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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The presentation has to be noted; the bottle comes clad in a cotton sack, the label is elegant and the cap coated in a thick layer of bronze-colored wax. The beer itself is a dark leathery brown, largely opaque but for the faint translucency around the edges. A small tan head forms and ultimately settles to a collar. A quick swirl creates syrupy legs that slowly crawl down the glass.

It smells incredibly decadent. Rich toffee, brown sugar and leather meet a light earthy oxidation, all wrapped up in a blanket of boozy bourbon. The richness and complexity are outstanding. There's a faint whiff of chocolate and roast, but this is more about the intense caramelized malts and earthy, leathery notes.

Rich and sweet on the tongue, toffee, bourbon and molasses flavors are balanced by earthier notes of pipe tobacco and leather. Alcohol is evident but just barely, exhibiting no harshness. Amazing for a beer that was just bottled. It's hard to stop sipping despite the richness and viscosity. The long finish displays some caramel sweetness and peppery alcohol. Absolutely outstanding, and it should get better with age.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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 mothman
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ½ finger of tan hued head. It fades away leaving little lace. Color is a caramel copper brown.

Aroma: warm bourbon awesomeness. Caramel and chocolate. Great oak and vanilla. Sweet and creamy. Awesome!

Taste: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate sweetness. Awesome old ale flavors. Very warming fitting the style greatly. Malty as well.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends boozy, but in a good way.

Overall, the barrels were great for this beer. Very drinkable for the style. Top notch. I am definitely digging this beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Alieniloquium
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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 MasterSki
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam and Anna for sharing this at the pre-Toronado mega-tasting. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Hey! This is carbonated! A dime of foam quickly fizzles to a thin ring and light film. The body is a transparent reddish-brown color with a nice glow, and is a touch darker than the Rye Papier we had next to it. A few specks of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

S - Compared to Papier, the nose is actually less harsh and boozy. I'm not sure if this is a product of the solera process, or due to the difference in barrels. Instead there is just plenty of butterscotch, coconut, multigrain bread, brown sugar, earthy, wood, and a bit of alcohol spice. Excellent stuff - not cloying, but rich and decadent.

T - Taste is surprisingly mellow for 17%. Packs a big wallop of brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, and other sweet things, but is thankfully offset by a dry oaky finish. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still quite good.

M - The low but present carbonation helps keep things from getting too heavy. Full, sticky body with a nice light warmth to it. Nice balance of tannic and sugary elements in the finish.

D - Again, this is much easier to drink than the ABV and style would lead one to expect. I'm glad I requested the inclusion of this beer as I think I prefer it to the 100% BA Papiers.

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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 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 DoubleJ
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Meu Deus! It's on-tap at the source! On to the beer:

It's brown in color, with almost no head from the moment I received it, but for a beer this strong, I was more lenient. It gives some legs after each moment I'm done sipping. The aroma is phenominal, as expected. The Bruery never dissapoints in this aspect as long as it involves a barrel. Raisins, boozes, grapes, toasted sugar....yum!

A little boozy, but still very tasty stuff. Not boozy as the advertized alcohol. A sweet tasting beer, no surprise there. It's grapes, bourbon, hints of vanilla, lots of toasted sugar...tasty. A little carbonated, but for the most part a viscous, fat liquid that smothers your palate. There's no need to rush the drinking of this one, but you could if you choose to do so.

Most breweries would be delighted to have a beer this great, but for The Bruery, it's another high quality barrel aged beer. A highly recommended beer to try if you're lucky to find it.

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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 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 Halcyondays
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery, thought I'd never get to try this one,

A: Pours a deep brown with a colaesque head, solid retention.

S: Classic Bruery barrel character. Are they classic after 2 years? Rich amounts of vanilla and wood, whiskey, sweet malt, great.

T: Heavy dark fruit which was recognized in regular Coton but given the death nell by the alcohol. Very sweet malt/molasses, prune heavy, raisins/Amarone with the whiskey, a great flavour, for me though, just missing a WOW factor to go 5.

M: Very smooth, full-bodied, creamy. Viscous and elegant on the tongue.

D: Another high alcohol beauty from The Bruery. Having only had unaged Coton before, the need for barrel aging was evident. This is so much more drinkable young than regular Coton, but I think a beer that can certainly improve from intensive aging.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a Bruery snifter.

A: Appears deep auburn with a mahogany tinge near the edges when held to light. The head is creamy and about one finger high, settling to a bubbly ring around the glass. There's no lacing, as is to be expected with a beer of such a formidable ABV, but a swirl leaves thick legs that crawl down the glass at a slow pace, hinting at the potency of the alcohol content.

S: The aroma is heaven. Maple, brown sugar, strong vanilla notes and bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, dates, light prune, leather, and a graceful oxidation character. The nose is stunning. I'm trying this juxtaposed next to bottle and growler samples of the regular version, and this simply blows regular Coton out of the water. There is absolutely no mistaking the Bruery's signature barrel aroma, and it does wonders for the base beer. Amazing.

T: Caramelized bourbon brown sugar with light yam and prune notes, though the prune is just a whisper compared to its strength in the regular version. The barrels really beat it into submission. There's a trace of chocolate. Vanilla and oak complement toffee, leather, and a faint tobacco character. There's no real hop presence, though the earthy quality may be from the hops. Booze is incredibly well hidden in the flavor, though it provides ample warming. I'd guess the ABV at 10% if I didn't already know it. The finish is quite sweet, the beer is very sweet on the whole, with a recapitulation of all the aforementioned flavors.

M: Full body with upper lower level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, viscous, and thick, with ample warming.

Overall: Amazing. I'd drink a 4oz serving of this every night if health and supply allowed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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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 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 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 glid02
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint at the Reserve Society Party. Poured dark brown with a minimal light tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, chocolate, wood, and bourbon. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, wood, cream, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was excellent. A very nice smooth flavor that mixed quite well with the barrels. Had a good aroma going on too. This is a must try without a doubt and was an awesome tick while given the chance to try it on tap.

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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 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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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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