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BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003)BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003)

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinebrewer on 07-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 53
Reviews by GrumpyJunglist:
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Said Batch 003, and Best Before 12/12/09.

Poured into a Stone IRS Tulip.

A: Poured a pitch black with a mere film of head that was a light brown in color.

S: The Aroma of this beer is very light. Get hints of roasted coffee with light notes of vanilla and a faint hint of oak.

T: the taste was just like the nose, not overpowering. But you definitely taste the whiskey influences mixed in with the imperial stout notes. I think in a way it calms down the roasty malt taste of stout.

M: It is gentle, doesn't burn, doesnt bite. After your first drink it kinda feels like you had an irish coffee minus the sweetness.

O: I can only compare this with the only other paradox I had and that was the Smokehead (which i did not like). So this kind of restores my hope that the next time i see another paradox I would pick it up.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a dark brown in color and clear with little head.

Smell - The aroma is mostly a very dark, roasted grain, but is mild. I thought it would open up more as it came to room temperature but no, not really.

Taste - The sweets are bigger at the taste then I thought they would be. I didn't pick up much sweetness at the nose but here I'm getting some good brown and cane sugars. I don't know what the cask aging was supposed to do for the flavors but other then a speckle of wood there's really not much else there.

Mouthfeel - This is relatively thin for the style, maybe medium-bodied at best, and a bit flat. The mild bitterness is offset by the sugars and they did a great job of masking the alcohol.

Drinkability - This was OK but nothing brilliant. The wood didn't add anything to the flavor profile and the beer itself wasn't thick enough to hold up to the heavy sugars.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

What does a Scottish-brewed Imperial Stout, aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant Single Malt cask, available in the US, tell us? American extreme beer seems to be spearheading the craft beer movement, setting forth a snowball effect thanks to its growing fan base and the mainstream media pointing a small spotlight on that part of the industry. Sure, we'll toot our own horn by taking a sliver of credit for our Extreme Beer Fest, and pushing that knowledge and information to our readers here, in our mag and on the site. But when this movement influences brewing customs outside of our own newly formed beer culture, it not only validates what the American brewers are doing, but possibly offers some justification as to why brewers from very traditional cultures are breaking away from the norm.

It's great to know that other beer cultures are actually recognizing what the brewers are doing in the US. We'll take it any way we can get it. Sure, we love the typical 5-percent session beer--we see those beers more as a staple than a luxury. A perfect example of a luxury beer is Paradox Glen Grant from BrewDog Ltd. out of Fraserburgh, Scotland (proof that in their world, they are thinking way outside of the box).
An Imperial Stout, so it's obviously opaque and nearly pitch black. A firm two fingers of head stands up when poured and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas of soft peat, smoked malt, sweet burnt sugar from the roasted malt and a big whiff of single malt lets the nose know it was indeed aged in a cask. Creamy smooth, with a nearly syrupy full body. Heavy hand of malt sweetness is rounded out by the roasted flavors in addition to the barrel char and single-malt alcohol characteristics. Modest hopping. No real bitterness or flavor to be picked out, which is fine, as the roasted tone and alcohol hold the sweetness from going overboard. No barrel or alcohol harshness makes it almost too drinkable with each sip. The Imperial Stout base comes through with the trademark dark fruitiness of black currants. Finishes roasted, a little alcoholic and with a thick underlying sweetness that makes us go back for another taste.

We both love a top-shelf single malt. Throw that into the extreme beer blender and OMG it is more than hype or magic. "Nectar of the gods" is more like it. It's a sipper, no doubt, with the 10-percent ABV weighing in on us. With greatness sometimes comes a large price tag. Yeah, $15 for an 11.2-ounce bottle is what your wallet will be looking at. Is Paradox worth it? A treat beer, not something you'll be bathing in. Your spending conscience will let you know, but we can tell you it is definitely worth a go. No pairing necessary--look at it as an after-dinner drink, like a fine Port.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a ring of brown bubbles. Let it sit until it nears room temperature. I enjoyed the base, Riptide Stout, in the meantime. Aroma is heavy with Speyside malt, salt, peat, coffee, dark chocolate, wood, leather, and smoked malt. The taste is incredible. The bitter, roasty, smoky, coffee and chocolate flavors are all there, but now with the peat and alcohol from the scotch. It all swirls in your mouth. As it gets warmer, tobacco, oak, earthy oats, and vanilla pop up from time to time. Took a while to sip, but I liked it that way. Worth every penny.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A thin looking RIS that pours with a good head that hangs around for a minute. This beer is much more transparent that most RIS's. Smells like a spanish beverage called Malta. Upon first tasting I thought I smelled whiskey but now it is clear that it is undeniably Scotch Whisky.
What a malt bomb! A little chocolate and light coffee, with some vanilla and whisky in the mix. Such a great tasting beer.
This is the beers weakest aspect. The body is pleasant and contributes to drinkability but could benefit from much more body. Far to thin.
What a fantastic RIS, This is possibly the most drinkable RIS I have ever had.
I enjoy the bourbon aged beers very much but personally enjoy Scotch much more. Its unfortunate that Scotch barrels are used so many times and therefore are much harder to come by in comparison to Bourbon barrels. This rarity of Scotch barrels therefore contributes to the beers excessive price tag.

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Photo of bovinecrusader
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in poured into a Duvel tulip.

Sorry to report that this was quite underwhelming. I've had several Islay batches, all with great results; however, this beer seemed lackluster. Will admit that maybe this could have been a bad bottling, as almost too many things went wrong with this beer.

Poured a thin, molasses colored body. Even with a very aggressive pour, yielded a light, 1/2 finger khaki colored head with no retention or lacing. Very light nose, with a malty hint of graham crackers. Slick mouthfeel, with little body front to mid palate. Zero carbonation gave a syrupy quality. Finish had notes of black pepper, sweet oak, and some lingering heat from the ABV. Drinkable? Only because there was so little happening.

I think I may have had a bum batch/bottling, but I'm willing to give a second shot.

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Photo of davod23
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Hmm... this was an odd experience. Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Huh. Pour is brown. Very brown. Kinda dark, but not nearly as black as I think imperial stouts ought to be. Also, doesn't look all that thick. What the...? Is this an imperial stout? Head rises up and then quickly fizzles out, leaving a thin residue on the glass. The faintest of off-white cirrus clouds remains at the top of the brew. This is not impressive for an imperial stout. Maybe for an imperial brown ale, this would be better. But this doesn't fit the style.

Smell is okay. Not as complex as I would like, but the one standout dimension is of Scotch whisky. And I do like it. Once the beer warms I get a bit of bittersweet chocolate in the nose. Also smells quite hot.

Taste is, thankfully, the best part of this beer. It's not quite to style, so it loses points there... but I really like the taste of this beer. The Scotch is prominent, the chocolate notes dance behind the whisky, and I get a faint sense of dark fruit. There is a barrel component intermixed throughout everything, as well. I would like some more roasted notes in here, perhaps coffee, maybe some vanilla or something... but you know, this is pretty tasty. Long, slightly-hot finish. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel... agh. Not impressive. Too thin. I expect imperial stouts to be viscous, chewy, to fill my mouth with oily goodness (that sounded dirty, didn't it?). This was pretty thin and sharp. Meh.

I could drink more of this. I just would rather drink other stuff.

Luckily, the taste of this beer saves it from being mediocre. As it is, it's slightly better than that. I wanted an imperial stout, but this doesn't quite qualify IMHO. I don't anticipate buying any more bottles of this, as there are much, MUCH better impy stouts. But I might consider trying it on tap.

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Photo of Ducatisti
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Keith_R
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BeerSox
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle into 8oz snifter. Batch 003. Best by 12/12/2009 (a year from now).

Pitch black with a one finger light tan head which settles to a thin bubbly rim along the glass.

Light bitter malts with a batch of dark fruit. The alcohol is well perceived.

Like the Speyside batch, the harshness of the aroma is gone in the flavor. Smooth, slightly creamy, the alcohol is hidden, and the roasty bitter malts create the perfect sipping flavor. Full bodied.

At 10%ABV, this one is dangerously smooth. Even though it's like drinking and Irish Dry Stout, be sure to hide the keys before enjoying this one. Enjoy at purchase or at its "best by" date. Recommended.

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Photo of scubahood
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Bill as an extra in our most recent trade. I had been wanting to get these, but had yet to see them show up locally. Needless to say I was very happy when he included one to let me see if I needed to pursue it further. Served in an oversized wine glass, this was consumed at cellar temp on 08/10/2008.

Poured a deep, dark black, though utterly motionless with only the slightest bit of wispy brown lace on the top. That faded after a few brief moments and all that was left in its wake was a bare, blackened top.

The aroma was full of whiskey and vanilla smells. Lots of nice sweet touches here, maybe even some light butterscotch on the nose. Hints of burnt coffee and an almost peat like smell were dancing around in the foreground. The flavor was more f the same. Very nice, toasty, with a he malt bill on this one. Started smooth and dark, with an oak like flavor that washed over the tongue with hints of vanilla and molasses, fleeting though with some long after taste of roasted malts and peat, a touch of sweet whiskey flavor and the drying touch that was highlighted by almost a bitter bakers chocolate. Smooth Mouthfeel, though not as thick as I would have liked, but still not bad at all. Easily drinkable as the 10% was nowhere to be found on this one.

Overall not bad. Jury is still out on the 12 dollar price tag, but this was definitely a solid beer. The aging was not overdone at all, and an easy one for being so big. Will have to come back to this one.

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Photo of scottoale
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003 best before 12/12/09. Black, gold and white foil label on a brown 11.2fl.oz. longneck. This large ale pours black-brown with a finger of light tan head into my snifter. Light on the carbonation, the head thins to a decent layer with spots of lace.

Sweet and roasty, malt and whiskey greet the nose. Fruit, flower and estery notes follow.

Flavors of licorice, molassas, malt, coffee, vanilla and charcoal come through with sweetness and fade with a bitter chalkiness. Complex and well balanced, not to mention quite tasty.

A solid imperial stout with flavor enhanced by the whiskey casks, equals an easy to sip brew with a big 10% ABV.

Expensive as hell, but definetly worth a try for this style.

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Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with next to no head.

Smell is toffee and whiskey and faint black currant. Chocolate is present but this is not as aromatic as I would have expected from this type of whiskey barrel.

The taste starts out coffee and whiskey with a nice vanilla and or oak flavor. Good chocolate flavor this has an astringency to it that really dries out the mouth. Nice but not really a great beer.

Mouthfeel is dry mouth.

An OK beer but not one I really need to try again.

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Photo of inpherno
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was my break in to Brew Dog and it's quite impressive I must say. This brew has a great flavor profile, even when chilled.
Deep black in appearance, lighter body, and sweet vanilla-y notes. This is a smooth one goes down very easy. The 1970 Glen Grant cask adds great depth. Whether enjoying alone, or with chocolate cake, or a juicy steak this is a very intriguing beer and should not be missed.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I decided to take a flyer on this brew. I'm intrigued by the scotch barrel conditioning. Noted as aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant cask and best by 12/12/09.

A - rich black color with a nice dark tan head

S - roasted malts, oak, vanilla and light peat scotch.

T - roasty dark malts, light notes of oak and scotch but it is dominated by the roasty effect

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

D - came across as a coffee RIS rather than having spent time in a scotch barrel.

A nice brew which I hope the roast factor will mellow with time. Price of entry on this was $12.94 for a 11.2 oz bottle so while it's neat to try it's rather expensive.

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Photo of jgap
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a mocha head that fades to a good, patchy lace. The smell has lots of whisky in it along with ripe raisins, plumbs, and a strong roastyness- almost like a smoked beer- smells great! Taste is great too! It's just a little sweet up front just before the whisky hits you. It's a lot like a nice bourbon aged beer but with a stronger kick. I'm liking it a lot. The taste fades back to a sugar but this time it's toasty, dark ripe fruit. Lots of raisin. There is a slight alcohol burn but that may blend better with age. I would expect this beer to become something REALLY special with a few years on it. It actually reminds me a lot of older viscocity. It's expensive but try this if you can!

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Photo of HopGoblin
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with a best by date of 12/12/09, into a bubble glass.

The brew pours black and thin with a head that disappears rather quickly. Decent lacing and retention along the edges of the glass. Nose is brown sugar sweetness with hints of whisky and dark fruit. The taste is of roasted malt and caramel malt. No real oak or whisky flavors to be found. Finishes sweet and astringent. The mouthfeel is a bit weird. The beer is a bit thin but fills out the mouth like a thicker brew. The drinkability is just fair, halfway finished with the bottle and I don't really want to finish.

This beer is past its prime. I tasted it when it was yound and it is better now than before and the score reflects that. However, the nuances of the whisky cask are gone. It should have been drank 8 months ago.

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Photo of hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle labeled Batch 003 BB 12/12/09,

Poured dark brown with red edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, some earthiness, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and light whiskey. Tastes of vanilla, light whiskey, wood, chocolate, liighter earthiness, and roast. Thinner but nice and smooth body. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from: 8/11/08

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so my night of drinking continues. I turn on a shitty horror flick and I'm in the mood for something dark. so my friend paradox, your time has come.

dark pour. rich blackish brown with some daaaark ruby highlights when held up to the light. a nice creamy one finger mocha colored head is produced off an aggressive pour. the head falls pretty quick leaving a decent amount of lacing.

smell is great and rich. subtle wood notes, vanilla, dark fruits, a lingering sweetness, there is also a slight mossy feel but i cant say for sure. there is something that i just cant put my nose on. hrmmmm. smell this great makes me excited to dive into this bad boy.

taste follows suit. some good flavors of vanilla off the whiskey barrels. chocolate malt. a pleasant sweetness. the alcohol is masked like a champ.

mouth is smooth. a bit thin but still good. not a ton of carbonation coming through on this. i get practically no alcohol burn.

i could put back a few of these in a night if they weren't 12 bucks a bottle. very glad i had a chance to try this beauty.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice thin layer of head that fades faster than super man can jump over a building.

WOW there is some seriously huge chocolate, coffee and caramel.

You can taste the sweetness of the chocolate but it is overshadowed by the flavor from the barrel. Damn good, damn good!

There is little carbonation but that is fine it is smooth and very easy to drink.

Drink it up while it's here. Could be gone in a matter of minutes.

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Photo of charlzm
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed on 09/03/08. "Best by 12/12/09" warns the bottle.

A conservative pour of this clear, dark brown beer nets a thin, light tan head made of fairly large bubbles. It quickly dissipates into just a little sticky lacing. A bit anemic in appearance for a RIS.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla and red grape. Alcohol has a defininte presence in the nose as well.

Moderately thick beer with almost no carbonation. Sweet dark malt flavor with oaky red wine overtones. Oddly, very little scotch character to the nose or the palate. Bitterness not a strong component of the flavor. Warmth from the alcohol is pronounced on the swallow. That, combined with the too-sweet character of the beer and the disappointing lack of complexity made this 11.2 ounce bottle hard for me to finish solo.

I had planned on aging this one, but found myself reaching for the bottle with only a few weeks on it. Might be worth aging; it's certainly nothing special now.

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Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) from BrewDog
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