BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 013) - Port Dundas 1966 - BrewDog
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-26-2009 01:18:34 | More by Brad007
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
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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).
05-15-2014 15:32:43 | More by John_M
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
06-20-2009 04:31:18 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-16-2010 21:44:48 | More by AgentZero
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
04-06-2009 22:29:30 | More by jdhilt
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-07-2010 17:16:51 | More by sweemzander
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
02-27-2010 23:40:40 | More by ColForbinBC
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
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Best by last week. I'll risk it.
There was a bit of a hiss when popped, but this is basically uncarbonated. A few soapy bubbles when poured into my flute, emphasis on few. Pitch black liquid.
Smells kinda boozy - more like spiced rum than whisky to me. It does have a rich earthy or woody smell underneath.
Very sweet; tastes alot like toffee pudding with raisins. (In a good way). Toasty and chocolaty upfront, with the raisins kicking in later. Hint of blackberries, maybe. Bitterness is very low, coming from roasted malt. No noticeable hop character at this age.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an imperial stout, or very thin compared to some. Feels coating rather than thick.
Very smooth and drinkable. The flavor is really enticing, opening up as it warms. No alcohol flavor or feel. Strange head behavior aside, this is a very good beer.
02-11-2010 23:35:14 | More by brc
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
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
The aroma of this beer is far better than the taste. It smells of sweet, sugary alcohol, whiskey, chocolate and cola.
A lot of this is not present in the flavour. It is surprisingly thin (which I enjoyed, but diminishes its ability to have flavour intensity, I'm sure). It is a very sweet stout with a nice whiskey smoothness. It's not as hot as I would expect from the smell. The alcohol is not really up front. There's chocolate flavour, but its masked a lot by the whiskey and sweetness. The cola I smelled is not in the flavour profile. It's enjoyable because I like strong, sweet beers, but I wouldn't buy it again considering the high price tag. It's the oldest beer I've ever had. Over 5 years old. Damn. I wasn't old enough to buy this when it was bottled. It was a nice experience, but I can get better sweet alcohol from Blithering Idiot at a much more reasonable price.
04-09-2013 05:47:59 | More by ElCommodoro
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Batch 013 Bottled 02/02/08
A - Pours extremely dark brown, almost black into my snifter with just a thin later of head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass, virtually no retention or lace.
S - The bourbon notes are just fantastic, nicely balanced with the sweet roasted malts, notes of oak, vanilla, caramelized sugars, cocoa, and a little smokiness as well.
T - Rich and malty, smoke is more present in flavor, dry cocoa/espresso bitterness, molasses, oak, vanilla, tobacco, and some dark fruit notes.
M - Don't know if it's just the age or how it was made but really lacks carbonation and any kind of creamy balance that comes from it.
O - This smells and tastes delicious, it just really falls short in the mouthfeel and body department. Still would recommend trying if given the chance though.
11-01-2011 00:02:32 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
11-18-2008 00:02:46 | More by johnnnniee
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
12-17-2008 00:08:31 | More by hopdog
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