Thanks to Shane for opening up this bottle at the 'You Bring the Cheese Tasting' which took place on July 25-26th 2009.
I had the chance to sample this one, all three in fact, at the Bruery's Anniversary party and this was my favorite of the three different barrel aged Papiers.
Pours very similar to the other 2 barrel-aged Papiers, a dark cola hue with a few bubbles but quite still.
Spicy barrel aromas and whiskey instantly hit the nose, drunken raisins, dates, oak, buttery, vanilla, caramel, a bit of grapes, and hints of chocolate. Big barrel and whiskey aromas but I feel this one is the least 'hot' of the three with the best marriage of beer and barrel.
Just like the aroma, the taste starts with a spicy note, barrel/wood flavors, oak, vanilla, raisins, dates, chocolate, and fruity alcohol in the finish. As the beer opens up and warms up a few degrees I can taste some toasted oak, almonds, oak, and brown sugar. Syrupy and thick on the palate with some residual sugar in the finish and on the lips. This is one of those beers you pour a few ounces of in a snifter and sip on it all night long. For the amount of alcohol this beer has it is very drinkable.
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