BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) - BrewDog
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4.63/5 rDev +15.2%
A thin looking RIS that pours with a good head that hangs around for a minute. This beer is much more transparent that most RIS's. Smells like a spanish beverage called Malta. Upon first tasting I thought I smelled whiskey but now it is clear that it is undeniably Scotch Whisky.
What a malt bomb! A little chocolate and light coffee, with some vanilla and whisky in the mix. Such a great tasting beer.
This is the beers weakest aspect. The body is pleasant and contributes to drinkability but could benefit from much more body. Far to thin.
What a fantastic RIS, This is possibly the most drinkable RIS I have ever had.
I enjoy the bourbon aged beers very much but personally enjoy Scotch much more. Its unfortunate that Scotch barrels are used so many times and therefore are much harder to come by in comparison to Bourbon barrels. This rarity of Scotch barrels therefore contributes to the beers excessive price tag.
03-22-2009 16:32:28 | More by alovesupreme
4.58/5 rDev +13.9%
Rich aroma is oily, smoky, strongly of molasses with a firm undertone of fine mocha. It pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick grayish tan and none too persistent head. Flavor is mainly of molasses with an overtone of fine roast coffee and more than a hint of chocolate and toffee. The taste fairly fills the mouth - just a sip delights the entire tongue. Texture is slick, thick and a little tingly. Recommended to all "Stouties."
06-27-2009 23:56:53 | More by Cyberkedi
4.53/5 rDev +12.7%
so my night of drinking continues. I turn on a shitty horror flick and I'm in the mood for something dark. so my friend paradox, your time has come.
dark pour. rich blackish brown with some daaaark ruby highlights when held up to the light. a nice creamy one finger mocha colored head is produced off an aggressive pour. the head falls pretty quick leaving a decent amount of lacing.
smell is great and rich. subtle wood notes, vanilla, dark fruits, a lingering sweetness, there is also a slight mossy feel but i cant say for sure. there is something that i just cant put my nose on. hrmmmm. smell this great makes me excited to dive into this bad boy.
taste follows suit. some good flavors of vanilla off the whiskey barrels. chocolate malt. a pleasant sweetness. the alcohol is masked like a champ.
mouth is smooth. a bit thin but still good. not a ton of carbonation coming through on this. i get practically no alcohol burn.
i could put back a few of these in a night if they weren't 12 bucks a bottle. very glad i had a chance to try this beauty.
01-18-2009 08:33:16 | More by Mauerhan
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
09-09-2010 20:58:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
11.2 oz bottle into 8oz snifter. Batch 003. Best by 12/12/2009 (a year from now).
Pitch black with a one finger light tan head which settles to a thin bubbly rim along the glass.
Light bitter malts with a batch of dark fruit. The alcohol is well perceived.
Like the Speyside batch, the harshness of the aroma is gone in the flavor. Smooth, slightly creamy, the alcohol is hidden, and the roasty bitter malts create the perfect sipping flavor. Full bodied.
At 10%ABV, this one is dangerously smooth. Even though it's like drinking and Irish Dry Stout, be sure to hide the keys before enjoying this one. Enjoy at purchase or at its "best by" date. Recommended.
01-01-2009 06:01:23 | More by BeerSox
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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!
11-13-2009 15:42:42 | More by BevMoAndrew
4.5/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
12-15-2009 08:57:14 | More by billshmeinke
4.45/5 rDev +10.7%
Pours black with a nice thin layer of head that fades faster than super man can jump over a building.
WOW there is some seriously huge chocolate, coffee and caramel.
You can taste the sweetness of the chocolate but it is overshadowed by the flavor from the barrel. Damn good, damn good!
There is little carbonation but that is fine it is smooth and very easy to drink.
Drink it up while it's here. Could be gone in a matter of minutes.
08-23-2008 03:18:13 | More by RixBeer
4.38/5 rDev +9%
Pours black with a ring of brown bubbles. Let it sit until it nears room temperature. I enjoyed the base, Riptide Stout, in the meantime. Aroma is heavy with Speyside malt, salt, peat, coffee, dark chocolate, wood, leather, and smoked malt. The taste is incredible. The bitter, roasty, smoky, coffee and chocolate flavors are all there, but now with the peat and alcohol from the scotch. It all swirls in your mouth. As it gets warmer, tobacco, oak, earthy oats, and vanilla pop up from time to time. Took a while to sip, but I liked it that way. Worth every penny.
12-05-2008 19:38:29 | More by magictrokini
4.38/5 rDev +9%
When I got this beer I was worried that the flavor from the whiskey cask would over power the flavor of what is already a strong beer. But to my surprise the notes of scotch were almost subtle and a great complement to this stout. The bottle was very price ~$14 but certainly worth the money if you only plan on having it every once in a while.
01-19-2009 18:06:17 | More by IDrinkAllot
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
Batch 003 best before 12/12/09. Black, gold and white foil label on a brown 11.2fl.oz. longneck. This large ale pours black-brown with a finger of light tan head into my snifter. Light on the carbonation, the head thins to a decent layer with spots of lace.
Sweet and roasty, malt and whiskey greet the nose. Fruit, flower and estery notes follow.
Flavors of licorice, molassas, malt, coffee, vanilla and charcoal come through with sweetness and fade with a bitter chalkiness. Complex and well balanced, not to mention quite tasty.
A solid imperial stout with flavor enhanced by the whiskey casks, equals an easy to sip brew with a big 10% ABV.
Expensive as hell, but definetly worth a try for this style.
10-30-2008 04:02:39 | More by scottoale
4.33/5 rDev +7.7%
11.2oz bottle labeled Batch 003 BB 12/12/09,
Poured dark brown with red edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, some earthiness, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and light whiskey. Tastes of vanilla, light whiskey, wood, chocolate, liighter earthiness, and roast. Thinner but nice and smooth body. Alcohol content well hidden.
Notes from: 8/11/08
12-18-2008 21:28:53 | More by hopdog
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours black with a mocha head that fades to a good, patchy lace. The smell has lots of whisky in it along with ripe raisins, plumbs, and a strong roastyness- almost like a smoked beer- smells great! Taste is great too! It's just a little sweet up front just before the whisky hits you. It's a lot like a nice bourbon aged beer but with a stronger kick. I'm liking it a lot. The taste fades back to a sugar but this time it's toasty, dark ripe fruit. Lots of raisin. There is a slight alcohol burn but that may blend better with age. I would expect this beer to become something REALLY special with a few years on it. It actually reminds me a lot of older viscocity. It's expensive but try this if you can!
05-12-2009 07:16:52 | More by jgap
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
The color is a dark and opaque black with some light brown foam and so nice lacing.
The smell is just a tiny bit teasing. Some toffee and burnt malt feel. The darker of the malt feel on this one.
The taste is quite a bit coffee flavored. Some nice toffee and peanut brittle flavor. A burnt feel to the flavor has been thinking of imperial stouts. It does gives a very conditioned, and flavor filled taste to this beer. Quite good and quite surprising from a brewery that seemed as they were just filled with gimmicks.
The feel of this beer is a bit tart but creamy. Sliding through the mouth it just tweaks the pretty twisted side in your taste buds and brings out a smile. I was impressed.
08-13-2009 06:06:13 | More by Duhast500
BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) from BrewDog
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