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4.31/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Paradox Heaven Hill is our smooth imperial stout with a dark vanilla twist; gentle woody and spicy notes blend with chocolate and roasted coffee, in an intense and complex labyrinth of aroma.

On the nose there’s vanilla, chocolate, spice, wood smoke, hints of coffee and treacle. Deep espresso and dark chocolate blend with dark fruit, but the dominant flavours are an intoxicating blend of vanilla, spice and gentle smoke. The bourbon barrels have enhanced the flavours already present in the stout and given them a keen edge. This beer is best enjoyed at room temperature to fully appreciate the layers of flavour, as you try to unravel where the stout ends and the bourbon begins.

Heaven Hill are the only remaining family-owned distillery in Kentucky, and have been producing their traditional bourbon for nearly 80 years.

100 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
24
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
Trade:
3
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 24
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with brownish head. Aroma has toffee, caramel, some dark cherries and light umami. Taste has toffee, burnt sugar, bittersweet caramel on the finish with lingering dark chocolate and cacao. Medium body with soft carbonation. Really well made and tasty with good balance and well hidden ABV.

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Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black in color. Very thick.

I am glad they used bourbon for one of these. It worked out well. Very nice bourbon flavors, oak, and vanilla. Molasses and chocolate. Raisins and dark cherries.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Warming. Velvety.

This was a really nice stout. At a few years old, it seems like the 15% has soothed out a lot. It drinks very well for how strong it is.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lost Abbey Track #10 (2015) vs Brew Dog Paradox Heaven Hill (2014), interesting comparison.
L: LA>Br.Dog
S: LA= Br.Dog
T: LA>Br.Dog
F: LA>Br.Dog
O: LA>Br.Dog
This was good, but I expected more.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, near black body with a beige cap. Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate. Tannic with dark chocolates and a subtle touch of pine and hops in the finish. Tasty.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head.
Nose shows vanilla, bourbon, woody oak, toasty coconut, roasted malt and soft booze.
Similar flavours, dark chocolate, woody oak, bourbon, well-integrated booze and roasted malt.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark and smooth pour, creamy head about 1 cm tall that disappears quite fast. Smells like chocolate, cocoa, dark cherries, dried fruit (raisins) and heavy bourbon. Tastes like dark chocolate,vanilla, heavy malt sugars and has a very nice, though a bit powerful, bourbon feel. Very well balanced, it has a very smooth and thick texture. The alcohol is well hidden, mostly covered by the malt sugars, but becomes more present as the drink gets warmer.

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Photo of ADZA
4.44/5  rDev +3%

On pour its a dark as dark kola hue with a creamy one finger head that hangs to say im rich then makes it way to the outer rim to forma nice circle of lacing, first quick wiff its strong bourbon then on a longer wiff the bourbon is quickly followed up by an underlining of rich dark chocolate fudge brownies and cherries soaked in booze, the feel is a total sipper with a big thickness powered by a just over slight carbonation that allows every layer known and not feeling out of place, the rich decadent dark chocolate fudge is the shackles that restrain the big bourbon badass from getting outta hand and its almost as if they had an agreement to not step on each others toes, overall what a way to finish this one man party and I know its a big call but reminiscent of my first sip of Bourbon County well the closest to it ive had anyways cheers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Imperial stout matured in Heaven Hill bourbon casks." 15% ABV. 330ml brown glass bottle packaged inside an intricate black and gold box acquired at a local bottle shop in Budapest, Hungary, and served into a Zlaty Bazant .3L glass in me friend's gaff in Budapest. Reviewed live as an imperial stout. Expectations are high given the description and price, but then if anyone disappoints in terms of price to quality it's Brewdog. Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The bottle boasts a fantastic gold/black label, and has a branded pry-off cap. Batch 079. BB: 21/03/24.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: No head forms, even when I up the vigor of the pour. There's a surface hint of a head that fizzles out inside of ten seconds, which is tan in colour. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

BODY: Body colour is an opaque dark black - not quite a solid black, as there are some ruby hues about the bottom of the glass. But the body is mostly an ink black, which has my hopes high.

Appears undercarbonated. It's not a unique or special appearance for an imperial stout - but this is a demanding style. Ideally, there'd be a very dark tan-brown head with plenty of creaminess and thickness, and the body would be a jet black. In any case, it's certainly appealing in a general sense and I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: In classic Heaven Hill fashion, the bourbon notes are fantastic - oak/wood, authentic vanilla, the perfect amount of sweetness - and they pair well with whatever the base beer is. Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, a kiss of cocoa dust, and a faint hint of (admittedly uninteresting) coffee. I do desire roasted barley, as well as far more coffee character - where's the coffee roast, earthiness, richness, java...just *something* to set the coffee here apart from the generic coffee notes often found in (imperial) stouts. That said, the bourbon is a highlight, and that alone makes this a mouthwatering aroma. It's not boozy or hot, and aptly there are no yeasty or hoppy notes evident. An inviting aroma of moderate strength. Not too sweet, but certainly syrupy.

TASTE: Cream, chocolate malts, dark malts, aggressive wood, some burnt sugars, heavy malty sweetness, and lovely vanilla. I'm not finding the ideal bourbon notes I'd expect from Heaven Hill - no toasty oak (or even oak in general). It's well-balanced, and quite an assertive beer, with some serious intensity and depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. I like it. Definitely a cohesive build, but not quite a gestalt one. Also, no coffee character at all is here to be found.

The wood is a bit out of control, which would be fine if the woody notes evoked a refined oak character, but they don't. It's certainly a complex brew, and does have some subtlety, but the best beers in the style bring even more to the table. I crave roasted barley, coffee, and more of a fundamental base beer presence. The bourbon notes don't necessarily overwhelm the base beer, but they definitely dominate to its detriment. Some might also take issue with the burnt character, which could be acrid to some palates.

Definitely on the sweeter side for an imperial stout, approximating a dessert wine without getting too far into the Southern Tier sweetness stratosphere.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, perfectly carbonated, full-bodied, thick, and syrupy. It's a biteen harsh on the palate - mostly from the burnt/ashen character, but I think that characteristic suits it well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent. I think it's impressive how relatively well the alcohol is concealed, but make no mistake - this is a sipper.

OVERALL: Drinkability is what you'd anticipate in a 15% barrel aged imperial stout. It's a nice brew in the style, but I did hope for more given my previous experience with the Paradox series as well as my high regard for Heaven Hill in terms of its usage in beer. It's worth trying once, but I couldn't justify a second purchase at this unreasonable price point (especially by Hungarian standards). Maybe one year of cellaring would turn this into a superior brew, but I can't see it breaking past a B+ rating. I like it, but there's far better to be had in this style - and at a much more reasonable price point.

Low B

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Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 24 ratings