BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992 | BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
March 2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of GilGarp
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle served slightly chilled into a tulip glass. This is batch 005 and claims to be best before 06/06/09. It has been aging in my cellar since new.

Paradox Speyside is a nearly black imperial stout with good clarity seen on the pour. The head is thin and settles quickly.

The aroma is surprisingly faint for a beer of this strength but I pick up the usually stout notes of roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. A bit of oxidation is present but it seems minimal and doesn't detract from the aroma.

Flavor is very mellow and balanced. It starts sweet with milk chocolate and whiskey. It leads to some bitterness in the middle with more dark chocolate and black malt. The finish is dry but the alcohol is so subtle I would never know it's so strong. The peaty malts come through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but not heavy. It coats the mouth and has just enough carbonation to not be flat.

Overall an excellent beer and, although I probably aged it too long, it is still very special and delicious.

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Best before 12/12/09.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and mild Scotch whisky aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and Scotch on the finish. There is a mild amount of smoke and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the Scotch and smoke presence I was expecting is pretty subdued.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal light brown head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, fruit, dark chocolate, wood, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, dark fruit, fruit, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and subtle roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really went into this one not expecting to like it if I am honest as I have been very hit and miss on BrewDog’s stuff. However, I don’t know if the age did this one some good but it was really well rounded and rather enjoyable while maintaining complex at the same time. Not the best brew from the style I’ve had but this is definitely an honorable mention without a doubt. Based on this one I can’t wait to see what some of the other Paradox brews I have sitting in the cellar have in-store for my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours a dark cola brown in the glass, with a thin yet still frothy head of mocha colored foam. This retains with some moderately rich ringing, leaving back a cascade of spotty froth which slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of charred oak, brown sugar, cocoa, vanilla, some dark fruit and a touch of spice. This is nice and smooth feeling in the nose.

That whiskey really had some punch to it in the taste but does eventually smooth out some, with a lot of charred character to it that really amplifies flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roast. A smack of vanilla does help with the balance here. Burnt wood really lingers with some strength in the finish. Sweetness round out the edges of the profile, with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and coffee all being present. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and lively on the tongue, with more of a creamy sharpness that then spreads out across the back. The ABV here is pretty smooth overall for the size here, with that whiskey pretty much giving this its bite.

This was a little more aggressive with its barrel character than some of these other Paradox beers that I’ve had but the overall balance and integration of flavors ensured that this remained a pleasant and steady sipper considering the size and boldness of this. I’m not sure if this one is still floating around out there but it’s worth a look.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a snifter

A: Black with some brown hues around the edges. Light carbonation is obvious, an off white layer of very large bubbles form with a quickly dissipating dense layer underneath.

S: Sweet molasses are most obvious with some milk chocolate, toffee, and oxidized sherry notes. I get a hint of peaty, smoky scotch in the background, very well integrated into the beer.

T: Dark chocolate dominates the beer with strong molasses and very well integrated peaty and oaky scotch. The integration of the barrel is quite amazing. Could use a bit more complexity, but the flavors that are here work very well together and they're quite tasty.

M: A bit thin and certainly under carbonated.

O: Very well integrated barrel flavor with a nice, yet not overly complex stout. Also a bit under carbonated, but a nice stout. I would have liked to have tried this maybe a year or so ago.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a pitch black with no foam whatsoever.
S - nice strong coffee aroma with a strong roasted malt background
T - roasted coffee, chocolate and some burnt malts. The flavor is nice. There is a hint of the barrel but not alot, and thats not a bad thing. its nicely melded with the with flavors of the beer and creates a nice flavor
M/D - light to medium bodied, the flavor seems to actually fade as it warms up. This beer is interesting to me. the flavor is there but it doesn't seem to stick around. So i'd say if you come across this one the try it, but if you're searching it out, i'd pass.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle states Speyside Glen Moray 1991. I contemplated starting a new beer entry but it is still batch 005.


A: near opaque with ever-so-slight deep copper color peeking through, poured nice brown head that dissipated within time
S: mild nose, treacle, roasted malt and oak
T: mellow, well-aged with leathery oak up front and nice, deep roasted malt with a bit more hop bite than expected, EtOH is noticeable and deep whiskey is dominant
M: chocolate, oak, velvety and creamy with a nice light hop bitterness finish
O: very good beer

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head no lacing

S - Is of oak vanilla and some whiskey

T - Follows the nose with the oak vanilla and whiskey with some roasted malt character

M - This beer has a thin body with light carbonation to it

D - This was a very enjoyable and interesting beer yet another one that if you see it pick it up

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Very big thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beers BIF. Here goes: It pours an ever-so-slightly translucent black-brown topped by a sad excuse for a head, merely a few large tan bubbles. The nose is just lovely: plenty o' roast, a tiny bit o' smoke, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, oak, and some minor licorice. The taste is very similar to the nose, though the bourbon and oak are much more pronounced. There's also a nice bit o' heat, along with some sharp cocoa in the finish. Delectable. The body is a heavy medium, a tad on the thin side, with not much carbonation and a smooth and lightly chewy feel. Surprisingly, I was able to guess the general identity of this brew (the Paradox line, not the particular batch), as the line is kinda unique. I have enjoyed all of them and recommend them to potential or avowed BrewDog haters.

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Photo of wnh
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 07/08/2009.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, opaque chestnut brown, thin around the edges, with a frothy dark tan head that fades quickly.

Nose of sweet molasses and vanilla offset by earthy (peaty?) notes. Warm alcohol throughout. Sweet on the whole. Tastes of roasted malt, mild coffee, dark chocolate, and a solid hint of smoke, with a dose of oaky sweetness. Alcohol is upfront, but not really dominating. Mild lingering finish that is decidedly smoky.

Oily mouthfeel that is somewhat thin, which in my opinion actually works to the benefit of the beer in keeping it from being overly heavy, especially with the abundance of sweet notes. Not a 'drinkability' sort of beer by any means, but a good sipper and a pleasant one at that.


Consumed 06/06/2010.
"Best by 06/06/2009." -- Bottled 06/06/2008?
Edition 005. Glen Moray 1991.

Pours a thick and viscous opaque black topped by a minimal and fleeting light tan head.

Big and rich on the nose, very intense. Loads of charred wood, red fruit, dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans, chocolate syrup, molasses. Sweet on the whole. Smells delicious and inviting.

Still sweet, maybe sweeter, on the palate. There's an interesting artificially-flavored strawberry hard candy note right up front, fighting against more than balancing the bitter chocolate and roast. End result is slightly cloying and unpleasant. Fruitiness tapers off as the beer finishes with a heavily toasted grain note, alongside vanilla extract and a hint of buttery caramel.

Lighter in body than expected, with still enough heft for the style. Moderately firm and quite dry.

Still holding up quite well. I've got one more in the cellar to be consumed in a year.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask conditioned at Blackfriars, Glasgow, as "Brewdog Paradox Glen Moray Edition #3". Weighs in at 10% ABV - not quite your average pint at the pub! Black colour, ruby in the highlights. Very nice vinous aroma with strong oaky notes. Very oaky flavour, roasty and relatively sweet. Salty finish.

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