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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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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 176
Gots: 7 | 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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4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer with a hard pour produces a few bubbles, but mostly just has a heavy oily body and heavy legs. It is a nice dark cocoa color with a bronze gradient.

The smell on this one is probably the best aspect of the entire beer. I smelled lots of caramel and vanilla, more vanilla than anything. It has a great whisky and heavy booze smell that incorporates a heavy spicy rye smell thats intoxicating.

The taste is good with a mildly complex palate. It has hints of vanilla and smooth oak with some candied sugar and caramel. I feel like the strong smells that I were picking up were starting to become muddled with the overwhelming boozy flavor that this had. Lots of booze with some spicy rye in the background giving this an enjoyable complexity.

A good silky mouthfeel that has some heat. It is perfectly carbonated for this style, meaning there is very low carbonation. Either way, its a good beer.


Jmoore50, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of bulletrain76
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled at The Bruery's anniversary. Dark brown with a small head. Mellow whiskey, lots of wood, and smoke in the aroma. The flavor is a silky blend of smooth whiskey, vanilla, malt, brown sugar and wood. Full bodied and silky. The best of the three bottled versions, and it seems to have come out the best as a stand-alone beer, though I think that in the case of the Papier project, the final blend came out to be greater than the sum of its parts.

bulletrain76, Nov 07, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gobzilla, Sep 12, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Sean9689, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

womencantsail, Sep 07, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Shane for opening up this bottle at the 'You Bring the Cheese Tasting' which took place on July 25-26th 2009.

I had the chance to sample this one, all three in fact, at the Bruery's Anniversary party and this was my favorite of the three different barrel aged Papiers.

Pours very similar to the other 2 barrel-aged Papiers, a dark cola hue with a few bubbles but quite still.

Spicy barrel aromas and whiskey instantly hit the nose, drunken raisins, dates, oak, buttery, vanilla, caramel, a bit of grapes, and hints of chocolate. Big barrel and whiskey aromas but I feel this one is the least 'hot' of the three with the best marriage of beer and barrel.

Just like the aroma, the taste starts with a spicy note, barrel/wood flavors, oak, vanilla, raisins, dates, chocolate, and fruity alcohol in the finish. As the beer opens up and warms up a few degrees I can taste some toasted oak, almonds, oak, and brown sugar. Syrupy and thick on the palate with some residual sugar in the finish and on the lips. This is one of those beers you pour a few ounces of in a snifter and sip on it all night long. For the amount of alcohol this beer has it is very drinkable.

seaoflament, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, no head, but I really didn't expect it here. Nice mahogany colour.

S: Beautiful full barrel, whiskey notes. Oak, great integration, complex.

T: Heavy, heavy malt, gets sweet at the end but never cloying. Vanilla and oak, and a bit of spice, a bit hard to explain, but an outstanding taste. Lots of sweet toffee candy. Definite note of ethanol in the finish.

M: No carbonation, but the sugar and alcohol give a big, full body. Smooth and silky. Liken it to a dessert wine or port in some respects. Elegant.

D: This is a magnificent beer and makes me wonder why I waited so long to open this. Too bad I only have one. Drinking beautifully.

Halcyondays, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Limited release of 200 bottles, 50 held back, so 150 total released into wild. Lucky enough to snag 3 of them, so I figured what the hell, I'll treat myself to a nice -bal aged brew. I made sure to put my favorite coaster down on the table, and after securing my residence against the stray Bullfrog, I sat down to enjoy.

**one note: I am well aware of the "local brewery" effect. Check out my ratings, including Bruery scores. I call 'em as I see 'em. Damn, am I getting defensive already?

Top opened with no pop. Pours a murky reddish brown. Quite cloudy. Aggressive pour yielded a few bubbles, but really ... not much in the way of a head. Just some scattered frothing. I do love me some carbonation.

Smell did not aggressively thrust its -bal agedness into my face. It is a nice, mellow rye whiskey aroma, but integrated really well with a nice oak-y/woods-y smell, some brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruits and vanilla. The fruit-y character of Papier has definitely been subsumed here, but it still adds a nice complexity. Outstanding. I'd give it a 5.5.

Taste is not quite up to the expectations created by the smell. Good and balanced: the rye is blended well with the dark fruit/malt background, and a wholesome dollop of vanilla, brown sugar, and a belgian candi-like sweetness. It tastes good (I'd probably give it a 4.375, but I guess I'll round up ... I'll "fix" my score by slightly dinging the over-weighted appearance statistic), but it's a bit boozy.

The booze is hidden better than you might expect for a fresh-off-the-line 17% strong ale, but it will still come up and wallop you harder than the responses to your "ISO Gargamel" thread did. It became wearying, even for tastebuds/biceps like mine.

Oddly enough, though, it might actually be LESS boozy than the non-Rye version. Maybe stronger flavoring covering it up? The Rye admittedly consumes rather than compliments some of the aspects of the base beer (similar to what happens to Alesmith -bal aged Old Numbskull and Wee Heavy brews, but not quite as overpoweringly obliterating).

Drinkability is good for what the beer is (I tend to classify drinkability according to style). The beer is too flat, but ... it is so smooth I'll give it a pass. I'd give the brew some time.

Overlord, Jun 24, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Michael for sharing this gem. Served in a tasting snifter.

A - Pours mostly still with a few bubbles. It's a dark brown color, but a bit lighter in shade compared to BA Coton.

S - Booze, oak, brown sugar, sherry-like oxidation, rye whiskey, dark fruits, molasses. Gets significantly better as it warms, so don't drink this one too fast (there are other reasons to not drink it quickly as well).

T - Taste removes a large chunk of the booze from the equation. Starts with an intense blast of sweet old ale flavors - dark fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, etc. and then ends with a whiskey and oak finish. Probably not a true 5.0, but significantly better than a 4.5, and better than the nose for sure.

M - Slight warming, no carbonation, and a surprisingly dry tannic finish with little residual stickiness. Big and chewy full-body.

D - I actually topped up my glass once it was finished being passed around. Drinks like it could be 5% lower in ABV, and the lack of carbonation strangely makes it easier to put down. Think I preferred the Brandy version and BA Coton though.

MasterSki, Aug 16, 2010
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

HopHead84, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the bruery reserve initiation. I did a side by side of each of the 3 papiers. Rye first.

Pours no head. Color is a murky ruby hued caramel brown.

Aroma: dry, rye flavored, caramel, toffee, oak, and vanilla. Not to much on the nose, but it is very solid. I love the rye.

Taste: Way more flavor here. Big rye flavors, oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. I get some dark fruits here as well as a little heat. A very fine beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Very warm, but delightful. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The rye aging really made the papier a better beer. I wish I had more of this. I cannot believe that the abv is 17%. Hardly any of that shows.

mothman, Jan 29, 2010
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Papier (Rye Whiskey Barrel) from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.