Papa Bois - Mystery Brewing Company

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Mystery Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-31-2012

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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 6
Photo of LehighAce06
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Another wayyyy overcarbonated offering from Mystery. Not very flavorful. Body is right, but a little too much sweetness.

Photo of vwbus7
3/5  rDev -18.9%

The only reason i'm selecting three is because this is the first brew I got from this brewery and I don't want to give it a bad score over something that can happen.

The first thing I noticed about this brewery is how they cap the beers. Of the three styles my local grocery store had I noticed a circular indentation on the caps and just thought it was odd.

Upon opening the beer I encountered a gusher or infection of the beer.

I decanted the remaining beer into a glass and observed very large carbonation
bubbles and a odd smell but was willing to taste it because i just had goat cheese for a snack and was thinking my "smeller" was off.

And naturally I had to taste it......bluh

I will buy another bottle and try again in hope that the mysterious ring on the cap is just a fluke.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives coffee brown with a very nice mocha-colored head that persists and laces impressively

Smell: Roasty, with coffee and surprising lemongrass tones

Taste: Roast, chocolate and coffee, as you would expect from a stout, but the lemongrass character is a surprise; finishes dry, though the lemony aspect lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Apparently, this style of stout is not uncommon in the Caribbean though that would be a mystery to me; what I do know is that I enjoyed it very much

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an imperial nonic a crude oil black with a great looking bubbly dark mocha colored head that settles very slowly.Wow the rush of lemon really hits in the nose,the mix of lemon and dark roast coffee is interesting and a little odd,there is a real earthiness as well.The lemony flavors are big on the palate but they don't overpower the actual "stoutness" of the beer,unsweetened chocolate,earth,and deep roast play a big role as well.A different kind of export stout,the lemon grass is pretty damn big.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap at Serena in Research Triangle Park, NC

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of dark amber highlights and just a touch of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of coffee, lemongrass, and lemon/citrus.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavors of this beer start out with light to moderate amounts of dark roasted malts with a hint of freshly ground coffee and chocolate. Next, there are some lighter note of lemon/citrus and a moderate amount of lemongrass. Moderate amounts of bitterness towards the finish that fade quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is interesting as there is some upfront sweetness with moderate bitterness in the finish but yet it does not complete come off as balanced - the addition of the lemon and lemongrass is interesting but maybe a bit overpowering. The alcohol is very well hidden but this is largely a slow sipping beer for me and not as refreshing as I had hoped for...

Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh on 8/30/12.

A - pitch black with a thick, brown head that has great retention

S - faint lemon

T - faint roasted malts, faintly bitter, faint coffee, lemon all over the place

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, very smooth

I found this beer odd, but intriguing. The lemongrass and lemon zest can be found throughout the flavor and in every sip. At first, I was underwhelmed but I really did start getting into it by the end of the pint. The lemon does a great job cutting the boldness and bitterness of the roasted malts which gives this beer an incredible drinkability. For 7% it's quaffable and refreshing; a stout for those hot days. I wish only that more of the traditional stout aromas and flavors came through in both the nose and taste. Otherwise, this was a unique (to me) beer that I enjoyed.

Papa Bois from Mystery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.