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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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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 74
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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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 07-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorghum syrup black with a hint of highlight along the bottom edge of the snifter. Almost two fingers of sandstone colored foam was created on the pour and is lasting a good bit longer than the crowns on most barrel-aged 10.0% ales. Very little lace is not a surprise.

The aroma is a lovely combination of Imperial stout and Scotch. The fact that it's becoming even bolder with warming is a bonus. Too bad the sherry-like characteristics of the Scotch aren't appreicated, but that was probably too much to expect given all the black malt. Maybe my taste buds will have better luck.

It makes sense that I would love this beer since the Speyside version was tasty as hell and since The Macallan is one of my three favorite single malts (Talisker, Lagavulin). On second thought, love might be too strong a word. This is a good RIS, though not quite a great one.

Flavor boldness can't be denied. However, more malt would have given the beer an added measure of depth and complexity. I'm not talking Dark Lord or Darkness, but something more full and chewy would put this brew into the stratosphere. The whiskey isn't subtle, nor does it overwhelm. Looks like time spent in the oak was just right.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, Scotch whiskey, a tangy dark fruitiness, a blip of smoky peat and a wee shot of molasses. Still no sherry, which is a minor disappointment since that's pretty much the only way this version has of distinguishing itself from all the others. Side-by-side with the rest of the beers in this series, I might have been able to identify the sherry notes.

Even as room temperature approaches, the body/mouthfeel fails to firm up and fill out enough to earn a good score. How many times do I have to say it? More malt... more malt... more malt... The carbonation is appropriately low-key.

BrewDog Paradox Macallan, while not the gobsmacker that I would have liked, is still damn good Scotch barrel-aged Russian Imperial stout. Drinking several beers in this series in the same sitting is probably the only way to truly appreciate their differences. The good thing is that it looks as if there isn't a clinker in the bunch.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a whim in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass. Best before March 3rd, 2011.

A - Pours with a dime of foam that settles to a big-bubbled ring and some light haze. Dark, dark brown body that's lighter at the fringes of the glass, and displays some transparency. Needs to be darker for a 10% Imperial Stout.

S - Sweet dark fruits, whisky, chocolate, oak, sherry-like oxidation flavors, and a hint of booze. Probably the best-smelling Brewdog beer I've had. Really well integrated, unlike some other Paradox series brews.

T - Taste is more of a milk chocolate base, with dark fruits, vanilla, and mellow whisky flavors. Finish has a light tannic bite and some buttery oak, that is evocative of some of the cream-filled chocolates you get in a box from Russell Stover. This is probably a 4.25, but I was pretty tough on appearance.

M - Too thin for 10%, but otherwise smooth and low in carbonation. Minimal heat, and the slightest tannic astringency.

D - I was happy to have 6-8oz of this one, but a whole bottle might have gotten a touch cloying. This has aged quite gracefully and turned out better than any of the other beers in the series. Pricey at $10/bottle, but one of the few Brewdog beers worth a spin.

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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a mocha head that doesn't retain well outside a thin film across the top. Spotty lacing sticks all along the glassware. Sweet aroma of almost a chocolate milk character with some fruitness and alcohol. Nose finishes with a bit of raisins and dark sugar. Taste is bitter upfront with a persistent alcohol presence in both flavor and warmth. Medium feel with a very mild amount of carbonation. Lingering flavor of burnt bitter grains and coffee is left in the mouth. The estery alcohol accents the dark fruity flavors but the sweetness is kept in check by the bitterness from the hops and burnt grains. Subtle nuances in both the nose and flavor suggest sherry from the aging in barrels without coming right straight forward and being obvious. It is a nice touch that would have been missed if served too cold.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third review of the Brew Dog Paradox series. I'm a whisky fan as well as a beer fan, and what's amazing about these beers is how well they reflect the particular whisky barrels they are aged in. Each paradox tastes somewhat of the whisky that was in the barrel, and the differences in flavor and intensity are often more due to the character of each Scotch rather than the beer ingredients. This is exciting stuff for a whisky lover. This particular one is hand notated as batch 011 best by 12/12/09. The beer pours pitch black with very little head, but what there is leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell is toasty and sweet with marshmallow and cedar up front and with some vinous notes on the back end from the sherry casks. The taste is perhaps a bit gentler than some of the other Paradoxes, but there are clear notes of roasted malt, sherry, sweet honeyed malt, and the pure, clean notes of the Macallan. Very nice. Extremely smooth, and although there are whisky notes, it doesn't taste at all as strong as the 10% abv would suggest. Very nice. I think I'll follow this with a Scotch.

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Photo of aasher
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark brown highlights. Pretty thin and quick head atop this watery looking dark liquid. Looking at it from the top, its a lot lighter colored than expected. Dark chocolate aromas intermingled with classic RIS coffee aromas. The sherry cask seems to add a nice dry fruit aroma to this heated abv. brew. The taste starts super roasted, chocolate and coffee malt. The middle has some more smokey malts adding another layer of depth to the malts, along with some dry fruits and aged sherry alcohol from the middle of the palate to the finish. The palate is warm and a little thin for an RIS in my opinion. Still warm and a little creamy overall though. An interesting, sipping RIS from a rule breaking brewery.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thinnish black w/ lightly tan head and some lacing. A mild sweet smell of caramel and chocolate along with hints of roasted malts. A milder RIS that is smooth, almost creamy, with a sweetness that resembles light chocolate, hints of caramel and toffee and a touch of something else I can't put my finger on. Has a dry finish but not overly dry, more complimentary to the beer. With the well-hidden ABV I could down this anytime and it is a dangerous but very tasty beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent tan head. Aroma is strong and smoky with undertones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate as well as a firm overtone of whiskey. Flavor is smoky and a little malty with a firm whiskey bite as well as hints of unsweet chocolate, coffee and toffee - downright lip-smacking. Texture is thick and oily-smooth, leaving a good tingle as it goes down.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Glencairn whisky glass. Batch 011. Bottled on 3 March 2009.

A: A glowing dark brown, barely translucent. Scattered but persistent lacing, with little head.

S: Fruit, dry malt, distant dryness. All in all, a pretty nice representation of the sherry cask in beer form.

T/M: Alas, perhaps a little old. Thin and flat, like many a Paradox aged til now, but mayhap I spoke too soon...loaded with flavour, especially on the endtaste. Chiaroscuro fruit, malts saved from boringness only by dint of being whisky-filled, but overall, a nice ale that was drenched in excellent single malt then left far too long in the bottle.

O: I couldn't recommend it, but I'm glad I tried one. BrewDog is an excellent brewery, and I regret not trying this sooner.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with tints of red showing through. The head rises toh a 1/2 finger in height. Farily good retention and some lace.

S: Nice boozy aroma with hints of wood and chocolate malt.

T: Nice light scotch flavor with subtle notes of wood and earth. A touch of vanilla is there as well.

M: Nice and light for the style.

D: Very I like this one.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl/11.2 oz. bottle...hand-written Batch "011" and Best Before "12/12/09" [hey, that's today!]. Served at just about room temperature, as the label recommends, to a tumbler.

A: Dark brown, a 'maple syrup' color more accurately - shows caramel orange at the edges. Slim ring of sandy tan, a pencil-thin clinger. A few tiny dabs of lace, but nothing more.

S: Caramel or toffee, something sweet like that, then a smoky 'oak barrel', Grassy, almost flowery-sweet, hops.

T: Spiced sweetness, hints of smoke, a woody Scottish whisky, subtle vanilla, chocolate/cocoa and an earthy peat. Mellow hops, their spice plays well with the oaken spice of barrel-aging. Unfortunately, the Macallan sherry casks don't impart the sweetness and definitive 'sherry' quality that I'd hoped for. Still, complex enough and plenty delicious...

M: A little thin...ok, remarkably thin. For 10%, this has the body of a 5-6% ale. Despite a thin weight, the heft of this beer is nearly hidden - creeping warmth and a nearly impossible smoothness. Dulled carbonation; though it's right at the 'best by' date, seems like it has been aged for years.

D: Remarkably easy to drink...hard to find the 10% abv in this...still, it's a 'sipper' almost because the label dictates alone. Probably a 5, but I have to note that the $11 price tag is among the least 'value-conscious' decisions I've made. Tough to justify against another at that cost...regardless, a very tasty brew, that would be oh-so-easy to enjoy again.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very smudged pencil color with redding around the edges. Head is tan and sritzy with pockets here and there.

Aromas of licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, a roasty sense. Not much in way of sherry or wood.

Very nice carbonation crisp but not overpowering. Chocolate prevails with sherry making an appearance in a very nice way. The wood really show a tannin quality on the finish. A bit roasty and black licorice in the middle with a alcohol bite on the end.

First of the Paradox beers I've had. I think if the base stout had more depth it would really benefit.

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Photo of Crosling
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Aroma has a lot of depth combining the peaty whiskey character and the sherry character of the barrel with a touch of the base beer. Flavor is nicely balanced and integrated. Silky mouth feel with palate caressing flavors. Not overly smoky, just a touch. The added sherry notes are a welcome addition. Other notes of vanilla, caramel, with a pleasant sweetness and a pretty nice finish. This is my favorite Paradox so far.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  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.

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Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a dark brown color with no head and no lace

S - Is of roasted malts with some sherry scents

T - Wow this is good it tastes like it smells roasted malt and sherry

M - This beer has a thin body with light carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer from BrewDog and this one is easy to drink too quickly yet again if you see this do whatever you have to to get the bottle

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Photo of secondtooth
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, the batch number on my bottle wasn't printed on properly, but I believe this is batch 11.

Initial pour is very disappointing. Very black and gloopy in the pour, but an almost non-existent, wispy cola-like head.

Scotch, chocolate, coffee and malts. These all predominate in both the scent and the flavour. Slightly bitter taste, very definite scotch and dark chocolate profile. Virtually no hop presence at all.

Very slick, oily mouthfeel, quite suitable to the style. At 10%ABV, a 33cl bottle is enough. Great nightcap.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle drank out of my stone IRS snifter. best by date is hand written on the back and reads 12/12/09. oops, i guess i let this one sit for too long.

A- this one pours out an opaque black colored body. no light passes through, even when held near a light. there is a full finger of khaki colored head on top that quickly fizzles away to no more than a crown. solid rings of lacing are left of the sides of the glass.

S- the nose is decently complex. sweet chocolate and sherry are the first things that i notice. after that i get darkly roasted malts and some vanilla from the barrel. there is a slight coffee scent at the end.

T- the taste starts out with sweet sherry and milk chocolate before quickly yielding some dark roasted malts. this is a sweet brew overall. lots of dark chocolate and vanilla (from the barrel) in the middle. there is a blast of coffee at the end. the alcohol that i could smell is pleasantly subdued.

M- the mouthfeel is a little weak for something like this. id say medium bodied, bordering on light. much too small for an imperial stout. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol, but that is expected with a barrel aged stout. very smooth at this point.

D- this bottle went away with ease. the price is a little high at just under $13, but its a tasty beer overall. it was hard to believe that this one was as strong as it is. with this amount of age this is very easy to finish.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, DARK brown with a thin, rocky almond head and viscous film on the glass. Chestnut and ruby red highlights don’t quite make up for the total lack of lacing.

There is a light, barely distinguishable sherry aroma with more pronounced roasted malt. Perhaps there is a hint of pine resin in this simple, but lush and alluring aroma. A suggestion of roasted coffee comes out with warmth.

The flavor has a whisky undertone and is well balanced. Overall, the flavors are surprisingly muted and there is a long, light finish.

A full body with smooth texture and light carbonation. Alcohol plays a role but is still under control and there is a light, sticky residue on the lips.

Preferable as a sipper while relaxing or during cocktail hour. Aside from the price tag, this one could easily fit into any regular line up.

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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.