that dissipated to a ring. Some chunk lacing on the sides through out the drink.

S - Lots of dark fruits and caramel. The barrel influence definately comes through, hints of wood, and a strong vanilla smell. Not bad.

T - Brown sugar and figs on the front with some caramel malts and more dark fruit presense. The alcohol cuts the sweetness only a tiny bit. Vanilla taste with a bit of wood, nice barrel influence helps this beer.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation.

D - Pretty good if it really is 17%, although the bottle says 14%. The barrel aging mutes the sweetness of the orginal making it easier to drink. This is a pretty good beer, but I'm imagining drastically overrated due to the rarity.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's, served in a goblet. Third time I've tried this, first time on tap...

Pours a murky, cola-esque dark brown with minimal wisps of an white head; no lacing or retention to note. Aroma is the highlight of the beer, an over the top sugary sweet blend of bourbon, vanilla, oak, burnt sugar, caramel, etc. The balance and blending of the barrel aging with the base beer is quite remarkable and follows through in the taste turning this into something distinct and superior to the original beer. However, while the sweetness isn't quite as overwhelming as expected, it still detracts slightly from the flavor and drinkability. Bourbon and sugars dominate with a malty, caramel body; vanilla and oak flavors are more subtle than the nose. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with minimal carbonation and for 14.5% is dangerously smooth and drinkable. A very good beer, but in this genre I'd still much rather drink any of the FW anniversary beers and wouldn't break my back tracking this down.

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Photo of Brabander
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this big want, Trey.

Dark brown with a reddish brown head that recedes to a ring. The nose is rather intensely fruity, with prunes, raisins and dates, along with port, bourbon, cocoa, brown sugar, toffee and nougat. There's an enjoyable heat with leather being noticeable. The palate opens intensely sweet with brown sugar , leather, prunes, this is almost like a young port. Some cocoa, there's a little cocoa-like bitterness as well. Moderate vanilla, this seems to have gotten a lot more prune-like. Full in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is rather intensely prune like with some bourbon. This drinks like a 13% beer, not a 17%, and is best enjoyed in 4oz servings.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle #1169.

Pours a murky chestnut brown, not quite black inn the glass, with a surprisingly big head. It doesn't stick around long though and leaves no lacing, just lots of sticky legs.

Aroma is massive and fills up the room with bourbon and all manner of sweetness - vanilla, caramel, molasses, chocolate. There is some Esther and tobacco as well as an alcohol burn in the nostrils.

The taste is more of the same and just over-the-top sweet. Chocolate, caramel and caramelized brown sugar with butterscotch and vanilla. The knish burns with booze, lots of bourbon.

The mouthfeel is full and sticky with the sugars just clinging to the palate alongside the boozy burn. Bit of oak in the finish.

This is certainly a massive, complex and tasty brew, but it's just so damn sweet. Drinkability is not the strong suit here. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty drinkable for the ABV but drinking more than one glass isn't easy.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Brian! Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a mocha head that settled to a very pretty ring. Nose is big and malty, full of some very fine bourbon, with a lot of pipe tobacco and old leather. A winner. Heavy in the mouth, quite full of bourbon, with a lot of malt character. Pipe tobacco is really strong here, just a wonderful quality. Initially the carbonation is too strong, it has to sit for a bit. Some tangy flavors that concerns's hard to tell whether it's heat from the bourbon or a sour/infection type thing. But that's kind of allayed with time and I guess it's just heat. This is definitely for people who enjoy boozy, bourbon barrel beers. A really nice sipper.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark chocolate brown with yellowish highlights that had absolutely no head and left no lacing whatsoever on the glass. The aroma was pretty filled with caramel oaky vanilla notes with a boozy punch alongside toffee, and brown sugar notes. the flavor was also big on the booze but was pretty sweet as well consisting of carmel, brown sugar, some candied sugar sweetness, toffee, oaky character, dark fruits, and vanilla accents. The brew was medium in body with a very low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, boozy, slight fruity, but sticky silky finish. Drank decent considering the ABV but it is definitely a sipper at 17%. Really glad I had the opportunity to try this brew out once again.

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Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's for Baltimore Beer week.

The beer pours a dark rootbeer color with fairly decent head retention, but not a lot of lacing. This beer has all the hallmarks of a beer that has seen some serious barrel aging. On the nose... good grief. Talk about a rich smelling beer. I get considerable milk chocolate, raspberry liquer and maraschino cherry. I don't get a huge amount of bourbon on the nose, but that's more than made up for by what I get on the palate. This is such a sweet and boozy beer... how anyone could ever drink more than one small glass of this stuff is beyond me. In any event, the flavor profile replicates the nose, though I don't get quite as much cherry or fruit liquer. Of course it could simply be that I'm getting so much bourbon on the flavor profile, it's hard to focus on much else. Mouthfeel is very full, rich, soft and long. Drinkability is kind of a joke with this beer. The combination of bourbon, sweetness, and considerable alcohol make drinking this beer very slow going.

My reaction to this beer is much the same as my reaction to Black Tuesday. This is clearly an outstanding beer, but how often is anyone going to be in the mood for something this sweet and boozy? Not very often I'm thinking. Was happy to have the opportunity to sample this, but can't imagine revisiting any time soon.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab for sharing this want of mine. Poured as the 6th beer of the tasting, and the last one of the first night.

Pours a deep garnet color with violety hues. A 2mm head leaves drippy and leggy lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is beer inundated with prunes. There is some liquor and alcohol warmth in the background, though the flavor of the prunes does overwhelm pretty much all of the barrel characteristics this beer may have. The aroma finishes out with some brandy notes.

The palate is a bit more complex, as prunes, dates, and vanilla all come through very strong. The one thing that I noticed about the Bruery's barrel aging during this tasting is that it definitely imparts some remarkable vanilla flavors. This beer drinks closer to 10% as the prunes overwhelm the bourbon and alcohol warmth.

Low carbonation and thick in texture as one would expect, this is a bit heavy and is best shared 5-6 ways, giving 4-5 ounce pours. Otherwise, I just imagine that it would be too much. I imagine that 4-5 years will make this beer something truly special.

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Photo of Phelps
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Off-Centered Experience. Hot damn!

Looks: an inky, opaque purplish-brown with a tiny, tight head the color of French vanilla ice cream.

Smells: bourbon. The aroma is absolutely packed with the sweet liquor, along with notes of maple, brown sugar, molasses, oak and vanilla.

Tastes: sweet. Heavy on the oak, but I also pick up some vanilla extract, molasses and dates before an odd, toasty, musky finish.

Feels: numbing. A smooth, nearly creamy medium body amidst fuzzy carbonation.

Drinks: easily, for what it is. Coton's definitely a bruiser, but it's not too heavy, and its sweetness belies its alcohol content. Very, very nice.

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Photo of beagle75
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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 jvillefan
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of waltonc
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not sure if opening this on a day where the temperature reached 99 degrees in Denver was a great idea, but what the hell. Pours dark caramel brown with a creamy tan head. Smell is over-the-top caramel, bourbon, raisins, and brown sugar. Really really sweet. A caramel sundae in a bottle. Some leather-like notes in here as well. Rich, layered, and complex. Mouthfeel is thick, coating, sticky, and well carbonated. A magnificent beverage for those who love a great ridiculously high alcohol bourbon bomb. Makes me glad I joined the Reserve Society.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle at the Bruery dinner with Patrick Rue at Brasserie Beck last night. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Beer is black and forms a thick brown head of medium and small bubbles that falls away quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. This beer looks good.

The aroma is way way stronger than the regular Coton. This one is huge. Very strong in the liquor department. Its bourbon city in here. Otherwise the aroma is woody and sweet. Lots of plums and raisins in there but the star of this show is liquor.

So, this beer is medium in body and very bourbon-y. Its sweet up front and there is this near harshness to it, but not in a bad way. For being 17% this beer is shockingly drinkable, smooth and relatively clean finishing. There are some roasted malts in the back palate of the beer and mostly alcohol and booze in the forward to mid-palate regions. Still there is a lot of port like sweetness in the front, with strong currant flavors and mild woodiness. Much better than the regular version - the 25% blend.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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