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 cvaypai
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Overlord
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying how amazed I am by the transformation this beer has gone through in the -bal aging process. It's almost unrecognizable from the base beer.

I was basically hoping for an updated version of last year's bourbon barrel papier, one of the best beers I've tried, evah. This pretty much accomplishes it, though there are some subtle differences.

The beer pours brown, maybe slightly orange, with wispy bits o' foam. Surprised there's any head at all, and it actually bubbles and works to overcome the abv for a while. Surprisingly.

Aroma is fantastic. Absolutely overwhelming. Ahhh...these bourbon barrel aged beers from The Bruery are just the best smelling liquids out there. Huge overlapping bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown/roasted sugar (I had to ask if there was roasted sugar or molasses in here, it's so prevalent ... and there is). Copious vanilla. Sometimes saying something "smells like bourbon" really doesn't communicate how well the bourbon is integrated with a beer, or the quality of the aroma. This beer has "it."

Flavor is also excellent. Huge bourbon/vanilla notes, but it doesn't overpower an extremely strong brown sugary, caramel-y, roasted sugar base with notes of toffee, alcohol drizzled dark fruits ... is that belgian candi ??? ... and crazy complexity. It's an overwhelmingly sweet beer, so be forewarned.

Mouthfeel is chewy and almost ... slushy with residual flavors that linger on the tongue. Appropriate for such a heavy blend.

The barrel aged version of this beer is a monstrously good beast.

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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 antioch
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery's 2nd Anniversary Party.

Appearance is that of a typical barrel aged stout, porter or old ale... Thick and dark, with almost no light coming through.

Smell is also of a typical barrel aged brew, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark brown sugar and some dark fruits.

Taste is great as always. Alcohol heat comes through pretty quickly, but it's not overwhelming. Very sweet and tasty vanilla and sugar also coats your tongue throughout the whole sip.

Mouthfeel is typical. Thick, viscous and full. Slight carbonation to make the beer dance a bit on the tongue, but other than that... It's thick.

Drinkability, well... I had a few of these... But, they were small pours, if I had a pint glass or a whole tulip of this, I might think it wasn't too drinkable.

All in all, it was a tasty beer.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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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