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Papa Bois | Mystery Brewing Company

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Papa BoisPapa Bois

Brewed by:
Mystery Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tdm168 on 08-31-2012

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 37
Reviews by dbrauneis:
Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of LanceH
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danielr26
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of 13tido
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vwbus7
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of FriedSlug
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of jbriggs7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of markjaimearnett
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of inspektor
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of JCam9981
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Surrella
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is greater than the sum of its parts. It almost tastes like a saison through the lens of a stout. Very rich, very floral, not too thick. Overall, the best of Mystery's beers.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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

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Photo of ekalb31
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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Papa Bois from Mystery Brewing Company
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