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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry CaskBrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask
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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry CaskBrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 011) - 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask

Brewed by:
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 07-29-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 54
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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 11; Bottled on 03/03/09; Aged for almost 7 years; Rust on the mouth of the bottle.
The beer pours a very flat beer because the carbonation has probably gone out of the bottle after being aged for so long. The beer itself is an opaque black with a bit of a watery look to it. It isn't bad and looks fairly decent.

The smell is really fascinating and pretty good. Despite it being on the slightly diluted side, the smell is fairly complex. There are some nice wood notes from the barrel that make it out and mix very well with the sweet dark chocolate note and light roasted note. The fruity sherry note is there and seems to resemble a slight cherry, which works very well with the chocolate notes. Overall, it's a very nice smell and works pretty well.

The taste is the same as the smell and is pretty good too. The main difference is that wood note isn't as present as it is in the smell. The sherry and chocolate combo is still in the taste but not as strong. There is still a little bit of a hop note in the taste but it's almost gone.

The feel is heavy bodied but a bit watery. Still feels decent though.

Overall, a pretty good beer and one that should have been drunk more than a few years ago. Still, not bad and a decent drink.

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3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The look and smell of this beer are spot on for a barrel aged imperial stout, in fact when I first smelled this beer I thought it was going to be something special, the smell was spot on...but the mouthfeel was quite thin and the taste just didn't follow. Average barrel aged beer at best

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown/black with a few brown bubbles.

S: Anise, dark berries, and peaty smoke in the nose.

T: Peat, roasted barley, berries and anise. Quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied with less than optimal carbonation. Not what I was expecting.

O: Not the best Whisky barrel aged stout I've ever had, and the fact that it was from Macallan barrels is a bit of a disappointment. That said, I still liked it a lot and would recommend a more recent batch (Imbibed in 2012 at roughly 3 years old)

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100th Review, Hooray me!!!
bottle to worthy sniffer

A: Dark dark brown very near black but not quite there in terms of color. There is essentially no head with not even a quarter cup of lacing. It is however completely opaque with nothing going through it at all

S:Dark smells chocolate almost with hints of the sherry but surprisingly not a lot of dark fruit it maintains its stout smell to it I cant quite describe.

T: There is a smokey taste in the beginning that fades into more of a stout taste with hints of dark chocolate the sherry like in the nose comes out but is not very powerful flavor. Though it is well blended with the stout flavor and adds an interesting depth to the flavor

M: Thin for a stout very watered down with a light chewy texture but not much there. It goes down easy especially with lack of carbonation as that adds to the smoothness. It is kinda of weird I do not dislike it but its not my favorite.

O:This is a good beer but not great I like the use of sherry cask it adds a lot to the flavor but almost everything else in this beer is good though needs improvement especially the mouthfeel. I will say it did complement my canoli ice cream well. Its worth a try but weather it was worth $10 is much more questionable

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Glencairn whisky glass. Batch 011. Bottled on 3 March 2009.

A: A glowing dark brown, barely translucent. Scattered but persistent lacing, with little head.

S: Fruit, dry malt, distant dryness. All in all, a pretty nice representation of the sherry cask in beer form.

T/M: Alas, perhaps a little old. Thin and flat, like many a Paradox aged til now, but mayhap I spoke too soon...loaded with flavour, especially on the endtaste. Chiaroscuro fruit, malts saved from boringness only by dint of being whisky-filled, but overall, a nice ale that was drenched in excellent single malt then left far too long in the bottle.

O: I couldn't recommend it, but I'm glad I tried one. BrewDog is an excellent brewery, and I regret not trying this sooner.

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4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, DARK brown with a thin, rocky almond head and viscous film on the glass. Chestnut and ruby red highlights don’t quite make up for the total lack of lacing.

There is a light, barely distinguishable sherry aroma with more pronounced roasted malt. Perhaps there is a hint of pine resin in this simple, but lush and alluring aroma. A suggestion of roasted coffee comes out with warmth.

The flavor has a whisky undertone and is well balanced. Overall, the flavors are surprisingly muted and there is a long, light finish.

A full body with smooth texture and light carbonation. Alcohol plays a role but is still under control and there is a light, sticky residue on the lips.

Preferable as a sipper while relaxing or during cocktail hour. Aside from the price tag, this one could easily fit into any regular line up.

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3/5  rDev -25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 75 ratings