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 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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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by kindacold:
Photo of kindacold
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer!

Pours black with almost no head. Holding it up to the light makes it look like a dark blood red.

The smell is heavy and sweet. You can definitely tell that it was aged in whiskey barrels. The alcohol is noticeable.

This beer is shockingly smooth. It is thick and sweet, with a strong alcohol presence. I taste fruit, caramel, and whiskey.

This may be one of my new favorites.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JDV for sharing this bottle

Poured a black pour with little head, Scotch and roasted malt/coffee upfront on the smell, Serious roasted peat and scotch on the taste with chocolate and roasted malt hitting afterwards, Scotch is rounded out enough to be enjoyable. Shared a 12 oz bottle 3 ways and wish I had a little more. Enjoyed this one

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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 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 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 Photekut
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours an opaque, dark brown color with a mocha tan, one and a half finger head. Retention was good and a thin coat of tan lace lined the glass.

Smell: A little lighter than I was expecting here. There are elements of chocolate and roasted malts that smell sweet. Light coffee and toasted nut aromas mix well. Alcohol is noticeable, but not strong. Very faint bourbon and oaked smell wraps it up.

Taste: Chocolate malts are sweet initially. Roasted malt flavor is not quite as noticeable in taste. Coffee and toasted nut flavors are light and complement the other flavors well. Slight oaked flavor. Bourbon flavor is there, but is somewhat subdued. Alcohol has a warming effect on the way down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. A little thinner than I would've preferred. Carbonation is good. It's pretty smooth and drinkable. Due to its strength, I'd limit myself to one in a sitting. Personally, it's also overpriced for what it is in my view. Overall, it's a pretty solid beer. I'd definitely drink it again if it were offered to me. But, I'm not sure I'd purchase it again.

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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 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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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 BeerSox
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into 8oz snifter. Batch 005. Best Before 06/06/09.

Solid pitch black with a one finger khaki head that settles to a bubbly rim. Stringy lacing.

The bitter malts are somewhat subdued, with more of a dark fruit aroma coming through. A little bit of vanilla aroma is in the background, with a bit of alcohol.

Burnt malts are most of the flavor, along with a curious creaminess. A little more vanilla is in the flavor. Some light coffee flavors as well. Full bodied. The alcohol comes through a little more when the beer is warmer.

I wouldn't say this is the most complex Imperial Stout I have ever had, but it certainly is drinkable. The 10%ABV is very well hidden... good thing it's just a 330ml bottle. Very smooth. I can't wait to try the other varieties. Recommended.

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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 Proteus93
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was provided courtesy IBUnit63 and split along with dkachur and CrellMoset.

A: Dark, dark brown.. basically opaque. Nice head about a finger tall. Lighter head, not what I might expect for the style.

S: Huge spicy whisky scents, vanilla, oak, even a touch of maple. It's quite huge and extreme.

T: Oh, wow... the whisky flavours are intense. Alcohol is huge, big and boozy. Peppery spiciness are all over. Quite hot, overall. Maybe a little overwhelming.

M + D: Big, boozy, extreme. It's a good beer, but a little much for my tastes, really. Mouthfeel is hot and rough... drinkability goes along with that. Worthy tasting, but I think I'd probably be more apt to go after something a little more 'sessionable'

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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 bowersdm
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle lists this as Batch 005 Glen Moray 1991, best before 6/01/09.

A - black, the tiniest hint of light is visible on the edge. An aggressive pour yielded a tan 1cm head of large bubbles that dissipated into a halo quickly.

S - hershey's syrup, chocolate, a solventy alcohol smell that singes the nostrils, vanilla, oak, and a sweetness that I'm going to say is fruit (the only Speyside Whisky I've ever had, Glenfiddich, had a slight pear flavor)

T - the taste did not fulfill on the promise that the nose made. Everything seemed very muted even after the beer came to room temperature. A slight taste of dark chocolate, alcohol, oak, and roasted barley were present, but again, they were all SLIGHT.

M - smooth and viscous

D - The taste wasn't spectacular. It was average at best. It was definitely not worth the $11.99 that I paid for this bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for opening this one. Label reads BB 30/04/09.
Appears a dark brown with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a small cap and light collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, earthy, tobacco, smokey, vanilla, beef jerky.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the cocoa, smoke, and java notes coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smokey, and earthy with mushrooms.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle purchased at Beer Run in C-ville with BBD 6/6/2009. Split with crellmoset, dkachur and Proteus93. Sampled in Williamsburg Aleworks tasting glass.

As with a few other BrewDog offerings, this one pours relatively flat. It also shows off deep dark licorice colors with a touch of espresso. Really, not much carbonation at all.

Nice, slightly boozy vanilla with oak...hops? What hops? Rich chocolate malt...unlike a couple of other Paradox batches, this one keeps it together and really isn't disjointed on the nose. It's boozy with scotch from the oak aging but it really shows some promise.

This gives off a lot of vanilla in the taste profile, along with lots and lots of booze and dark malts. For BrewDog stuff it's actually well-put together as seen on the nose. Sure it's a little over the top but the malt sweetness - brown sugar along with dark chocolate, brings this together. In the end it's rather even and refined for BrewDog.

Mouthfeel is of course on the boozy side - this one could benefit from some age - good but pretty hot. Nicely creamy with oak and vanilla.

For something this hot it drinks quite nicely. May be a BrewDog effort I snag again given the chance. A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my BA buddy Onslow for this one!

this brew pours up a solid black. the absolute absent of color. no head really (bad pour). the nose is outstanding! just solid roasted dark malts up the wazoo! the taste is roasted dark malts blended with dark chocolate powder. full bodied brew

representing Scotland the Great! keep my heritage alive!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to kirok1999 for helping me acquire this brew! Batch 005 aged in bowmore 1991 glen moray speyside bottle

A - rich black color with a nice dark tan head

S - dark ripe fruits, molasses, roasted malts, oak, vanilla and light peat scotch.

T - rich velvety dark malts swirl with whiskey, oak and vanilla notes in a nicely balanced symphony of flavors!

M - medium / medium full bodied, smoothly carbonated, nice warming effect.

D - same as the other paradox I tried - sad when I reached the end of this lovely beer.

I found this speyside version to be much more smooth and balanced than the Islay. It's definitely scotch influenced but it's not such a strong peat scotch note. Defintitely a nice brew and a neat alternative to a bourbon RIS.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears to be dark black, but when held to the light, little flashes of port come through. The head is a paper-thin tan film.

Smells of rich, luscious caramelized sugar that seems to bring with it some apple and strawberry sweetness. This is backed by a wisp of earthy whiskey and a dry lumber woodiness.

The flavor begins with the sugary sweetness that brings with it sweet toasty malts, and that same fruity caramel. Once that establishes itself, a streak of hot booze runs down my palate sending out a distinct whisky graininess and burn. What a change up! This leaves my mouth warm and toasty eagerly awaiting my next sip. What an excellent use of whisky!

Feels a bit dense and slow for me a thickening carbonation that is just mildly offsetting.

What a tasty take on the whisky/RIS blend. Try this one for sure.

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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 BringusKilkenney
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a one finger light brown head. It disappears quickly leaving light lacing. Quite beautiful if you ask me no light that could possible get through.

The smell is definitely of whiskey at first smell and then the malts and chocolates kick in at second whiff. Alcohol is just slightly noticeable.

The Whiskey is also the first thing you taste. The taste follows the smell with the malts and stout flavors following closely there is a ever so slight bitter after taste.

The mouth feel is excellent smooth and easy to handle all the way

I could drink this all night even with the alcohol content I highly recommend this beer it is excellent if you can find it. So smooth and refreshing.

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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 hopdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired in trade. Labeled BB 30/04/09.

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, earthy, whisky, vanilla, and light smoke. Tastes of chocolate, smoke, earthy, vanilla, and a touch of coffee. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from: 3/5/08

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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005) - Glen Moray 1992 from BrewDog
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 69 ratings