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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966 - BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966

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BA SCORE
88
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.

Port Dundas 1966 barrels

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-10-2008)
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4/5  rDev +2%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

zestar, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a lot of hype surrounding the Brewdog beers and distribution. This is my first from the brewery. Let's see what all the fuss is about.

An uninspiring pour brings an average viscocity, light head formation and retention over the alcoholic beverage. No real lacing and the carbontion doesn't make much impact but the beer shows nice legging throughout.

Very nice blend of strong Stout-like properties with a lot of fruitiness, rum and port sweetened alcohols with a touch of campfire smokiness, woods, a light vineous note, and a touch of chocolate and brandy.

Nice and mellow flavors of coffee, bittersweet cocoa, and sweet brandies, ports, and whiskies. Fruity with berries, licorice, raisons, figs, dates, plumbs, raisons- the beer runs the whole plethera of dried and fresh fruits; think grandma's fruitcake. Still, the woods bring on a nutty, vanilla, caramel tone that rounds out the rough edges of the alcohols and astringent roasted grains. Mellow, maybe to a flaw.

Lack of carbonation begins to take its toll on the textrue. Slight on creaminess allows the tannins to rise a bit too much. The beer sits heavy on the tongue without the lift of the bubbles. Finishes with a lingering sweetness from the malts and heavier alcohols, at times taking on a cola-like taste in the finish.

I liked the beer, but the beer doesn't stand up to expectations- partly because of the discussion, partly because of the price tag. A bit more carbonation would really do this beer favors. Should age well but already has a well-ages sherry character.

BEERchitect, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Digging the Smokehead and Arran batches, I continue to search out more batches of this series. This one pours a very dark and murky black-brown (imagine pouring chocolate syrup into your favorite cola) topped by a minimal covering of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises whiskey, roasted malts, booze, old oak, and a sprinkling of vanilla here and there. The taste brings in more of the same, with the whiskey so far front and center that everything else is left in its shadow and wake. It's a bit much at times, but it somehow still works to some degree. The body is a stolid medium, with a rather light carbonation and a sorta/kinda slick and fluid feel. Overall, a nice enough entry, but it lacks the character of the other barrels. Perhaps this particular whiskey is of the more mellow variety?

TMoney2591, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am guessing this is the Port Dundas 1966 barrel version since the back of my label says batch 13...

Have to say that I had middle of the road expectations on this one, but I was really pleased with what I got. The touch of vanilla on the back end of the flavor ride is really nice. It lingers in a way that I have rarely seen in other barrel aged beers, if ever, and it seems to echo the whiskey characteristics I'd most like to see in a production like this. Smooth drinker with a great profile.

RblWthACoz, Aug 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle into snifter, best by 2/2/2010. Pours hazy very dark brown color with almost no head that recedes to a thin foam cap on the top. Hardly any hiss upon opening. Minimal lacing, small bubbles of carbonation on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, raisin, oak, and light smoke. Damn nice aromas here with nice complexity and balance. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee, molasses, light whiskey, roasted malt, oak, toasted biscuit, clove, and light herbal spices. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, and molasses on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with nice complexity; and no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Drinks very smoothly for 10%, with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged imperial stout! Very well blended flavors with nice complexity. This has aged very nicely indeed.

superspak, Apr 11, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger tan head that fades quickly, leaving traces of lace. Opaque dark brown color. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Oak and alcohol nose. Flavor is sweet, roasted molasses, hints of oak and alcohol. Priced over the top at $14.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle
Batch 013
Best Before: 02/02/10

Poured into a chalice a very nice deep black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, which leaves some oil slicks behind. The nose is big and malty, lots of chocolate/toffee/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with tons of dark stuff. Full body, the ABV is hidden very well for a brew this high, a very nice sipper. Very drinkable, my first from this brewery.

Wasatch, Jun 19, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for on site consumption at Highland Stillhouse pub the other day. Was curious to see what a "few" years in bottle has done for this beer.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. Considering the age, carbonation seemed to be OK in this beer, which was a concern. The nose is the best feature at this point in the beer's life, as I pick up light vanilla, considerable peat, some coffee and light chocolate. On the palate, the flavor profile has softened considerably. I still picked up all the same characteristics I noticed in the nose, but there really is nothing like the intensity of flavor I was getting from Paradox beers back when they were first released. Mouthfeel is now very soft and creamy, and the finish was a bit short. Alcohol is still very well integrated into the flavor profile, and there was no heat on the finish.

This was a fun beer to try (prices were reasonable as well - I think Stillhouse prices are the same for this beer as they likely were 5 or 6 years ago), but on the other hand, it's pretty clear that the beer's best days are behind it. If I owned any more Paradox beers (which I don't), I would want to drink them up ASAP, as it seems fairly apparent they are not going to improve further with age (at least that was my impression, based on this beer).

John_M, May 15, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

iL0VEbeer, May 05, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held to light. Vigorous pour produced a smallish off white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of chocolate and roast, vanilla and whiskey. Taste of whiskey, roasted malt, a bit of licorice, and some ash. Very dry finish surprised me a bit, but the whiskey comes back in the aftertaste. Medium body, creamy/oily mouthfeel that was a tad thin. Ample carbonation. Nice stout that doesn't overdo the whiskey element. I'd love to drink this again, but alas 12 bucks for 11.2oz makes this a one time indulgence.

johnnnniee, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black color with no head at all into my glass. Hmm, perhaps that is attributed to how I poured it.

Aroma is thick and viscous with dark fruit and roasted coffee in the nose. A bit of alcohol shows in the nose. Reminds me of the homebrewed imperial stout I made (but in a good way!).

Taste is boozy upfront with dark fruit, roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate in the middle. A bit creamy as well upfront. Not as viscous as the aroma. Not overpowering either. A bit of oaky flavor is present as well but not much.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering dark fruit, roasted coffee and chocolate. A bit of creaminess lingers as well. Alcohol is still present but not as much as it was in the aroma.

Not bad. An interesting take on the style. It has a good mouthfeel and goes down well. There's enough mix of flavors associated with this style. Worth it to age this though as to reduce the presence of the alcohol.

Brad007, Apr 26, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Jun 06, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bluejacket74, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bosse for hooking me up with this.

A - Black colored, not much brown on the edges, doesn't look super viscous, but nice looking. Pretty much non-existant head, although a bit of a cap bubbled up after the pour.

S - Roasted malts, some bitter coffee, carmel smell. It smells nice, nothing groundbreaking, but solid. A bit of a ginsengy type smell, probably wood from the cask aging.

T - Mellow bourbon taste, some roasted/sweet malts, carmel, and great vanilla taste comes through on this. This is actually quite good.

M - Too thin, and needs a touch more carbonation.

D - Starts out tough to drink, but gets better as it gets warmer. This is a nice sipper.

AgentZero, May 16, 2010
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2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours nearly opaque black. Just a bit of brown around the edges. A tiny, bubbly tan head forms on a very vigorous pour. That vanishes in a second, and no lace.
S: Burnt toast, moldy wood, chocolate, light dark fruits. Just kind of blah, and not very well incorporated.
T: Again, burnt toast, charred wood, chocolate, and dark fruits. Soured lactic milk. Hot alcohol.
M/D: The body is way to light and thin. Under carbonated as well. Plenty of alcohol, a very slow sipper.

Not the worst that BrewDog has to offer, but still not something I am going to revisit. Just ho hum and below average.

champ103, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 02/02/10, but I have a feeling this would last for longer.

(A)- Pours so black, its pure & utter darkness in a bottle! Produced a ton of semi-transparent tan bubbles.

(S)- Deep & rich roasted raisin & molasses. Hints at toffee & brown sugar. Definite but subtle vanilla & oak with a boozy grain.

(T)- Same as the smell; exactly like the smell actually. Finishes with a light creaminess from that subtle vanilla & oak. You can definitely taste the whiskey nuances on the finish; again, subtle though.

(M)- A good carbonation for the style. Very well balanced and smooth too; not overwhelmingly boozy or whiskey-like. I think the age smoothed this out & meshed everything together better. In no way is it boozy like I was expecting either; still present but much less than I thought.

(D)- Ok, so I was wrong in almost every expectation I had before drinking this beer, but I was glad it proved me wrong though. A smooth drinker with a dynamic complexity that is quite tasty. Age helped in this regard, but I think that it doesnt have very much life left in it. 4 to 6 more months & this might probably have gone too far. Good stuff though.

sweemzander, Mar 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a snifter
(consumed on 1/10/10, from notes)

Pours a dirty engine oil with very few brown bubbles that I can't even call a head.

Scotch heavy nose with oak, raisins, dark cherries, and a pleasant dose of vanilla.

A rich dark malt bill with a touch of smokiness, wood, and vanilla from the barrel. Cocoa powder, raisins and dark cherries round out the flavor profile with a sturdy dose of blackstrap molasses.

To say this is undercarbonated is a gross understatement. This guy is flat. So, with the best buy date of early Feb, I won't judge too hard. Otherwise, oily slick and medium bodied.

This is a big, bold beer with a ton of flavor. A sipper to be enjoyed over time. For me, carbonation issues aside, I found this to be enjoyable in doses. I needed to take my time to digest all that was going on.

ColForbinBC, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bosse for sending this one across the pond.

A: Pours a nice dark brownish black with a few bubbles that never really manage to make a head. No retention or lace.

S: Subtle aromas for a barrel aged beer. Hints of sweet molasses, vanilla, oak, and a touch of booze.

T: Nice caramel sweetness up front. Subtle chocolate malt and hints of peat. Fresh oak and subtle vanilla. A hint of bourbon beneath.

M: Not thin overall, but very thin for the style. Fairly still could use a touch of carbonation.

D: Fairly good. Despite being thin and subtle in flavor and aroma it does seem to meld together nicely. Overall it is a tasty beer that is more drinkable than the other Paradox beers I have had.

tpd975, Nov 14, 2009
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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966 from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.