Papa Bois
Mystery Brewing Company

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #96
Ranked #31,858
3.76 | pDev: 10.9%
Mystery Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 11, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Sep 09, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Sep 29, 2013
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ironfistmargate from Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sep 11, 2012
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Evilyak from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 27, 2015
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jak from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%

Nov 03, 2014
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kell50 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 03, 2014
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vwbus7 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

Aug 29, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

Jan 10, 2013
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ncstateplaya from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Aug 14, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can

pours black, with a massive, way too much head. I had to wait for about 6 inches of head to settle down and pour in about 3 stints. aroma and taste is a bit sharp, acidic. strong roast flavor. medium bodied. too carbonated, but after it settles down, its fine.

Dec 21, 2015
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inspektor from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Sep 01, 2014
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LehighAce06 from Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Feb 14, 2015
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Aug 31, 2012
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 03, 2014
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SmellsofMahagony from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Oct 17, 2013
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woodchip from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Sep 29, 2014
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JeffreyJDavis from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Oct 12, 2012
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DarthKostrizer from California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Sep 21, 2012
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JCam9981 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Oct 07, 2014
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Mantooth from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 04, 2014
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GTB from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sep 02, 2012
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McBraniel from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 15, 2017
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BigTrubble from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Oct 07, 2012
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark stout with a quickly fading head. A lemony coffee smell with a strong booze scent that is prevalent. Tastes like it smells. Boozy, coffee and lemony flavors are all over this. It feels a bit light for a stout but only slightly. Only slightly bitter with lingering coffee and lemon flavors. Not a bad brew.

Aug 09, 2015
Papa Bois from Mystery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 40 ratings