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BrewDog Paradox Jura - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 29
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: niklas0770 on 02-09-2012)
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Photo of ckollias
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a barely a trace of a white wispy lace.

S: Strong malt and whiskey aroma with hints of vanilla in the background.

T: Very alcoholic and strong whiskey and buttery toffee flavor. Coffee and vanilla in the background with a wood sweet finish.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and almost no carbonation.

O: Awesome imperial stout. A nice sipping beer like sipping a wine scotch or whiskey

ckollias, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Uncaps without so much as a hiss, making me think it's completely uncarbonated. But, in fact, it forms a firm fine head of deep brown as its poured into the glass. Body is a deep but surprisingly clear black-brown. Weight is actually surprisingly light. I thought it might be chewy and oily, but it seems remarkably fluid in the glass. Looks good, but not exceptional for an imperial stout.

Nose is very good. Big smoky whisky malt comes through strongly, above a deep dark, roasted note that released softer, sweeter characters, like raspberry, rose and even a hint of concord grape. It's a big, big beer, and a powerfully aromatic one. Wow this is good stuff.

Taste is also exceptional. Big roasted characters blend with smoked malt grain characters, while subtleties give off characters of leather, tea tannins, raspberry, rosewater and musk. It's big, boozy and dark, but still, I come back to that fruitiness: on the palate it's almost like an artificial strawberry candy flavour. It seems to come out of the booziness (which is indeed pronounced and hot); as it tears a path through the palate, it seems to burn away all of the rich dark sweetness, leaving those volatile aromatics in its wake: the strawberry, the musk, the grape candy. It's fascinating, more so because it gives purpose to the intense booze beyond just the size and power of the beer as a whole. Amazing stuff.

Feel is quite light, given everything else. At least, it's light for the style: the booze takes up some of the slack here in providing a textural element to the beer.

Overall, this is very, very impressive stuff. How anyone cannot sit an appreciate the depth of complexity here is beyond me. Even if the style is not to your tastes, there are nuances and depths to explore in this beer. It makes for a very worthwhile tasting experience.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Florya, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
2.88/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle
Served into a tulip

A: Dark brown on the pour, black in glass, semi-viscous looking with a small tan head. Quickly receding, splotchy lacing and a thin ring around the edges. Minor patches on the surface.

S: Lots of smoke, peat, bacon/cured meats, brash bourbon undertones and charred wood. Very aggressive, big and bold. It seems there's a lot of things going on, jam-packed into the aroma.

T: More smoke but not as much on the nose although certainly the dominating characteristic. The bourbon is here, mellowed yet slightly one-noted. Abrasive meat and wood character that seem disjointed from the beer. Slight imperfections and inconsistencies are everywhere but the massive 15% ABV does a nice job of hiding these.

M: Mildly carbonated, enough to break up the flavors which this beer desperately needs (and has). Drinks thinner than you'd expect but the high ABV can be detected a bit in the linger.

I thought this was all over the place and not necessarily in a good way. I'm certainly glad I decided to share this bottle with someone as there's no way I'd enjoy it by the end of a full 12 ounces. After 6 oz, I was ready to call it quits. Not horrible, not "good," but somewhere in between.

ShanePB, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of andjriz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

andjriz, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

pixieskid, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Dano420
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Dano420, May 11, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jaidenjb, May 10, 2012
Photo of WeissGary
3/5  rDev -29.1%

WeissGary, May 08, 2012
Photo of HopFace
5/5  rDev +18.2%

HopFace, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of bobbo_
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bobbo_, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours motor-oil-black, and looks quite thick. The medium-large creamy tan head sets into decent lacings.

S: Hard roasted dark malts, almost burnt and even smoked. Loads of vanilla from the oak. Some whisky-notes but not as strong as I thougt it would be. Strong black coffee, bitter dark chocolate and even some cherry nuttiness.

T: The alcohol is a bit too obvious in the taste. Then there is lot of things that is the same as in the smell; the vanilla, the smoked/roasted malts. The sweetness is way stronger in taste compared to the smell. Molasses.

M: Aftertaste is short, but bitter. Body is syrupy full with a non-exciting carbonation. The alcohol is quite aggressive, not in a nice way.

O: If they have tried to keep the alcohol back a bit, this would probably been a much nicer beer; the alcohol is so dominant that the nice things in this beer “drowns” in alcohol.

Evil_Pidde, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of cps98
3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Squid ink black with a rocky 1 finger light brown head. Head recedes to a thin ring around the glass.

S – Smells like heavy whiskey, oak and some smoked meat. Even a little beef jerky smell in there too.

T – Dehydrated meat like beef jerky, some smokiness and some whiskey.

M – Was more on the lighter side of the house which surprised me? Carbonation was on the lighter side too. Fairly smooth with a small amount of alcohol warmth thrown in.

O – Shared this with a friend and I’m glad I did because it wasn’t to my liking.

cps98, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of niklas0770
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk out of a military style stoup during an arctic warrior exercise

A black liquid with a ½ finger foam lid which quickly fades to leave no lacing. I'm looking forward to this...

Tar, burnt tree and dried black fruits. If there is any sweetness in there it's hiding behind the sourness of the figs and raisins. The tar is dominating the scene here.

Some honey sweetness up front followed by tar and sherry (?). The alcohol is present in the taste, but it does not bother me. As in the smell, the sourness dominates the sweetness in the aftertaste (servedat room temperature). My thoughts goes towards burned barrels with a thin layer of tar, filled with tried drak fruit and some honey.

I like my stouts thick as oil and I like this one quite a bit. Not saying that it is a thick fluid, but it contains a lot of flavors. The carbonation is inferior to the flavors. The beer feels warm smoth if drunk at a suitable paste.

A great dessert beer. Share this with someone close to you over a choholate cake or just a camp fire in a subarctic climate.

niklas0770, Feb 09, 2012
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BrewDog Paradox Jura from BrewDog
93 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.