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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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
March 2008

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 69
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 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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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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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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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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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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Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep chocolate mahogany; ruby edges; nice dark head

Smell & taste: RIS + Scotch; Dark malt, vanilla bean, tobacco, beef jerky, caramel, toffee, licorice, chocolate and booze; I din't get much peat/smoke

Mouthfeel: Full, thick and creamy

Drinkability: Typical for the style

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Crown Liquors in Carmel, IN. Best before June 6th, 2009 - weird that a big stout would only have a shelf life of about a year. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a dime of dark tan foam that dissipates to a thing ring and some light haze. There are a few spots of lace as well. Pitch black without a hint of color anywhere to be found.

S - While cold the aroma is mostly dark fruit, raisin, and cocoa. The whiskey presence is surprisingly understated, particularly when compared to some of the other Paradox beers. There's some light smoke, and some oak and alcohol come out as the beer warms.

T - The taste has significantly more oak and tannic character to it, but it's integrated into a sweet blend of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and roasted malts. I actually like the taste better than the smell, as the alcohol is better hidden. This is definitely the best-tasting Brewdog beer I've ever had. The aftertaste is lightly tannic with some woody bitterness.

M - Carbonation is slightly higher than I expected, although it's still style-appropriate. Body is medium-thick and goes down smoothly. Some nice light residual stickiness. There's a touch of warmth about halfway through my glass, but it's pleasant and not unexpected.

D - This is a sipper, but I keep reaching for my glass. I guess a blind squirrel finds a nut every so often - and it looks like BrewDog lucked out with this particular whiskey cask. If there's any more of this still on store shelves, I'd highly recommended snagging a few bottles.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared with Radek. Pours black with whit soapy head. Medium mouthfeel. Aroma of chocolate and smoke are there, ther is anise on the stout. So yes it is an above average beer all around. There are many great RIS out there, this being with some whiskey characteristics.

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Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Procured a bottle of this at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with OK head retentiona and lacing. On the nose, you really get just about essense of scotch whiskey barrels. The nose is very peaty and smokey, smelling more like single malt scotch then beer (not a bad thing). On the palate this is justy delicious. The beer is very soft and creamy on the palate, with smoke, butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla and light coffee. This beer is just delicious! Mouthfeel is (as noted previously) very soft and creamy, with a long, drawn out finish. Drinkability is pretty good for the abv.

Easily one of the better efforts from this brewery. Impressive.

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Photo of jbone78
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Charleston Beer Exchange in the beautiful Historical Downtown area.

Oh the beer... ok,

I poured it slightly chilled into a snifter. It poured a heavy brown wiht very thin head, large bubbles.

As I drink, I combine the smell and taste. I have found this helps me gather the aroma. There is large estery presence with heavy malt undernotes. Great taste! The whiskey/scotch barrels really add tons of flavor. The ester smells are probably contributed by the barrel aging. Great malty finish.

If I can find another one of these, I am going to buy another one. I usually buy in pairs, but this one was a bit expensive.


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Photo of Roturgo
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz. bottle, poured into a tumbler. Served at room temperature.

A - Very deep brown, almost black. Nice tan head, recedes quickly with just a bit of lacing.

S - Definite vanilla notes alongside coffee and chocolate. Noticeable alcohol and just a hint of whiskey.

T - Similar to the smell, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Very enjoyable.

M - Thick, yet smooth. Not much carbonation.

D - One definitely wants to take their time with this brew, as it's 10% ABV, but it's a beer you can relax and enjoy. Pairs very well with meat (I had it with smoked jerkey). My local shop is selling these out unfortunately, but I got a heck of a deal on them at $1/bottle.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Dark even mahogany with small firm, tan head, decent retention and slowly settles into a light foam covering over entire surface.

S = Outstanding deep dark chocolate smells melding well with an oaky, smokey smell, light hints of spun sugar, honey mead and peat complete the nose. Really a joy.

T = Wow, I thought the smells might be the best part of this beer, but there is no let down in the taste. Deep rich tastes of semi-sweet dark chocolate with clotted cream or whipped butter, nuttiness of almonds and walnuts, very light smoke and oak tannins.

M = Heavy body, great mouthcoating, creamy luxurious feel.

D = This is a sipper for sure, but still very smooth and goes down extremely easily.

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Photo of rye726
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with shades of dark brown and a silky tan head. Light lacing as well. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, fruity scotch, plums, cherries, subtle peat and oak. Taste has dark malts, whiskey, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, cocoa and a touch of alcohol. Medium body is well carbonated, but drops off a bit in the finish. Well balanced, barrel aging really compliments this beer nicely.

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Photo of meatyard
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a 1-finger mocha head that quickly falls to a cover leaving tiny spots of lace.
The smell is whisky, faint vanilla, chocolate & coffee.
The taste is more of the same as the smell. The oaked whisky plays a dominant role here.
Mouthfeel is rather thin and flat though that is result of barrel aging from what I've read.
Drinkability: For the price, ABV and complexity you can't consider this more than a one at a time sipper so in that regard it's fine.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown into my snifter. Very little head, though a few swirls are able to rouse a little foam.

Appetizing aroma, though nothing too out of the ordinary. Big candied dark fruits and smoky chocolate, if that makes any sense. The whisk isn't immediately apparent, it needs to warm a little for that rich vanilla-caramel to show itself.

Well I'll be damned, this actually tastes rather restrained. It should be noted that this is not a fresh bottle, though I still expected something much more brash. Perhaps it needs to warm more. (Waits a few minutes). Well, OK. There is a boatload of whiskey character - there's a lot of good smoky-caramel flavor, as well as a lot of oaky vanilla. Alcohol seems to be really muted. Beyond that, I can't speak much for the actual underlying imperial stout. Obviously, this was aged in some killer whiskey barrels, yes - but I just can't speak much to the underlying beer. The whiskey character is great, but the base beer needs work, I think - it's a very thin stout that gets saved by the kick-ass Speyside barrels. 4.5 for the whisk, 2.5 for the beer, I'll net out to 4.0.

It tastes thin, and feels thin as well. While this does substantially increase drinkability for me, it doesn't have the rich, full body you expect from a 10% stout. Subpar feel per style - it's almost a little watery!

Of course, the thin feel is making this surprisingly easy for me to drink. And, I'm enjoying the whiskey flavors immensely. The alcohol seems nonexistent, and it feels so thin, I can drink it with ease. I'm willing to overlook its flaws just to get at those Speyside casks.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer. So complex and flavorful. A really fun experience. Excellent for scotch and oak fans.

A - Darkest brown with a reddish hue through the light. Light tan head. Some lacing.
S - Wonderful, roasty sweet oak. Smoke. Wood. Complex. A lot of things that I'm sure are from the scotch barrels and I can make myself believe I"m smelling peat and the sea.
T - So full and even. All of the aroma notes come through nicely plus a nutty sweetness that finishes bitter in the back. Really really enjoyable.
M - Coating velvet and smooth.
D - it's so good and so interesting. It's 10% though, so you'd take your time. I can imagine this going really well with some foods. I can't wait to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City at about $12.

A: Pours a motor oil black with some dark ruby hints to it. The head is a short-lived coffee-colored line of bubbles that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing behind.

S: Vanilla and oak are strongest. Smells like scotch peat, smoke, caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T: Mostly follows the nose. A tremendously balanced combination of whiskey, vanilla, oak, and roasted malt assault the tongue. I can pick out the RIS and I can pick out the scotch individually, and boozy peatiness that I expect from scotch is subdued enough to complement instead of overwhelm the RIS characteristics. Chocolate, caramel, and smoke bring up the rear flavors, and the finish is a relatively clean smoke taste.

M: Feels silky and velvety, owing part to the heavy body and subdued carbonation. Makes for very smooth drinking. There is a slight booziness to it that lets you know it is a 10%er.

D: Not a great value at $1 / oz, but I could see myself buying this again as an occasional treat.

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Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, shared with friends. I imagine this won't be as smokey as the Islay version I had previously, but we shall see.

Appearance: Opaque as expected, with little head but decent spotty lacing around the glass.

Smell: Interesting notes of raspberries, mild wood, sweet chocolate and caramel. A bit of whiskey, but maybe that's adding the complexity to the vanilla and fruit ester aromas.

Taste: As oddball as this may sound: chocolate caramel pie with vanilla ice cream, raspberries, and a butter crust, with a bit of good and vanilla and viscerally warranted whiskey burn in the finish in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Heavy-bodied and fill, only not with a ton of carbonation. Thankfully, also coating without being cloying or too sticky.

Drinkability: Indeed, this is not as smokey as the Islay version I've had before, and I think folks that like their whiskey less peaty (think Balvenie) and more caramel and sweet as such, this is the one you want to try. I hope to get my hands on more of these, because I imagine all of them have something special that differentiates them from other batches. The $10 price tag, however, is a mild deterrent. Split a bottle with three friends and you're good to go.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A hard pour gets me a thick three fingers of a tan head. The liquid is quite dark though it hints at being more of a dark ruby. not black. No lacing is left on the glass through out the tasting.

S - A faint bourbon/whisky scent. Not too strong that might show the balance between the ber and the barrel aging was not balanced.

T - The 10% alcohol is upfront right away but doesn't really "burn". The whisky is strong but smooth. The taste lingers for sometime then fades away. Some bitterness at the end. The alcohol still could mellow out a bit. Maybe a couple in the cellar might do it some good.

M - Not very heavy but coats the mouth and tongue really well. The liquid feels thinner then the flavor reveals.

D - With the high alcohol and strong whishy flavors, it's one and I am done.

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