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

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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 Double / 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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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent tan head. Aroma is strong and smoky with undertones of coffee and unsweetened chocolate as well as a firm overtone of whiskey. Flavor is smoky and a little malty with a firm whiskey bite as well as hints of unsweet chocolate, coffee and toffee - downright lip-smacking. Texture is thick and oily-smooth, leaving a good tingle as it goes down.

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Photo of caddyshack199
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brew Dog Paradox Macallan
A- pours a dark brown almost black color
H- no head to speak of. Clearly a oak aged beer.
S- light oak smell with a small amount of peat.
T-you would never guess this is 10 abv. Very smooth, light almost.
Very light peat and oak. Good afterthought. Not upfront.
I- I really like this beer. Great job by the brewdog guys.
12.99 120z bottle Staples Corner Liquors, Crofton Md

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance was a dark, ruby red. Absolutely beautiful in a Belgian glass. Mild carbonation, with a nose that pronounces the sherry with a hint of malt. The taste was rich and wonderful. The sherry is subtle and balances tremendously well with the RIS. What makes this beer amazing is how drinkable it is. At 10%, there is some alcohol heat, but it's surprisingly smooth. An expensive beer, but an incredibly well balanced treat. If you're lucky enough to have a chance to try this one, don't hesitate...

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

HOLY CRAP!! Drink this NOW! Another treat from Brewdog. This one pours thin, with a cola color and a milky light tan head that leaves sheets of Belgian lacing behind. The smell, while on the timid side, is like the hot chocolate Mom used to make on those cold Buffalo mornings..accompanied by powdered donuts before a guy would head out to school in the 70's. The mouth feel is incredibly creamy, lightly carbonated, medium bodied and waaay smooth. The flavor has a powdery sweet incredible milk chocolate character with a light malty tangy latte thing going on with a light roasted bean bitterness to the texture that lingers nicely. Waay tooo easy going down...the 10% ABV is virtually indistinguishable. Did I say HOLY CRAP?? Wow, this one was +$$ (Beers of The World) but worth every penny. Highly recommended!

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4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having fun working through a bunch of these different batches. the latest is batch 011, their RIS aged in a 1987 macallan sherry barrel. I will confess I love macallan so this review may be biased. I did however share the beer with another BA and he enjoyed it as well so I'll call it accurate for today!

A - pitch black, nice dark tan head
S - peaty, smokey notes melded with roasted dark grains...
T - wonderfully balanced blend of smoaky peaty notes, sherry roasted grains, dark ripe fruit and oak.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated, dry soft finish.
D - Yeah,that was good.

Glad I have one more of these to enjoy again! Pricey but worth a try.

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Photo of glid02
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours black with hardly any head. The little head that there is coalesces into a thin ring around the glass, and what I can only describe as a scaly layer of bubbles on top. The actual beer sticks around on the sides for a second, but there's no real lacing.

Smells great. A scotch aroma that is big but not overpowering. Also some smoked and earthy aromas. Very nice.

Tastes even better. A sweet malt flavor up front followed shortly by a smoked, earthy flavor. As the beer warms there's also some chocolate in there. There's a good dose of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a great thickness accompanied by a subtle carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability is great. There's no trace of the alcohol except for the warming sensation as it slides down my gullet. I could drink a ton of these.

Overall I'm glad I finally caved and paid $11.00 for this. Really a fantastic beer. I'd like to try this and the Ola Dubh 30 next to each other. Be sure to give this a shot.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 011. Served at 68 degrees.

appearance - pours thin, black and dark, not much retention but some good lacing where it appears

smell - rich chocolate, malt, hops, yeast, very complex

taste - chocolate, malt, hop bitterness and wood barrel in the finish, lingers, incredibly complex with a bit of alcohol present

mouthfeel - a bit watery, very light, mild carbonation, smooth

drinkability - very enjoyable, complex, the character of the thin body is a bit of a bummer but makes for a unique experience

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third review of the Brew Dog Paradox series. I'm a whisky fan as well as a beer fan, and what's amazing about these beers is how well they reflect the particular whisky barrels they are aged in. Each paradox tastes somewhat of the whisky that was in the barrel, and the differences in flavor and intensity are often more due to the character of each Scotch rather than the beer ingredients. This is exciting stuff for a whisky lover. This particular one is hand notated as batch 011 best by 12/12/09. The beer pours pitch black with very little head, but what there is leaves a little bit of lacing. The smell is toasty and sweet with marshmallow and cedar up front and with some vinous notes on the back end from the sherry casks. The taste is perhaps a bit gentler than some of the other Paradoxes, but there are clear notes of roasted malt, sherry, sweet honeyed malt, and the pure, clean notes of the Macallan. Very nice. Extremely smooth, and although there are whisky notes, it doesn't taste at all as strong as the 10% abv would suggest. Very nice. I think I'll follow this with a Scotch.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew Dog Paradox Macallan pours a charred black with an initial fizzy short tan head. As it develops, hints of a plumish ruby become evident in the light. First smell is moderately strong and pleasant giving off aromas of roasted malt with hints of dark cherry and chocolate. Later aromas become much stronger and boozier. The taste is exceptional, its slightly sweet, malty, with a mellow boozy finish. Mouthfeel is moderately dense with a low carbonation. If this was any thicker it would be syrupy, but it doesn't quite push that boundary. Overall drinkability is really good. I feel like I'm drinking a wonderfully mellowed weak whisky. This has poured and been great from the beginning and only gotten better as I work my way through it. Its giving me a good kick and my only dissapointment is that my glass is getting empty. Yeah its pricey, but stocking a couple for a special occasion would be well worth it.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Batch 011 BB 12/12/09.

Poured a dark brown color with red edges and an average to larger sized tan head. Aromas of earthiness, manure, woody, peat, smoke, chocolate, and very light sherry. Tastes of vanilla, wood, light sherry, chocolate, light caramel, and roast. Creamy body with the alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from: 8/16/08

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Photo of benclimbs
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish black with a deep brown head in a tulip on tap at some amazing pub in bristol.

Smell is absolutely amazing - total scotch whiskey, the vanilla, the smoke and the pure peat

Taste is almost as incredible, big chocolate malts, peaty smoke and oak...dried cherries and raisins

Big mouthfeel, and finish. Wow!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice impenetrable black with a very nice light tan creamy head. Nose is on the weaker side, but still smells quite a bit of peat, roasted malt and slight alcohol. Taste is very very nice, with deep roasted malt and chocolate flavors. The sherry comes out a little bit towards the end when you start to get a slight alcohol burn, but nowhere near what I would expect. Much oak in the flavor. Mouthfeel is almost perferct, nice and viscous, but not soupy. Drinkability is extremely good for the abv. Overall I like it. Its a very well made stout, and the sherry casks add a very likeable and interesting element to the flavor. A good brew, excited to see how the others do with a little bit of age. Recommended.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, the batch number on my bottle wasn't printed on properly, but I believe this is batch 11.

Initial pour is very disappointing. Very black and gloopy in the pour, but an almost non-existent, wispy cola-like head.

Scotch, chocolate, coffee and malts. These all predominate in both the scent and the flavour. Slightly bitter taste, very definite scotch and dark chocolate profile. Virtually no hop presence at all.

Very slick, oily mouthfeel, quite suitable to the style. At 10%ABV, a 33cl bottle is enough. Great nightcap.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark, almost black brown, totally opaque, with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates to virtually nothing.

S - The aroma is robust, full of a peaty phenolic ester, a woody essence, and a tinge of vanilla and chocolate.

T - Really complex and improves as it warms. Very woody and peaty throughout, and just a little dry and tannic. Chocolate liqueur and sherry, little bit of coffee. Coppery malt sweetness fading into a lingering peaty alcohol tingle in the aftertaste.

M - Thin bodied and light carbonation.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH: 011 BEST BEFORE: 12/12/09

Pours a super dark brown, so as to appear black. About one-finger of tan foam makes the head. It recedes to a surface ring and a tiny surface film. The lacing is spotty and nicely sticky.

Beautiful scotch notes combined with rich, toasted malt notes. Very light presence of toffee. A nice smokiness.

The taste follows the nose very closely. This may be the best balanced barrel-aged beer that I've ever had. Nothing overpowers anything else, all is equal.

Full-bodied with a light to medium carbonation level. Very smooth and easy, with a light touch of creaminess.

The 10%abv would keep it out of sessioning territory, but it is a damn tasty and easy to drink brew. Very nice as a special occasion beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

*sigh* I'm pretty sure I got this in a trade, but, yet again, I can't remember from whom. If you were the sender, let me know so's I can give the proper props.

I wonder if I'm gonna be able to try the whole series? I hope so. This one pours a shiny obsidian with barely a spit of bubbles it wants to pass off as a head. The nose is pretty heavy on the whiskey, with some oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and darkly roasted malts mixed in there as well. A small bite o' chocolate finds its way to my 'strils as I remove the glass from beneath my nose. The taste shows a nice balance between cocoa, whiskey, and molasses, while the other elements of the nose frolic in the distance. A slight edge of charcoal lines the finish, lending yet another dimension to the darkness. The body is a heavy medium, with nearly no carbonation and a semi-fluid feel. Overall, one of the better Paradoxes, though the flatness and near-wateriness seems to count against this one more than the others. Still, it's by far the most balanced I've yet come across.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on a whim in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass. Best before March 3rd, 2011.

A - Pours with a dime of foam that settles to a big-bubbled ring and some light haze. Dark, dark brown body that's lighter at the fringes of the glass, and displays some transparency. Needs to be darker for a 10% Imperial Stout.

S - Sweet dark fruits, whisky, chocolate, oak, sherry-like oxidation flavors, and a hint of booze. Probably the best-smelling Brewdog beer I've had. Really well integrated, unlike some other Paradox series brews.

T - Taste is more of a milk chocolate base, with dark fruits, vanilla, and mellow whisky flavors. Finish has a light tannic bite and some buttery oak, that is evocative of some of the cream-filled chocolates you get in a box from Russell Stover. This is probably a 4.25, but I was pretty tough on appearance.

M - Too thin for 10%, but otherwise smooth and low in carbonation. Minimal heat, and the slightest tannic astringency.

D - I was happy to have 6-8oz of this one, but a whole bottle might have gotten a touch cloying. This has aged quite gracefully and turned out better than any of the other beers in the series. Pricey at $10/bottle, but one of the few Brewdog beers worth a spin.

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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl/11.2 oz. bottle...hand-written Batch "011" and Best Before "12/12/09" [hey, that's today!]. Served at just about room temperature, as the label recommends, to a tumbler.

A: Dark brown, a 'maple syrup' color more accurately - shows caramel orange at the edges. Slim ring of sandy tan, a pencil-thin clinger. A few tiny dabs of lace, but nothing more.

S: Caramel or toffee, something sweet like that, then a smoky 'oak barrel', Grassy, almost flowery-sweet, hops.

T: Spiced sweetness, hints of smoke, a woody Scottish whisky, subtle vanilla, chocolate/cocoa and an earthy peat. Mellow hops, their spice plays well with the oaken spice of barrel-aging. Unfortunately, the Macallan sherry casks don't impart the sweetness and definitive 'sherry' quality that I'd hoped for. Still, complex enough and plenty delicious...

M: A little thin...ok, remarkably thin. For 10%, this has the body of a 5-6% ale. Despite a thin weight, the heft of this beer is nearly hidden - creeping warmth and a nearly impossible smoothness. Dulled carbonation; though it's right at the 'best by' date, seems like it has been aged for years.

D: Remarkably easy to drink...hard to find the 10% abv in this...still, it's a 'sipper' almost because the label dictates alone. Probably a 5, but I have to note that the $11 price tag is among the least 'value-conscious' decisions I've made. Tough to justify against another at that cost...regardless, a very tasty brew, that would be oh-so-easy to enjoy again.

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