BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) - BrewDog
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2.73/5 rDev -32.1%
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.
05-14-2011 21:21:32 | More by TMoney2591
2.9/5 rDev -27.9%
Bottle in poured into a Duvel tulip.
Sorry to report that this was quite underwhelming. I've had several Islay batches, all with great results; however, this beer seemed lackluster. Will admit that maybe this could have been a bad bottling, as almost too many things went wrong with this beer.
Poured a thin, molasses colored body. Even with a very aggressive pour, yielded a light, 1/2 finger khaki colored head with no retention or lacing. Very light nose, with a malty hint of graham crackers. Slick mouthfeel, with little body front to mid palate. Zero carbonation gave a syrupy quality. Finish had notes of black pepper, sweet oak, and some lingering heat from the ABV. Drinkable? Only because there was so little happening.
I think I may have had a bum batch/bottling, but I'm willing to give a second shot.
01-28-2009 10:31:43 | More by bovinecrusader
3.15/5 rDev -21.6%
Pours a near-black dark brown, with nearly zero head. Nose is fantastic, with scotch, smoke, leather, dark fruit, and port wine. The palate is pretty underwhelming, with smoke, char, and scotch. mouthfeel is even more underwhelming. Possibly the thinnest RIS I've ever had, and little carbonation to speak of. Watery, with a light alcohol burn.
There's an amazing nose on this, but that's where the greatness ends. This is a $12 mistake you don't want to make.
10-19-2008 19:12:05 | More by 0110x011
3.23/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
05-18-2011 14:53:41 | More by Vdubb86
3.25/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
02-24-2010 18:42:23 | More by HopGoblin
3.33/5 rDev -17.2%
Appearance - This is a dark brown in color and clear with little head.
Smell - The aroma is mostly a very dark, roasted grain, but is mild. I thought it would open up more as it came to room temperature but no, not really.
Taste - The sweets are bigger at the taste then I thought they would be. I didn't pick up much sweetness at the nose but here I'm getting some good brown and cane sugars. I don't know what the cask aging was supposed to do for the flavors but other then a speckle of wood there's really not much else there.
Mouthfeel - This is relatively thin for the style, maybe medium-bodied at best, and a bit flat. The mild bitterness is offset by the sugars and they did a great job of masking the alcohol.
Drinkability - This was OK but nothing brilliant. The wood didn't add anything to the flavor profile and the beer itself wasn't thick enough to hold up to the heavy sugars.
06-29-2009 03:27:37 | More by RoyalT
3.35/5 rDev -16.7%
Consumed on 09/03/08. "Best by 12/12/09" warns the bottle.
A conservative pour of this clear, dark brown beer nets a thin, light tan head made of fairly large bubbles. It quickly dissipates into just a little sticky lacing. A bit anemic in appearance for a RIS.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla and red grape. Alcohol has a defininte presence in the nose as well.
Moderately thick beer with almost no carbonation. Sweet dark malt flavor with oaky red wine overtones. Oddly, very little scotch character to the nose or the palate. Bitterness not a strong component of the flavor. Warmth from the alcohol is pronounced on the swallow. That, combined with the too-sweet character of the beer and the disappointing lack of complexity made this 11.2 ounce bottle hard for me to finish solo.
I had planned on aging this one, but found myself reaching for the bottle with only a few weeks on it. Might be worth aging; it's certainly nothing special now.
09-03-2008 22:40:40 | More by charlzm
3.45/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
07-01-2011 02:22:58 | More by maximum12
3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
11-21-2009 18:38:38 | More by davod23
3.48/5 rDev -13.4%
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).
06-04-2012 05:36:00 | More by falloutsnow
3.5/5 rDev -12.9%
Clear dark brown colored beer with next to no head.
Smell is toffee and whiskey and faint black currant. Chocolate is present but this is not as aromatic as I would have expected from this type of whiskey barrel.
The taste starts out coffee and whiskey with a nice vanilla and or oak flavor. Good chocolate flavor this has an astringency to it that really dries out the mouth. Nice but not really a great beer.
Mouthfeel is dry mouth.
An OK beer but not one I really need to try again.
02-22-2009 22:45:25 | More by Zorro
3.55/5 rDev -11.7%
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....
02-17-2010 04:16:14 | More by bargerking
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
Dark brown color. Don't get as much out of the nose as I'd like. Some barrel components of vanilla, coconut and scotch, with a hint of the base beer. Silky mouth feel, similar to 011. Flavor shows nice balance and isn't overly peaty. Integrated barrel character which melds well with the base beer. Even a nice finish on this bad boy. It's a nice ale.
09-22-2008 22:29:33 | More by Crosling
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
So I decided to take a flyer on this brew. I'm intrigued by the scotch barrel conditioning. Noted as aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant cask and best by 12/12/09.
A - rich black color with a nice dark tan head
S - roasted malts, oak, vanilla and light peat scotch.
T - roasty dark malts, light notes of oak and scotch but it is dominated by the roasty effect
M - medium / medium full bodied, smoothly carbonated, nice warming effect.
D - came across as a coffee RIS rather than having spent time in a scotch barrel.
A nice brew which I hope the roast factor will mellow with time. Price of entry on this was $12.94 for a 11.2 oz bottle so while it's neat to try it's rather expensive.
07-22-2008 12:25:45 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
05-17-2010 19:16:25 | More by sisuspeed
3.7/5 rDev -8%
003 Batch Best by 12.11.09
A - Pours dark, almost no head. Not much lacing, either.
S - First thing I think of is smoky. Then, considering the source, somewhat peaty, but not much. True malt center and alcohol comes through.
T - Malt, wood, some peat, warming alcohol.
M - Much thinner than I thought. Also, not much carb.
D - OK beer. Too expensive ($12) and was disappointed on carb and body.
10-09-2008 04:32:01 | More by srandycarter
3.78/5 rDev -6%
BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2007 vintage
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Pitch black, no head--just a ring of bubbles along the edges.
Earthy, with a hint of the whiskey cask aging.
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.
Creamy smooth, but thinner than expected. Still, with barely any carbonation, it has a pleasant texture.
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
02-14-2011 04:02:34 | More by BeerNemesis
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Ponce. Freaking $10 per bottle. Pours a slightly watery brown with little or no head. Sweet alcohol flavor in the nose coupled with dark fruits and hints of molasses. Taste is very interesting and complex. Hints of alcohol, whiskey, chocolate, and molasses. The taste lingers for a while. Minimal carbonation, but considering this is has been aged in a cask, that is reasonable. The high ABV and the interesting taste give this beer only average drinkability. This is good, but I don't think I would buy one again because of the price tag.
03-21-2009 01:31:31 | More by jdubjacket
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
03-27-2011 21:15:09 | More by ckeegan04
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
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
05-29-2010 17:12:56 | More by brentk56
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
08-31-2011 04:00:24 | More by GrumpyJunglist
3.9/5 rDev -3%
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.
09-03-2010 12:11:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) from BrewDog
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