BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant (Batch 003) | BrewDog

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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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by barleywinebrewer on 07-22-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.59/5  rDev +15%
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 Cyberkedi
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma is oily, smoky, strongly of molasses with a firm undertone of fine mocha. It pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick grayish tan and none too persistent head. Flavor is mainly of molasses with an overtone of fine roast coffee and more than a hint of chocolate and toffee. The taste fairly fills the mouth - just a sip delights the entire tongue. Texture is slick, thick and a little tingly. Recommended to all "Stouties."

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
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 BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 BevMoAndrew
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served into a standard pint glass at about 50 degrees.

Pours an extremely dark brown, that you can barely see though, with a mahogany tint and a very little off-white froth. A lot of milk chocolate mousse & dark chocolate come across on the nose with molasses, whiskey, oak, subtle coffee/roastiness, raisins, a little brown sugar, and a very pretty scotch tone. The nose isn't very pronounced, but subtle, complex, and elegant. The beer is extremely smooth and the palate with a great mouthfeel. all of the characteristics from the nose show on the palate with an added coffee/roast aspect. Overall this beer isn't what I expected, but I loved every second of it! I knew that I was drinking a 10% abv beer, but I would have never guessed it if I was tasting this blind....VERY smooth. The only thing that I wish was that there was better carbonation, but it's a barrel aged beer...beggars can't be choosers. I'm just happy that I have 2 more of these in my cellar. Drink now!

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Photo of BeerSox
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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 RixBeer
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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 billshmeinke
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Best before 12/12/09. However, Brewdog acknowledged on their website that the Paradox series can be aged for up to ten years. Served at room temperature. Honestly, serving this beer at ROOM TEMP makes a big difference.

A: Black. Finger and a half cream/khaki head. Big bubbles. Resides to a ring and layer of foam over the beer. Specs of lacing and oiliness line the side of the glass.

S: Smells mostly like a russian imperial stout, but with some nice twists. Chocolate and espresso beans from the malt, and very dark fruits. Vanilla beans, scotch, butter toffee, and spicy booze as well.

T: Vanilla beans, and scotch up front. Butter and toffee as well. Vague oak. Roasted malts clean out the back. The scotch comes out more as it warms, and is delicious without being overpowering. A bit nutty and peaty as well.

M: Not very thick, surprisingly. Carbonation is good, but not high. Medium bodied. Warmth on the tongue and throat from the booze linger. This beer is way too thin for what it is.

D: Sipper. Great winter beer. My only complaint is that this is a bit too thin, but it is still very tasty.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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 scottoale
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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 hopdog
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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 IDrinkAllot
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I got this beer I was worried that the flavor from the whiskey cask would over power the flavor of what is already a strong beer. But to my surprise the notes of scotch were almost subtle and a great complement to this stout. The bottle was very price ~$14 but certainly worth the money if you only plan on having it every once in a while.

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Photo of jgap
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Duhast500
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

The color is a dark and opaque black with some light brown foam and so nice lacing.

The smell is just a tiny bit teasing. Some toffee and burnt malt feel. The darker of the malt feel on this one.

The taste is quite a bit coffee flavored. Some nice toffee and peanut brittle flavor. A burnt feel to the flavor has been thinking of imperial stouts. It does gives a very conditioned, and flavor filled taste to this beer. Quite good and quite surprising from a brewery that seemed as they were just filled with gimmicks.

The feel of this beer is a bit tart but creamy. Sliding through the mouth it just tweaks the pretty twisted side in your taste buds and brings out a smile. I was impressed.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Imperial stout aged for several months in 1970 Glen Grant Scotch casks from Speyside.

Pours dark brown. Aroma is sweet with notes of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla. The flavor is toffee, molassas, brown sugar, oak, vanilla,and maybe some cinnamon with hints of peat sneaking in. Rich an complex, but amazingly smooth and easy drinking. Does not show its ABV one bit. Dark stone fruit becomes more prevalent in aroma and flavor as it warms.

Imperial Stout? Yes, but a very different beast. Unlike say Yeti or any of the other HUGE American takes on the style, this one is more balanced and easier to put away. Not as roasty, hoppy or thick.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head. Nice aromas of vanilla, caramel, whisky, light spicebox, cream, and a bit of toffee and roasted grain in the finish. The taste is fairly soft, but very nicely integrated flavor similar to those notes found in the aroma. Creamy and with a lightly peated whisky taste as well as some more of that toffee and caramel. Very smooth and easy drinking. A pleasure.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: no head on a black body with light passing through creating a red hue.

S: vanilla, oak, whiskey and confectioners chocolate.

T: more vanilla, whiskey, dark chocolate which together form a little tangy flavor. The whiskey stands out and makes the beer. mild smokey notes.

M: light carbonation making this one very smooth and a touch oily medium to full body.

Overall: A little mild and definitely sweet. The whiskey makes this one. Fairly different from Paradox Islay but good in its own right.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of a black body. The foam settles out rapidly and leaves only light traces of lace in its wake.

S - Spicy, smoky notes of whiskey with nutty caramel and a hint of chocolate.

T - Sweet malt up front with caramel and dark roasted grain. Some vanilla in the middle with a hint of smoke and a bit of sherry. Finishes with thick toffee and notes of maple sugar as well as a smoky aftertaste that works with the sweetness and stays away from any harsh, peat like notes.

M - A moderately thick, yet syrupy body, with a balanced finish.

D - Nicely balanced with a smoky character that is milder than some other scotch barrel beers I have had. The sweetness really stands out but works pretty well against the dark malt and alcohol.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Vintage 2007.

A: Pours black with very little head and weak lacing. No carbonation.

N: Whiskey, oak, vanilla and caramel.

T: Oak, vanilla (good amount), dark chocolate, butterscotch and bitter dark coffee.

M: Light bodied, smooth and clean. Seems a bit thin for an Imperial Stout.

D: Excellent! Very easy drinking. Wow! Dangerous.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this still on the shelf at my local store... really shocked me when I saw it was bottled in 2007. Anyway, it's poured out as a deep brown color, mostly black with virtually no head on top, just some bubbles that don't last very long. The lacing is nowhere in sight either. The smell of the beer though gives off a very nice mellow smoked aroma with some elements of scotch whiskey and some vanilla in there. The taste of the beer has also mellowed out nicely. The whiskey flavors are there along with some hints of char, roasted malts and some molasses. The mouthfeel is nearly flat, not much carbonation left if there was much to begin with I'll never know. The body is medium with some silky creaminess still intact. There is no booze heat on this either. Overall it's a pretty solid Paradox, one of the better ones I've had over the years for sure.

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Photo of inpherno
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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 Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head, looks almost flat at first, solid head retention though.

S: Strong scent, get a lot of overt whiskey at first, then comes iodine, sea air, cherry, prune, and definitely vanilla bean, with a hint of ethanol.

T: Scotch and a alcohol bit hit, then the overall flavour mellows out. Lots of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, and vanilla coke.

M: Quite light than I would expect with a 10% beer, perhaps this is because of the aging, I don't know. Smooth and mellow.

D: Very easy to drink for such a big beer. Very expensive, but I liked the concept, glad I bought it.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paradox Glen Grant (batch 003) pours a flat black into the glass with only a small fizzy ring around the edges. The beer is a clear reddish/brown around the edges and there is no lace on the glass.

The aroma malty with some smoke and peat mixed in. Notes of roasted malt, oak, vanilla and peat are all present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, slick and flat. The flavor is rich chocolate malt, oak, cherry, vanilla and smoke. It finishes with a bitter chocolate flavor. Once gone the chocolate and oak flavor lingers on the palate.

The flavor of this beer really comes out as it warms in the glass. The earthyness to the aroma is a bit odd, but the flavor makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

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

S - Has a smokey peat oak and vanilla nose not much beer smell in there

T - This is good stuff but not getting much beer flavor instead its like the nose smoke oak vanilla and alcohol

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

D - Despite it lacking most beer qualities I enjoyed this one quite a bit it takes some time to sip this down but its some good stuff if you find a bottle kicking around pick it up

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Photo of midaszero
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown body with only a little bit of light coming through the edges. Pretty much zero head. Can swirl up a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Chocolate and malty and whiskey. Seems like the smell should be stronger from a distance but upon closer inspection is just of average strength but still present.

T - Chocolate with roasted elements and whiskey presence.

M - Medium thick body with almost no carbonation. Smooth and creamy

D - Pretty enjoyable and easy to drink especially for 10% but over priced IMO.

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