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BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
89
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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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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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BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) from BrewDog
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