BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) - BrewDog
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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
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-01-2009 05:26:20 | More by midaszero
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
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
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
4.53/5 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%
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
4.33/5 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
4.38/5 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
4.33/5 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
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
10-23-2008 02:01:39 | More by paulthebeerguru
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
3.7/5 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
3.63/5 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
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-16-2008 20:05:27 | More by tpd975
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
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
4.15/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-23-2008 00:42:22 | More by Georgiabeer
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head, looks almost flat at first, solid head retention though.
S: Strong scent, get a lot of overt whiskey at first, then comes iodine, sea air, cherry, prune, and definitely vanilla bean, with a hint of ethanol.
T: Scotch and a alcohol bit hit, then the overall flavour mellows out. Lots of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, and vanilla coke.
M: Quite light than I would expect with a 10% beer, perhaps this is because of the aging, I don't know. Smooth and mellow.
D: Very easy to drink for such a big beer. Very expensive, but I liked the concept, glad I bought it.
08-18-2008 04:52:21 | More by Halcyondays
3.98/5 rDev -1%
Picked this one up from Bill as an extra in our most recent trade. I had been wanting to get these, but had yet to see them show up locally. Needless to say I was very happy when he included one to let me see if I needed to pursue it further. Served in an oversized wine glass, this was consumed at cellar temp on 08/10/2008.
Poured a deep, dark black, though utterly motionless with only the slightest bit of wispy brown lace on the top. That faded after a few brief moments and all that was left in its wake was a bare, blackened top.
The aroma was full of whiskey and vanilla smells. Lots of nice sweet touches here, maybe even some light butterscotch on the nose. Hints of burnt coffee and an almost peat like smell were dancing around in the foreground. The flavor was more f the same. Very nice, toasty, with a he malt bill on this one. Started smooth and dark, with an oak like flavor that washed over the tongue with hints of vanilla and molasses, fleeting though with some long after taste of roasted malts and peat, a touch of sweet whiskey flavor and the drying touch that was highlighted by almost a bitter bakers chocolate. Smooth Mouthfeel, though not as thick as I would have liked, but still not bad at all. Easily drinkable as the 10% was nowhere to be found on this one.
Overall not bad. Jury is still out on the 12 dollar price tag, but this was definitely a solid beer. The aging was not overdone at all, and an easy one for being so big. Will have to come back to this one.
08-12-2008 00:03:04 | More by mikesgroove
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
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