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BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) - BrewDog

BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003)BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%


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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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 07-22-2008)
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this still on the shelf at my local store... really shocked me when I saw it was bottled in 2007. Anyway, it's poured out as a deep brown color, mostly black with virtually no head on top, just some bubbles that don't last very long. The lacing is nowhere in sight either. The smell of the beer though gives off a very nice mellow smoked aroma with some elements of scotch whiskey and some vanilla in there. The taste of the beer has also mellowed out nicely. The whiskey flavors are there along with some hints of char, roasted malts and some molasses. The mouthfeel is nearly flat, not much carbonation left if there was much to begin with I'll never know. The body is medium with some silky creaminess still intact. There is no booze heat on this either. Overall it's a pretty solid Paradox, one of the better ones I've had over the years for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:37:45 | More by Knapp85
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by CR (thanks), not sure where obtained
Batch 003, Best Before 12/12/09.
Poured into a snifter glass

This BrewDog beer was probably past its prime (even the bottle said so), but I was still disappointed by its milquetoast nature that manifested completely across the board. All the flavors just felt bored and tired, from the roasted and chocolate barley to even the whiskey.

Pours a head that aborts as soon as any bubbles begin to appear, resulting in a few scattered, large bubbles lingering across the perimeter of the glass. Body is a dark brown color, with amber highlights when held to light. Opaque to the point of being unable to see the carbonation.

Aroma is weakly chocolate-like, mild, with a bit of whiskey and wood character.

Flavor is similarly mild, typical aged stout. Sweetness and softness cover the palate in weak milk chocolate and dark malt sweetness. Mildly noticeable whiskey and wood character on the back half of the palate. Lingering, mild, aftertaste of roasted malt and whiskey.

Surprisingly pleasant mouthfeel given the ethanol content. Medium to medium-heavy bodied, with carbonation levels that are quite low. A thicker body and more pronounced carbonation would firm this up on the palate and lead to a more enjoyable experience (for me).

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 05:36:00 | More by falloutsnow
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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of a black body. The foam settles out rapidly and leaves only light traces of lace in its wake.

S - Spicy, smoky notes of whiskey with nutty caramel and a hint of chocolate.

T - Sweet malt up front with caramel and dark roasted grain. Some vanilla in the middle with a hint of smoke and a bit of sherry. Finishes with thick toffee and notes of maple sugar as well as a smoky aftertaste that works with the sweetness and stays away from any harsh, peat like notes.

M - A moderately thick, yet syrupy body, with a balanced finish.

D - Nicely balanced with a smoky character that is milder than some other scotch barrel beers I have had. The sweetness really stands out but works pretty well against the dark malt and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 03:33:03 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head on a black body with light passing through creating a red hue.

S: vanilla, oak, whiskey and confectioners chocolate.

T: more vanilla, whiskey, dark chocolate which together form a little tangy flavor. The whiskey stands out and makes the beer. mild smokey notes.

M: light carbonation making this one very smooth and a touch oily medium to full body.

Overall: A little mild and definitely sweet. The whiskey makes this one. Fairly different from Paradox Islay but good in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 03:31:12 | More by kylehay2004
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Kasteel chalice. Batch 003. Best before 12 December 2009. "Aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant cask."

A: No head, but a rim of white around the edges suggests such. The patterns on the surface look like a mixture of a fancy cappuccino and plaster dust rattled off a ceiling. Dark, black, and swampy.

S: Subdued, but ensorcelling. Vanilla, likely from the oak barrels, but also soft alcohol. This whisky cask is over thirty years old, so perhaps its no surprise that it doesn't make more of a mark. Lightly spiced fruit, fruit that reminds me of Speyside.

T: And lo and behold, this beer tastes remarkably like a watered-down, less boozy Speyside whisky. The characteristics are all here -- light, dancing fruit; floral, elegant topnotes; and a solid bedrock of cereal grain. The beer version, being of lower ABV is proportionally more fruity, soft and smooth, with a hint of citrus that is radically unusual for an imperial stout. Unusual though it may be, it is not unwelcome, as it offers the most provocatively engaging notes to the taste.

M: No carbonation. Silky and deceptively smooth. The citrusy fruit is lightly drying, but no more so than the 10%.

O: An exceptional Imperial Stout that has improved -- if thinned -- with age. More than worth the $3.49 I paid for it. Highly recommended if you can find it for that. I would drink again. BrewDog is one of my favourite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:59:33 | More by AgentMunky
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brotherloco

California

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Batch 003. Bottled on 12/12/07.

Pours absolute pitch black with a finger of beige foam. Bubbles are large and loose and dissipate to a bulky ring. Only specs of lacing.

Aroma contains the iodine notes of a scotch whiskey, but isn't as strong as other Paradox varieties I've drank. Thus, the sweet malt has a stronger presence. Strong bready notes. Dark fruits are there as well.

The initial flavor, not surprisingly, is mild and of an aged stout. A soft sweet flavor that gives way to a more assertive bitterness and barrel notes of earthy oak and scotch whisky. Finishes with notes of lightly roasted malt and smokey whisky.

Body is medium with subdued carbonation. A touch thick, but not at all overly cloying. Seems right for a beer of this age.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:17:43 | More by brotherloco
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GrumpyJunglist

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Said Batch 003, and Best Before 12/12/09.

Poured into a Stone IRS Tulip.

A: Poured a pitch black with a mere film of head that was a light brown in color.

S: The Aroma of this beer is very light. Get hints of roasted coffee with light notes of vanilla and a faint hint of oak.

T: the taste was just like the nose, not overpowering. But you definitely taste the whiskey influences mixed in with the imperial stout notes. I think in a way it calms down the roasty malt taste of stout.

M: It is gentle, doesn't burn, doesnt bite. After your first drink it kinda feels like you had an irish coffee minus the sweetness.

O: I can only compare this with the only other paradox I had and that was the Smokehead (which i did not like). So this kind of restores my hope that the next time i see another paradox I would pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 04:00:24 | More by GrumpyJunglist
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Christmas gift from my wife, who has started a marvelous tradition of stuffing my stocking with beer the past couple of holidays (hint, hint). Let's not break that fine tradition! Batch 003 of course, 11.2 oz bottle, w/a best by date of 12/12/09 - European or American dating? Hmmm.

Popped the cap & precious little escaped, just a baby pffft that was barely audible. Flat & minimally carbonated even on a hard pour; black as The Guvernator's sin. Smell is sweet/roasted malt, vanilla, & whiskey. Straightforward & makes my mouth water.

Paradox Glen Grant is first & foremost slick, slithering off the palate in a weird, slippery way. Thin for a big stout, too, almost leaning towards porter territory. Taste is heavy on the vanilla, very sweet malting, with demure whiskey working closely with a light roast & dusting of chocolate. Nicely done, but the thin quality together with the absence of carbonation lowers the bar some.

I've seen these on the shelf & while this is a pretty good beer, I wouldn't pay the big price on these small bottles (though I'm glad my wife did!). I'll continue to work my way through BrewDog at a bottle or two a year for the next decade or two, I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 02:22:58 | More by maximum12
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Vdubb86

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip

Thanks to TMoney2591 for his sharing of the Blind BIF 5 haul.

Pours a flat, dark brown no head of which to speak on. Smells of red grapes, cranberries, raspberries, and chocolate...I hate cranberries. The taste is not like the nose at all...why is this like this!? There is no fruit flavor it tastes like more smoke than you could ever have anticipated from the nose. Then it's rounded out by some weirdly oxidized caramel flavor. Hard to describe, and pretty strong. Not Awful, but needs improvement badly. The body is actually thinner than I would have liked, especially since it burns a little. It's okay, not really all that great. Honestly as it warms up it taste marginally better, but in all seriousness I thought this was a porter, then I tasted it...now I don't know what this monstrosity is.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 14:53:41 | More by Vdubb86
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a dark ruby/garnet-brown topped by a miniscule bit of off white foam. The nose comprises cheap merlot (red and black grapes, light booze, cranberry musk, heavy tannins up the nose), cinnamon, light charcoal, cocoa, and wet cardboard box. OK, when the tongue gets involved, it seems as though someone put that cheap, boxed merlot on the radiator and that somehow scorched it, creating a sort of smoky character to go with the grapes and berries. Something here seems awfully wrong, as though tannins laid out in the sun too long, got sunburned, and then got surly about it when confronted. *shudder* The body is a sleek medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thin/slimy feel. Overall, I've enjoyed the other batches from this series, but this one just has not been treated well by the passage of time. Definitely the low-point of my Paradox experience so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:21:32 | More by TMoney2591
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, near black. Thin, light brown head. Active bubbles slipping up the side of the glass give a bit of life to the beer. Looks like your typical American imperial stout.

S - Big aromas of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. As the beer warms the hints of scotch begin coming through and some nich oak and peat become noticeable.

T - Bitter roasted malts initailly and they carry through very well. Hints of peat and chocolate come up rather quickly and provide a rather interesting take on the typical imperial stout. The scotch smokiness has certainly faded since I had this one a few years back but it still provides a nice wild card on the glut of big stouts out there.

M - Medium to medium full bodied with decent carbonation. Not quite as thick and full as I expect from stouts, but certainly not thin at all.

O - I am a big scotch fan and I like the idea of beer aged in scotch barrels. The price point is certainly a bit steep but it is well worth trying at least once. I appreciate the experimenting that BrewDog does and this is a nice product of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:15:09 | More by ckeegan04
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Vintage 2007.

A: Pours black with very little head and weak lacing. No carbonation.

N: Whiskey, oak, vanilla and caramel.

T: Oak, vanilla (good amount), dark chocolate, butterscotch and bitter dark coffee.

M: Light bodied, smooth and clean. Seems a bit thin for an Imperial Stout.

D: Excellent! Very easy drinking. Wow! Dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:45:32 | More by justintcoons
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BeerNemesis

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2007 vintage

Brewer: BrewDog
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: pint

Appearance:
Pitch black, no head--just a ring of bubbles along the edges.

Aroma:
Earthy, with a hint of the whiskey cask aging.

Taste:
Dark chocolate, charcoal, and roasty malt. 1970 Glen Grant cask whiskey seeps in towards the end. The finish is clean, with hints of the cask and whiskey.

Mouthfeel:
Creamy smooth, but thinner than expected. Still, with barely any carbonation, it has a pleasant texture.

Harmony:
It's quite nice, especially in the maintaste. The whiskey characteristics come through toward the end and, for the most part, they are subdued.

Would I get it again?:
Not necessarily. It's palatable enough that I would try the other variants.

Bottled: December 12, 2007 (Batch 003)
Served: February 13, 2011

Price = $14.99 at Witherspoon Wine

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 04:02:34 | More by BeerNemesis
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paradox Glen Grant (batch 003) pours a flat black into the glass with only a small fizzy ring around the edges. The beer is a clear reddish/brown around the edges and there is no lace on the glass.

The aroma malty with some smoke and peat mixed in. Notes of roasted malt, oak, vanilla and peat are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, slick and flat. The flavor is rich chocolate malt, oak, cherry, vanilla and smoke. It finishes with a bitter chocolate flavor. Once gone the chocolate and oak flavor lingers on the palate.

The flavor of this beer really comes out as it warms in the glass. The earthyness to the aroma is a bit odd, but the flavor makes this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:54:36 | More by WanderingFool
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

What does a Scottish-brewed Imperial Stout, aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant Single Malt cask, available in the US, tell us? American extreme beer seems to be spearheading the craft beer movement, setting forth a snowball effect thanks to its growing fan base and the mainstream media pointing a small spotlight on that part of the industry. Sure, we'll toot our own horn by taking a sliver of credit for our Extreme Beer Fest, and pushing that knowledge and information to our readers here, in our mag and on the site. But when this movement influences brewing customs outside of our own newly formed beer culture, it not only validates what the American brewers are doing, but possibly offers some justification as to why brewers from very traditional cultures are breaking away from the norm.

It's great to know that other beer cultures are actually recognizing what the brewers are doing in the US. We'll take it any way we can get it. Sure, we love the typical 5-percent session beer--we see those beers more as a staple than a luxury. A perfect example of a luxury beer is Paradox Glen Grant from BrewDog Ltd. out of Fraserburgh, Scotland (proof that in their world, they are thinking way outside of the box).
An Imperial Stout, so it's obviously opaque and nearly pitch black. A firm two fingers of head stands up when poured and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas of soft peat, smoked malt, sweet burnt sugar from the roasted malt and a big whiff of single malt lets the nose know it was indeed aged in a cask. Creamy smooth, with a nearly syrupy full body. Heavy hand of malt sweetness is rounded out by the roasted flavors in addition to the barrel char and single-malt alcohol characteristics. Modest hopping. No real bitterness or flavor to be picked out, which is fine, as the roasted tone and alcohol hold the sweetness from going overboard. No barrel or alcohol harshness makes it almost too drinkable with each sip. The Imperial Stout base comes through with the trademark dark fruitiness of black currants. Finishes roasted, a little alcoholic and with a thick underlying sweetness that makes us go back for another taste.

We both love a top-shelf single malt. Throw that into the extreme beer blender and OMG it is more than hype or magic. "Nectar of the gods" is more like it. It's a sipper, no doubt, with the 10-percent ABV weighing in on us. With greatness sometimes comes a large price tag. Yeah, $15 for an 11.2-ounce bottle is what your wallet will be looking at. Is Paradox worth it? A treat beer, not something you'll be bathing in. Your spending conscience will let you know, but we can tell you it is definitely worth a go. No pairing necessary--look at it as an after-dinner drink, like a fine Port.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 20:58:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany that would most likely be darker ebony in lower light conditions. What was minimal head creation during the first half of the pour became a thick slice of ecru colored froth by the time the final ounce entered the snifter. Decent persistence and decent lace, with neither being a surprise at this ABV.

The nose is a wonderful combination of dark chocolate fudge and Scotch whisky, which is undoubtedly what the brewers intended. Once the starting chill is lost, the aroma opens up even more.

There are no surprises with the Paradox series after the first few bottles, since the only variable is the type of whisky barrels used. Which isn't a huge variable at all since subtle differences are impossible to detect once the Imperial stout enters the picture. Besides, I'm not drinking these side-by-side-by-side, but separated in time by many months... or even years in some cases.

This really is a gentle and easy drinking beer of this general sort. That's because the base stout is not a rip roaring malt-packed beast. The tangy-peaty notes of the Scottish spirit combine in seamless fashion with the chocolate and coffee notes of the beer. Age hasn't harmed this brew one bit, except...

... for a body/mouthfeel that is thinner and less creamy than it should be. Then again, it probably wasn't Dark Lord-like immediately after the release. Nevertheless, it's enjoyable enough as a slow sipper, as long as one doesn't expect mouth and tongue pampering.

Paradox Glen Grant is on par with the rest of the series, so no surprises await those who are looking for something different to jump up and grab them. Yeah, okay, it's probably overpriced, but a single bottle won't break the bank if you have any interest in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 12:11:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

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

S - Has a smokey peat oak and vanilla nose not much beer smell in there

T - This is good stuff but not getting much beer flavor instead its like the nose smoke oak vanilla and alcohol

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

D - Despite it lacking most beer qualities I enjoyed this one quite a bit it takes some time to sip this down but its some good stuff if you find a bottle kicking around pick it up

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 00:33:54 | More by armock
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent coffee brown color with a sliver of a head that quickly fades, leaving just a few bubbles around the circumference; just a bit of viscosity around the sides of the chalice

Smell: Chocolate and whisky barrel, with a burnt sugar, vanilla and graham cracker character; some boozy elements, too

Taste: Opens rather malty, with the dark chocolate and whisky character nicely blended; by mid-palate, the burnt sugar, vanilla and graham crackers move to the fore, along with a boozy, slightly peaty aspect; after the swallow, the flavors merge together nicely and linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body and relatively flat; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Other than the problems with the mouthfeel, I rather enjoyed this malty beer

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 17:12:56 | More by brentk56
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inpherno

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was my break in to Brew Dog and it's quite impressive I must say. This brew has a great flavor profile, even when chilled.
Deep black in appearance, lighter body, and sweet vanilla-y notes. This is a smooth one goes down very easy. The 1970 Glen Grant cask adds great depth. Whether enjoying alone, or with chocolate cake, or a juicy steak this is a very intriguing beer and should not be missed.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 22:03:42 | More by inpherno
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, no light getting through, with a thin white/tan head. Light lacing left behind in the snifter.

The aroma contains sweet, roasty malts infused with vanilla. Cocoa, honey and cherries. Some alcohol. Very enjoyable.

On the tongue there is dark, bittersweet chocolate, toasted dark malts, a touch of bready malt and lightly astringent alcohol soaked wood. Faint honey grains. The whisky barrel seems to dull the flavor with a bland alcohol woodiness.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit on the watery side. Warming alcohol. Almost flat, may have been a bad bottle. It wants to be creamy, but its just too thin.

Not a bad sipper. The aroma was most enjoyable, but the thin body seemed to take away from the overall enjoyment of the beer. The flavor seemed a bit off as well. Maybe this beer is past its prime, but for a 10% ABV stout you would think it could hold up a bit longer.

Overall, this was a decent beer, but had a couple of flaws. This is the second Paradox style I have had from BrewDog and I much prefer the Isle of Arran Paradox to this one. However, the aroma was once again quite good. Maybe this was better right when it came out of the brewery. The Paradox series is worth checking out, but I'd probably skip this batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 19:16:25 | More by sisuspeed
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HopGoblin

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with a best by date of 12/12/09, into a bubble glass.

The brew pours black and thin with a head that disappears rather quickly. Decent lacing and retention along the edges of the glass. Nose is brown sugar sweetness with hints of whisky and dark fruit. The taste is of roasted malt and caramel malt. No real oak or whisky flavors to be found. Finishes sweet and astringent. The mouthfeel is a bit weird. The beer is a bit thin but fills out the mouth like a thicker brew. The drinkability is just fair, halfway finished with the bottle and I don't really want to finish.

This beer is past its prime. I tasted it when it was yound and it is better now than before and the score reflects that. However, the nuances of the whisky cask are gone. It should have been drank 8 months ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 18:42:23 | More by HopGoblin
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bargerking

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Snifter

Pitch black. Dark tan, thin bubbly head. Oily lace with very little retention. Nice example of smelling the barrel. Hints of peat, scotch, vanilla, and wood are there. Blending could be better. Not as profound as wanted. The dark malts sweetin up as the beer warms. Taste doesn't have what I look for in a RIS bomb. Not very deminsional and its predictable. The peat is faint with scotch accents. The malt is mediocre on the backend with an expected burn. Aftertaste is dark malt with a burnt toast hint. Although some odds are against this beer its still a decent sipper. It was not what I wanted it to be out of a 40yr old barrel. I was looking for something with more definition and more potency. I think Old Raspy may even have this one beat....

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:16:14 | More by bargerking
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billshmeinke

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Best before 12/12/09. However, Brewdog acknowledged on their website that the Paradox series can be aged for up to ten years. Served at room temperature. Honestly, serving this beer at ROOM TEMP makes a big difference.

A: Black. Finger and a half cream/khaki head. Big bubbles. Resides to a ring and layer of foam over the beer. Specs of lacing and oiliness line the side of the glass.

S: Smells mostly like a russian imperial stout, but with some nice twists. Chocolate and espresso beans from the malt, and very dark fruits. Vanilla beans, scotch, butter toffee, and spicy booze as well.

T: Vanilla beans, and scotch up front. Butter and toffee as well. Vague oak. Roasted malts clean out the back. The scotch comes out more as it warms, and is delicious without being overpowering. A bit nutty and peaty as well.

M: Not very thick, surprisingly. Carbonation is good, but not high. Medium bodied. Warmth on the tongue and throat from the booze linger. This beer is way too thin for what it is.

D: Sipper. Great winter beer. My only complaint is that this is a bit too thin, but it is still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 08:57:14 | More by billshmeinke
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davod23

California

3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Hmm... this was an odd experience. Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Huh. Pour is brown. Very brown. Kinda dark, but not nearly as black as I think imperial stouts ought to be. Also, doesn't look all that thick. What the...? Is this an imperial stout? Head rises up and then quickly fizzles out, leaving a thin residue on the glass. The faintest of off-white cirrus clouds remains at the top of the brew. This is not impressive for an imperial stout. Maybe for an imperial brown ale, this would be better. But this doesn't fit the style.

Smell is okay. Not as complex as I would like, but the one standout dimension is of Scotch whisky. And I do like it. Once the beer warms I get a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the nose. Also smells quite hot.

Taste is, thankfully, the best part of this beer. It's not quite to style, so it loses points there... but I really like the taste of this beer. The Scotch is prominent, the chocolate notes dance behind the whisky, and I get a faint sense of dark fruit. There is a barrel component intermixed throughout everything, as well. I would like some more roasted notes in here, perhaps coffee, maybe some vanilla or something... but you know, this is pretty tasty. Long, slightly-hot finish. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel... agh. Not impressive. Too thin. I expect imperial stouts to be viscous, chewy, to fill my mouth with oily goodness (that sounded dirty, didn't it?). This was pretty thin and sharp. Meh.

I could drink more of this. I just would rather drink other stuff.

Luckily, the taste of this beer saves it from being mediocre. As it is, it's slightly better than that. I wanted an imperial stout, but this doesn't quite qualify IMHO. I don't anticipate buying any more bottles of this, as there are much, MUCH better impy stouts. But I might consider trying it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 18:38:38 | More by davod23
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BevMoAndrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served into a standard pint glass at about 50 degrees.

Pours an extremely dark brown, that you can barely see though, with a mahogany tint and a very little off-white froth. A lot of milk chocolate mousse & dark chocolate come across on the nose with molasses, whiskey, oak, subtle coffee/roastiness, raisins, a little brown sugar, and a very pretty scotch tone. The nose isn't very pronounced, but subtle, complex, and elegant. The beer is extremely smooth and the palate with a great mouthfeel. all of the characteristics from the nose show on the palate with an added coffee/roast aspect. Overall this beer isn't what I expected, but I loved every second of it! I knew that I was drinking a 10% abv beer, but I would have never guessed it if I was tasting this blind....VERY smooth. The only thing that I wish was that there was better carbonation, but it's a barrel aged beer...beggars can't be choosers. I'm just happy that I have 2 more of these in my cellar. Drink now!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 15:42:42 | More by BevMoAndrew
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