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Papier - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 211
Gots: 72 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  14.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 05-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Papier is our first anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. The traditional first anniversary gift is something made of paper. The Bruery is giving their loyal fans the gift of Papier, their first anniversary ale. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Papier is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark our first big milestone. Best for sharing, this beer is ideal for cellaring until you have a celebration of your own…if you can wait.
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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 102
Reviews by juhl31:
Photo of juhl31
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wire 5.2/Cellar Beer Night #2

-the beer poured a very dark brown color. what head was displayed was tan in color with big colors. left for good quickly

-there are some dark fruits in there for sure and the bourbon mixes in nicely

-the bourbon flavor blends in well from start to finish on the taste. the dark fruits involved seem to be figs and dates up front and then there is a big raisin finish. some chocolate also seems to show up late in the game

-this is a big time sugar bomb. you can just feel the sugar in the back of your throat and your teeth feel anxious. that being said, it is a very thin beer considering the ABV and malt character

-i really enjoyed this beer for its uniqueness and strong flavor, but it definitely needs to be shared by more than 3 people. the more you drink the more laborious it gets to finish the rest

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy color. Viscous. A minimal brown head consisting of big bubbles settles fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: Lots of powerful aromas. Molasses, brown sugar, raisins, leather and vinous fruits. Hints of boozy bourbon and alcohol. Very complex.

T: The taste is very sweet with rich malty flavors. Notes of vinous fruits, molasses, vanilla and oak. Leather, bourbon, raisins, toffee... feels like I can sit forever and pick out different components. Very impressive. The finish is somewhat bitter and is characterized by a pleasant well integrated warming flavor of peppery alcohol.

M: Full-bodied with some carbonation. Very smooth.

D: A very impressive beer. Complex and balanced, rich and heavy. Despite the massive sweetness, it doesn't get one-sided, due to a whole range of interesting aromas.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

Bottle No. 1,377 of 4,777. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is dark fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and bourbon. The alcohol is very well hidden for a beer that has nearly 15 percent alcohol. This is one of the most drinkable high alcohol beers I have tried. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very dark black with some light hints of ruby/deep brown with a small off white head. Nose is very rich with roasted malt, oak and bourbon.

Taste is very rich and has a lot of woody/oaky/bourbon as expected but it's really excellent and one of the best beers I've had in a long time. Also has a tinge of tart/sour to it but it's very subtle and crisp.

Photo of ehammond1
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle (2009)

The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

(Aged for 2+ years)

Murky, dark amber and caramel in color with not much visible carbonation. This leaves an oily sheen on the glass.

The aroma is quite nice, though a bit acidic, which I don't think was the brewer's intention. The sweet component of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee comes through nicely, along with a hint of red wine vinegar sharpness, unfortunately.

The flavor too is nice, well-rounded, and very drinkable. The sweet, complex flavors of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and mild maple complement each other nicely. There's a hint of acid that isn't the most pleasant.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

This was my first time trying this beer, though I imagine, at least this bottle, has seen better days.

Photo of boatshoes
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Capone's in Norristown. Excited to try it even though it says it is quite cellarable.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown tinged with crimson. Just a very fine ring of head with minimal lacing and very low carbonation. The color of the beer looks very nice in the light, despite the lack of head and carbonation.

Smell- A very interesting mixture. Picking up on some interesting cherry, vanilla, tobacco, and slight bourbon. Wood is evident, but I really get the cherry and vanilla most heavily in the nose.

Taste- More of the same. Lots of vanilla, cherries, tobacco, some bourbon warmth, and a touch of wood. Quite complex and intriguing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just a touch thin, emphasized a bit by the lack of carbonation. However, the complexity of the taste makes this one quite drinkable despite the strength. I'll have to pick up one or two more of these to age, as I agree with the aging potential.

Overall, interesting and complex. Pick it up if you get the chance. I suspect this one will get much better with age as well.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Bruery.

Pours a purplish-black color with a very thin tan head. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving almost no lacing.

Smells of bourbon with good amounts of caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and hints of toffee. As it warms very small whiffs of milk chocolate escape the glass.

Tastes great. Bourbon and vanilla flavors start things off but soften as caramel and butterscotch flavors join in. Midway through the sip the dark fruit flavors - figs and plums - manage to sneak in before a syrupy finish leaving a bourbon and toffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a very nice thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my (admittedly small) glass and could have another (as long as it were no larger).

Overall this was a very interesting beer and I hope to try the 100% BA versions at one point. This is worth a shot.

Photo of nkersten
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a murky brown with no head despite a vigorous pour. Thought it was still, but after some swirling around there are some tiny bubbles forming around the middle and edge.
S- Booze, lots of malt complexity that end up smelling like raisin and dark fruits, some more booze, some sweet oak charcater.
T- Very sweet caramel, vinous dried fruits, slightly boozy but not nearly as hot as you would expect for a 14.5% brew. Some oak, a little bourbon in the finish.
M- While not flat, this one is as close as you can get. At the bottom end of carbonation for the style, but probably within range. Heavy body coats and leaves a warming feel.
D- I probably should have shared this one as I dont know if I can finish the whole 750ml on my own. This is a big beer with a lot of strong flavors, probably best saved for the serious old ale fan.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the bottle.

Pours a murky ruby brown with absolutely no head whatsoever.

Nose is full of sweet caramel and big malty notes. Some brown sugar and a little bit of vanilla are in there as well, and of course, booze.

Well. Where to start. Super complex with large sweet raisin and plum notes. Caramel and some toffee are also evident. Vanilla and oak are obvious, and booze definitely shows up. The finish is slick and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel sucks. This beer is about 2% carbonated and it shows. The viscosity is where it should be, which is the only reason this gets anything above a 1 for mouthfeel. Low carbonation is acceptable in a beer like this, but no carbonation is inexcusable. Must be a California thing...haha.

Drinkability is ok, but the alcohol heat definitely shows up, and the poor mouthfeel does not help either.

Overall, this beer has potential to be fantastic, but what apparently is bad QC has completely negated that. Alot of promise in this one though, would be quite tasty if it was carbonated, and not quite so hot. Probably would have amazing cellaring capabilites. A beer with alot of potential, but horrible execution.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at The Ginger Man. Black with little faint lace dots. Faint bourbon aroma. Like a chocolate burboun barleywine. Rich, but a sipper, and would need a whole meal. Not so drinkable right after work. A characteristic is that it is a bit syrupy, slick oily.

Photo of beertooth
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split between Ben(madorb) and myself. Poured into a Russian River Goblet.

This beer is a dark chocolate cola color with a tiny collar of egg shell bubbles.

The nose is oak, bourbon, funky cheese, sweet malt, ALCOHOL, chocolate.

The first sip hits me with sweet malts, cheese, dark fruit, a little soy, bourbon, oaky tannins, a little booze which is nuts because the nose is pretty hot. It's quite tasty and interesting. The funky cheese is really interesting as well.

Mouthfeel is slick and full with a very low level of carbonation.

This beer is very tasty, but the abv is a bit too much for more than one glass. My first Bruery beer and I look forward to trying many more!

Photo of mikey711
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately this review will be short. Just before I pressed sent my power went out due to hail, and the beer was gone. It was almost brown in color with minimal head little lacing. It smelled great though with lots of smoky peat, bourbon. It tasted very much as it smelled, but the bourbon was not overwhelming and nice vanilla notes were present as well. There is some sweetness present too enjoyable. The mouthfeel was boozy yet lighter than expected Definitely would benefit from aging, but I dont know if I can make it a decade, which the bottle suggests, before trying it again.

Photo of nickd717
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alfrantzell - thanks, Arne! Copied from tasting notes again after earlier review was deleted.

A - Dark reddish brown pour with no head, just a ring, and not much lacing to speak of.

S - Aroma is very nice with brown sugar, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol.

T - Sweet and fairly complex, with lots of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, prune, raisin, oak, vanilla, and mild roast. This is a very sweet beer, but I like 'em that way sometimes.

M - Palate is smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation. Did Lost Abbey have a hand in this? Long finish though with some alcoholic warmth.

D - Pretty good. Good stuff, but not much different from Virgin Papier IMO.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Bottle 1262.

Appearance - Deep murky brown. Chunky head. A few bubbles at the edge.

Smell - Oxidized sherry like flavors. Vanilla, caramel, some bourbon. Fruity. Oxidation is nice.

Taste - Oxidation is much more prevalent. Barrel less noticable. Caramel masked by lots of dark fruits. Slight acidity to it, but not oppressive.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Slick and a touch bitter. Doesn't drink like its ABV.

Overall - These anniversary beers get better with oxidation. True solera method means later iterations could be really good in years to come.

Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one from HopStoopid120, cheers Tony!

Bottle 3589 pours a semi-murky chestnut with a sliver of mocha colored head. Nice viscosity to this along with some shreds of head retention

S: Prunes, raisins, cherries & oaky booze, loads of port notes

T: Dark fruit, woodyness, cherries, a touch licorice schnapps & much dryness up front, some leafy hops & figs in the mix. Chocolate covered cherries, boozey figs & dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes with much oak, a little cherry, a bit more booze, & just a bit too much dryness to give 4.5, close

MF: Chewy as all get out, fairly still carbonation, pretty warming indeed

Drinks a touch slow, but spot-on for style & ABV. Maybe I should've waited, would love try this in about 4 months when the weather should be at least 35 degrees cooler; but curiosity & my sweet tooth was calling. Not bad, but I'd love to have a case or 2 of this & just see how it gets better. Not bad at all for its young age as it is...

Photo of scootny
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark brown with a thin tan head. A ring of bubbles and some spots and streaks on the side of the glass. A bit underwhelming but still pretty.

Smell is where it picks up. Rich malt, fruity and port like. This is something different. Figs, dates, raisins and some sweet alcohol. Brown bread and burnt sugar with toasted pumpernickel.

Taste returns to the port simile. This is like a cross between an old ale and port wine. Or maybe a low carbonation version of a port. Either way I like it very much. The dark breads and dark fruits combine sweetly and integrate with the barrel characteristics to create a new take on the style. Chocolate cherries and rum cake. Rum soaked two year old fruitcake. Some vanilla and soy sauce. Malt core flows through and says beer, not wine buddy. Layer upon layer unfolds with each sip. Alcohol is just there but ducks away to reappear in the finish. Hops are mild as they should be but scrub the mouth enough to leave a dryness in the middle of the malted fruitiness. Graham and raisins linger with light alcohol esters. Feel is lightly syruped with just a touch of carbonation. A full but just short of thick brew.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a beer of this weight. This is a bottle for after dinner at Thanksgiving or other large gatherings. Each sip is to be savored and spaced appropriately.

Photo of bum732
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, murky with no head. Some bubbles on the outside. Smells of cinnamon rolls, predominant oak, very bready, some dark fruits, raisins in particular, some bourbon, unbelievably complex. Tastes of sweet caramel breadiness with dark fruit undertones. A nice wave of breadiness follows with something slightly funky, cheesy almost. Virtually no bitterness, just a touch at the end, very sweet. Ends with a very nice wave of chocolate roastiness with some oak and bourbon. Almost no carbonation, nice sweet mouthfeel, alcohol is scary hidden.

A very interesting beer, lots of complexities. The cheesy funk was something i couldn't get past, perhaps it was a combination of oak and some other flavor that tasted off. I would also have loved a bit more carbonation, this beer was almost flat. That said, i was blown away by the different flavors that passed over my tongue with every sip, one after another, incredibly complex. A very sweet beer and a treat, careful of the alcohol, dangerously hidden.

Photo of GRG1313
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a smooth tan head. Nose is complex and inviting. Sweet whiskey hits you first and yields to sweet fruit, molasses, vanilla and hints of sweet cherry.

Mouthfeel is big and full although some age will make it a bit "thicker." A bit thinner than one might expect but, again, age will improve this characteristic.

Flavors follow the nose with dark cooked fruit, plums and figs, brown sugar/malt and full of whiskey tones. Big, full bodied and expressive flavors with a full rich finish. This is going to be superb with some age. One can only imagine the rarer barrell aged versions which I will open as part of a tasting...a tasting soon since I'm one who likely won't be able to wait!

This is a brew worth trying now and very much worth following for as long as you can discipline yourself to hold some bottles. This is clearly one of the best quality beers from The Bruery.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

-75% Oaked aged ale, 25% ale aged in burbon barrel. 2009 anniversary ed. Bottle #3211 14.5% abv.

A: Poured a murky, dark mahogany with a sparse soapy/bubbly head that failed to cover the surface and quickly dissipated to a polished surface.

S: The nose is filled with dry burbon with alcohol soaked vanilla bean. Hints of oaky barrel woodiness is evident coming through nicely along with sweet dried molasses. Dark fruit of prunes and whiskey soaked raisins also prevail. Overall a boozy scent with sticky dried caramel sweetness and a dry burbon finish makes for a good warming start.

T: The flavor is big and boozy with a caramel sweetness and dried burbon alcohol adding warmth. The booziness really comes through strong that transcends from the mouth to the pit of the stomach. The complexity is abundant here with a strong showing of burnt dried molasses, whiskey laced prunes and raisins, vanilla bean, creamy caramel and a oaky dry woodiness providing a deep warming sensation to go along with the boozy 14.5% abv. The finale is a big intense alcohol warming of boozy burbon that was dry and well lingering (4-5 seconds) topping things off.

M: full bodied and silky smooth, like velvet on the tongue. No carbonation was present as the beer slides effortlessly around for a very smooth experience.

d: Good drinkability but at 14.5% abv it will make an honest sipper out of you. A bomber may be a bit much and is best shared with a friend or two. No need to rush through this one, it took me an hour to tackle this behemoth monster by myself, just sit back, relax and feel the warmth and complexity, just make sure you don't have to work the next morning. The label says this beer could age for decades, no complaints there, so I would suggest at least 5-10 years to take the edge off a bit making for a more smooth and rounded experience. My advice, treat yourself to two bottles one now and one for aging, it will be worth looking forward to.

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle #1998/4777 poured into tulip shape glasses:

A: Little to no head, just a lace of vanilla around the rim on top of a dark maple body, with a vibrant rosy tint to it. Absolutely looks delicious.

S: Port wine, maple syrup, brown sugar, and toffee. Then the alcohol pulls through a little bit, just to be covered up again by the overall sweetness of this beer.

T: Dark fruit on the front of the palate, with the alcohol definitely making itself known. (Although that is expected do to the high ABV.) Then comes a rush of sweet maple syrup, caramel apple dipped in hazelnuts, vanilla, oak, with banana bread on the side. Really a nice treat for the taste buds.

M: Thick like maple syrup with very little carbonation. The alcohol gives a perfect sensation/warming throughout your mouth, and then into the chest. This beer makes dreams come true.... not really sure what that means, but I think were starting to feel the effects of this wonderfully complex masterpiece.

D: We could share at least two of these bottles, definitely a sipper, but still goes down extremely well, and a lot easier than we thought it would.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Photo of charlesw
1.35/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Two layers of thick and difficult wax cover the cap. Bleh. Wax sux. Bottle 3078 of 4777. Not even a whisper of carbonation on popping the cap. Great. Just great. This bodes ill.
Thick and murky flat brown. No head at all. Nothing. Bleh.
Smells boozy. Bourbon. And bleh.
Tastes boozy, syrupy sweet, hints of bourbon and bleh. The back of the mouth has a cloying, thick something. Slightly sour, hugely astringent. Gross.
No carbonation at all and thus wha? for mouthfeel.
Drinkability? Are you kidding me? My wife smelled it and dumped hers out. I at least drank 4 oz before dumping the rest of the bottle. 2 for 2 of uninteresting expensive beer from this brewery. I'm so not impressed.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 shared with the boys a couple weeks ago at Ditmier's house.. Picked this up in Denver during the GABF.. Thanks for hosting Eric.

Bottle #1962

Hazy deep chestnut brown... no real head... dark tan head showed with a good glass swirl... so do some EtOH legs..

Boozy.... burnt sugars... solvent alcohol... pretty hot really... some dark dried fruit seems to work it's way in... rich raisins and plum/lite prune.. deep caramel...

Palate follows the nose with some figgy sweetness and pureed golden raisin.. lite cocoa helps.. some vanilla mid palate with lite oaky tannins that milk the finish as it combines with some pretty heavy booze that helps cut through the sweetness.

Not as much carbonation as I would have hoped for... but I believe this is a keeper... a long time cellar keeper... the body is on the heavy side, but this will age like a champ.... now I just need to get more. :-)

3.5/4.5/4/4.5/4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to get to pop open this black wax capped 750 last night. I seriously needed this one after a mentally trying evening. Served at cellar temp into a snifter, this one was consumed on 10/06/2009.
 
The pour was what I had heard about so I expected the flatness and stillness of it. Dark garnet brown in color with only a small amount of bubbles on the side of the glass that quickly faded themselves leaving a motionless and still liquid in the glass. As I sipped though it did leave some nice touches of foam down the sides of the glass so that made me happy. Aroma is very sweet, lots of vanilla and butterscotch on the nose right away. Caramel and other sweet notes dropping in behind a touch of vanilla. Very well put together I have to admit. Warming brings out a subtleness that is just sublime I have to admit. I go in for the for the first sip and a wave of toffee and butterscotch coat the tongue, again just what I am looking for here and really very nicely done. Rich notes of vanilla and caramel, earthy with a fine touch of woody flavor as well. Seemingly endlessly complex a light booziness now starts to take over. Not flat at all, just very lightly carbonated and this actually really worked quite well for me here. ABV well hidden despite the high strength and this only served to further the delightful experience.
 
Overall this was just what I had wanted. A finally crafter old ale that really just hit the spot. I am continued to be impressed with everything I try from the Bruery. Top notch for sure.

Photo of Tdizzle
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into my Bruery tulip glass, Papier pours the color of root beer. Completely opaque with almost no head or lacing even after an aggressive pour. A super thin ring of dark-tan foam lines the inside of the glass, and that's about it.

S- Rich, syrupy-sweet notes of caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. Woody notes of toasted oak barrel too. The 14.5% ABV comes through with an almost scotch-like aroma as the beer hits room temperature.

T- The taste is massively sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses, but these flavors are quickly overtaken by strong notes of unfermented sugars and burnt toffee that last for days. The finish leaves a big alcohol aftertaste and tons of residual sweetness plus a hint of oak wood. Lots of boozy warmth moves around in the chest.

M- Thick and syrupy with just a zing of carbonation. The liquid practically coats the inside of the mouth.

D- It took me a while to finish my half glass of Papier. I'm a big fan of most of the Bruery's offerings, but this one doesn't really do it for me. The huge ABV is fairly well-hidden, but the cloying finish combined with the lack of carbonation makes this a bit difficult to enjoy. However, the rye whiskey barrel-aged Papier was one of the best beers I've ever had, and the bourbon barrel version is great too.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared at our mega Bruery tasting courtesy of viggo, bottle 1499. Thanks!

Pours a rusty brandy caramel color, some murk especially at the bottom of the bottle and a few loose bubbles on the pour, not a ton of carbonation.

Nose is sweet and fruity, loads of plump juicy raisins, plums and other ripe fruit, toffee and caramel.

Sweet bready toffee, fruit bread, bourbon soaked raisins, caramel, candy sugar, vanilla, real sweet but offset in the finish with a light bitterness that never seems to let the sweetness get out of hand - like Black Tuesday in that regards. Somehow all that sweetness never seems too much. Soft silky mouthfeel though I felt it wouldn't hurt to have just a touch more carbonation. Light alcohol burn on the way down but it hides the ABV so well, again like Black Tuesday.

Not sure how the Bruery does it but this is another top notch, high ABV beer that is a real sipper yet never a chore. Reminded us a bit of a younger JW Lee's but more put together, more integrated. Not sure I would go for a whole bottle but as a share it was a real treat. Bot drinkable in the "I would down a couple of these in an evening" but for what it is, very drinkable. Would cellar very well IMO.

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Papier from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.