BrewDog Paradox Jura - BrewDog
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3.81/5 rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and pry-off pressure cap served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm generally skeptical of Brewdog (the gimmick masters), but I did quite like Tokyo* so I'm optimistic. "Batch 186. Best before 08/06/22." Reviewed as a barrel aged imperial stout.
Served cold - at fridge temp - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of good khaki-tan colour. It retains for about 2 minutes - which is damned impressive considering its formidable 15% ABV. Good thickness, creaminess, and frothiness. Nice supple soft complexion. Has a good even consistency. Even, consistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.
Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks clean; there're no floating yeast particles or hop sediment.
Overall, it looks pretty good considering its ABV, but isn't unique or special for a beer in this style. I've certainly seen better, but I'm really looking forward to this.
Sm: Has a powerful, strong aroma of whisky (and accompanying subtle spiciness), bourbon (and accompanying light, toasted oak along with a kiss of vanilla), dark malts, chocolate malts, peat (which I always love in an imperial stout), and hints of cream and chocolate. The highlight here is the way in which the barrel notes - both bourbon and whisky - cooperate to accentuate the nuances of the base beer. I'm shocked this isn't boozy, and surprisingly, the barrel notes don't overwhelm the base. It seems like it's maybe 10-11.5% at most. The peat is lovely.
It's rare whisky's trademark spiciness comes through as much as it does here; I usually prefer bourbon barrel aged beers to whisk(e)y barrel aged beers for that very reason, but this is evocative and appealing.
I can't wait to try this.
No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.
Mf/T: It's got some pleasant alcohol warmth, but is never hot, gushed, or boozy. It's also got a subtle coarseness and dryness I'd attribute to the peat, but is still smooth and wet enough to stay drinkable. Besides, that slight drag on the palate reminds one to sip. Still, it might be better a bit more silky; the roughness does limit drinkability. Well carbonated.
Not oily, harsh, or astringent (which can't be tough to do given the inclusion of peat).
The taste largely delivers on the promise of the aroma; we're treated to the base beer up front with its dark malt and chocolate malt foundation, as well as a pat of cream - then the barrel notes hit on the midpoint, delivering notes of peat, whiskey spice, subtle bourbon and vanilla, and oak barrel (though it lacks the toastiness I anticipated based on the aroma, to its detriment). It's certainly rich, and is on the sweeter decadent side, but it's a tasty beer to be sure.
Flavour profile is well-balanced overall. It has a very cohesive build, but isn't quite gestalt: the amplitude could be better and the barrel could be more seamlessly integrated. I'm not sure the base beer brings as much to the table as the barrel notes do. Still, it's got a good depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration. Average flavour intensity. Good complexity and subtlety. The barrel notes (specifically the peat) help lend it nuance.
It could really use some roasted barley character, and more of a toasty oak undertone would be lovely. I guess my biggest nitpick is that it could be much more expressive and evocative; it's slightly reticent as-is.
No yeast character, hop profile, off-notes, or overt boozy alcohol is detectable. And boy is that impressive; this does not drink at all like it's 15%.
As it warms, I'm picking up on some faint grape (particularly on the finish), light raisin, molasses, plum, prune, and fruit-filled chocolates. Maybe even a kiss of dessert wine in there too. Also, some burnt sugars. What I'm definitely not finding is the smoke mentioned by many other reviewers; I think they may be confusing smoke with peat, but I only find the latter.
I can almost find a wisp of a rum-like sugarcane liqueur, but just when I think I've found it, it disappears.
Dr: For its ABV, it's very drinkable, but it's still a sipper. I'm enjoying it more and more as it comes to temperature, and I'll finish this bottle with ease. That said, I couldn't justify paying $13.00ish USD for it a second time. It's a damn fine imperial stout, but there are other cheaper beers in the style which bring much more to the table in terms of complexity, intricacy, and subtlety. This is a tough style to stand out in, but I think overall Brewdog has done a commendable job. I'm glad I got to try this once. Certainly one of Brewdog's better offerings, and well worth picking up just one time.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 06:13:27 | More by kojevergas
4.39/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. A little pricey but my first Brewdog and hopefully doing so in style. Pours i to my FW Teku dark brown to black and murky in the glass, a very small brown head that turns into just a ring around the top in no time. Aroma is up front scotch whiskey, caramel, chocolate, some dark fruit, oak. Flavor begins with whiskey notes, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit, then bursts into huge nutty flavors and lots of peat. Finishes with nutty, peaty caramel flavors with a slight vanilla and oak. A really beautiful medley of flavors here that come in waves. Medium heavy mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation for the style. Lots of trash talk on Brewdog it seems but this is a real treat. Wouldn't hesitate to have this again. Obviously plenty of alcohol presence here but surprisingly sippable despite the ABV. While listed as an imperial stout, it really has more Wee Heavy, Old Ale, or Barleywine characteristics than stout. Not a bad thing, of course, and rather yummy.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2014 02:06:17 | More by BMMillsy
4.29/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From Platinum. BB 2015.
A - pich black. One finger tan head fades to ring of film, a little lace.
S - intense booze, chocolate-box candy, sweet. Not as much vanilla from the barrel as I expected.
T - massive, complex, pepper, sweet chocolate-box (concuring with another reviewer almost like a strawberry-creme) , single malt, mellow roasts, but really this taste is almost bigger than beer, and demands a circumspect approach. Vanilla from the barrel has a fight on its hands with the pepper.
M - a little zesty.... Oops! Don't need the zing, but otherwise heavyweight to oily. Massive alcohol burn.
O - one of the biggest beers I have ever had, must say. However, the alcohol burn really takes over and affects drinkability. Like drinking 330ml of Port. (!) Would be a great beer to share, or at a tasting, tho.
I was sooo looking forward to this, but such a let down in terms of drinakability, not necessarily flavour, in comparison to Paradox Isle of Arran.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2013 10:23:20 | More by heygeebee
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.94/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle from Brewdog.com (£7.99):
Black with a thin, bubbly head on top that is half a centimetre tall and a medium tan in colour. Retention is pretty good too.
Strong chocolate aroma with whisky throughout. There is a strong alcohol/grain presence with rich cocoa and a touch of peat. Boozy with dark fruits making an appearance with vanilla right at the end.
Strong, alcohol laced flavour that has a lot of whisky and grain coming through alongside some dark fruits such as plum. There is a strong, toasted malt taste that precedes an earthy taste that is offset with some prunes, dates and figs among others.
Full-bodied with a huge alcohol content as promised and has fairly lively carbonation levels considering this. There is a slight alcohol burn but smooth for the most part.
A true big beer, and one that packs a punch, There is a lot of whisky and grain throughout as expected but the dark fruits that feature throughout make it an enjoyable beer, although this is probably still a one-off for me
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2013 09:36:46 | More by flyingpig
4/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head. Aroma of luscious sweet roasted malt notes with light sweet liquor notes. Taste is sweeter then I had expected with some sweet roasted malt notes, light chocolate notes with some light scotch notes at the end which rounds off the corner. Body is quite full with oily like texture with light carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Barrel-aging is not has apparent has I had expected but very good nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2013 15:59:08 | More by Phyl21ca
BrewDog Paradox Jura from BrewDog
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