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BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

53 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 07-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 72
Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle

Batch 03
Best Before: 12/12/09

Poured into a chalice a dark black color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some oil slicks remaining. The nose is malty, with some whiskey, caramel/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with a nice touch of whiskey, caramel/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is an interesting brew, pretty tasty. (370 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (741 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imperial stout aged for several months in 1970 Glen Grant Scotch casks from Speyside.

Pours dark brown. Aroma is sweet with notes of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. The flavor is toffee, molassas, brown sugar, oak, vanilla,and maybe some cinnamon with hints of peat sneaking in. Rich an complex, but amazingly smooth and easy drinking. Does not show its ABV one bit. Dark stone fruit becomes more prevalent in aroma and flavor as it warms.

Imperial Stout? Yes, but a very different beast. Unlike say Yeti or any of the other HUGE American takes on the style, this one is more balanced and easier to put away. Not as roasty, hoppy or thick. (644 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (896 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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." (434 characters)

Photo of jgap
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (705 characters)

Photo of alovesupreme
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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. (922 characters)

Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (580 characters)

Photo of midaszero
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown body with only a little bit of light coming through the edges. Pretty much zero head. Can swirl up a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Chocolate and malty and whiskey. Seems like the smell should be stronger from a distance but upon closer inspection is just of average strength but still present.

T - Chocolate with roasted elements and whiskey presence.

M - Medium thick body with almost no carbonation. Smooth and creamy

D - Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink especially for 10% but over priced IMO. (516 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (489 characters)

Photo of bovinecrusader
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (817 characters)

Photo of IDrinkAllot
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (344 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (665 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (363 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (565 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (709 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a really deep brown, that is almost black. nice rich mild brown color. really low retention rate and very mild lacing.

S: great rich roasted malt aromas, some coffee, toffee, and caramel. Some vanilla notes from the barrels, hints of peat but light.

T: wonderful flavors acquired from the Glen Grant barrels, some light peat and a great smooth velvety vanilla. big roasted malt flavors, coffee, toffee, and some chocolate.

M: a little thin on the body for the style, but barrel aging will do that. nice warming mouthfeel from the high ABV.

D: very nice brew, and great job with the barrel aging. I enjoyed it very much. well worth getting. (653 characters)

Photo of 0110x011
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (462 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (400 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (351 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black hue with a nice 1/2 finger head. Good retention and nice lace.

S: Nice light sweet aroma quickly gives way to chocolate. A blast of whiskey, oak, and a touch of vanilla round things out.

T: Very much like the aroma. A bit of coffee with bitter chocolate start things off. Some smoke and vanilla make an appearence with a dash of scotch in the finish.

M: A bit thin for the style, but rather smooth for a barrel aged brew.

D: Rather good for the style. (477 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (954 characters)

Photo of RixBeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (440 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head. Nice aromas of vanilla, caramel, whisky, light spicebox, cream, and a bit of toffee and roasted grain in the finish. The taste is fairly soft, but very nicely integrated flavor similar to those notes found in the aroma. Creamy and with a lightly peated whisky taste as well as some more of that toffee and caramel. Very smooth and easy drinking. A pleasure. (387 characters)

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