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

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
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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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I aged this several months. Pours opaque black, with a cask like crowning bubbly head that's light brown. Significant whisky aromas. Medium mouthfeel, a very dry stout,chocolate, carbonation right there, slightly sour finish. More or less average for the style.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously complex and with the most rich of flavors, the Macallan continues the Paradox trend of challenging the palate while seducing it simultaneously.

The beer pours a very deep brown, boardering on black except around the edges. The dainties of head gives a lightly tanned color and settles to a thin lace with a few intermitten pockets of foam. Lace also evident on the glass but in limited fashion. Low carbonation give a very cask ale-like calmness.

Smoky, fruity, and complexly sweet with black strap molasass, charred plumbs, currants, and grapes, and the with the essence of charred oak and chocolate- the nose is very rich, savory, and deep. The scotch peatiness is evident.

The flavors stay avery consistent with the scent: smoky rich flavors wrapped in over caramelized syrups, oak, licorice, raisons, heavy toast, cocoa, rummy alcohols all feed the notion of fruitcake, dehydrated/stone fruits and all with the savory sherry taste of plumbs, dates, figs, prunes, and red grapes. Hopped for bitterness only, the sweet and savory start finishes with a smooth bitterness that assist the roasty coffee-like bitterness.

Farily moderately weighted for an imperial stout, making the beer seem lighter and softer than expected. It's a velvety smooth and light beer for its style. Finishing with a cola-like linger of sweetness, the alcohols provide moderate warmth but is kept well in balance with other textures.

A delightful beer that peels from the norm of imperial stouts, but doing so to showcase what's best about well made scotch whiskys and sherrys. Compex. Balanced. Masculine. Refined. The beer begs to be paired with a rich and nutty maduro cigar.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorghum syrup black with a hint of highlight along the bottom edge of the snifter. Almost two fingers of sandstone colored foam was created on the pour and is lasting a good bit longer than the crowns on most barrel-aged 10.0% ales. Very little lace is not a surprise.

The aroma is a lovely combination of Imperial stout and Scotch. The fact that it's becoming even bolder with warming is a bonus. Too bad the sherry-like characteristics of the Scotch aren't appreicated, but that was probably too much to expect given all the black malt. Maybe my taste buds will have better luck.

It makes sense that I would love this beer since the Speyside version was tasty as hell and since The Macallan is one of my three favorite single malts (Talisker, Lagavulin). On second thought, love might be too strong a word. This is a good RIS, though not quite a great one.

Flavor boldness can't be denied. However, more malt would have given the beer an added measure of depth and complexity. I'm not talking Dark Lord or Darkness, but something more full and chewy would put this brew into the stratosphere. The whiskey isn't subtle, nor does it overwhelm. Looks like time spent in the oak was just right.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, Scotch whiskey, a tangy dark fruitiness, a blip of smoky peat and a wee shot of molasses. Still no sherry, which is a minor disappointment since that's pretty much the only way this version has of distinguishing itself from all the others. Side-by-side with the rest of the beers in this series, I might have been able to identify the sherry notes.

Even as room temperature approaches, the body/mouthfeel fails to firm up and fill out enough to earn a good score. How many times do I have to say it? More malt... more malt... more malt... The carbonation is appropriately low-key.

BrewDog Paradox Macallan, while not the gobsmacker that I would have liked, is still damn good Scotch barrel-aged Russian Imperial stout. Drinking several beers in this series in the same sitting is probably the only way to truly appreciate their differences. The good thing is that it looks as if there isn't a clinker in the bunch.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Photo of stakem
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a mocha head that doesn't retain well outside a thin film across the top. Spotty lacing sticks all along the glassware. Sweet aroma of almost a chocolate milk character with some fruitness and alcohol. Nose finishes with a bit of raisins and dark sugar. Taste is bitter upfront with a persistent alcohol presence in both flavor and warmth. Medium feel with a very mild amount of carbonation. Lingering flavor of burnt bitter grains and coffee is left in the mouth. The estery alcohol accents the dark fruity flavors but the sweetness is kept in check by the bitterness from the hops and burnt grains. Subtle nuances in both the nose and flavor suggest sherry from the aging in barrels without coming right straight forward and being obvious. It is a nice touch that would have been missed if served too cold.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of imperialking
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of aasher
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is the triple threat. The barrels are from Macallan (my favorite Scotch), 1987 Cask (my birth year), and this beer is retired. Perfect!

It pours a midnight black in color, medium in body, with almost no head or carbonation at all. It doesn't really coat the glass either. The aromas consist of raisins, figs, oak, brandy, and port. You don't get much traditional scotch characteristics but this one has had time to sit, and it was sherry cask. The flavors consist of rasin, figs, a lot of dark malt, light oak, and some brown sugar. It drinks "tired", as if it's on its last legs. It isn't as bold as it could or should be. The telling sign of this one is that it doesn't leave any residuals on the glass. It drinks pretty thin in body, especially for the style. It's ok, I imagine it used to be better.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thinnish black w/ lightly tan head and some lacing. A mild sweet smell of caramel and chocolate along with hints of roasted malts. A milder RIS that is smooth, almost creamy, with a sweetness that resembles light chocolate, hints of caramel and toffee and a touch of something else I can't put my finger on. Has a dry finish but not overly dry, more complimentary to the beer. With the well-hidden ABV I could down this anytime and it is a dangerous but very tasty beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark brown highlights. Pretty thin and quick head atop this watery looking dark liquid. Looking at it from the top, its a lot lighter colored than expected. Dark chocolate aromas intermingled with classic RIS coffee aromas. The sherry cask seems to add a nice dry fruit aroma to this heated abv. brew. The taste starts super roasted, chocolate and coffee malt. The middle has some more smokey malts adding another layer of depth to the malts, along with some dry fruits and aged sherry alcohol from the middle of the palate to the finish. The palate is warm and a little thin for an RIS in my opinion. Still warm and a little creamy overall though. An interesting, sipping RIS from a rule breaking brewery.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of glid02
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paradox Macallan bottled 03/03/09, bought at Total Wine in Charlotte, NC, and poured into a chalice-style (but more of a water/wine) glass.

Appearance: Immensely black, dark as molasses. Little to no head that dissipates quickly, barely any lacing.

Smell: coffee/chicory overtones, chocolate. Nice but underwhelming, considering the 1987 cask and all that.

Taste: chocolate truffles, some oak and vanilla, but none of the whiskey it was aged in. Burns the mouth as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Full body but not filling, if that makes sense. Low carbonation, thin finish. Very thin for a 10% beer!

Drinkability: It sure does drink well for a beer this strong... although the more it warmed, the slower I drank and the heavier it got. I expected more from it, though. An Imperial Stout this light is just *weird*.

Worth the price to splurge and try it once, but I'm not sure I would pay $12 bucks again. World Wide Stout is better and much cheaper.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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 tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with tints of red showing through. The head rises toh a 1/2 finger in height. Farily good retention and some lace.

S: Nice boozy aroma with hints of wood and chocolate malt.

T: Nice light scotch flavor with subtle notes of wood and earth. A touch of vanilla is there as well.

M: Nice and light for the style.

D: Very I like this one.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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 msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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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