Batch 108 | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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3.52 w/ 25 ratings
Batch 108Batch 108

Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Strong Stout w/ coffee.

Added by ppoitras on 04-16-2006

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by Bounty628:
Photo of Bounty628
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a rather non-descript label that really lends no help to discerning what the drinker is in for, Paper City Brewery's release Batch 108 is an interesting pour that even after drinking is really a bit difficult to tell what the mystery brew was meant to be.

Batch 108 pours an almost black with amber hues color that resembles he color of a good stout. Held to light, however, the amber color becomes much more noticeable.

Where this beer differs from a stout is that there was a very thin head that rather quickly dissipated. What did seem a bit odd is that for a beer with a rather thin off-white head there did seem to be a decent amount of lacing along the glass throughout the drink.

There is a very malty nose to this beer with hints of maple syrup and a deep roasted underlying smell. The malty smell of this beer is truly quite strong and there is almost a brown bread nature to the smell.

Where the unknown nature of what was expected in the brew truly shines through is in the taste of the beer. A unique at times smoked flavor then allows an almost coffee flavor to work its way into the taste. The malty smell noticed in the nose certainly holds true with the taste but there is also a good and hoppy flavor that highlights the taste.

There is a rather thin mouthfeel to Batch 108 that is more of a porter feel than it is a stout feel. The drinkability of the offering is quite good and there is very little carbonation or an aftertaste that is overpowering.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on tap at West Hatfield Mass.' Holy Smokes BBQ joint. Poured darkest mahogony, with a fine bubble, dark tan head. Leaving lots of fine lacing. Maple syrup malty nose. This is a nice malty lager, with notes of dark honey, caramel and dark grains. Medium bodied, moderate grainy drying hops late. Washed down the better then average (but not as good as Bub's) BBQ well.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.36/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed on May 21, 2006. Julios Spring Beer Festival. Aroma of distant chocolate dust. Pour of clear ruddied amber brown. Vapid sweet beer, with next to no real flavor. Watery and weak. Not too offensive, but certainly not worth drinking. Palate of light sweet sugars on water. Smack of toast.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with no bottling/expiration date or lot code noticeable. Sampled on October 26, 2009. It pours an oily dark black with a half inch creamy tan head and significant lacing on the glass. A rich chocolate malt aroma kicks off the sensations followed by a thinner but hopped scent. A full-bodied texture makes up the mouthfeel. The taste starts with a smoked and coffee flavor that dissolves into a clean hoppy aftertaste that tickles my tongue in an enticing way. I found this to be a nice little brew and had a few features evident in an Imperial stout.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack from Ryan and Casey's. The appearance seemed a little dull: no head, patchy lacing with a dark black color and amber in the light. Pretty good alcohol aroma with some pretty sweet malts. The taste is definitely smooth and creamy. A little smoky almost, probably the "old" aspect of the Altbier. Milky and malty. The mouthfeel works great in making this a nice, relaxing and lightly creamy beverage. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.43/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Crusty coaster notes from my personal postpartum ABF after, after party.

Pours out a greasy molasses hue & manages to even darken as it settles. Light tan head, but looking a little flimsy.

Big whiff of coffee that's more roast then filter. Somewhat acrid, like burning a batch of chocolate chip cookies. One-sided, but not offensive or totally boring.

Burnt chestnuts, coffee grounds, & a bit of oxidation, but with a subtly sweet creamer undertone. The roast gets richer as it goes down, hinting at dark chocolate, but it revels in ash & earth.

Soft carbonation, taking it a notch above watery. It's about all it can do for itself at this point.

Coffee beers are a novelty to me. So is Paper City at this point.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of IBUnit63
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into Alpine mug...

Deep, dark, viscous espresso-brown. Slight carbonation up to wisps of head. Didn't quite expect this - pretty imposing.

Lots of coffee - some licorice...maybe a cross between dried prune and vanilla bean in there, too. Slight hop pine and maybe grass. Impressive.

Heavy austere alcohol mixes with nice slate-ish espresso notes and bityter hop grass - this seems darker than an alt but what do I know? Borderline dry stout-ish but the astringency is a bit of a detriment.

Interesting stuff. The astringency of the alcohol dissipates with warmth. The coffee bitterness really rounds out with roasty malt after a while. Hearty finish.

This stuff is alright. Darker than I expected for the style but kind of a cool change-up. Paper City has never really disappointed me and this is no exception.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color with a thin cocao colored head. Sticky lace and superb retention all the way down the glass.

Smells of roasty chocolate malt, pumpernickel, and brown sugar.

Roasty pumpernickel malt with plenty of dark coffee. Long lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel has wonderful oatmeal silky smoothness but is way too thin.

Overall, great and very coffee driven though I think it's more of a stout or porter as opposed to an altbier.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.19/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Label states it is an "Extroidanary" ale. Don't know if they can't spell or they were trying to express some unknown attribute. Anyways, it's more about what *in* the bottle to me.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear ruby brown brew. Head doesn't move much at all, and lacing is sticky and lasting. Aroma is deeply of hearty grains, very impressive here. Taste exhibits the malt depth quickly upfront, and quickly gives way to ample crisp hoppiness. Mouthfeel starts smooth, gets a little choppy with the hops effect, with very nice drinkability. Great surprise for me here, esp since the bottle is so NONinformative, not even a style listed.

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Photo of JimmyK77
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This uber black beer pours with a matching, thick dark tan head. A beautiful thing for rich stout lovers, but the fairy tail ends there. It smells strongly of molasses and burnt sugar with some underlying hops. The flavor is dominated by that same molasses with a little burnt caramel and very bitter roasted barley. Besides these flavors, it really lacks the complexity of a good stout, and the sweetness and bitterness are too polar opposite to stand up without supporting intermediate flavors.

In the breweries defense - after searching the internet it appears that this beer may have been a one-time release in April 2008 (19 months ago). Hopefully, it was better at release. I considered holding back my review for this reason, not wanting to write a bad review simply because the beer was old. And I almost did, until I remembered that I got this beer from a friend who bought it at or near the brewery within the last few months. So if they continue to sell it, the its fair game to review.

Either way, I've had other 18 month old stouts that held up much better.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz'er procured as a single @ spirit haus. buying a sixer of PC is too risky, even for me.

label gives no indication what it is, other than 'extraordinary ale'.

decants an earthy brown with red hues, looks alot darker in the glass. BA style key says altbier, but i smell this shit and i get big, BIG rich mocha with a touch of special b caroby goodness. nice mouthfeel with a direct hit of coffee, something mysteriously tangy hidden underneath, like a cherryish hop tone. extremely drinkable and refreshing for something ~I'D~ best describe as a coffee porter. a tad bit thin in the body/finish, but carbonation is perfect and coffee lingers giving me an overall impression of flavorful, easy drinkin' beer. warmth definitely brings out an evil side, some of the flat metallic pucker that diner coffee exhibits, and an overall perception of increased thin-ness. drink cool, enjoy. one of the best paper city beers i've ever encountered, but when compared to the rest of the beer world?

solid. surprisingly so, as my lowest rating i believe out of 800+ is a paper city beer.

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Photo of Ecxeeder616
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of hwwty4
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IBUnit63 for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a dark, hazy brown with a 1-inch head that faded into just a thin rim around the glass, leaving no lacing. This beer reminds me more of a strong ale then an altbier. The aroma is chocolaty, with a nice espresso aroma mixed with just a hint of vanilla. The flavor is espresso beans, with a good mixture of vanilla bean and toffee. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking but it kind of seems that I always feel that way about strong ales. This is a good beer, easily drinkable but I do have quite a bit of an issue with it being labeled as an altbier. Seems much more like a strong ale then an altbier.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This specialty brew is a deep dark opaque brown color with just a sketchy light tan cluster of tiny bubbles on top and modest lacing. The aroma brings a mild coffee and milk chocolate, pretty much like a tasty stout. The flavor is again a nice chocolate soda with coffee bitterness emerging in the finish. I like it. It’s a bit thin, but it has a nice fizzy carbonation that keeps it satisfying and refreshing despite the style. Bitterness is dominant without overdoing it, somewhat mellowed by sweet malt and quite a drinkable brew. Nice.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.68/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of a trade with steelersxl. Thanks, Joe!

Shared with Sandstone. These days I find I need a witness to confirm the things I say in my reviews.

A: Pours, uh, black. Looks like a stout, as it is classified on the site. One finger of mocha head with good retention, some lacing down the glass.

S: ...Feces, cigarette ash, and compost. I'm not making this up. It develops into roast and chocolate as the beer warms, but those things never go away. I am so glad that I had a second person there who came to the same conclusions. Bad bottle? I don't know.

T: I can't really speak as to what feces taste like, but it's ashy and tastes like I licked a garbage can. As it warms, those qualities recede in favor of roasted grain and espresso. Hints of cherry. Earthy hops. Some chocolate.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation (maybe a bit high for the style).

D: Not... so... great. I can only surmise that this was a bad bottle, but I'm leaving it up because it will help people compare notes if they have the same experience.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark lovely black with woody highlights. A somewhat aggressive pour brings forth a frothy 3 finger milk chocolate head. This quickly falls, leaving a few sticky strands of lace.
Aroma is chocolate and perfumy. I don't know what exactly causes the perfume characteristic in dark beers, but I know I don't like it. Dark fruits sneak in behind.
Taste starts smooth, malty. The perfume characteristic moves in. The finish is moderately bitter, with a roasted chocolate flavor returning.
Somewhat watery body with low carbonation. Not much here, other than a strange, hard to place, drying astringency.

This seems like a brew that's going good places but then reads the map upside down. There's several strong characteristics that just don't go anywhere.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paper City, Batch 108*

Poured black into a pint glass. As dark as a stout, no light can be seen through it. Chocolate powder brown head with a white fluffy head top. Looks like a Guinness, even in the pour: a large waterfall of beer between the beer and foam, one trying to go up, the other trying to go down. Sticky cobweb-like cling left on the glass.

The aroma is bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, bourbon and oak barrel, strong and robust. Smells like a lot of black, bitter malt is used, as well as smoked malt. Bitterness of black coffee.

Not as bitter as expected in the taste. Smoked malt with wafts of Laphroaig or Green Label Scotch whisky. The flavor is intense and robust and the body is thick and heavy. There is aged wood, bitter chocolate and dark roast brewed coffee. Gloriously balanced! The bitterness is kept at bay and the coffee is evened out with chocolate. Finishes with a combo of bitterness, sweetness and coffee--Perfect! Amazing every sip.

Chewy, thick and full mouthfeel, almost like Hubba Bubba bubble gum. Really thick! Lazy in the mouth, even creamy.

Drinkability is high. Goes down surprisingly easy for a dark, thick beer. The smell makes you think twice about having another, but the taste and smoothness forces you to reconsider. A exceptionally easy drinking thick beer with a helluva lot of flavor. Perfectly drinkable.

Wow! I don't even know what this beer is--Robust Porter, I would guess. The label explains nothing and leaves you hanging, only left to guess what it might be. It's a bitter, dark, robust and thick heaven for persons who like the style. High marks--they are doing something right in the City of Paper!

*I just found out this is a supposed to be an Altbier. I would call this a robust porter, but not an Altbier. So take into consideration that reviewed this not know what it was, or t hinking I know what it was.

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Photo of reeder
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured darker than expected. somewhat weak head, but sticks around nicely. looks very carbonated. wow, its a really deep dark brown.

yum, chocolate on the nose. bitter finish.

hm, not sure what to think after the first sip. its hard to get any distinct flavors. its crisp and kind of nutty. it doesn't taste as chocolaty as it smells. quite bitter, but it finishes quickly and crisply. after a few more sips, i'm getting a bit of cardboard. its not repulsive, but not the best flavor.

Overall, this seems like a mediocre porter to me. I don't have much experience with Altbiers, so I'm not sure how it stacks up. The batch 108 is fairly drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of Batch 108 at Julio's in Westborough.

Appearence - Poured a lovely brown amber with a finger thick head that quickly dissipated.

Smell - Wow! A great aroma with prominent dark chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste - A nice smooth and mellow taste fitting for an altbier. Very nice progression from a malty nutty middle to a slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium, busy, almost too much carbonation.

Drinkability - I would have no problem putting a couple of these down. I will be getting some more.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this last night. Very mysterious beer IMO by sheer virtue of the fact that there is little to no information on the bottle. Pours a reddish brown, with little head. The color on this beer is very appealing. Smell is a little unsettling, with some off aromas of burnt coffee and char. Taste on the other hand is very enjoyable, with lots of smokiness, bitter hops, and a buttery center. Mouthfeel is right in the middle. Drinkability is pretty decent on this one. Despite some weird complexities, I keep coming back for more. This is a strange beer in that it doesn't really resemble an Altbier to me...reminds me more of a smoky porter. Either way, worth a try. Cheers to the guys in Holyoke.

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Photo of GDMFSOB
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Hoppy like an IPA, but a little thin. Nice rusty brown color with a small off-white head. All hops with a little smokiness and alcohol tinge. Aside from the smoke and the thin mouthfeel I would call this a nice American IPA. The thin mouthfeel actually makes it more drinkable than most IPAs (I know it's not really an IPA). Paper City is a dice roll, but this particular selection is a definite winner. Great to match with stronger selections because it is easy to put down, but can still maintain its characteristics after a palate killer like a good quad or barley wine.

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Photo of BitterBrian
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep garnet or mahogany into my shaker pint glass. No real head present, but I did pour it on the cold side. It is leaving very little lacing.

The smell, in my opinion, is the best attribute of this beer. Smells of very nice, mellow bittering hops. Nothing too strong. Sort of along the lines of a dark ESB. The hops meld with some lightly roasted malts creating a very inviting smell.

The taste was also close to a dark ESB, or a Scottish Ale. If I had to create the best picture of it, I would cross a Belhaven Scottish Ale with an average/weak ESB. It is very drinkable (as any beer would be in this record heat), but I don't think it is anything out of the ordinary. Perhaps that is why they didn't spend much time being creative with the name?

I'd still drink it again and am curious about Paper City's other offerings.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 108, an extra courtesy of IBUnit63 - thanks!! Split with a friend, w/ my portion poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, syrupy black-bodied brew with a tan, two-finger head, fine-bubbled and sticky, with pretty impressive retention. After it fades, there are plenty of patches of sticky, sheetlike lacing. Leaves nice rings as you sip, as well.

Aroma: Dirty, thick, earthy coffee grounds dominate, with slight hints of fudge and other toasty malts. This one's malt heavy, and though it's pretty straightforward, it's also pleasant. Doesn't smell like any altbier I've ever stuck my nose in though ...

Taste: Nor does it taste like one. Heavily toasted malts, espresso notes, dirt, a healthy dose of bitterness, and toast constitute the majority of the malt profile. A few light fruity notes, faintly tart and well buried in the mix emerge as it warms, as do other malt intricacies - slight brownie, caramel. Really intense in the coffee notes on this one, whew.

Mouthfeel: Big bubbled and spritzy. I find this sort of strange, actually, given the relatively thick body on this one. I actually cracked this bottle when I did because of a fear that it might not be properly capped - the edges of the cap seemed splayed in a strange fashion. No worries though, as this one's large and in charge.

Drinkability: No way to tell what the abv% was on this one, but I detected no heat, so it can't lose any points there. However, I'll be damned if this is an altbier, so it loses points here (and generally) for being something ... well, something crazy. However, other than that, I found it an interesting and tasty if exotic trip, and a good introduction to Paper City for me. Many thanks again to IBUnit63!

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Batch 108 from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Beer rating: 56% out of 100 with 25 ratings
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