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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask - BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry CaskBrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask

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BA SCORE
90
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 07-29-2008)
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Reviews by secondtooth:
Photo of secondtooth
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, with almost no head of carbonation and no lace, either. Odd and a little disappointing from this premium imperial.

Nose is peaty malts, with hints of whiskey. Here's where it gets interesting. None of the requisite roastiness. Then again, the bottle was dated as "best by" 7 months ago. Maybe this aging has changed the malt profile?

Taste is strong -- overpowering flavor is of Scotch whiskey. Some vanilla and oak from the barrels. The 10% ABV is masked well beneath the warm and earthy flavors. Still, this one seems a tad raw and uncomplex as it is.Definitely unusual, but not as amazing as I'd expected.

secondtooth, Oct 15, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

chickenm, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours black with hardly any head. The little head that there is coalesces into a thin ring around the glass, and what I can only describe as a scaly layer of bubbles on top. The actual beer sticks around on the sides for a second, but there's no real lacing.

Smells great. A scotch aroma that is big but not overpowering. Also some smoked and earthy aromas. Very nice.

Tastes even better. A sweet malt flavor up front followed shortly by a smoked, earthy flavor. As the beer warms there's also some chocolate in there. There's a good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a great thickness accompanied by a subtle carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. There's no trace of the alcohol except for the warming sensation as it slides down my gullet. I could drink a ton of these.

Overall I'm glad I finally caved and paid $11.00 for this. Really a fantastic beer. I'd like to try this and the Ola Dubh 30 next to each other. Be sure to give this a shot.

glid02, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle sitting around for a while and thought, why not crack it open? I've had another Paradox and didn't outright dislike it.

As I poured it in the tulip, I was surprised by the transparency of the darker brown body. As hard as I tried, I could not coax much more than a laughable head. After five minutes, the 'head' is displaying it's lasting powers but it isn't much more than a collection of rather large bubbles.

Chocolate drizzle, bourbon and dark fruits dominate the nose and it's quite captivating. Molasses asserts itself and an overall dessert quality is what most strikes me.

Blended vanilla, oak and chocolate filling swirl about on first drink, with a light char, peat and fainting hop presence dancing in the background. The aftertaste is quite present but there is something mildly off putting about the cohesiveness of the flavors.

This is absolutely thin as belied by the pour. It tastes watery though the 10% tag would suggest otherwise. I can't pick up too much on the booze but I'm not that impressed by a wet impy stout.

For what this is, I could drink it all night. The sherry isn't prominent but it is so damn easy to put down. The thinness hurts it overall but for the easy of drink to flavor ratio, this scores highly.

Lazerlobe, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice impenetrable black with a very nice light tan creamy head. Nose is on the weaker side, but still smells quite a bit of peat, roasted malt and slight alcohol. Taste is very very nice, with deep roasted malt and chocolate flavors. The sherry comes out a little bit towards the end when you start to get a slight alcohol burn, but nowhere near what I would expect. Much oak in the flavor. Mouthfeel is almost perferct, nice and viscous, but not soupy. Drinkability is extremely good for the abv. Overall I like it. Its a very well made stout, and the sherry casks add a very likeable and interesting element to the flavor. A good brew, excited to see how the others do with a little bit of age. Recommended.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I aged this several months. Pours opaque black, with a cask like crowning bubbly head that's light brown. Significant whisky aromas. Medium mouthfeel, a very dry stout,chocolate, carbonation right there, slightly sour finish. More or less average for the style.

Sammy, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

cjgator3, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Denzo, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

mscudder, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 11 with a BBD 3/3/2011. The Portsmouth snifter is the vessel of choice for this one. As suggested by the BrewDog dudes, served at room temperature.

This looks like a very solid impy. Jet-espresso-black that's very opaque. There's a very solid full finger of ginger-colored head - it leaves a fair amount of lacing. Maybe the head retention could be a little better...but it could be much worse. I've seen BrewDog stuff that's a little uneven in carbonation and head retention, but this is much better.

I was expected a huge Scotch or Sherry bomb based on previous experience but this is very mellow - the oak aging is very subtle and there's not that vanilla excess. This has the roasted coffee malt with a little bittersweet chocolate. There's also a pretty decent hoppiness to it - a little grass but maybe more pine. Not a whole lot of booze but we know it's there - maybe just a little Macallan nose with a wisp of Sherry.

Sheeeit, this is quite soothing. Creamy on the palate with copious chocolate malt - maybe a little patent but very lean on harsh tannins. Smooth as all get-up - I'd almost enjoy a little more booziness but this tastes more like a traditional Imperial Stout. BrewDog has really shed the "gimmick" nuance with this one, because it stands on its own with a much more subtle notion of the Macallan cask. It gets a little bit lighter with warmth and the Macallan notes start emerging but they still remain nicely mellow.

Warmth on the palate from front to back is very calm - its weight gets lighter as the Scotch notes emerge with warmth. Earlier it has a creamy texture that is extremely inviting; this relaxes after a while but it is far from clammy.

Overall this is an inviting package that may temper and relax a bit as it warms but it's still a very good offering that is more traditional than other Paradox series offerings I've sampled. Extremely well-constructed. Another one that begs for a solid stogie.

IBUnit63, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having fun working through a bunch of these different batches. the latest is batch 011, their RIS aged in a 1987 macallan sherry barrel. I will confess I love macallan so this review may be biased. I did however share the beer with another BA and he enjoyed it as well so I'll call it accurate for today!

A - pitch black, nice dark tan head
S - peaty, smokey notes melded with roasted dark grains...
T - wonderfully balanced blend of smoaky peaty notes, sherry roasted grains, dark ripe fruit and oak.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, dry soft finish.
D - Yeah,that was good.

Glad I have one more of these to enjoy again! Pricey but worth a try.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hookup!

Batch 011 Best before 12/12/09

A: Pours a rather thin looking dark, dark brown/almost black with a bubbly light-tan head. Some spots and specks of lace are left behind.

S: Aromas of blackened malt, toffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, cherry, peat, charred oak, and booze.

T: This features an excellent range of flavors. Deeply roasted malt, oak cask char, vanilla, cherry, dark chocolate, peat, alcohol, toffee, dark fruit, and a touch of earthy/floral hops.

M: Slightly on the thin side. Nice balance of sweet vs. roasty & dry. Booziness in flavor alone, not too much in the way of heat. The alcohol has a pleasing, palate cleansing astringency that keeps things interesting. Espresso-like bitterness, as well.

D: Very, very good. Slightly thinnish pour and mouthfeel with a boatload of killer flavors. I'm very intrigued and quite interested in trying the other beers in the Paradox series.

GbVDave, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of aasher
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is the triple threat. The barrels are from Macallan (my favorite Scotch), 1987 Cask (my birth year), and this beer is retired. Perfect!

It pours a midnight black in color, medium in body, with almost no head or carbonation at all. It doesn't really coat the glass either. The aromas consist of raisins, figs, oak, brandy, and port. You don't get much traditional scotch characteristics but this one has had time to sit, and it was sherry cask. The flavors consist of rasin, figs, a lot of dark malt, light oak, and some brown sugar. It drinks "tired", as if it's on its last legs. It isn't as bold as it could or should be. The telling sign of this one is that it doesn't leave any residuals on the glass. It drinks pretty thin in body, especially for the style. It's ok, I imagine it used to be better.

aasher, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of caddyshack199
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brew Dog Paradox Macallan
A- pours a dark brown almost black color
H- no head to speak of. Clearly a oak aged beer.
S- light oak smell with a small amount of peat.
T-you would never guess this is 10 abv. Very smooth, light almost.
Very light peat and oak. Good afterthought. Not upfront.
I- I really like this beer. Great job by the brewdog guys.
12.99 120z bottle Staples Corner Liquors, Crofton Md

caddyshack199, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of hopdog
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Batch 011 BB 12/12/09.

Poured a dark brown color with red edges and an average to larger sized tan head. Aromas of earthiness, manure, woody, peat, smoke, chocolate, and very light sherry. Tastes of vanilla, wood, light sherry, chocolate, light caramel, and roast. Creamy body with the alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from: 8/16/08

hopdog, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of HoosBrews
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance was a dark, ruby red. Absolutely beautiful in a Belgian glass. Mild carbonation, with a nose that pronounces the sherry with a hint of malt. The taste was rich and wonderful. The sherry is subtle and balances tremendously well with the RIS. What makes this beer amazing is how drinkable it is. At 10%, there is some alcohol heat, but it's surprisingly smooth. An expensive beer, but an incredibly well balanced treat. If you're lucky enough to have a chance to try this one, don't hesitate...

HoosBrews, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark, almost black brown, totally opaque, with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates to virtually nothing.

S - The aroma is robust, full of a peaty phenolic ester, a woody essence, and a tinge of vanilla and chocolate.

T - Really complex and improves as it warms. Very woody and peaty throughout, and just a little dry and tannic. Chocolate liqueur and sherry, little bit of coffee. Coppery malt sweetness fading into a lingering peaty alcohol tingle in the aftertaste.

M - Thin bodied and light carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

*sigh* I'm pretty sure I got this in a trade, but, yet again, I can't remember from whom. If you were the sender, let me know so's I can give the proper props.

I wonder if I'm gonna be able to try the whole series? I hope so. This one pours a shiny obsidian with barely a spit of bubbles it wants to pass off as a head. The nose is pretty heavy on the whiskey, with some oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and darkly roasted malts mixed in there as well. A small bite o' chocolate finds its way to my 'strils as I remove the glass from beneath my nose. The taste shows a nice balance between cocoa, whiskey, and molasses, while the other elements of the nose frolic in the distance. A slight edge of charcoal lines the finish, lending yet another dimension to the darkness. The body is a heavy medium, with nearly no carbonation and a semi-fluid feel. Overall, one of the better Paradoxes, though the flatness and near-wateriness seems to count against this one more than the others. Still, it's by far the most balanced I've yet come across.

TMoney2591, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Rickythejeweler
1.68/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 1/1/08. Consumed 9/30/11.

A - Muddy black/brown, no head just a few soapy bubbles, no lacing.

S - The faintest smell of wood and old fruits.

T - The faintest taste of wood and old fruits.

M - Flat.

O - About 4 years old, classic example of a beer past it's prime. Disappointing. I should have stuck to my 2 year age limit for beers.

Rickythejeweler, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paradox Macallan bottled 03/03/09, bought at Total Wine in Charlotte, NC, and poured into a chalice-style (but more of a water/wine) glass.

Appearance: Immensely black, dark as molasses. Little to no head that dissipates quickly, barely any lacing.

Smell: coffee/chicory overtones, chocolate. Nice but underwhelming, considering the 1987 cask and all that.

Taste: chocolate truffles, some oak and vanilla, but none of the whiskey it was aged in. Burns the mouth as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Full body but not filling, if that makes sense. Low carbonation, thin finish. Very thin for a 10% beer!

Drinkability: It sure does drink well for a beer this strong... although the more it warmed, the slower I drank and the heavier it got. I expected more from it, though. An Imperial Stout this light is just *weird*.

Worth the price to splurge and try it once, but I'm not sure I would pay $12 bucks again. World Wide Stout is better and much cheaper.

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of pitasoup
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: pours almost black...dark dark brown with almost zero head - a thin whisp of off white lines the rim of the glass. for a ten percenter, it didn't seem that viscous - suspecting this may be thin like the other Paradoxes.

S: whisky, soy sauce, alcohol. sweet bourbon and oak. a hint of cinnamon as it warms. not much of the macallan spice yet though

T: dark burnt malts - black patent/carafa, grainy bitterness, slight coffee and cocoa.

M: medium body but thin for a stout, and especially for a -bal stout. finishes gritty and warm.

O: better than the others i've head (isle of arran, speyside, smokehead) but still a bit lacking. I love of the idea of scotch barrel aging but the base paradox doesn't seem to translate - there needs to be a heftier mouthfeel and a larger body of flavors to back up the great smells.

pitasoup, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously complex and with the most rich of flavors, the Macallan continues the Paradox trend of challenging the palate while seducing it simultaneously.

The beer pours a very deep brown, boardering on black except around the edges. The dainties of head gives a lightly tanned color and settles to a thin lace with a few intermitten pockets of foam. Lace also evident on the glass but in limited fashion. Low carbonation give a very cask ale-like calmness.

Smoky, fruity, and complexly sweet with black strap molasass, charred plumbs, currants, and grapes, and the with the essence of charred oak and chocolate- the nose is very rich, savory, and deep. The scotch peatiness is evident.

The flavors stay avery consistent with the scent: smoky rich flavors wrapped in over caramelized syrups, oak, licorice, raisons, heavy toast, cocoa, rummy alcohols all feed the notion of fruitcake, dehydrated/stone fruits and all with the savory sherry taste of plumbs, dates, figs, prunes, and red grapes. Hopped for bitterness only, the sweet and savory start finishes with a smooth bitterness that assist the roasty coffee-like bitterness.

Farily moderately weighted for an imperial stout, making the beer seem lighter and softer than expected. It's a velvety smooth and light beer for its style. Finishing with a cola-like linger of sweetness, the alcohols provide moderate warmth but is kept well in balance with other textures.

A delightful beer that peels from the norm of imperial stouts, but doing so to showcase what's best about well made scotch whiskys and sherrys. Compex. Balanced. Masculine. Refined. The beer begs to be paired with a rich and nutty maduro cigar.

BEERchitect, May 03, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing murky brown body under a finger of thick crema head. Some lacing. Holy smells this one has a nice nose! Sweet and meaty with burnt caramel and some smokiness. Traces of peat. Excited to try this.

Ahhhh letdown! Flavors are washed out and watery. Some peat and hints of smokiness linger but there is a decidedly soured flavor over the barely there sweetness. At least the ABV is barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is equally watery, slightly sandpaper-y with a low carbonation that rounds out a medium-something body. It's fairly drinkable for what it is, I was just hoping for more flavor.

Overall I am wondering if I would have liked this one better fresh. It's not past its b.b. date, but I wouldn't buy anymore of this strain.

abuliarose, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100th Review, Hooray me!!!
bottle to worthy sniffer

A: Dark dark brown very near black but not quite there in terms of color. There is essentially no head with not even a quarter cup of lacing. It is however completely opaque with nothing going through it at all

S:Dark smells chocolate almost with hints of the sherry but surprisingly not a lot of dark fruit it maintains its stout smell to it I cant quite describe.

T: There is a smokey taste in the beginning that fades into more of a stout taste with hints of dark chocolate the sherry like in the nose comes out but is not very powerful flavor. Though it is well blended with the stout flavor and adds an interesting depth to the flavor

M: Thin for a stout very watered down with a light chewy texture but not much there. It goes down easy especially with lack of carbonation as that adds to the smoothness. It is kinda of weird I do not dislike it but its not my favorite.

O:This is a good beer but not great I like the use of sherry cask it adds a lot to the flavor but almost everything else in this beer is good though needs improvement especially the mouthfeel. I will say it did complement my canoli ice cream well. Its worth a try but weather it was worth $10 is much more questionable

Pinknuggets, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

LumpkinBrews, Oct 16, 2013
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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask from BrewDog
90 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.