BrewDog Paradox Jura - BrewDog
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Reviews by sennin:
3.08/5 rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Making my way through BrewDog’s catalogue as much as I can before I leave Italy. None of their beers are available in my hometown so I am on something of a mission here.
Poured into a pint glass on March 6, 2013.
A: Opaque, no light getting through this. Lacing present, relatively nice look throughout the session.
S: Not much going on here that differentiates it from other scotch-like ales- usual smoky peaty smell- but its not very high in the mix and is drowned out by an ever-present rum-like smell. I don’t know, I guess I smell some vanilla in this? Unfortunately, It’s not all that memorable though.
T: First taste is an overwhelming sweetness, something that is unexpected and not exactly pleasant. It tastes like sugar has been added to this brew and in the end it just doesn’t work and clashes hard with the other flavors. Rum kicks hard throughout the tasting session, but there is a nice chocolate like taste on the backend. After the swallow, there almost seems to be a chili like taste that arises, which I am assuming is from the smokiness that comes through from the peat. It’s good and more complex than the smell but that acrid sweetness is always present and pretty much spoils this brew. The sweetness almost resembles maple syrup, something that is very unpleasant in a beer of this nature. Alcohol is present but there isn’t much of a burn to me. This is honestly something of an easy drinker, which is surprising considering the 15% ABV of the beer.
M: Flat with a little carbonation that fizzes on the tongue throughout the tasting. But other than that, it’s a little too oily and flat. Very average mouthfeel to me.
Overall, this beer is a major disappointment to me and is forcing me to slowly turn my back on BrewDog. I love them for their style and some of their beers are pretty amazing, but there are just too many duds in their catalogue. I will keep on trying them since I can’t get them in my hometown, but I am hoping that something comes along to surprise me soon.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2013 00:16:13 | More by sennin
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District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 8-6-2022.
Pours a dark brown with hints of red and burgundy with very little to no carbonation. Strong whiskey followed by peat in the aroma - smells great. Taste is whiskey, vanilla and spice from the barrel and hints of chocolate malt, however not as good as the aroma. Certainly a sipper. Probably could have used a few more years in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 22:07:43 | More by hops202
4.69/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured into snifter; jet black like engine oil with a moderate brown fluffy head that fades quickly into some chunky foam and very fine lacing around the edges.
Smells very interesting...like a barleywine combined with a stout. Dark fruit dominates, with booze, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, scotch, and oak all intermingled.
Taste...damn. It overtakes your whole mouth with slick, tastefully boozy dark fruit and bourbon. Then dark bready malt mingles with coffee and chocolate and oak, slithering down the throat with sticky sweetness.
Mouthfeel is slick and thick, with a good amount of carbonation, enough to keep the body from being too cloying.
Overall, this is an awesome stout. It's really taking barrel-aging to its extreme...stout aged in barrels that were used for bourbon and then scotch. But the result is awesome.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 03:34:38 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.81/5 rDev -9.3%
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
BrewDog Paradox Jura from BrewDog
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