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)

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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 MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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 CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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 Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Acropora
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of POTABLE83
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BlackTuesday
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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