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Papier (Rye Whiskey Barrel) - The Bruery

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Papier (Rye Whiskey Barrel)Papier (Rye Whiskey Barrel)

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 177
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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: Overlord on 06-24-2009)
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Reviews by Floydster:
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Floydster

California

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%

750 ml bottle silver wax bottle shared by brotherliam yesterday, thanks again Bill for cracking this open, poured into a Bruery tulip glass, color is a muddy dark brown with a lot of red tint, absolutely no head, swirling the glass causing some wine-like legs but no real bubbles, aroma consists of huge toffee scents, oak, brown sugar, raisins, dates, milk chocolate, faint whiskey, vanilla, corn, hint of spice, and butter, flavor starts off with warming whiskey and sweet malts, oak and vanilla in the middle, finish has a good amount of dark fruits including raisins and red grapes, warms up with more oak and the residual brown sugars really come out, there is almost a nuttiness in the finish later on too, this stuff is not hot at all, especially considering each ounce is nearly half a shot of hard alcohol, sweet, okay, warming, slightly sugary, and thick mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, no carbonation, taste lingers for a long time, amazingly we finished this beer by ourselves after drinking a 750 ml of wild ale right before it, the drinkability is crazy, should receive a six out of five if possible, so smooth and the alcohol is hidden fantastically, not heavy at all, cannot wait to drink this again, highly recommended

09-13-2009 16:23:36 | More by Floydster
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jh1982

Nevada

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 17:36:21 | More by jh1982
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DJButters

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-15-2012 01:26:14 | More by DJButters
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

02-24-2013 05:34:41 | More by Hessian257
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nickd717

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle poured into glass at The Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. This is review #1450 for me. Yes, I do realize that is hardly a milestone and nobody cares. Deal with it. 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. This was the best of the Papiers, with a heavenly flavor that is likely to result in a beergasm when you first try it.

Pours a muddy brown color with minimal head. It's not very pretty appearance-wise, but the true beauty lies within, sort of like the girl Jack Black's character dated in "Shallow Hal." It is in fact one of life's great ironies that this beer is the same color as crap, but its aroma and flavor are the exact opposite. Not that I have ever tasted crap.

Aroma is amazing, with smooth rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak.

Flavor has all these same notes, coming together incredibly well, with a strong but not overwhelming rye whiskey presence.

Smooth and almost creamy on the palate, with medium-full body, not too boozy but having great alcohol warmth. Carbonation is low but not nonexistent.

This is very drinkable. If you are going to pony up something super-rare to trade for a -bal aged Papier, try to make it this one. It is absolutely LEGEN...wait for it, and I hope you're not lactose intolerant because here comes the...dary.

01-20-2010 00:24:59 | More by nickd717
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GRG1313

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-24-2011 18:44:29 | More by GRG1313
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -10.9%

05-06-2013 15:28:46 | More by claaark13
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Deep mahogany tones at first gave the impression of an Abyss, with nothing coming up from it, but a few seconds passed and a beautiful looking tannish colored head rose up from it. At least two fingers high,

rich deep caramel smell coming off of this, literally took me by surprise. Nice aroma of oak and alcohol mixing and swirling around with it now, really starting to pick up steam the warmer it got. rich earthy tones running rampant through it. The flavors, if at all possible turned out to be better then this. It was insane what I was sipping on here by this point. Almost at a loss for words, this was the old ale I had always searched for. I was thrilled to be having this. Deep malt bomb of the highest degree now taking shape all around me, utterly fantastic in every way. Warm oak infused notes of brandy like alcohol running over the tongue, so sweet and sugary. Long drawn out finish it was, really letting you savor every last bit of the enormous and utterly amazing flavor that this one provided. I am floored.Deep dark fruit now coming through for me, really started to actually dominate the scene all together. here comes that little bit of bitterness to wrap it all up. Wow, this was amazing.

11-21-2011 03:08:16 | More by mikesgroove
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largadeer

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Flat pondwater brown appearance, not exactly attractive, but what do you expect for a still 17% beer? The legs are pretty impressive, though; this is some seriously syrupy beer. The nose is big on the rye whiskey, but balanced with aromas of maple syrup, dates, figs, leather and spicy tobacco. All of the Papiers have smelled amazing and this one is no exception; truly one of the most decadent beers I've ever tried. The sheer weight of the beer is immediately felt on the palate, coating it with intense yet surprisingly balanced flavors of brown sugar, maple syrup, tobacco and hot, boozy whiskey. The stillness is completely to the beer's benefit, as it only enhances the full, rich texture. The finish is spicy, woody, tannic and sweet, yet the drinkability is surprisingly high - I'd have no qualms with finishing a bottle myself. Nice job, Bruery.

08-16-2009 22:38:15 | More by largadeer
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.9%

01-12-2012 07:47:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to Gil for sharing this fine beverage.

A: The pour is a muddy and hazy amber color with no carbonation and a few bubbles after the initial pour.

S: Lots of whiskey right off the bat with vanilla, oak, tobacco and leather being quite evident as well. The base beer provides a great sweetness to the nose with caramel, toffee, and molasses.

T: Really great rye whiskey flavor up front with oak and vanilla following closely behind. Caramel, molasses, and toffee provide a great sweetness too.

M: The body is quite full with essentially no carbonation or bubbles at all.

D: Like with all the Bruery Anniversary ales, very easy to drink despite the monster ABV. This one goes down super smooth.

09-07-2010 03:47:50 | More by womencantsail
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Crookdrain

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-04-2013 22:05:40 | More by Crookdrain
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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-19-2011 06:38:14 | More by Jstark5150
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Schmaltzy

California

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Had at the Bruery Reserve initiation.

A- Pours a hazy brown color with little or no head retention. Definately darker and murkier than original Papier.

S- Heavy rye whiskey scent with a nice toffee, candi sugar, figs, dates, brown sugar, dark cherries, and vanilla oak.

T- Wow!! Amazing taste, all of the scents meld together so perfectly. Definate rye whiskey flavors, but not overwhelming just very noticeable. All the flavors are there and blend together so well that it is just so delicious and I want more.

M- Heavy beer due to the large flavors and the rye whiskey, but very smooth and light carbonation makes this a great beer.

D- Drinkability is great, I could drink this whole bottle but it is definately not a session beer due to the very hidden 17% alcohol.

All in all this is a very delicious beer that I missed out on purchasing but I was lucky enough to try this awesome beer once in my life.

01-20-2010 19:25:36 | More by Schmaltzy
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Azrael


4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

02-09-2013 06:10:31 | More by Azrael
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MrFootstones

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

08-26-2012 19:21:36 | More by MrFootstones
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Thank you, Shane. This beer is incredible

A: Like the brandy, this is a very still pour, dark chestnut brown with no head or retention. Pretty gorgeous.

S: Big sweetness to open up with a whiskey along with an unmistakably spicy rye character. Alcohol is a little more noticeable on the nose, but this is fantastic, better than the brandy in the way that the complex sweetness melds with the booze character.

T: Opens up with a lot of whiskey, rye character and a lot of sweetness - brown sugar, honey - as well as a lot of dark fruit character - plums, raisins, dates. Similar to the brandy, but mellower and better integrated on the palate to enhance the drinking experience. Mildly nutty with toasted oak. Long sweet finish

M: Big, flat and sweet on the finish that's long and complex. Great booze character, long finish

D: Just incredibly drinkable, better than the Brandy version.

07-29-2009 21:14:55 | More by DefenCorps
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HopHead84

California

4.58/5  rDev +2%

Ah, the last of the Papier(s?). I consider myself lucky to have tried them all. They're truly remarkable beers. This was consumed at our "You Bring the Cheese" tasting held on 7/25/09-7/26/09.

Poured into my snifter, Rye Papier is nearly still, with a few small bubbles that disappear in the blink of an eye. The color is very dark brown, which is a bit lighter near the edges of the glass when held near light. An aggressive swirl brings the liquid to the top of the glass, yielding attractive legs as it slides back down.

I'm greeted with the aroma of spicy rye, which immediately distinguishes this from the other 100% barrel aged varieties. The alcohol is apparent but it's well masked. Other aromas are of wood, dates, and earthiness. Brown sugar is present, as well as rich toffee, maple, raisins, and a nice level of sweetness.

The flavor is of sweet dates, figs, and spicy rye. Rich toffee is evident, as well as some caramel and oak notes. The alcohol is powerful, but nowhere near the listed ABV, making this one dangerously drinkable. The sweetness is brown sugaresque, and it's incorporated into the finish, along with some warming alcohol heat and lingering spicy rye.

The carbonation is very low, almost to the point of nonexistence, but I find it complimentary to the beer and I find it enjoyable. This was my second favorite of the 100% barrel Papier(s?). Excellent beer!

08-03-2009 07:47:28 | More by HopHead84
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spycow

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

01-13-2013 20:03:32 | More by spycow
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OlieIPA

California

4.83/5  rDev +7.6%

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

A: Poured much darker than then the regular Papier...a mix of brown and black, but again...no head or lacing. If held up to the light, you get a tint of red piercing the outer edges of the glass.

S: Tons of maple...more than I picked up from the non-Rye Whiskey version with multiple spice varieties. The Rye adds a bite and somewhat artificial aroma...but in a good way.

T: Wow! Seriously...WOW! Probably one of the best tasting beers I've had! Firestone 11ish! Incredible! Tons of bold flavors and little complexities that I only come across once every six months...DUDE! Seriously! Onto the flavors! Robust maple and brown sugar with hints of caramel and Belgian Christmas spices. The rest of beer was made of dark oak and whiskey flavors that really accelerated the taste to new levels. The only knock...even though it was hidden well...was the evident alcohol hotness. Other than that, this is truly a "holy grail" type of beer when it comes to flavor.

M: Could have used a little more carbonation, but still mild enough to invigorate all the flavors on my palate. Slightly creamy....full-body...awesome!

D: Epic!

Overall: Better than or on par with any Firestone, Dark Lord, and Kate-like beers when it comes to taste. Get your hands on this! Cheers!

09-19-2009 17:16:49 | More by OlieIPA
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured a dark brown with maroon highlights with no head and virtually no lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was full of whiskey aromas with toffee and caramel notes popping out but I did manage to catch molasses notes as well. it also came with oaky vanilla aromas which really made the brew seem it might be quite sweet. Upfront on the palate I got a really nice chocolate, vanilla, and caramel burst of flavor alongside oak, toffee, molasses, and rye accents which had a whiskey punch as well; really complex. The brew was full bodied with almost no carbonation which had a sweet, creamy, and boozy finish. This one drank really good considering the big ABV and was easier to take down on a side by side with the regular papier; really good stuff.

09-12-2010 08:44:29 | More by Gobzilla
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -22%

05-23-2012 22:07:20 | More by seeswo
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

09-12-2013 18:27:48 | More by CityofBals
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2%

Thanks to nerd for breaking out all 3 BA Papier's!

Pours a muddled brown color, pretty much flat, some bubbles here and there. Nose is smooth whiskey and lots of sweetness in the form of burnt sugars, caramel, molasses. Flavor is a perfect mix of booze & sweetness. As with the nose, the flavor is all smooth whiskey and burnt sugars, caramel, oak, and vanilla. Medium body, light carbonation, sweet finish.

This basically drinks like a mix between a port & straight booze, similar to Utopias. This is my favorite variant of the three, and I'd love to have this one again. Something to really sip on over a long period of time and enjoy. Excellent stuff!

09-06-2012 00:21:29 | More by Sean9689
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

10-24-2013 08:08:21 | More by zestar
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Papier (Rye Whiskey Barrel) from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.