Papier | The Bruery

224 Ratings

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Papier is our first anniversary ale, loosely brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain. The traditional first anniversary gift is something made of paper. The Bruery is giving their loyal fans the gift of Papier, their first anniversary ale. Layered with complex flavors of dark fruit,vanilla, oak, and burnt sugar, Papier is a robust ale, surely the perfect beer to mark our first big milestone. Best for sharing, this beer is ideal for cellaring until you have a celebration of your own…if you can wait.

Added by Halcyondays on 05-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this one thanks to some good friends:

A: Very dark with a nice gold tint around the edges. No head at all.

S: Intense boozy scent. Might even be a little more than you expect for a 14.5%. Hints of dark fruit scent.

T: Very boozy with hints of caramel and dark fruits. The booze definitely overpowers a little, but not in a bad way. I like the boozy taste of this.

M: Slight carbonation and very sticky.

D: Goes down a little tougher because of the booziness. Still very good and gets you feeling good.

All in all this is a great beer to have on a special occasion where you don't need to drive later on. As long as you like the hard liquor taste in your beer, this one will definitely impress.

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Photo of Tom8Analise
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We opened this beer for my 22nd b-day!"Which is today" It's number 1915..

A- Pours a nice dark brown with no head at all.

S- Smells like a caramel apple that was fermented.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. Tastes like apple cider that was spiked ! Very delicious indeed and Very sweet and satisfying!

M- Mouth feel is very smooth .. Has absolutely no carbonation at all.

D- Drinkability is good but we would definitely recommend aging this beer for a few years.. the alcohol is soo overwhelming that you can't enjoy all the flavors that this beer has to offer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a few large, migrating bubbles on top that quickly evaporate.

Smell: Rich, expressive aroma. A veritable deluge of sweet-scented notes, everything from caramel sauce to chocolate powder to those lil' charred crème brûlée tops. And such a wealth macerated fruitiness, too! Why, it's a real treat to be sniffing around this glass.

Taste: Sweet fusion of deep, dark caramel and vanilla beans with burnt, cauterized sugars and a good pinch of Dutch cocoa. The brew warms the palate nigh instantaneously and this easily makes way for the crashing waves of oaky, bourbonesque flavors to roll on in. And this one has quite a pronounced fruitiness (not that it was a surprise given the nature of the aroma) -- plenty of juicy figs, raisins, plums, and sweet cherries. Perhaps there's maybe even a small hint of smokiness in there as well. Certainly has an abundance of sweet fruitiness on the warming, heady, oak-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Lightly sticky, almost chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A slow, but oh-so satiating sipper. Plenty of oak character, but also heaps of bourbon barrel character as well even though it only represents 25% of the blend. Definitely give this one a try if you come across it!

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2042 of 4777 shared with some friends on 8/22. from notes.

Pours a brownish color with ruby highlights and streaks of tan. No head forms, but bubbles are abundant and struggle to form the slightest film.

Aroma is really mindblowing. It took me a while to figure out everything that was going on here. Raisins, dates, cherries, roasted nuts, vanilla sweetness, caramel and bourbon soaked fruits. Toasted malts and yeast esters. Toffee and chocolates... a toblerone bar. If I had to describe it in one word... 'decadent' might be appropriate... or would it be 'rich'? And yes, of course there is some alcohol apparent, but that is ok, right?

Taste follows the aroma but with less complexity due to an unbalanced initial sweetness. After the first few sips, it isn't hard to detect the similar complexity in the flavor as is apparent in the aroma. Alcohol is apparent and warming, low carbonation works well with the flavor profile here.

Mouthfeel is not what I would expect at all for a beer of this ABV. It was nice and creamy, coating. Drinkability is great for its ABV, but having said that, I wouldn't be eager to split this bottle any less than 4 ways. Alcohol becomes more and more overwhelming as the glass gets closer to room temp, but in the grand scheme of things, this is really an amazing beer. Can't wait to see how much better this gets over time.

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Photo of nkersten
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a murky brown with no head despite a vigorous pour. Thought it was still, but after some swirling around there are some tiny bubbles forming around the middle and edge.
S- Booze, lots of malt complexity that end up smelling like raisin and dark fruits, some more booze, some sweet oak charcater.
T- Very sweet caramel, vinous dried fruits, slightly boozy but not nearly as hot as you would expect for a 14.5% brew. Some oak, a little bourbon in the finish.
M- While not flat, this one is as close as you can get. At the bottom end of carbonation for the style, but probably within range. Heavy body coats and leaves a warming feel.
D- I probably should have shared this one as I dont know if I can finish the whole 750ml on my own. This is a big beer with a lot of strong flavors, probably best saved for the serious old ale fan.

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Photo of scootny
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep dark brown with a thin tan head. A ring of bubbles and some spots and streaks on the side of the glass. A bit underwhelming but still pretty.

Smell is where it picks up. Rich malt, fruity and port like. This is something different. Figs, dates, raisins and some sweet alcohol. Brown bread and burnt sugar with toasted pumpernickel.

Taste returns to the port simile. This is like a cross between an old ale and port wine. Or maybe a low carbonation version of a port. Either way I like it very much. The dark breads and dark fruits combine sweetly and integrate with the barrel characteristics to create a new take on the style. Chocolate cherries and rum cake. Rum soaked two year old fruitcake. Some vanilla and soy sauce. Malt core flows through and says beer, not wine buddy. Layer upon layer unfolds with each sip. Alcohol is just there but ducks away to reappear in the finish. Hops are mild as they should be but scrub the mouth enough to leave a dryness in the middle of the malted fruitiness. Graham and raisins linger with light alcohol esters. Feel is lightly syruped with just a touch of carbonation. A full but just short of thick brew.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a beer of this weight. This is a bottle for after dinner at Thanksgiving or other large gatherings. Each sip is to be savored and spaced appropriately.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark cola brown (lighter than expected) that fades to a dark amber around the edges. Pours with little to no carbonation, I choose to tack this up to stylistic choice - and a good one given the flavor.

S - dark fruits (prunes, dates, apricots, dare I say persimmons), alcohol in general and bourbon in particular. Wow. I'm impressed

T - Lives up to the smell. Very strong and robust dark fruits and bourbon, but accompanied by a light buttery, caramel flavor. Cocoa nibs and coffee round out the deliciousness. Again, very impressed yet again by the Bruery.

M - Heavy but fits the flavor. Too much carbonation would detriment the perception of the amazing complexity of the flavor. Flows, doesn't bubble, across the palette.

D - Not a session beer, but not intended to be. Would be excellent with a nice German chocolate cake...I think I'm in love!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a dark rich mahogany, almost no head, juts a thin ring of lace around the rim

S - oomph, big dark fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, dates; some dark molasses and even some hints of bourbon

T - wow, dark ripe fruits, like cherries or strawberries, rich butery sweets as well, toffee, vanilla, and caramel, the bourbon notes are still present as well

M&D - complex, thick, syrupy, heavy bodied, a supreme Old Ale. layers and layers of flavor, super smooth and in addition a well hid 14.5% well done Bruery

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Photo of boatshoes
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Capone's in Norristown. Excited to try it even though it says it is quite cellarable.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown tinged with crimson. Just a very fine ring of head with minimal lacing and very low carbonation. The color of the beer looks very nice in the light, despite the lack of head and carbonation.

Smell- A very interesting mixture. Picking up on some interesting cherry, vanilla, tobacco, and slight bourbon. Wood is evident, but I really get the cherry and vanilla most heavily in the nose.

Taste- More of the same. Lots of vanilla, cherries, tobacco, some bourbon warmth, and a touch of wood. Quite complex and intriguing.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just a touch thin, emphasized a bit by the lack of carbonation. However, the complexity of the taste makes this one quite drinkable despite the strength. I'll have to pick up one or two more of these to age, as I agree with the aging potential.

Overall, interesting and complex. Pick it up if you get the chance. I suspect this one will get much better with age as well.

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Photo of bum732
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, murky with no head. Some bubbles on the outside. Smells of cinnamon rolls, predominant oak, very bready, some dark fruits, raisins in particular, some bourbon, unbelievably complex. Tastes of sweet caramel breadiness with dark fruit undertones. A nice wave of breadiness follows with something slightly funky, cheesy almost. Virtually no bitterness, just a touch at the end, very sweet. Ends with a very nice wave of chocolate roastiness with some oak and bourbon. Almost no carbonation, nice sweet mouthfeel, alcohol is scary hidden.

A very interesting beer, lots of complexities. The cheesy funk was something i couldn't get past, perhaps it was a combination of oak and some other flavor that tasted off. I would also have loved a bit more carbonation, this beer was almost flat. That said, i was blown away by the different flavors that passed over my tongue with every sip, one after another, incredibly complex. A very sweet beer and a treat, careful of the alcohol, dangerously hidden.

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Photo of ricke
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy color. Viscous. A minimal brown head consisting of big bubbles settles fast and leaves minimal lacings.

S: Lots of powerful aromas. Molasses, brown sugar, raisins, leather and vinous fruits. Hints of boozy bourbon and alcohol. Very complex.

T: The taste is very sweet with rich malty flavors. Notes of vinous fruits, molasses, vanilla and oak. Leather, bourbon, raisins, toffee... feels like I can sit forever and pick out different components. Very impressive. The finish is somewhat bitter and is characterized by a pleasant well integrated warming flavor of peppery alcohol.

M: Full-bodied with some carbonation. Very smooth.

D: A very impressive beer. Complex and balanced, rich and heavy. Despite the massive sweetness, it doesn't get one-sided, due to a whole range of interesting aromas.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

-75% Oaked aged ale, 25% ale aged in burbon barrel. 2009 anniversary ed. Bottle #3211 14.5% abv.

A: Poured a murky, dark mahogany with a sparse soapy/bubbly head that failed to cover the surface and quickly dissipated to a polished surface.

S: The nose is filled with dry burbon with alcohol soaked vanilla bean. Hints of oaky barrel woodiness is evident coming through nicely along with sweet dried molasses. Dark fruit of prunes and whiskey soaked raisins also prevail. Overall a boozy scent with sticky dried caramel sweetness and a dry burbon finish makes for a good warming start.

T: The flavor is big and boozy with a caramel sweetness and dried burbon alcohol adding warmth. The booziness really comes through strong that transcends from the mouth to the pit of the stomach. The complexity is abundant here with a strong showing of burnt dried molasses, whiskey laced prunes and raisins, vanilla bean, creamy caramel and a oaky dry woodiness providing a deep warming sensation to go along with the boozy 14.5% abv. The finale is a big intense alcohol warming of boozy burbon that was dry and well lingering (4-5 seconds) topping things off.

M: full bodied and silky smooth, like velvet on the tongue. No carbonation was present as the beer slides effortlessly around for a very smooth experience.

d: Good drinkability but at 14.5% abv it will make an honest sipper out of you. A bomber may be a bit much and is best shared with a friend or two. No need to rush through this one, it took me an hour to tackle this behemoth monster by myself, just sit back, relax and feel the warmth and complexity, just make sure you don't have to work the next morning. The label says this beer could age for decades, no complaints there, so I would suggest at least 5-10 years to take the edge off a bit making for a more smooth and rounded experience. My advice, treat yourself to two bottles one now and one for aging, it will be worth looking forward to.

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Photo of Tdizzle
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into my Bruery tulip glass, Papier pours the color of root beer. Completely opaque with almost no head or lacing even after an aggressive pour. A super thin ring of dark-tan foam lines the inside of the glass, and that's about it.

S- Rich, syrupy-sweet notes of caramelized dark fruits, brown sugar and molasses. Woody notes of toasted oak barrel too. The 14.5% ABV comes through with an almost scotch-like aroma as the beer hits room temperature.

T- The taste is massively sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses, but these flavors are quickly overtaken by strong notes of unfermented sugars and burnt toffee that last for days. The finish leaves a big alcohol aftertaste and tons of residual sweetness plus a hint of oak wood. Lots of boozy warmth moves around in the chest.

M- Thick and syrupy with just a zing of carbonation. The liquid practically coats the inside of the mouth.

D- It took me a while to finish my half glass of Papier. I'm a big fan of most of the Bruery's offerings, but this one doesn't really do it for me. The huge ABV is fairly well-hidden, but the cloying finish combined with the lack of carbonation makes this a bit difficult to enjoy. However, the rye whiskey barrel-aged Papier was one of the best beers I've ever had, and the bourbon barrel version is great too.

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Photo of beertooth
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split between Ben(madorb) and myself. Poured into a Russian River Goblet.

This beer is a dark chocolate cola color with a tiny collar of egg shell bubbles.

The nose is oak, bourbon, funky cheese, sweet malt, ALCOHOL, chocolate.

The first sip hits me with sweet malts, cheese, dark fruit, a little soy, bourbon, oaky tannins, a little booze which is nuts because the nose is pretty hot. It's quite tasty and interesting. The funky cheese is really interesting as well.

Mouthfeel is slick and full with a very low level of carbonation.

This beer is very tasty, but the abv is a bit too much for more than one glass. My first Bruery beer and I look forward to trying many more!

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle #1998/4777 poured into tulip shape glasses:

A: Little to no head, just a lace of vanilla around the rim on top of a dark maple body, with a vibrant rosy tint to it. Absolutely looks delicious.

S: Port wine, maple syrup, brown sugar, and toffee. Then the alcohol pulls through a little bit, just to be covered up again by the overall sweetness of this beer.

T: Dark fruit on the front of the palate, with the alcohol definitely making itself known. (Although that is expected do to the high ABV.) Then comes a rush of sweet maple syrup, caramel apple dipped in hazelnuts, vanilla, oak, with banana bread on the side. Really a nice treat for the taste buds.

M: Thick like maple syrup with very little carbonation. The alcohol gives a perfect sensation/warming throughout your mouth, and then into the chest. This beer makes dreams come true.... not really sure what that means, but I think were starting to feel the effects of this wonderfully complex masterpiece.

D: We could share at least two of these bottles, definitely a sipper, but still goes down extremely well, and a lot easier than we thought it would.

The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to get to pop open this black wax capped 750 last night. I seriously needed this one after a mentally trying evening. Served at cellar temp into a snifter, this one was consumed on 10/06/2009.
The pour was what I had heard about so I expected the flatness and stillness of it. Dark garnet brown in color with only a small amount of bubbles on the side of the glass that quickly faded themselves leaving a motionless and still liquid in the glass. As I sipped though it did leave some nice touches of foam down the sides of the glass so that made me happy. Aroma is very sweet, lots of vanilla and butterscotch on the nose right away. Caramel and other sweet notes dropping in behind a touch of vanilla. Very well put together I have to admit. Warming brings out a subtleness that is just sublime I have to admit. I go in for the for the first sip and a wave of toffee and butterscotch coat the tongue, again just what I am looking for here and really very nicely done. Rich notes of vanilla and caramel, earthy with a fine touch of woody flavor as well. Seemingly endlessly complex a light booziness now starts to take over. Not flat at all, just very lightly carbonated and this actually really worked quite well for me here. ABV well hidden despite the high strength and this only served to further the delightful experience.
Overall this was just what I had wanted. A finally crafter old ale that really just hit the spot. I am continued to be impressed with everything I try from the Bruery. Top notch for sure.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even with an aggressive pour there is NO head here. Deep ruby/amber color. Light shimmers through the beer and casts a deep red shadow below the glass. No lacing at all.

Aroma is fantastic. Cherries, vanilla, slight alcohol, dark fruits.

This is a very nice beer. Lots going on. Cherry again, brown sugar, vanilla, lots of fruity esters. Warming effect of alcohol at the end. There is a wonderful depth to the flavors that makes this just one to enjoy over time. The beer keeps opening up and you get more of a sense of the wood aging.

Smooth and silky. Almost no carbonation. At the risk of getting myself in trouble this reminds me of Angel Share... And again, I have no complaints

I'll sit with this bottle all night. A slow sipper, but one that's very enjoyable. Really well done here.

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Photo of nickd717
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alfrantzell - thanks, Arne! Copied from tasting notes again after earlier review was deleted.

A - Dark reddish brown pour with no head, just a ring, and not much lacing to speak of.

S - Aroma is very nice with brown sugar, coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol.

T - Sweet and fairly complex, with lots of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee, prune, raisin, oak, vanilla, and mild roast. This is a very sweet beer, but I like 'em that way sometimes.

M - Palate is smooth with medium body and minimal carbonation. Did Lost Abbey have a hand in this? Long finish though with some alcoholic warmth.

D - Pretty good. Good stuff, but not much different from Virgin Papier IMO.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle # 3770 into red wine glass.

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color, fading from dark ruby brown in the center to a honey brown around the edges - may be the perfect color. On the flipside, however, there's no head to speak of on the pour - just a smattering of big bubbles, almost like a cask ale. Fantastic legs though - once you take a sip, a thin film of it clings tenaciously to sides of the glass.

Nose is full of maple, candied dried fruits wrapped in caramel, brown sugar - so much going on, and all of it delicious. Alcohol in back, but incredibly delicious and rich as it melds with the other flavors with no real heat.

Taste is very nice, and superbly balanced at this stage. Initial taste is molasses, more dried fruit though this time without the candied aspect, brown sugar and toffee, and vanilla and quite a bit of oak from the bourbon. This really feels old - there's an almost leathery tannic woodiness towards the finish that balances the rich, sweetness beautifully. The alcohol isn't nearly as hot as I was expecting, instead contributing a light, pleasant burn on the swallow - very well done. I'm very impressed.

Really no carbonation, but with a mouthfeel that's full bodied, robust, and a bit slick. I have to admit, I was worried about the lack of carbonation, but even with nary a bubble in sight, this one still manages to pull it off. The complexities of texture you get from the body are reminiscent of a big red wine.

Drinkabaility is stunningly high. Delicious and satisfying, with a complexity that has you coming back sip after sip and an abv that's hidden extremely well. I do not understand how teh Bruery can consistently produce ultra-high abv beers that never feel overly hot and boozey. Superbly satisfying beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice blackish brown hue with a small creamy head. It shows okay retention with some spotty lace.

S: Malt forward with strong notes of oak and light vanilla.

T: Brown sugar and molasses sweetness up front. The barrel comes in somewhere in the middle. Fresh oak, vanilla, and hints of booze. Light chocolate and caramel underneath.

M: On the fuller side of medium, medium carbonation which carries the flavor nicely.

D: Tasty, bold, smooth. The Bruery has turned into one of the best in the west in no time flat.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a dark copper color, with just a few bubbles for a head. Little, if any carbonation. No lacing.

Aroma was caramel, malt, toffee, raisins, candy apples and brown sugar. Very boozy smell.

Huge, rich taste. Taste was caramel, very ripe fruits, prunes, figs, malt, burnt wood, bourbon, molasses and vanilla. Pretty complex beer.

Very tasty, but I think it could use a little time in the cellar. I have another bottle I'll hang onto for a few years.

Drinkability a little low, just becuase it's so rich and boozy. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with red hues in light, lots of bubbles floating around the top but not exactly what I would call a "head"

Smell is huge, deep roasted caramel with lots of wood and vanilla, and a big alcohol burn. Surprisingly lots of bourbon considering only 25% of this touch a bourbon barrel.

Taste is quite a departure from the nose. The caramel is more mellow as well as the alcohol heat (although it is still pretty hot). Some toffee makes its way into the picture....very complex, but doesn't come together enough to meet its very high potential

Medium bodied and mostly flat. Could give a lower score here, but this is consistent with some other similar beers.

Awesome sipper, complexity is high enough to help offset the heat and weak mouthfeel.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009, Bottle 1909. Patrick and the Rue crew have not disappointed me yet, but this goes into a Duvel tulip looking like turbid apple cider. Very cloudy and little if no head. Even though there was a slight wisp of carbonation from the pop of the top, I'm not seeing much of anything.

At least it has a nice personality. I was expecting a lot of apples on the nose...boozy apples, but it's more of a bourbon-ish toffee. Copious, COPIOUS caramel and malts; maybe there's a bit of piney hops but that's OK - this smells awesome.

Yup, this one is a bit on the hot side. Definitely getting a lot of bourbon toffee here. Hops are again on deep background. This has a shitload of booze and only a small hint of carbonation. It's damn tasty, no lie. But, as expected, it could use a lot of time.

Despite the heavy booze quotient (or due in part to its existence), it isn't as heavy on the palate as expected. The burn cleans it up and dries out some of that crazy sweetness. Hop pine meshes a little with the booze but is merely an extra at this point.

It's been a while since I've broken out an Old Ale but it's football season with a little evening chill. OK, maybe not a chill but I've been looking forward to this crazy deal for a while. I expected it to be boozy hot and, sho 'nuff, lookie dere. But it's also enjoyable. The lack of carbonation definitely is a detriment but it's tasty as hell.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Poured pretty flat with a cherry-caramel dark brown hue with absolutely no head or lacing. A little disappointing to be honest, but due to the nature of this beer...I can't be too sad about overall appearance too.

S: A lot of Christmas-like spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, the stuff you find in pumpkin pie), caramel, and green apples perhaps.

T: Apple pie, tons of brown sugar and maple, and touch of oak at the back end. The alcohol is noticeable, but for's hidden very well. There are a lot of other flavors I'm picking up...especially spices that I can't put a name too...but all blend together perfectly.

M: Even though this beer exhibited no head or carbonation, I found this beer to have just enough mild carbonation to really "light up" all the amazing flavors. As for the body, this beer is beefy to say the least! Thick and at times... very chewy.

D: Got a little hard to drink at the end of the glass, but overall...a very enjoyable brew with tons of flavor and complexity.

Overall: A great beer. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's pretty clear to me that this is what an Old Ale should be. A lot of complexity that derives from not-so-pretty starting elements but evolve to become rich in its maturity, varying in its age, and beautiful in its art.

The beer decants with a rusty mohogany, ruby haze, and garnet hues. Very, very low carbonation is a testiment to long term storage but does render the beer somewhat lifeless. Though carbonation, head formation, and retention are terse (to say the least), the beer shows classic brandy lacing on the glass, thus changing my mindset to expectations of port wines or liquors.

Extremely rich and bursting with flavors. The evidence of this is noticed in the heavy alcohol, fruit, and rubustness of the nose. Plumbs, figs, dates, raisons, bruised apples, grapes, cherries, prunes, and raspberries all come to life along with a rich rum-soaked fruitcake complexity, sweetness, and heartiness. Soy sauce and sherry notes give rise to the maturity of the beer and add even another layer to the unwaivering variety- virtually a new flavor with every sip. Throw in a hint of cocoa here, a dash of dustiness there, and a sprinkle of spicy cinnamon and nutmeg all about and we have a beery song that will rival the hokey pokey.

With all the flavor and smooth textures, it's easy to dismiss the low carbonation- the beer is just that good. Still, rich and lightly velvety with an unforgettable warmth and numbing to the mouth. Substantial bitterness seems part hops and part astringency from grain. Finishes with a long sweet linger of dehydrated fruits and sherry.

As wonderful and powerul as this beer is, the lack of carbonation leaves a pause mid way through that seems a bit void of vibrancy and life- maybe a bit of carbonation would help out here to help the beer making a transition from initial flavor to the long lasting aftertaste.

Thanks jlindros!

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Papier from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 224 ratings
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