OLD ALE | 14.50% ABV

The Bruery is rather new to the craft beer scene. Having recently celebrated their 2nd anniversary with the release of Coton, Patrick Rue and Crue is seeing a massive increase in the demand for his beers. An example of the demand would be the 250 tickets available for the Black Tuesday release that were being sought after by more than 1200 Bruery lovers. So many requests in fact that the Bruery servers crashed on the day of the release. Most breweries do not experience a demand like Patrick has been in his second year, but most breweries do not make beers like the Bruery.

As mentioned above, Coton is the celebratory beer release for the Bruery’s second year anniversary. [On a side note Papier was the first anniversary release and if your not seeing a trend check out the 50 gifts to be given on wedding anniversaries.] Coton is an Old Ale a cousin to Barleywine making both very similar in body, flavor and aroma. Loaded, I mean loaded with unique malt character which imparts flavors such as sour fruit, fig and caramel which also are present in the nose with the addition of a slight alcohol aroma. That moderate alcohol flavor is hidden so well under layers of malt characteristics, wood undertones and yeasty spice notes. Coton is a big, beautiful beer that many have said needs some aging. Although I agree to a point, I tend to like my beers young before flavors and aromas begin to meld together and balance themselves out.

Coton sparked so many ideas as far as pairings when I took the inaugural sip. First thought was a big gamey meal of Bison or Venison with heavy sauces and fresh roasted vegetables. My mind then went to one of my favorite afternoon snacks, Stilton cheese. It would have been a brilliant pairings, the tangy blue flavors being balanced by the heavy malt flavors and rounded out by the slight taste of alcohol. Given this was my after dinner beer though, I chose to have it with a fairly rustic cigar which was a perfect end to the day.

beer + food = Barleydine


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