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Papier (Brandy Barrel) - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Papier (Brandy Barrel)Papier (Brandy Barrel)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 142
Gots: 10 | 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: Overlord on 07-12-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

MrFootstones, Aug 26, 2012
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Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little to no carbonation, forced pour yielded the smallest rust colored semblance of a thin ring around the top. Beer was very dark brown. Aroma was a reprieve, boozy, sweet, vanilla, oak, brandy, quite yummy together.

Taste was similar to that in the aroma. More dark fruit, booziness was more subdued amazingly. Coconut seemed to come out in the taste, or it could have just been my interpretation of the vanilla, oak and whatnot altogether here. Additional flavors of brown sugar, toffee. Creamy texture and mouthfeel to it all, coconut just seemed pretty well represented. Just wish there was more carbonation for this, while I think a low amount is proper, almost none at all is not ideal.

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing it to March Madness '10, but we didn't get around to it, glad he held it off until the baseball game last week. Prolly would have never got to try it otherwise.

Beerandraiderfan, May 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photekut, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

mikey711, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Hessian257, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. The brandy version was much better than the bourbon and regular Papiers, but not quite up to the level of the ridiculously awesome rye Papier.

Pours a muddy brown color with minimal head.

Aroma is amazing - brandy, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak.

Flavor has all these same notes, coming together really well, with a strong but not overwhelming brandy presence. This is reminiscent of one of the better vintages of Angels Share.

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

Drinkability is high. A really great beer overall. Bummer I'll probably never have it again, as rare as it is.

nickd717, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a taster. Opened my Papier and then Diego pulled this out. Nice. Bottle 739 I think.

Appearance - No real head. Minute amount of a collar. Murky brown body.

Smell - Much like the base, but with a brandy aroma. Vanilla, tons of caramel, and brandy. Also slightly oxidized.

Taste - Stronger brandy than I expected. Lots of caramel. Less oxidized than regular Papier. More caramel as it warms. Fruity and nice complementary brandy.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Slick feel. Oxidation is nice on this one too.

Overall - Not better than the regular Papier. Never a true brandy barrel fan.

Alieniloquium, Mar 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

GRG1313, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

claaark13, May 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

CraftEyeDoc, Feb 03, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for sharing these, Shane.

Murky brown in color, incredibly thick and oily with no head whatsoever.

The aroma is loaded with big boozy brandy barrel, and an equally enormous malt backbone supports it. I get vanilla, molasses, raisins and a touch of wood and soil. Intense but so damn good.

It tastes like it smells; rich, sweet and incredibly alcoholic. Flavors of vanilla and caramel from the barrel compliment the leathery, fruity base beer beautifully. The stillness works nicely with a beer of this size, as it only serves to enhance the full body. The finish goes on seemingly forever, bringing out flavors of maple syrup, leather and woody tannins. This drinks like a vintage port - amazing stuff.

largadeer, Jul 31, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ChrisPro, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to Photekut for breaking this bottle open at the Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate release. This is one I certainly never thought that I would come across! Served in a SAVOR snifter.

The pour brings a very dark brew with some copper highlights. A hard pour brings forth a bit of foam that recedes quickly, leaving just a few bubbles along the sides. The nose is explosive with huge notes of brandy and oak, accompanied by some vanilla, sherry, dark fruits, and plenty of caramel malt. Very sweet and integrated with just a bit of booze, though certainly nowhere near 17% abv worth.

The flavor is even better. The brandy stole the show a bit in the nose, but is extremely well-integrated here. The brandy, oak, and vanilla play very well off of each other and the caramel sweetness is a welcome addition to the background. Just enough booze to pull everything together. Very full mouthfeel with just a bit of alcohol and low carbonation. An excellent sipper to be sure. This further reinforces my desire to seek out the other two variants.

Thorpe429, Jul 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

AgentZero, Jun 24, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for bringing this one to share.

A: The pour is a completely flat yet crystal clear amber color with a few small bubbles from a vigorous pour.

S: The smell is rich and full of sweet caramel, molasses, toffee, and vanilla. The brandy blends in seamlessly with the base old ale and the dark fruits such as raisins, plums, and some others that I can't quite pick out.

T: The flavor is rich and sweet, featuring brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. The brandy and sweet fruits provide a bit of contrast and lighten the beer up, and the oak adds a bit of a tannic note.

M: The carbonation is non-existent, but the body is quite full and rich.

D: Sure, you can't sit down and enjoy the full 750 ml bottle of this beer, but you could certainly get yourself in some trouble. A delicious, delicious beer that has mellowed nicely.

womencantsail, Sep 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Crookdrain, Mar 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Jstark5150, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

556th Review on BA
Bottle to Chalice
750 ML waxed and capped

Bottle # 637

Split with Callmecoon

App- It was a very flat dark cloudy light brown with zero head and/or retention. Very spirtit like in appearance.

Smell- This was very highlighted vanilla with a lot of caramel and malts. The brandy was very noticeable with some whifs of the darker fruits as well.

Taste- The brandy really mellows this one out. It was big for sure but subdued in how much it hits. The pairing of the malts and the vanilla with the brandy aging really produces a lovely flavor. Some of the fruit is there later in the drink.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a low carbonation level. No dancing bubbles. Leaves a lovely vanilla brandy finish.

Drink- When the Bruery announced it was doing a Cellar reserve list. I got giddy at these variants being put out. I wasnt dissapointed.

FosterJM, Jun 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks, Shane! This beer truly was a treat

A: A still pour, mahogany in color with reddish highlights. The way this beer coats the glass is beautiful, earning an extra half point for some gorgeous legs

S: Big brandy aroma on the nose with brown sugar sweeness. Alcohol is apparent on the nose, but nothing to suggest the 17% level that it's at. Rich and fruity with apples, plums and raisins, this is rather decadent

T: Opens up with a big brandy character with a lot of sweetness present - sugar, dark honey. This tastes like a liquid fruit cake in some ways. The brandy is excellently expressed, and lends a big, juicy bite on the way down. Warms your innards on the way down in a very pleasant way.

M: Big in body, the stillness enhances the thick, liqueur-like character of the beer. Sweet on the finish with a lot of complexity, this beer is far from cloying, especially with the way the brandy is expressed.

D: To borrow from the experience of the guys at Brewdog - this is an irresponsible beer to make. I really could drink myself to death with this. Phenomenal

DefenCorps, Jul 29, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff! Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a muddy reddish raisin brown with a thin bubbly head that quickly faded into a short lived collar.
S: Strong notes of dark fruits mixed with brandy. Very sweet smelling. I get maybe a hint of oxidization as well. Very rich, boozy and strong smelling.
T: Much tamer than the nose suggested. The flavor is neither as sweet nor as boozey as I had dreaded. I get tons of leather, vanilla and tobacco. Dark fruit notes are there as well. The beer is definitely brandy forward but it is very drinkable and smooth. Caramel, oak and chocolate in the aftertaste.
M: The alcohol is hidden extremely well for how high it is. Thick body, low carbonation, greasy, thick, smooth and heavy mouthfeel.
O: Drinks very well, I was surprised, especially for how potent the nose is. A few ounces is still all I could handle. Thanks again Jeff.

scottfrie, Dec 30, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared with alexd3891 and some other friends.

Pours virtually no head atop a deep, port-colored body. Looks like a port.

Smells of rich brandy, prunes, and some other intense aromas. A really deep *whiff* yields a lot more booze than I would like, even if it is brandy-barrel aged. Also yields some chocolate and leather snaps.

Flavors of brandy, brandy, and more brandy. I might as well just be drinking the damn spirit as it overpowers anything else this beer could have offered. A very limited flavor spectrum.

The mouthfeel is thin and hot.

Overall, and with all due appreciation to Alex for providing it, I was disappointed. I guess it's alright, but the taste has very little complexity, no subtleties. And the mouthfeel just kind of sealed the fate of this one.

jminsc76, May 12, 2010
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Papier (Brandy Barrel) from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.