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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

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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merlin48

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:07:16 | More by merlin48
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-25-2011 15:24:21 | More by deapokid
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warnerry

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:50:30 | More by warnerry
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Bung

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:53:48 | More by Bung
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-14-2011 07:41:42 | More by Jspriest
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david131

California

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep, dark brown liquid that has a surprising amount of transparency. The head rises and falls as quickly as Coca Cola. Pretty limp looking.

S- Very mild smelling. I get some whisky, dark fruits, and a bit of smoke.

T- Sweet, dark fruits with a mild whisky flavor. There is some oak, vanilla, and smoke coming through, but overall, this is pretty mild. Sweet and enjoyable.

M- Silky smooth, but maybe a tad thin. The carbonation is barely noticeable. A fairly clean aftertaste, but the roastiness sticks around for a bit.

D- For the ABV and the style, this is a pretty mild beer that drinks fairly easily. This is enjoyable, but KBS blows this out of the water and I would never pay $12 for this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:37:35 | More by david131
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown color with not much head, ultra thin head, and mild carbonation.

S - Aroma is thick and syrupy (like a port wine), oaky, dates, vanilla, elderberries, and boozy.

T - Petey, earthy, woody with strong oak tannins, vanilla, and a slight shot of whiskey goodness. Leaves the mouth with a wet blanket coating and bitter chocolate, with whiskey dancing on the tongue (in a subtle way), but still makes its presence known.

M - IMO, too thin, but velvet smooth on the tongue and leaves a coating of oak tannin and mild bitter chocolate.

O - Glad I had the opportunity to try it it, not worthy of the price and wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 06:21:59 | More by jzeilinger
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-18-2012 04:43:22 | More by brotherloco
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +26.9%

06-24-2012 21:02:06 | More by schnarr84
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

09-24-2013 01:47:44 | More by bigbeers84
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 22:37:02 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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bbadger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-26-2012 02:00:53 | More by bbadger
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-28-2012 15:15:42 | More by neckbracesub
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.
Bottle states best by 02/02/10, not sure when this was bottled.

Dark brown color, golden highlights, minimal short lasting dark tan head, no lacing. Quickly, the beer looks as flat as possible.
Aroma is pleasant but tame, whisky, vanilla, oak, faint roasted malts.
Thin on the palate, with minimal carbonation, which detracts from the overall taste and experience.
The taste itself is also tame, pleasant, but needs a bit more power; vanilla, whisky, some roasted malts.
This is a good beer, but somewhat disappointing particularly considering the absurdly high price ($12).

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 01:51:09 | More by brdc
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

08-24-2012 00:28:31 | More by polishkaz
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Batch 13. This was bottled on 02/02/08 which is a little over 5 years ago as of this review.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown (just a shade lighter than black) and leaves no head whatsoever.

Smell: Sweet vanilla, oak and whiskey lead the way along with dark chocolate and malts.

Taste: Follows the nose, but the flavors are a bit subdued. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, malts, plums and figs. All are very balanced and surprisingly light. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouth-feel: Nearly completely flat which I'm not a huge fan of. Medium bodied and this one goes down really smooth.

Overall: This was an interesting stout. The lack of carbonation didn't help it though - the flavors were all great and so well balanced, but the lack of carbonation was very noticeable. Definitely still an enjoyable stout and the age has really mellowed this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:01:15 | More by Resuin
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 02:07:31 | More by FtownThrowDown
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH: 013 BEST BY: 02/02/10

This pours a super dark brown color. There isn't much of a head at all, just a small island of bubbles, in the middle of the surface. Lacing is in small spots and tiny strands and fairly sticky.

The bourbon notes and the maltiness really achieve a very good level of balance, in this one. Malt notes are both sweet and roasty. Nice presence of oak, vanilla, honey and a hint of floral. Mild hints of caramel and cocoa powder and peat smokiness.
This is the best, most balanced, nose that I've yet to find from any of the Brewdog Paradox series.

The taste is almost as good as the smell. A nice, rich, maltiness is balanced by the dry, light smokiness, that is imparted by the barrel aging. Hints of cocoa, tobacco, vanilla, leather, oak and light touches of dark fruits. Light notes of blackstrap molasses.

I really think that mouthfeel is where these beers fall short. This one is a medium, almost full, bodied beer. It has a very light level of carbonation. Sure, it's smooth and easy to drink, just like water or juice. It's sadly lacking any real creaminess, which I think is a shame. Then again, I didn't make the beer, so who am I to complain. As far as that goes, I will buy their beers, whenever I can, because I do enjoy them.

I'm knocking of a bit for the lack of any real body. Other than that though, I could personally drink quite a few of these. Until that 10.00%abv knocks me down, that is.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 05:19:12 | More by coldmeat23
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top.

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown/black, virtually no head with tan bubbles.

Nose: Toasted grain, banana liqueur, "white cherry," some aged vanilla bean, banana leaves, peach and light chocolate.

Palate: Medium bodied and slightly boozy. The alcohol lifts out of the beer. Lots of old vanilla, medium toast, some smoked malt, medium caramel, bitter chocolate. Moderately long finish which switches between bitter stout and lifted old whisky flavors.

Notes: Alcohol cleans up the finish and leaves the mouth with a lighter-bodied impression. Not bad, prefer the Isle of Arran batch.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 02:05:08 | More by SFLpunk
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Zimm

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-04-2014 22:28:40 | More by Zimm
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oso

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-13-2014 05:17:09 | More by oso
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imperial Stout aged in 1966 Port Dundas cask which was first home to American Bourbon before being shipped across the Atlantic for Scottish Grain Whiskey.

Nearly black body. The aroma is packed with figs which will become a trend later on. Figs, toffee and vanilla dominate the aroma. It tastes like a damn Fig Newton. Rich stone fruit permeates the body. The cask shows itself in the form of light vanilla, oak, and peat notes.

Good balance here and much like the Glen Grant, this one goes down very easy. Smooth, lightly carbonated, this is a very dangerous beer. ABV hides nicely. This beer's style may say America, but the subtlety and drinkability says Scotland.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 19:17:36 | More by BradLikesBrew
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 02:56:41 | More by barleywinebrewer
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 15:21:17 | More by IBUnit63
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hopley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-14-2014 03:32:42 | More by hopley
BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966 from BrewDog
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