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Papier (Bourbon Barrel) - The Bruery

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Papier (Bourbon Barrel)Papier (Bourbon Barrel)

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 182
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 0110x011 on 05-17-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

jbuddle, Feb 25, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled at the Bruery's anniversary. Dark brown with red tint and barely any foam. The aroma is an assault of rich bourbon, caramel, and vanilla, The sweet malty base is there, but the barrel dominates. The flavor is a mix of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and lots of bourbon. Lacks the hotness of the brandy version, though the bourbon is still the overriding characteristic. Full bodied with low carbonation and light stickiness. Smooth bourbon domination, but is a good way.

bulletrain76, Nov 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

claaark13, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

MrFootstones, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex & Bryna for this one. Big 750ml bottle with into mini-snifter.

A - Pours a reddish brown color, totally flat.

S - Well, there's probably some beer in here somewhere mixed with all this bourbon! Smells Burnt sugars, oak, bourbon, hot, dark fruit. If you enjoy bourbon, you'll enjoy this.

T - Uh yeah, bourbon. Not a crappy cheap bourbon note, but rich, smooth, a higher-end. Burnt sugars, dark fruit, oak. Like the nose, a lot of bourbon, smooth, sweet.

M - Body is medium, flat, oaky sweet finish.

O - If you like bourbon, you'll like this. A sipper for sure, no doubt. Really enjoyed this one, and at 17%, it's a nice after-dinner drink to split many many ways with friends. Recommend.

Sean9689, Aug 01, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, song on the stereo, Steve Miller's Jet Airliner,

A: Pours brown with no head, great colour and a nice viscosity to the look.

S: Great smell. Bourbon, wood, vanilla.

T: Wood, sweet bourbon, very good flavour. Vanilla on the finish. Tasty, but not as good as the rye. Still a little bit of booze on the back end.

M: Smooth, creamy, very full-bodied and viscous.

D: A real nice beer here. I like the rye barrel aged a little better, but I enjoy how the bourbon takes over in the end here with this beer.

Halcyondays, Feb 24, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass at The Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. Thanks to our massive beer-pooling efforts and relentless attacks on the tasting table, we were able to amass quite a bit of each -bal aged Papier incarnation. Bourbon was my least favorite of the -bal aged versions, but hey, that's like picking the biggest wimp in a roomful of Chuck Norris clones, is it not?

Pours a cloudy brown color, pretty similar to the color of one of those bears that you see on the Discovery Channel grabbing at salmon as they try to jump up a waterfall. Unlike those bears, this beer does not have a head. Pretty flat-looking.

Smells of sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon, vanilla, spice, and oak.

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. Definitely smoother and mellower than regular Papier, although not nearly as much so as Brandy & Rye Papier.

Body is fairly full and carbonation level is low, although not quite Angels Share low. (Side note: I just tried the latest release of Angels Share and it's actually carbonated, so this is the last flat Angels Share joke I plan on making! Congrats, Tomme!) The low carbonation works well in this beer. Really smooth on the palate, although not quite as smooth as the other -bal aged versions, which are at Rico Suavé levels of smoothness.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall a really solid beer, one I feel very lucky to have tried.

nickd717, Jan 20, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for this one. Bottle #353. Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Pours still. Ruby brown body, murky, some legs.

S - Surprisingly mellow for 17% (although still clearly boozier than Adam from the Wood). Dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, light oak. Extremely raisin-forward, with great complementary barrel flavors.

T - Taste is hotter than the aroma suggests. Lots of bourbon, oaky vanilla, dark fruits, raisins, prunes. Even though there is tons of brown sugar and caramel flavor it never seems to get cloying.

M - Again, nearly still with only the vaguest hint of carbonation. Full-bodied, with some moderate alcohol warmth and a lightly sticky finish.

D - Pretty drinkable for 17%, although I think 4oz is an appropriate serving size for this sort of beer. A very nice old ale, but not as good as Adam from the Wood, or even 100% BA Coton. As the Solera method works its magic, subsequent Bruery Anniversary beers should get increasingly smooth and mellow. That being said, it's nice to see where the magic started. I found the Brandy and Rye versions of Papier more interesting, and I hope those variants show up again in the future.

MasterSki, Jul 31, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and lots of bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors but it's still quite boozy.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 06, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the bruery reserve initiation. I did a side by side of each of the 3 papiers. Third was the bourbon.

Again, the appearance was very similar to the rye and brandy. Pours no head.The color was a murky ruby hued caramel brown. It seemed to be more hazy than the other two though.

Aroma: Big oak and bourbon flavors up front. Vanilla, toffee, caramel. This one was my favorite based off the aroma.

Taste: Lighter bourbon flavors than I was expecting. There was a lot more oak here. I was a little disappointed, because the aroma was so inviting. It has lots of vanilla, toffee, and caramel just like the other versions. This one just seemed to have a lighter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry with some heat.

Overall, this was my least favorite, not to say it wasn't bad. I was just a little let down after having the first two. Again, I am really shocked as how this beer hides the abv. Hardly any traces. I would still like to try this one again someday.

mothman, Jan 29, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bruery tulip glass and shared with Mauerhan and Tdizzle.

A: Poured very similar to a flat bottle of Bourbon Angel Share...sorry Lost Abbey. LOL. No head, no lacing...no real excitement going on with the look. When I held it up to the light, I was able to find this solid black mass surrounded by this lighter brown liquid...similar to miso soup.

S: Hot bourbon upfront with tons of maple and brown sugar. The spices that were easily noticeable in the other versions seem to be masked by the bourbon, but the oak backbone really kept my nose inside my glass for quite a while.

T: The first thing I noticed was the thin and alcohol-like bourbon flavor up front, followed by strong maple and brown sugar. Not as complex as the Rye Whiskey, but a bolder taste that reminded me of a better and woody version of Angel Share. I think the bourbon, and I'm being really picky here, masks the spices a bit too much. But overall, a near perfect flavor profile.

M: Almost zero carbonation and full-body.

D: A little too hot for me...but great flavor profile!

Overall: An excellent brew! Cheers!

OlieIPA, Sep 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Hessian257, Feb 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Alex for sharing.

A - Doesn't pour with much visible carbonation. Pretty thick looking. Brown bodied beer with some reddish highlights.

S - Nice caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Really everything you could ask for as far as an Old Ale goes.

T - Love the taste of this. It's slightly hot, but the bit of alcohol warmth is great with the caramel, barrel, and vanilla. Bourbon is great. This is a fantastic beer.

M - Full bodied, pretty low carbonation.

O - Fantastic beer, drinks well enough for something with this much ABV. Quite smooth. While it's a little more rough than the newest beer in this series, it's also less sweet and I like it a bit more. Would love to drink this again.

AgentZero, Nov 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

clarkenstein, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

One of the single-barrel versions that Patrick was popping on the hour at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary Party. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours cola brown with dark ruby highlights. No head whatsoever, but at 17% ABV, that kinda has to be expected. A quick swirl leaves wine-like legs streaming down the sides of my glass.

S - Insanely aromatic. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar abounds. Some dark fruityness from the original Papier comes through, with figgy, pruny notes. Some earthy leather in the back. The 17% makes its presence known with a whiskey-like sting in the nostrils.

T - Even more barrel influenced, if that is even possible. Huge bourbon and vanilla flavors, with toffee, caramel, and toasted oak as well. The fruityness pokes through just slightly, along with the leathery earth. This beer is miles deep. You get a new set of flavors with each sip.

M - Shockingly smooth. Thick and creamy. A bit on the syrupy side, with a tiny amount of heat, but nowhere near what one would expect at 17%. Mind-blowing.

D - This beer defines the term "sippin beer". 4oz would be more than enough for me, but it would be enjoyed for a long, long time. This is the kind of beer that you drink slowly, with about five other beer geek buddies.

The Bruery blew my mind over and over at this party, and this one was damn near best-of-show. Considering that Melange #3 won't be bottled (at least not any time soon), I think this is the beer that will move The Bruery fully into the upper echelon of Craft Brewers. Absolutely outstanding.

0110x011, May 17, 2009
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Papier (Bourbon Barrel) from The Bruery
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