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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992 - BrewDog

BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%


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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

March 2008

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2008)
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Reviews by erz316:
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erz316

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass. it is to be noted that this beer has the expiration date of 06/01/09. *I have amended my grave error in date keeping*

A - completely black, opaque, whatever. there is no single photon of light getting through this brew! the head is a thin half finger layer of perfect coloured khaki. the only thing holding it back is that it could be bigger. the head also quickly dissapates, again holding it back.

S - the complexity and fragrance are amazing! one doesn't need to be a connoisseur to appreciate and actually notice how many different notes there are in this beer. first off there is a great bitter chocolate, the bitter being more of a coffee kind of bitterness rather than a hop kind of bitterness. the malts are also quite pervasive in the top notes, thought I have difficulty of putting them in the foreground or mid, or whether I smell the chocolate/coffee first, I don't know. But, intermingled with all of this is a definite smell of alcohol, something one might attribute to the casks, as it is a very warm and rounded scent.

T - wow. once again. wow. now I can see the justification of the $13 price-tag. holding the brew in my mouth is a devine experience for beer, it is so much like how it smells it is uncanny! just holding the beer one senses the bitterness of the coffee, a bit of of the zesty bitterness of the hops, but more of the coffee like bitterness, the taste of alcohol is hinted at here, and only proceeds to get stronger. once I notice the alcohol I also notice that there is a fair ammount of chocolate tied int with it, they seem to be interlaced for this tasting experience. the finish has the booze and chocolate rev up and come out at you, one really notices it and it is amazing. a full-bodied flavour, something that just makes the palate grow wider, much like dried figs, also comes into play; this is most likely from aging the brew int he whiskey casks. the after taste, initially, is strong with alcohol, but it moves onward to back to the coffee chocolate with the base of malts to keep the palate wide (if you are drinking this, hopefully you know what I am talking about). though undoubtedly not very complex, as I can only discern 3 or 4 tastes, I love the elegance in simplicity.

MF&D - not too thick like some imperials, this is much more manageable for its heavy body, and despite the high alcohol content I could find myself drinking these all day and night, if I could afford the price tag!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 18:04:52 | More by erz316
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Best before 12/12/09.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and mild Scotch whisky aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and Scotch on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the Scotch and smoke presence I was expecting is pretty subdued.

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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal light brown head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, fruit, dark chocolate, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, dark fruit, fruit, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and subtle roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really went into this one not expecting to like it if I am honest as I have been very hit and miss on BrewDog’s stuff. However, I don’t know if the age did this one some good but it was really well rounded and rather enjoyable while maintaining complex at the same time. Not the best brew from the style I’ve had but this is definitely an honorable mention without a doubt. Based on this one I can’t wait to see what some of the other Paradox brews I have sitting in the cellar have in-store for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

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California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a dark cola brown in the glass, with a thin yet still frothy head of mocha colored foam. This retains with some moderately rich ringing, leaving back a cascade of spotty froth which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of charred oak, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, some dark fruit and a touch of spice. This is nice and smooth feeling in the nose.

That whiskey really had some punch to it in the taste but does eventually smooth out some, with a lot of charred character to it that really amplifies flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roast. A smack of vanilla does help with the balance here. Burnt wood really lingers with some strength in the finish. Sweetness round out the edges of the profile, with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and coffee all being present. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and lively on the tongue, with more of a creamy sharpness that then spreads out across the back. The ABV here is pretty smooth overall for the size here, with that whiskey pretty much giving this its bite.

This was a little more aggressive with its barrel character than some of these other Paradox beers that I’ve had but the overall balance and integration of flavors ensured that this remained a pleasant and steady sipper considering the size and boldness of this. I’m not sure if this one is still floating around out there but it’s worth a look.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a snifter

A: Black with some brown hues around the edges. Light carbonation is obvious, an off white layer of very large bubbles form with a quickly dissipating dense layer underneath.

S: Sweet molasses are most obvious with some milk chocolate, toffee, and oxidized sherry notes. I get a hint of peaty, smoky scotch in the background, very well integrated into the beer.

T: Dark chocolate dominates the beer with strong molasses and very well integrated peaty and oaky scotch. The integration of the barrel is quite amazing. Could use a bit more complexity, but the flavors that are here work very well together and they're quite tasty.

M: A bit thin and certainly under carbonated.

O: Very well integrated barrel flavor with a nice, yet not overly complex stout. Also a bit under carbonated, but a nice stout. I would have liked to have tried this maybe a year or so ago.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:12:39 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pitch black with no foam whatsoever.
S - nice strong coffee aroma with a strong roasted malt background
T - roasted coffee, chocolate and some burnt malts. The flavor is nice. There is a hint of the barrel but not alot, and thats not a bad thing. its nicely melded with the with flavors of the beer and creates a nice flavor
M/D - light to medium bodied, the flavor seems to actually fade as it warms up. This beer is interesting to me. the flavor is there but it doesn't seem to stick around. So i'd say if you come across this one the try it, but if you're searching it out, i'd pass.

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New Jersey

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Pennsylvania

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle states Speyside Glen Moray 1991. I contemplated starting a new beer entry but it is still batch 005.

$11.88

A: near opaque with ever-so-slight deep copper color peeking through, poured nice brown head that dissipated within time
S: mild nose, treacle, roasted malt and oak
T: mellow, well-aged with leathery oak up front and nice, deep roasted malt with a bit more hop bite than expected, EtOH is noticeable and deep whiskey is dominant
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head no lacing

S - Is of oak vanilla and some whiskey

T - Follows the nose with the oak vanilla and whiskey with some roasted malt character

M - This beer has a thin body with light carbonation to it

D - This was a very enjoyable and interesting beer yet another one that if you see it pick it up

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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Very big thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

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Serving type: bottle

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wnh

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 07/08/2009.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, opaque chestnut brown, thin around the edges, with a frothy dark tan head that fades quickly.

Nose of sweet molasses and vanilla offset by earthy (peaty?) notes. Warm alcohol throughout. Sweet on the whole. Tastes of roasted malt, mild coffee, dark chocolate, and a solid hint of smoke, with a dose of oaky sweetness. Alcohol is upfront, but not really dominating. Mild lingering finish that is decidedly smoky.

Oily mouthfeel that is somewhat thin, which in my opinion actually works to the benefit of the beer in keeping it from being overly heavy, especially with the abundance of sweet notes. Not a 'drinkability' sort of beer by any means, but a good sipper and a pleasant one at that.

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Consumed 06/06/2010.
"Best by 06/06/2009." -- Bottled 06/06/2008?
Edition 005. Glen Moray 1991.

Pours a thick and viscous opaque black topped by a minimal and fleeting light tan head.

Big and rich on the nose, very intense. Loads of charred wood, red fruit, dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans, chocolate syrup, molasses. Sweet on the whole. Smells delicious and inviting.

Still sweet, maybe sweeter, on the palate. There's an interesting artificially-flavored strawberry hard candy note right up front, fighting against more than balancing the bitter chocolate and roast. End result is slightly cloying and unpleasant. Fruitiness tapers off as the beer finishes with a heavily toasted grain note, alongside vanilla extract and a hint of buttery caramel.

Lighter in body than expected, with still enough heft for the style. Moderately firm and quite dry.

Still holding up quite well. I've got one more in the cellar to be consumed in a year.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 19:26:19 | More by wnh
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Norway

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask conditioned at Blackfriars, Glasgow, as "Brewdog Paradox Glen Moray Edition #3". Weighs in at 10% ABV - not quite your average pint at the pub! Black colour, ruby in the highlights. Very nice vinous aroma with strong oaky notes. Very oaky flavour, roasty and relatively sweet. Salty finish.

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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep chocolate mahogany; ruby edges; nice dark head

Smell & taste: RIS + Scotch; Dark malt, vanilla bean, tobacco, beef jerky, caramel, toffee, licorice, chocolate and booze; I din't get much peat/smoke

Mouthfeel: Full, thick and creamy

Drinkability: Typical for the style

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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Crown Liquors in Carmel, IN. Best before June 6th, 2009 - weird that a big stout would only have a shelf life of about a year. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a dime of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thing ring and some light haze. There are a few spots of lace as well. Pitch black without a hint of color anywhere to be found.

S - While cold the aroma is mostly dark fruit, raisin, and cocoa. The whiskey presence is surprisingly understated, particularly when compared to some of the other Paradox beers. There's some light smoke, and some oak and alcohol come out as the beer warms.

T - The taste has significantly more oak and tannic character to it, but it's integrated into a sweet blend of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and roasted malts. I actually like the taste better than the smell, as the alcohol is better hidden. This is definitely the best-tasting Brewdog beer I've ever had. The aftertaste is lightly tannic with some woody bitterness.

M - Carbonation is slightly higher than I expected, although it's still style-appropriate. Body is medium-thick and goes down smoothly. Some nice light residual stickiness. There's a touch of warmth about halfway through my glass, but it's pleasant and not unexpected.

D - This is a sipper, but I keep reaching for my glass. I guess a blind squirrel finds a nut every so often - and it looks like BrewDog lucked out with this particular whiskey cask. If there's any more of this still on store shelves, I'd highly recommended snagging a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:09:58 | More by MasterSki
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Radek. Pours black with whit soapy head. Medium mouthfeel. Aroma of chocolate and smoke are there, ther is anise on the stout. So yes it is an above average beer all around. There are many great RIS out there, this being with some whiskey characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 01:12:59 | More by Sammy
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Procured a bottle of this at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with OK head retentiona and lacing. On the nose, you really get just about essense of scotch whiskey barrels. The nose is very peaty and smokey, smelling more like single malt scotch then beer (not a bad thing). On the palate this is justy delicious. The beer is very soft and creamy on the palate, with smoke, butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla and light coffee. This beer is just delicious! Mouthfeel is (as noted previously) very soft and creamy, with a long, drawn out finish. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv.

Easily one of the better efforts from this brewery. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 23:13:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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jbone78

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Charleston Beer Exchange in the beautiful Historical Downtown area.

Oh the beer... ok,

I poured it slightly chilled into a snifter. It poured a heavy brown wiht very thin head, large bubbles.

As I drink, I combine the smell and taste. I have found this helps me gather the aroma. There is large estery presence with heavy malt undernotes. Great taste! The whiskey/scotch barrels really add tons of flavor. The ester smells are probably contributed by the barrel aging. Great malty finish.

If I can find another one of these, I am going to buy another one. I usually buy in pairs, but this one was a bit expensive.

Bye

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 23:33:32 | More by jbone78
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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992 from BrewDog
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.