Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Bruery in Placentia. Dark brown body with a big, two-finger width, tan head that dissipated slowly and remained very creamy and densely laced. Aroma is wood and whiskey. A little bit of vanilla, rich malts, and a touch of fruitcake, but definitely dominated by wood and whiskey. Flavor is much deeper and darker than the Virgin Papier. Big body, but silky smooth. Whiskey, wood, burnt caramels, vanilla, bread, and a touch of spiced rye. Still has lots of fruit, but much more subdued. Really nice stuff, not as sweet as the Virgin Papier (my preference) due to mixing with the aged version, but deep and complex. Very nice.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the anniversary party. This was probably the best version of papier, as the barrel aging seemed just about right in the flavor profile. The non-aged version was a bit unfocused, and the 100% barrel versions were all pretty intense on the spirit character, though the rye was very smooth. Deep brown color with a small head. Maintained the fruity, yeast esters of the virgin version in the aroma and flavor, but added a very smooth wood, vanilla and light booze character, on top of a deep and rich brown sugar malt flavor. Full bodied and smooth, with lighter carbonation. Balance was the key to this one with just enough barrel and rich, fruity malt and yeast flavors. I canít wait for the bottles to come out.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Anniversary party. This was an outstanding brew, Iím a little fuzzy on the particulars (will re-rate when I get a bottle), but I do remember alot of rich, dark fruity flavors, very nicely balanced and complex. This was my favorite of all the 5 Papiers.
BMan1113VR (7770) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bruery. Vastly different than the Virgin Papier. Pours a dark hue which is a deep auburn, slightly clearer with a khaki head. Aroma of vanilla, cinnabun, light tannins, plum, prunes and banana. Taste is wood (nearly like a medical tongue depressor), whiskey, brandy, dark fruits, and a slight bitterness. Creamy carbonation and a full bodied mouthfeel.