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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
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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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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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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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:55:03 | More by bluejacket74
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:31:18 | More by BEERchitect
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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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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 00:17:56 | More by Wasatch
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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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eugeneplatinum

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bottle at Party Town in Florence, Kentucky, $11.99 for a twelve ounce bottle. For as dark as this beer is, it is tranparent in the light. There is some pepper and the smell of the sea on the nose. The taste is phenominal with milk chocolate, vanilla, sea salt, and vague smoke. The mouthfeel is viscous and pleasing. As drinkable as a 10%'er gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 19:04:19 | More by eugeneplatinum
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Brad007

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 01:18:34 | More by Brad007
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 22:29:30 | More by jdhilt
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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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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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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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

11.2oz bottle. Batch 013 and Best Before 02/02/2010.

Poured a dark, dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of some earthiness, light whisky, chocolate, peat, some wood, and vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, and lighter wood. The whisky came out more in the tastes vs the aromas. Light to medium sweet.

These Paradox beers are decent, but man are they expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:08:31 | More by hopdog
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beep brown almost black. Nearly opaque, light only penetrates the edges leaving faint ruby high lights.. Even when poured vigorously there is no head.

Very nice whisky aroma. Big time vanilla aroma. There may be some chocolate scents in there but I am losing much of it behind the vanilla and whisky aromas.

Flavor is heavy on the scotch up front. roasted malt and some chocolate flavors coming up behind. Slight touch of vanilla though far less than what is picked up by the nose. The woodiness of the oak and the whisky flavors stick with you long after your last sip.

Mouth feel is rather smooth and creamy. Body is not overly big, but rather comes off slightly watered down. Finishes rather dry.

While this was rather enjoyable it does not live up to expectations. I am glad I have tried this one but will pass on it next time. The concept in better than the brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 22:46:36 | More by kzoobrew
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 00:02:46 | More by johnnnniee
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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966 from BrewDog
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