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Papier - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

207 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 212
Gots: 71 | FT: 6
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The Bruery visit their website
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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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 JohnQVegas
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle # 3770 into red wine glass.

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color, fading from dark ruby brown in the center to a honey brown around the edges - may be the perfect color. On the flipside, however, there's no head to speak of on the pour - just a smattering of big bubbles, almost like a cask ale. Fantastic legs though - once you take a sip, a thin film of it clings tenaciously to sides of the glass.

Nose is full of maple, candied dried fruits wrapped in caramel, brown sugar - so much going on, and all of it delicious. Alcohol in back, but incredibly delicious and rich as it melds with the other flavors with no real heat.

Taste is very nice, and superbly balanced at this stage. Initial taste is molasses, more dried fruit though this time without the candied aspect, brown sugar and toffee, and vanilla and quite a bit of oak from the bourbon. This really feels old - there's an almost leathery tannic woodiness towards the finish that balances the rich, sweetness beautifully. The alcohol isn't nearly as hot as I was expecting, instead contributing a light, pleasant burn on the swallow - very well done. I'm very impressed.

Really no carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that's full bodied, robust, and a bit slick. I have to admit, I was worried about the lack of carbonation, but even with nary a bubble in sight, this one still manages to pull it off. The complexities of texture you get from the body are reminiscent of a big red wine.

Drinkabaility is stunningly high. Delicious and satisfying, with a complexity that has you coming back sip after sip and an abv that's hidden extremely well. I do not understand how teh Bruery can consistently produce ultra-high abv beers that never feel overly hot and boozey. Superbly satisfying beer.

Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice blackish brown hue with a small creamy head. It shows okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Malt forward with strong notes of oak and light vanilla.

T: Brown sugar and molasses sweetness up front. The barrel comes in somewhere in the middle. Fresh oak, vanilla, and hints of booze. Light chocolate and caramel underneath.

M: On the fuller side of medium, medium carbonation which carries the flavor nicely.

D: Tasty, bold, smooth. The Bruery has turned into one of the best in the west in no time flat.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a dark copper color, with just a few bubbles for a head. Little, if any carbonation. No lacing.

Aroma was caramel, malt, toffee, raisins, candy apples and brown sugar. Very boozy smell.

Huge, rich taste. Taste was caramel, very ripe fruits, prunes, figs, malt, burnt wood, bourbon, molasses and vanilla. Pretty complex beer.

Very tasty, but I think it could use a little time in the cellar. I have another bottle I'll hang onto for a few years.

Drinkability a little low, just becuase it's so rich and boozy. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with red hues in light, lots of bubbles floating around the top but not exactly what I would call a "head"

Smell is huge, deep roasted caramel with lots of wood and vanilla, and a big alcohol burn. Surprisingly lots of bourbon considering only 25% of this touch a bourbon barrel.

Taste is quite a departure from the nose. The caramel is more mellow as well as the alcohol heat (although it is still pretty hot). Some toffee makes its way into the picture....very complex, but doesn't come together enough to meet its very high potential

Medium bodied and mostly flat. Could give a lower score here, but this is consistent with some other similar beers.

Awesome sipper, complexity is high enough to help offset the heat and weak mouthfeel.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009, Bottle 1909. Patrick and the Rue crew have not disappointed me yet, but this goes into a Duvel tulip looking like turbid apple cider. Very cloudy and little if no head. Even though there was a slight wisp of carbonation from the pop of the top, I'm not seeing much of anything.

At least it has a nice personality. I was expecting a lot of apples on the nose...boozy apples, but it's more of a bourbon-ish toffee. Copious, COPIOUS caramel and malts; maybe there's a bit of piney hops but that's OK - this smells awesome.

Yup, this one is a bit on the hot side. Definitely getting a lot of bourbon toffee here. Hops are again on deep background. This has a shitload of booze and only a small hint of carbonation. It's damn tasty, no lie. But, as expected, it could use a lot of time.

Despite the heavy booze quotient (or due in part to its existence), it isn't as heavy on the palate as expected. The burn cleans it up and dries out some of that crazy sweetness. Hop pine meshes a little with the booze but is merely an extra at this point.

It's been a while since I've broken out an Old Ale but it's football season with a little evening chill. OK, maybe not a chill but I've been looking forward to this crazy deal for a while. I expected it to be boozy hot and, sho 'nuff, lookie dere. But it's also enjoyable. The lack of carbonation definitely is a detriment but it's tasty as hell.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kris! Poured in my Bruery tulip glass and enjoyed with some fellow BA's.

A: Poured pretty flat with a cherry-caramel dark brown hue with absolutely no head or lacing. A little disappointing to be honest, but due to the nature of this beer...I can't be too sad about overall appearance too.

S: A lot of Christmas-like spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, the stuff you find in pumpkin pie), caramel, and green apples perhaps.

T: Apple pie, tons of brown sugar and maple, and touch of oak at the back end. The alcohol is noticeable, but for 14.5%...it's hidden very well. There are a lot of other flavors I'm picking up...especially spices that I can't put a name too...but all blend together perfectly.

M: Even though this beer exhibited no head or carbonation, I found this beer to have just enough mild carbonation to really "light up" all the amazing flavors. As for the body, this beer is beefy to say the least! Thick and at times... very chewy.

D: Got a little hard to drink at the end of the glass, but overall...a very enjoyable brew with tons of flavor and complexity.

Overall: A great beer. A try it beer. Cheers!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's pretty clear to me that this is what an Old Ale should be. A lot of complexity that derives from not-so-pretty starting elements but evolve to become rich in its maturity, varying in its age, and beautiful in its art.

The beer decants with a rusty mohogany, ruby haze, and garnet hues. Very, very low carbonation is a testiment to long term storage but does render the beer somewhat lifeless. Though carbonation, head formation, and retention are terse (to say the least), the beer shows classic brandy lacing on the glass, thus changing my mindset to expectations of port wines or liquors.

Extremely rich and bursting with flavors. The evidence of this is noticed in the heavy alcohol, fruit, and rubustness of the nose. Plumbs, figs, dates, raisons, bruised apples, grapes, cherries, prunes, and raspberries all come to life along with a rich rum-soaked fruitcake complexity, sweetness, and heartiness. Soy sauce and sherry notes give rise to the maturity of the beer and add even another layer to the unwaivering variety- virtually a new flavor with every sip. Throw in a hint of cocoa here, a dash of dustiness there, and a sprinkle of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg all about and we have a beery song that will rival the hokey pokey.

With all the flavor and smooth textures, it's easy to dismiss the low carbonation- the beer is just that good. Still, rich and lightly velvety with an unforgettable warmth and numbing to the mouth. Substantial bitterness seems part hops and part astringency from grain. Finishes with a long sweet linger of dehydrated fruits and sherry.

As wonderful and powerul as this beer is, the lack of carbonation leaves a pause mid way through that seems a bit void of vibrancy and life- maybe a bit of carbonation would help out here to help the beer making a transition from initial flavor to the long lasting aftertaste.

Thanks jlindros!

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 mhatters
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a 75cl bottle with a friend at the South Philly Tap Room

Pours a mahogany color with reddish highlights. A thick tan-brown head caps this beauty.

A huge nose - dark, sweet - not sugar but blackstrap-like, whiskey is there, as is vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malts, raisin, and alcohol. Quite probably the biggest nose I have enver encountered. Deep, dark, and alluring..

The flavor is also huge - loads of whiskey, dark fruit, and sweetness. The roasted malt has some coffee flavor as well. Again, the alcohol is omni-present and massive. It all works.

Almost not carbonated, a bit of bubbliness is there - the mouthfeel is big and deep. The alcohol is always there.

We had this on a great recommendation from the bar tender, it was massive, and enjoyable - but would be better as a last beer of the day (or night). One of the biggest beers I have ever had

Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep woody brown with a thin tan head.

Nose has rich candies, whiskey, oak, vanilla, fruity alcohol and lots of dark brown sugars.

Taste has sweet malts, toffee, caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla, spicy alcohol and ripe fruits.

Full body is lightly carbonated, but drinks quite well for 14 plus. Another great ale from the Bruery. I'm sure the 100% barrel aged versions are near perfect.

Photo of younger35
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from Gibby in a recent trade. I really like what I've tried from The Bruery so hopefully the trend continues although Old Ales are hit or miss for me. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Uh oh, pours a dark brownish plum with ZERO head and what appears to be little to no carbonation. No cap sits atop the beer along with a super thin collar.
Smell- Big, bold and boozy. Tons and tons of concentrated burnt sugars sit upon toffee and loads of vanilla. Plenty of dark fruits (especially raisins) along with a pinch of anise. The alcohol is very prominent and raw with a slight bit of bourbon mixed in. The oak isn't all that noticeable in the nose but I think it just gets lost in the boldness of everything.
Taste- Starts with a sort of a luscious dark fruitiness that is insanely smooth and very enjoyable. Loads of prunes, raisins, figs, etc line the body of the beer along with a lighter sort of cherry licorice thing. The brown sugar and toffee are strong as well, especially as this brew warms. The caramel really accentuates the oak and bourbon and it all works pretty well together. Black licorice and even a dash of cocoa sneak in eventually. Spicy alcohol and more fruit finish the beer that lingers and lingers.
Mouthfeel- Almost no carbonation but somehow it still really works. The beer is silky smooth and lightly creamy.
Drinkability- Granted this beer is a bit young right now but it's still really tasty and fairly drinkable considering the 14.5% (I bumped my score a half point considering the ABV and how easy this went down). I know the alcohol will fade a bit over time and hopefully a tinge of carbonation does form. BUT this beer isn't sweet which is a huge plus for me. So glad I have another coming to age. Thanks much Jeff!

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL champagne bottle poured into a snifter; bottle #3233

Pours a ruddy, chestnut brown with a thin, bubbly tan head that rose and faded fast. Little to no lacing. Not overly appealing on the eyes.

Aroma immediately hits you. Deep and dark aromas. Some of the smells I pick up are bourbon, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, caramel/toffee, milk chocolate, raisins/figs, coffee notes, and a hearty dose of booze. Wow, can't get over how broad this nose is, it's just layers and layers of rich, robust aromas.

The flavor profile is very similar to the aromas. The raisins/figs, bourbon and booze dominate while the vanilla, caramel, toffee and molasses lay a nice foundation for everything to jump from. The milk chocolate and coffee pick their spots and add a rather unique layer. The only thing is that it is a bit hot.

Carbonation is almost non-existent. Not sure if that is the intention or not, but the flavor profile is so damn complex and rich, it really never becomes an issue after the first sip. A smooth, full body with a hot finish.

The no carbonation thing scared me at first, but was immediately taken aback by how complex this beer is. A joy to sip and try to pick out a little bit of everything that is going on in the bottle. An excellent nightcap.

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

(From notes)

A - Poured with little to no head; dark blackish color

S - Boozy; lightly sweet malts; peaty and smoky; rich and warm aromas

T - The peatiness comes through in the flavor; bit of alcohol; little smoky; very interesting and warming

M - Fuller MF; viscous and very fine carbonation

D - Nicely drinkable given the absolute weight of this brew; glad I was able to share it.

Overall, a really nice and interesting take on the style. I would definitely recommend this for fans of the Ola Dubh vintages.

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

2009 vintage, 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Poured a very, dead black with hints of a ruby-Bordeaux accents if you looked at the edge close enough in the light. There was basically no carbonation, and I thought *maybe* I had a dud, it wasn't the case though.

Smells consisted of bourbon, dark fruits, and a black licoricey-brown sugar.

Taste was ridiculous...in a good way. So many complex flavors, my pallete was jumping all over the place. I found a heavy taste of darker fruits, there was a definitley a heavy burning okay note, but it was offset by sweets (sugar, caramels, vanilla) and bourbon. I should have let this cellar some, but I was too excited right away. I think some of the 'oak monster' might have gone away and he beer would age nicely. I'm going to try and get another bottle and let it age.

Mouthfeel was heavy and spicy, but definitely a bit hot, like a liquid fruitcake (but more tasty).

Drinkability on this was definitley like drinking an after dinner cognac or single malt scotch, it has to be sipped, but the silkiness was very pleasureful, but the ABV will bite your head off if you're not careful. I tried drinking the entire 750ml bottle myself, I'd advise against that and share with a friend.

Once again, let this age so you can experience it in it's peak. Still a wonderful brew though.

Photo of scray24
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served colder than bottle recommended into non-beer ware (on vacation at a condo).

Low carbonation and no significant head, although there was a little lacing as you drank. Dark copper mahogany with hints of black. Rich smell with vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and possibly some maple. Taste is excellent with much of the same from the smell (vanilla, dark caramel and toffee, some darker fruits) but it is strong with a slight hint of alcohol bite, could probably have used a little more cellaring (2009 bottling)... glad I've got 2 more to lay down for a while.

Would be hard pressed to drink more than a full bottle by myself but it is an excellent sipper and great to share.

Photo of damienblack
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't wait until later to try this beer, cracked a bottle as soon as we got it in. Disclaimer: the way BA scales the points, this beer will be scoring a lot lower from people than if appearance were lower on the chart, with more on taste.

Pours jet black. Like to me, it looks like if you melted down pure anise black licorice, and swirled it around, this is what you get. Ominous, spooky onyx black, like it wants to devour you instead of the other way around. But the biggest flaw is that it is very very low in carbonation. A thin layer of bubbles from an aggressive pour. Almost like a huge thick port in this regard. Thick and murky, but not very lifelike.

The smell off this beer is simply outstanding. I think this might be the only 5 for smell I've given thus far. Bourbon is the prevalent smell, with a good deal of dark fruit mingling with leathery tobacco, caramel, toffee, some vanilla/licorice coming through also. Hugely complex nose for a beer just as complex. Other people describe burnt sugar, there's a bit of that, but I don't get that as much in the nose as the taste.

The taste is just supermassive and supercomplex. I can still feel it on my taste buds. Dark, harsh burnt malts, but in a sweet way, like that crossed with plums or dates soaked in bourbon. Sweet and harsh at the same time, with a big helping of smokey tobacco from the oaking (I don't smoke, but I'd imagine this is why people like expensive cigars). I'm glad this blend is only 25% bourbon barrel, as any more would be way overpowering. Right now, it's got a bit of a harsh bite to it on top of the other deep roasted characteristics, but that is more of an alcoholic, boozey but warming bite. Like a high-end scotch or bourbon. It tingles, is the best way to put it. All of these things leave a slightly burnt but sweet, while tingly sensation on my tongue. I could still feel it after I went to bed. I tried to take the bottle myself, but regretfully fell a few ounces short, less than the difference between a 22 and a 750, though. Keep in mind, it took 2.5 or 3 hours to get to that point. This would do quite well shared, and everyone taking a few ounces. Split it 3 ways, $7 for an 8 ounce poor isn't too bad for what you get. It is absolutely sludgy and massive, sweet and harsh at the same time, like bittersweet burnt vanilla or butterscotch. Overwhelming and extremely satisfying simultaneously. It loses a lot for drinkability because of what it is, but for what it is, it is not too bad. My only other Old Ale, for the sake of comparison, was Founders Curmudgeon, and that was undrinkable for me. But this is a great experience, quite a trip fresh, and I will definitely be burying some bottles for a few years down the road. Given a few years to open up some, it will be legendary.

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 Patrick999
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened up at a recent tasting. Super dark, little carbonation. Many "damn"s and "holy s***"s could be heard as we sniffed the mercifully small portions in our tasting glasses. Tons of whiskey, vanilla, burnt caramel, butterscotch.

Taste features big woody vanilla along with chocolate, caramel, coffee, and big booze (how could it not). Lot of whiskey. All of these flavors seem so concentrated, too. Some sweetness, but really nowhere near as sweet as I thought it might be. Feel is thick and syrupy, but look at what you're drinking - this is one of those beers you could probably pour over your pancakes.

Drinkability gets thrown out the window. The desire to drink a whole bottle is there, yet I don't think I have the physical capability to do so. I'm thankful I have a couple bottles of this, but they will be brought out only when I can share them with interested parties. Definitely one for sharing.

Photo of ATPete
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

capped/waxed 750ml

I absolutely love the color, a warm brown orange color with just about zero head or head retention, just a sticky coating covering the glass it touched. Big, big aroma coming from this one, booze soaked raison, prune and fig notes, port soaked wood and some bourbon barrel, in seperate layers. Large body, near flat with some light carbonaion. Sweet caramel, toffe and wood initially on the palate, an almost out of place bitter vegetable note of steamed carrot hits the tongue briefly mid palate and then settles in for a long sweet finish paired with a very non offensive alcohol wave. Very well made beer, although 'young' right now it drinks very well for the power house that it is, i look forward to this bottle with a year or 2 of age on it but i think it will keep improving for many more to come.

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

Bottle courtesy of RoyMunson.

Pours a ruby brown in color that is still as night. No head to be form, still as can be.
Smells slightly of bourbon notes, some alcohol and some dark fruits. Taste is very nice bourbon flavors, some caramel malts. This is just a tad bit flat feeling. The carbonation is non-existent right now. The flavors are more than making up for it, but I would like just a little more lively mouthfeel. Medium mouthfeel, and it wants to be a world class beer, but it just doesn't bring the carbonation or is ready to. Decent beer, but the finish is off.

Photo of flannelman808
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: This bottle sais 75% oak aged 25% bourbon aged. 2009 anniversary. bottle number 0781.
This beer pours with a few very large bubbles, but has little or no head (not surprising given the 14.5% ABV). The color is sort of a deep murky brown/ocher hue.

Smell: I smell candied malts, and caramel. Brown sugar and bourbon barrel come through as well. With no head Im not getting a huge bouquet on this one.

mouthfeel: This beer has a oil slick quality on the tongue. It is a very long finishing brew as well.

Taste: Wow lots of complexity here. sweet malty goodness followed by a woody taste and then a nice hoppy bitterness. This beer works the entire palate over...twice. The finish is very long and ever changing. I also get some deep dark fruit with perhaps a little sour cherry as well.

At 14.5% I couldn't have to many of these, but its rather drinkable for its strength.

Photo of Floydster
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased at Hi-Time Wines in Costa Mesa, decided to open this up with Dave tonight but plan on aging the rest of my bottles, this is the third time I have had it now, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is a medium to dark brown with a lot of red in it, 1/2 inch creamy off white head, some decent retention, not much lacing, aroma consists of brown sugar, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, burned malts, molasses, butterscoth milk chocolate, and barely any bourbon which was a little disappointing but I guess it was only twenty five percent barrel aged in the blend, taste starts with burnt sugat and booze, toffee and caramel in the middle, finish has a hint of roast but mostly feeds off its huge malt base, also lots of alcohol in the aftertaste, gets more apparent the warmer it gets, some sweet caramel comes out later on, lots of vanilla in the finish by the end, hot, sweet, and fruity mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, light carbonation, taste lingers forever, could possibly drink the bottle but it is filling stuff and is sweet, booze are out in the open, some flavors are very pronounced right now, drinkability should improve as the years come, plan on drinking again, this stuff needs to mellow out a bit and I think it will be even better, recommended now and later

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

Pours dark cola brown, thick and somewhat murky looking, no head, just a small gathering of medium tan bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is some soft and sweet sugar and prunes. Also a good deal of coconut, as well as a large amount of fruitiness, like a fruit juice or orange juice, much like a pina colada. Taste follows with pina colada tropical fruit drink flavor, oranges, vanilla, woodiness, a hint of bourbon, some alcohol. Very rich and sweet, cut though by the alcohol strength, some prunes in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy in body, low carbonation, some dryness creeps in mid taste and grows towards a strong warming bite of alcohol at the back of the throat towards the finish. A very good beer, I think this could use some time in the bottle to let things settle out a little. Big and flavorful now though, congrats to the bruery on their 1st year. Thanks Carlos and Kyle for the opportunity.

Papier from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.