Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) | The Bruery

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

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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 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 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 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 grub
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. zach contributed this one. thanks zach!

750ml bottle topped with gold wax.

pours a hazy brown. a thin ring of fine tan head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a few spots of lace.

aroma is amazing. bourbon. vanilla. caramel and toffee. biscuit. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. dark fruit. tons of depth and complexity. as much as i want to taste it, i feel like i would be content to just keep smelling it for hours.

taste is great. much like the aroma, but with more of a dark chocolate character. bourbon and vanilla. caramel and toffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. alcohol. dark fruit. tons of depth and complexity. vanilla is at a higher level than in the aroma, and also more boozy than the aroma led me to expect. chocolate + bourbon + booze.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. a bit boozy, this is one damn tasty barrel aged beer. the barrel balances well against the base, whos depth and complexity would be tough to overpower. good stuff!

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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 hopsbreath
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared at ramnuts house by our host. Black13, TulipSnifter, Bird, Mini, and Growler were there with us on 1-15-11. Review from notes.

A: Murky dark brown cloudy with some large frothy cappuccino bubbles on the edge. No lacing shows up but there are some legs. This is a big ass beer so that considered, it looks pretty good.

S: Ooooo... That's some sweet, sweet whiskey there. Turbinado sugar and sugar daddies round out a lovely profile here.

T: Nice vanilla, chocolate, anise, and warming alcohol.

M: Thick, coating, palate/tongue numbing (literally).

D: Fantastic! I went back to this bottle for the most tasters out of anything we had that night and it was my personal favorite of the evening.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

175th review on BA
on tap at RS party

This was one that I had to get my hands on because I rated Coton very harshly.

App- A nice dark brown with a favorable head due to the guys pouring a nice taster.

Smell- A much better smell than the regular Coton. Wasnt smelling as hot. Got nice hints of wood, vanilla and chocolate and a little less booze on this one.

Taste- Such a better taste than regular Coton was. Really smooth and lavish taste. Was malty and a bit warming but the flavors were really well done with a nice sweetness to the barrel aged.

Mouth- A bit of a heavier beer with a medium carbonation level.

Drink- A very tasty Bourbon barrel aged beer. Very well done and glad I got a chance to have this one. I suggest trading for a bottle if you can.

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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 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 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 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 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 Dreadnaught33
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was fortunate to have this at Brasserie Beck in Washington, DC and be presented the bottle by their awesome beer sommelier, Thor.

A: A Great looking really dark brown with a nice bubbly head with tan swirls. Nice lacing.

S: Lots going on here...deep oaknotes, vanilla, dark fruit, raisin, prune. A nice musty alcohol aroma as well. Just a little boozy smelling, but a very present and awesome smell.

T: A great, huge complex taste that mimics the smell and then some. Lots of prune, vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon, just a lot of sweet and savory tastes together. Alcohol heat is definitely there, but much more balanced than the smell was. Some sour bite to this as well, and a lot of great mustiness. Really awesome.

M: Smooth, coating, heavy feel on the palate. Some heat but not too much. The Bruery really excels in this category.

D: What a tasty brew, wow. This is a dessert in itself, and the 17% isn't as noticable as one would think! Highly recommended.

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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 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 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 ZX6Chris
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at KnB 10/1/10

A-Dark brownish black, mocha colored head, very tight little bubbles. Great head retention.

S-Sweet, bourbon, oak.

T-Chocolate, bourbon, oak, alcohol, yum.

M-Medium body, very smooth, dry on the finish. Maybe a little chewy.

D-Awesome! The alcohol hits your stomach but not your mouth. Deceptively easy drinking.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at KnB Wine Cellars 9-25-2010, during the Bruery Beer-B-Q.

A - Slightly murky dark brown with a very small, short lived mocha head. Lots of lacing.

S - Huge, richly sweet caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee. Excellently melded together.

F/M - Again, this is just a huge, sweet, caramelly beer with big bourbony wood flavors. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Perfumy boozy alcohol leads to a nice dry-ish finish. Medium-low bitterness really lets the malt complexity/barrel flavors shine through. Full bodied, slightly oily with moderately low carbonation.

D - Just great. Even though its nearly 100*F outside right now, and its only 3:30 in the afternoon, I am definitely going for another glass. It's just begging me to...

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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 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 Jmoore50
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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 nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 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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Coton (100% Bourbon Barrel Aged) from The Bruery
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