BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) - BrewDog
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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
3.23/5 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
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
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
4.18/5 rDev +4%
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.
03-10-2011 01:45:32 | More by justintcoons
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
4.1/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-17-2010 21:54:36 | More by WanderingFool
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
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
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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
08-30-2010 00:33:54 | More by armock
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
4.18/5 rDev +4%
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.
05-24-2010 22:03:42 | More by inpherno
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
3.25/5 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
3.55/5 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
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
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
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
3.98/5 rDev -1%
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.
08-23-2009 22:17:00 | More by Wasatch
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
4.25/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-12-2009 19:06:02 | More by BradLikesBrew
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
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
4.28/5 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
4.63/5 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
BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.