BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966 - BrewDog
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Reviews by DavidST:
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Poured from a 33cl bottle into a snifter, bottled on 2/2/08 (I didn't realize how old this was when I bought it). This pours a pitch black color with absolutely no head, completely flat. The smells are of dark roasted malts, oak and vanilla. The feel is medium almost no carbonination. The taste is okay , milder than I expected, you get the roasted malts and vanilla, but far more subdued than I expected (this isn't bad, but not worth the $14 per bottle).
12-26-2012 04:18:50 | More by DavidST
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3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
Best by 2/2/10
A - Pours very deep brown with almost no head. What little head there was fades very quickly and leaves no lacing.
S - Nice vanilla and oak whiskey notes, along with some nice dark fruits. A bit of chocolate and faint coffee. Smells very nice.
T - Unfortunately, taste doesn't live up to the smell. Has many of the same elements, just a bit watered down. Not bad, there are some nice flavors and the touch of whiskey on the finish is nice, but a bit of a let down after the smell
M - Thin mouthfeel takes away from what is a promising beer.
O - Decent, but not a real standout. And the price point only adds to the sense of disappointment.
11-11-2011 00:50:30 | More by warnerry
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Numbered 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours into a snifter an opaque deep dark brown body with no head. Some spotty lacing.
Aroma has toffee, dark chocolate, dried figs, and some Scotch whisky booziness.
Mouthfeel is about medium bodied, seeming even thinner. Low carbonation enhancrd the smooth character.
Taste is the highlight of this interesting brew. Notes of old leather, dark chocolate, toffee, figs, vanilla, peat, charcoal,oak, and Scotch whiskey play off each other well. Alcohol is hidden very well, to my surprise. There is a vague fruitiness in addition to the figs and raisins that is hard to place.
Surprisingly easy to drink, but I think a tad more carbonation would have enhanced the experience.
01-17-2010 21:07:16 | More by merlin48
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
11.2 oz bottle for $11.99 ea.
Of course this puppy is opaque! a thin and rather fizzy tan colored head dissipates fast and appears pretty relaxed which great since it's been layed down on cask fora while.
The nose has aged leather, musty dates, spicey raisins, herbal whiskey and a heat tingle. Dark and dank berries with roastie and sweet malt aroma's. Smells very much like the 30-year old Courage IRS i had last year...without the oxodized effects. Bold aroma's of old leather and berry sweetness makes this one unique indeed.
Very roastie malts hits first with herbs and camp-fire effects. Oats and wheat in the malt which has a bunch of unique complexity is balanced by a very subtle hoppy bitterness that settles into dry leaf with thyme and white pepper. Vanilla just bursts out of the malt, which is gained from the cask aging, and just a slight bit of not-so-sweet chocolate. This one might have just too much vanilla and aged furniture for my taste, but it's unique. A mellow whiskey-like heat without any of the actual burn sensation. A mellow, aged medium to full feel that is very relaxed, but not slick.
this one was very much like the classic courage IRS, only with more vanilla from the cask.
06-29-2009 22:37:02 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
12oz bottle - Star. best by 2/2/10, hmm
appearance: poured into oversized snifter - flat pour with almost no head and a very small number of beige bubbles, mahogany body
smell: aroma leans towards scotch and butterscotch, dry malts, not overly complex
taste: smooth and well refined - creamy caramel, butterscotch, milk chocolate, scotch. It barely feels like an imperial stout - the scotch aging is less pronounced then i wasnt overly moved by the base stout
mouthfeel: nice smooth body, creamy, but relatively flat
06-06-2010 20:44:59 | More by dirtylou
2.85/5 rDev -27.7%
Was able to score this beer at my local bottle shop for a special toast for NYE. A bit pricey at $13/bottle but I figured it might be worth it for ringing in the new year as it came highly recommended by my local's resident beer geek. I was under-impressed with this Paradox and think that some of the better reviews might actually stem from the rarity of the brew instead of the actual overall quality.
I was excited with the pour as this Imperial bellowed into our glasses a perfect jet black. I imagined fanciful aromas from the 1966 Port Dundas barrels as the thin head materialized and then... collapsed under the alcohol's weight. Dark khaki bubbles skim the surface of this black lagoon but no bouquet flung itself into my nostrils as I had hoped.
A bit of green wood, a bit of roast, a touch of vanilla, a touch of bourbon... a touch of this... a touch of that... If noses could cry...
Flavor echoes bouquet. Not much here. A bit of smokey/charred oak, a bit of baker's chocolate, a touch of sweetness and maybe some vanilla. Under everything there is a slight taste of bourbon. I had gone in expecting too much. I wanted a flavor explosion but received a sparkler.
Body is much to thin for a double or imperial anything. Medium-light. Almost borders on light enough to take shots of it...
I'm not really for ticking, but this would really be the only reason why I could see someone buying a bottle of this Paradox. Sure, it's rare. Sure, your friends probably have never had it. But, when you could use the same money to buy 2 or 3 great brews, why bother?
01-03-2012 16:50:42 | More by seedsofchaos
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Paradox Port Dunas Americam Double imperial Stout from BrewDog. This brew did not do well in our tasting finishing dead last in 12th with an average
rating of 3.50. Although the age of this bottle was likely the reason. It was 6 years old. The other
BrewDog we tasted (Tokyo) finished 4th with an average rating of 4.25
01-27-2014 19:37:19 | More by ricknelson
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
A: pure black into my trusted Duvel tulip with a few light tan bubbles.
S: GOOD GOD! This smells like my first shot of scotch all over again but with a little dark cocoa and some roasted malt. Frightening overall smell.
T: surprisingly smooth, not at all what the nose suggest. A oaky wood and vanilla flavor right up front. Some roasted malt sweetness and dark chocolate notes. Smokey in the back and I could notice the alcohol but its not overpowering.
MF: medium body, oily and a tad chewy. Flat as my middle school girlfriend (extremely) and warming in the mouth.
D: a nice beer when you can get over the smell, from what I've read in other reviews flat is not a "my bottle only" problem. The price cuts down on the drink ability also.
01-11-2011 23:36:47 | More by nickthetick
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
11.2 oz. Surprised by the only moderately dark brown pour, minimal whispy cream colored head. Aroma has some roast, but nice vanilla, caramel and light oak tones. A bit lighter bodied than I would like also, but coats the mouth ok. Taste has a nice blend of caramel, vanilla and barrel. Chocolate is there, some roast malt, zero coffee. Just hints of coffee and barrel booze in the finish. Real nice balanced double stout, but for the 12 bucks I paid, not sure it was worth it. Just not quite enough of everything stout, but the barrel was nicely done. Will say it was pretty easy drinking for a big beer.
07-11-2009 03:53:48 | More by Bung
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
11.2 ounce bottle, best before 2/2/2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with pretty much no head at all. Not much lacing, either. Nice aroma, it smells like dark fruit, smoke, vanilla, oak and scotch whisky. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice and bittersweet chocolate noticable too. I like the taste, but it seems a bit mild compared to the aroma. I was expecting this to have a little more of a kick to it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's very thin for a stout. It is smooth and has low carbonation, which makes this brew easy to drink. It's a good beer, but because of the price I wouldn't drink this very often. But it is definitely worth trying if you're into barrel aged beers.
07-05-2009 21:55:03 | More by bluejacket74
3.23/5 rDev -18%
Batch 013 with a best before of 02/02/10;
Poured into tulip shaped glasses:
A: Black body with a tan foam edge around the top.
S: Strong vanilla with a whiskey and butterscotch aroma. Undertones of dark fruit, molasses, and oak.
M: Light to medium body, warm chest from the ABV. No carbonation at all.
D: Expensive, and not at all what we expected. This seems to be the road Brew Dog has been taking lately. Very Unfortunate...
The Kings Of Hop
11-02-2009 04:52:27 | More by TheKingsOfHop
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours pitch black with a hint of dark tan head and little carbonation, surprisingly the tiny foam around the glass forms a slight lacing. Very faint aroma of dark malts and whiskey. Nice mouth feel. Very light taste of dark malts, chocolate, molasses and faint whiskey. Mellow dark malt and whiskey finish. Well balanced and integrated, maybe a bit too much so, there is little to get excited about. A smooth, pleasant, but rather subdued barrel aged stout.
08-01-2012 22:54:38 | More by LiquidAmber
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Looked on the back of the bottle and this is clearly marked Batch 13.
I received this one a little while back and decided to grab it out of the fridge last night and give it a try. I wasn't overly thrilled with the first one I tried but this one suited me much better. Served cold and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 02/03/2010.
Pitch dark, black as night it comes out of the bottle and hits the glass. Not much at all in the way of carbonation, in fact it leaves a bare top with no lacing here what so ever. Really nice looking color and I have come to expect this look with the style. Aroma is loaded with woody notes. Hints of tobacco and leather start to come through immediately. Rich, smoky, and not as sweet as I would have thought. Old aged leather would be the best descriptor of the aroma. Smooth, even keeled feel here. Not highly carbonated at all, but not thin either, it seems to work for me. Rich enough to keep me interested for sure. Flavor is smoked malts, leather and tobacco again, with a hint of dark wood like notes. Light touch of vanilla, but very light and the finish is dry with an almost licorice like bite at the end.
Overall this was pretty darn good I have to admit. Could not taste the ten percent here at all, and the barrel really seems to shine here, showing that it can enhance the natural flavors and not go overboard. A fine, fine example of the style.
02-04-2010 18:15:57 | More by mikesgroove
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
I have drank a lot of good beer, but this is my first review.
Bottle says best before 2/2/2010. Poured into my Bell's tulip glass at cellar temperature.
A: Dark as night. No light shines through
S: Chocolate with a slight hint of alcohol.
T: This is a lot less intense than I would have guessed from the description. I would use the term weak. Chocolate and whiskey are the two tastes I can really pick up on.
M: The feel is disappointing. it is very thin for my expectations of a barrel-aged stout.
O: This is an average barrel-aged stout. I have had better and worse. The smell is the best thing going for it.
05-30-2011 00:17:22 | More by camil1mj
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
Brewdog Paradox Port Dundas
Appearance: dark brown, no head, and no lacing.
Smell: caramel and toffee.
Taste: caramel, toffee, and a slight cocoa.
Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.
This is much lighter than anticipated. The flavors are subtle and rich.
05-27-2011 04:50:56 | More by megahurts4
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz bottle. Went in with a friend on this bottle. Just couldn't justify $12.99 for a 12oz bottle.
Pours a dark brown, nearly black in color. No head forms on the pour. Smell is some rich port, and some dark roasted malts. Even more of the rich port like qualities come through in the taste. Very balanced and well done.
This is just a bit thin to be qualified as an Imperial Stout. Not close to some of the more viscous, fuller bodied Imperial Stouts out there.
Decent beer, but definitely not worth the price of the bottle. I could get two 12oz bottles of Bourbon County and still have some money left over.
06-06-2009 02:07:31 | More by FtownThrowDown
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Tasted from bottle at Lush Roscoe. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a tinge of amber and almost no head, just some lace around the edges. Nose is dark amber malt with some nuttiness and dried fruits. Raisin, prune, and fig are all present. There dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and molasses on the nose. The flavors are very similar, starting off with the dried fruits and molasses, and moving to the sweet malt and vanilla, and finishing with the bitterness of coffee and dark chocolate. Then comes the oaky finish of vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. The body is heavy with low carbonation and a long oaked finish. This beer is excellently balanced and hides the alcohol content well. Funny, since it says the best by date was several months ago...
09-27-2010 20:12:01 | More by wedgie9
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Room temperature into Duvel tulip. Batch 13 with BBD 2/2/2010.
Head of dried ginger comes and goes quickly, leaving wisps up top. Body is slightly turbid yet dark brown - root beer/espresso brown.
Nose is very subtle for malt texture - port and whiskey, along with vanilla oak, dominate here. Oh yeah...the booze is there, too. Big time. Brings out milk chocolate notes. Hops? Noble at most - very mild...grass? Pine? Too mellow to make an impression.
Port shows up here but it's slightly watered down against the oak/vanilla backdrop. Now the roasted chocolate malt comes out more clearly and counters the booze. Even some hop grass shows up.
Palate isn't bad - tight with coffee, booze and a little hoppy grass. A little clammy up front. Not a lot of Beautiful Chemistry here. Pretty disjointed, and finish is sort of tepid.
2 Brewdog offerings sampled so far, with 2 disappointments. This one is OK but there are much better. There's really no synergy to speak of, and that's the real issue. Good individual components and they just don't connect. None have real power to me, either, so I can't imagine age helping too terribly much.
02-12-2009 15:21:17 | More by IBUnit63
4.53/5 rDev +15%
A - nice black brew with a wisp of red at the edges. Soft off white head that quickly dissipates.
S - vanilla, oak, abv warmth
T - vanilla, whiskey, oak, sweet dark malts swirl in a velvety sinful mix.
M - medium full bodied, nicely carbonated with a silkey smooth texture.
D - wow, this is great. I could sip and savor this again and again.
12-21-2008 02:56:41 | More by barleywinebrewer
BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966 from BrewDog
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