Papier - Rye Whiskey-Barrel | The Bruery

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Papier - Rye Whiskey-BarrelPapier - Rye Whiskey-Barrel

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Overlord on 06-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass at The Bruery Reserve Society Initiation. This is review #1450 for me. Yes, I do realize that is hardly a milestone and nobody cares. Deal with it. 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. This was the best of the Papiers, with a heavenly flavor that is likely to result in a beergasm when you first try it.

Pours a muddy brown color with minimal head. It's not very pretty appearance-wise, but the true beauty lies within, sort of like the girl Jack Black's character dated in "Shallow Hal." It is in fact one of life's great ironies that this beer is the same color as crap, but its aroma and flavor are the exact opposite. Not that I have ever tasted crap.

Aroma is amazing, with smooth rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak.

Flavor has all these same notes, coming together incredibly well, with a strong but not overwhelming rye whiskey presence.

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

This is very drinkable. If you are going to pony up something super-rare to trade for a -bal aged Papier, try to make it this one. It is absolutely LEGEN...wait for it, and I hope you're not lactose intolerant because here comes the...dary.

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany tones at first gave the impression of an Abyss, with nothing coming up from it, but a few seconds passed and a beautiful looking tannish colored head rose up from it. At least two fingers high,

rich deep caramel smell coming off of this, literally took me by surprise. Nice aroma of oak and alcohol mixing and swirling around with it now, really starting to pick up steam the warmer it got. rich earthy tones running rampant through it. The flavors, if at all possible turned out to be better then this. It was insane what I was sipping on here by this point. Almost at a loss for words, this was the old ale I had always searched for. I was thrilled to be having this. Deep malt bomb of the highest degree now taking shape all around me, utterly fantastic in every way. Warm oak infused notes of brandy like alcohol running over the tongue, so sweet and sugary. Long drawn out finish it was, really letting you savor every last bit of the enormous and utterly amazing flavor that this one provided. I am floored.Deep dark fruit now coming through for me, really started to actually dominate the scene all together. here comes that little bit of bitterness to wrap it all up. Wow, this was amazing.

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4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flat pondwater brown appearance, not exactly attractive, but what do you expect for a still 17% beer? The legs are pretty impressive, though; this is some seriously syrupy beer. The nose is big on the rye whiskey, but balanced with aromas of maple syrup, dates, figs, leather and spicy tobacco. All of the Papiers have smelled amazing and this one is no exception; truly one of the most decadent beers I've ever tried. The sheer weight of the beer is immediately felt on the palate, coating it with intense yet surprisingly balanced flavors of brown sugar, maple syrup, tobacco and hot, boozy whiskey. The stillness is completely to the beer's benefit, as it only enhances the full, rich texture. The finish is spicy, woody, tannic and sweet, yet the drinkability is surprisingly high - I'd have no qualms with finishing a bottle myself. Nice job, Bruery.

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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Bruery Reserve initiation.

A- Pours a hazy brown color with little or no head retention. Definately darker and murkier than original Papier.

S- Heavy rye whiskey scent with a nice toffee, candi sugar, figs, dates, brown sugar, dark cherries, and vanilla oak.

T- Wow!! Amazing taste, all of the scents meld together so perfectly. Definate rye whiskey flavors, but not overwhelming just very noticeable. All the flavors are there and blend together so well that it is just so delicious and I want more.

M- Heavy beer due to the large flavors and the rye whiskey, but very smooth and light carbonation makes this a great beer.

D- Drinkability is great, I could drink this whole bottle but it is definately not a session beer due to the very hidden 17% alcohol.

All in all this is a very delicious beer that I missed out on purchasing but I was lucky enough to try this awesome beer once in my life.

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4.74/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you, Shane. This beer is incredible

A: Like the brandy, this is a very still pour, dark chestnut brown with no head or retention. Pretty gorgeous.

S: Big sweetness to open up with a whiskey along with an unmistakably spicy rye character. Alcohol is a little more noticeable on the nose, but this is fantastic, better than the brandy in the way that the complex sweetness melds with the booze character.

T: Opens up with a lot of whiskey, rye character and a lot of sweetness - brown sugar, honey - as well as a lot of dark fruit character - plums, raisins, dates. Similar to the brandy, but mellower and better integrated on the palate to enhance the drinking experience. Mildly nutty with toasted oak. Long sweet finish

M: Big, flat and sweet on the finish that's long and complex. Great booze character, long finish

D: Just incredibly drinkable, better than the Brandy version.

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4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery just celebrated their 10th anniversary so I figured it was time to bust these old gems out. Drank along side the other 2 100% BA Papier versions.

Bottle into a snifter appears brown in color with a couple big bubbles of carbonation that quickly fade.

Aroma is earthen with tobacco/leather, but has a strong vanilla sweetness about it before getting mildly fruity with caramel too.

Taste is boozy, slightly fruity like raison with an oaked aspect tasting of coconut. Earthen across the aftertaste with plenty of solvent alcohol and neutral oak/woody flavors that meld to hints of chocolate.

Full bodied, very light on the carbonation. A very enjoyable sipper that has tons of booze and depth. This is an almost 10 year old beer and it truly is not even showing its age. Magnificent.
This differs quite a bit from the brandy and bourbon BA versions in that it has the alcohol masked the best and also has significantly more barrel character than the other two. Id drink the hell out of this but man there cannot be many left considering how limited this was even back when it was released.

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4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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3.32/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

A: Poured much darker than then the regular Papier...a mix of brown and black, but head or lacing. If held up to the light, you get a tint of red piercing the outer edges of the glass.

S: Tons of maple...more than I picked up from the non-Rye Whiskey version with multiple spice varieties. The Rye adds a bite and somewhat artificial aroma...but in a good way.

T: Wow! Seriously...WOW! Probably one of the best tasting beers I've had! Firestone 11ish! Incredible! Tons of bold flavors and little complexities that I only come across once every six months...DUDE! Seriously! Onto the flavors! Robust maple and brown sugar with hints of caramel and Belgian Christmas spices. The rest of beer was made of dark oak and whiskey flavors that really accelerated the taste to new levels. The only knock...even though it was hidden well...was the evident alcohol hotness. Other than that, this is truly a "holy grail" type of beer when it comes to flavor.

M: Could have used a little more carbonation, but still mild enough to invigorate all the flavors on my palate. Slightly creamy....full-body...awesome!

D: Epic!

Overall: Better than or on par with any Firestone, Dark Lord, and Kate-like beers when it comes to taste. Get your hands on this! Cheers!

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4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -21%

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