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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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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
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of secondtooth
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep black, with almost no head of carbonation and no lace, either. Odd and a little disappointing from this premium imperial.

Nose is peaty malts, with hints of whiskey. Here's where it gets interesting. None of the requisite roastiness. Then again, the bottle was dated as "best by" 7 months ago. Maybe this aging has changed the malt profile?

Taste is strong -- overpowering flavor is of Scotch whiskey. Some vanilla and oak from the barrels. The 10% ABV is masked well beneath the warm and earthy flavors. Still, this one seems a tad raw and uncomplex as it is.Definitely unusual, but not as amazing as I'd expected.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
1.69/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 1/1/08. Consumed 9/30/11.

A - Muddy black/brown, no head just a few soapy bubbles, no lacing.

S - The faintest smell of wood and old fruits.

T - The faintest taste of wood and old fruits.

M - Flat.

O - About 4 years old, classic example of a beer past it's prime. Disappointing. I should have stuck to my 2 year age limit for beers.

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Photo of aasher
3.32/5  rDev -17%
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 pitasoup
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to neorunner for this bottle.

A: pours almost black...dark dark brown with almost zero head - a thin whisp of off white lines the rim of the glass. for a ten percenter, it didn't seem that viscous - suspecting this may be thin like the other Paradoxes.

S: whisky, soy sauce, alcohol. sweet bourbon and oak. a hint of cinnamon as it warms. not much of the macallan spice yet though

T: dark burnt malts - black patent/carafa, grainy bitterness, slight coffee and cocoa.

M: medium body but thin for a stout, and especially for a -bal stout. finishes gritty and warm.

O: better than the others i've head (isle of arran, speyside, smokehead) but still a bit lacking. I love of the idea of scotch barrel aging but the base paradox doesn't seem to translate - there needs to be a heftier mouthfeel and a larger body of flavors to back up the great smells.

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/3/2010

12oz into pint glass

A: Pours a blackish brown beer with a sticky lace as the head slowly disappears.
S: Think Macallan, peat, chocolate, and wood. This beer can be smelt from across the room just like a nice glass of scotch.
T: Macallan, peat, chocolate, and wood mixed with a decent stout body. The alcohol burn is overpowering at first, but as the beer reaches room temp, the flavor just gets more complex as the beer warms up. I began sipping the beer and almost forget I was drinking beer and not a spicy single malt.
M: Alcoholic burn at first, but mellows out. Def a sipper, and needs to be warm.
O: I enjoyed this beer being a huge fan of The Macallan, but would rather have a stout and scotch separate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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 getgetgettleman
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 3/25/11

A = Deep black to deep reddish color. Moderate 2 finger froth that didn't stick around. Visible carbonation. Sticky liquor like lace.

S = Chocolate, cherry/berry, licorice, cardamon, malt, smoke and oak.

T = Heavy spices, black pepper, chocolate, malt, brandy, smoke and mellow wood.

M = Good carbonation on the front end, liquor like on the back end. Surprisingly not creamy like other heavy hitters. Goes down warm like a fine brandy or scotch.

O = This is a great little number to share with a friend after dinner in a low tumbler. Seved neat at room temp like a nice scotch or bourbon. Unfortunate that it is retired. If you see it, grab it!

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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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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 jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle drank out of my stone IRS snifter. best by date is hand written on the back and reads 12/12/09. oops, i guess i let this one sit for too long.

A- this one pours out an opaque black colored body. no light passes through, even when held near a light. there is a full finger of khaki colored head on top that quickly fizzles away to no more than a crown. solid rings of lacing are left of the sides of the glass.

S- the nose is decently complex. sweet chocolate and sherry are the first things that i notice. after that i get darkly roasted malts and some vanilla from the barrel. there is a slight coffee scent at the end.

T- the taste starts out with sweet sherry and milk chocolate before quickly yielding some dark roasted malts. this is a sweet brew overall. lots of dark chocolate and vanilla (from the barrel) in the middle. there is a blast of coffee at the end. the alcohol that i could smell is pleasantly subdued.

M- the mouthfeel is a little weak for something like this. id say medium bodied, bordering on light. much too small for an imperial stout. there is a moderate warming from the alcohol, but that is expected with a barrel aged stout. very smooth at this point.

D- this bottle went away with ease. the price is a little high at just under $13, but its a tasty beer overall. it was hard to believe that this one was as strong as it is. with this amount of age this is very easy to finish.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A blackish brown body with almost no head. What head there is to speak of is tan, pin stripe at first, and then recedes to island foam around the edges.

S: Wow! I can smell this amost 2 feet away. A strong aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and peat. You can also pick up notes from the sherry cask and some dark fruits, like a port. There is also a booziness at the end.

T: I was little disappointed in the taste. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled. Definitely picked up the roasted malts, peat, espresso, vanilla, sherry notes, and dark fruits. However, it's a bit overwhelmed by the booze in the finish- very warming and long lasting. I would have liked, and I know this is mouthfeel, for it to be a little thicker and richer, and not such a light flavor.

M: Kind of thin and watery for an imperial stout. Light carbonation and light body.

D: Really enjoyed this. I put it in the fridge for a bit just to chill it, but like the bottle says, it's much better room temp. A wee bit expensive and although good, this was nice to try, but definitely a one time deal unless someone gave it to me.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with about one finger of off-white head. The head seems to maintain fairly well and leaves small patches of lacing strewn across the glass.

Hmmm... interesting nose. Lots of meaty peat with a faint iron rust tinge to it. Red grapes, oak, and bitter dark chocolate. Somewhat earthy.

Whisky, peat, dark chocolate, grapes and wood. An interesting combination that seems like it should work, but somehow it doesn't really come together for me. Fruity, light smoke and a hint of char.

The mouthfeel may be what is keeping this beer down. Very little carbonation and a bit thin. I think if these two things were fixed the enjoyment would be boosted quite a bit. Light warming alcohol.

Drinkability is pretty good for a 10% ABV stout aged in Macallan sherry casks. There are a lot of good things going on with this beer, and if the mouthfeel were fixed, it would be closer to the A range for me.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing murky brown body under a finger of thick crema head. Some lacing. Holy smells this one has a nice nose! Sweet and meaty with burnt caramel and some smokiness. Traces of peat. Excited to try this.

Ahhhh letdown! Flavors are washed out and watery. Some peat and hints of smokiness linger but there is a decidedly soured flavor over the barely there sweetness. At least the ABV is barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is equally watery, slightly sandpaper-y with a low carbonation that rounds out a medium-something body. It's fairly drinkable for what it is, I was just hoping for more flavor.

Overall I am wondering if I would have liked this one better fresh. It's not past its b.b. date, but I wouldn't buy anymore of this strain.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle sitting around for a while and thought, why not crack it open? I've had another Paradox and didn't outright dislike it.

As I poured it in the tulip, I was surprised by the transparency of the darker brown body. As hard as I tried, I could not coax much more than a laughable head. After five minutes, the 'head' is displaying it's lasting powers but it isn't much more than a collection of rather large bubbles.

Chocolate drizzle, bourbon and dark fruits dominate the nose and it's quite captivating. Molasses asserts itself and an overall dessert quality is what most strikes me.

Blended vanilla, oak and chocolate filling swirl about on first drink, with a light char, peat and fainting hop presence dancing in the background. The aftertaste is quite present but there is something mildly off putting about the cohesiveness of the flavors.

This is absolutely thin as belied by the pour. It tastes watery though the 10% tag would suggest otherwise. I can't pick up too much on the booze but I'm not that impressed by a wet impy stout.

For what this is, I could drink it all night. The sherry isn't prominent but it is so damn easy to put down. The thinness hurts it overall but for the easy of drink to flavor ratio, this scores highly.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Darkness snifter from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours almost pitch black with almost no head, but a thin film that sits on the surface. Lacing is nil, and the beer itself overall looks a bit thin.

S: Smell is roasty, with chocolate and coffee, with hints of oak and some faint peatiness.

T: Flavors are more intense. Roasted malt, smoke, peat, and coffee are predominant, along with some chocolate and dried dark fruit. Highland whisky presence is very distinct, with some of that trademark vanilla and faint dried orange peel. A very complex brew.

Notes: For how thin this beer looks, it's rather full bodied. Complex plavors drench the palate and lead to a long finish. This edition of Paradox is rich, flavorful, and quite drinkable. Booziness is warming, and this one is a sipper.

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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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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 armock
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggreen for sharing this bottle with me.

A - Poured a dark brown color with no head and no lace

S - Is of roasted malts with some sherry scents

T - Wow this is good it tastes like it smells roasted malt and sherry

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

D - This is a very good beer from BrewDog and this one is easy to drink too quickly yet again if you see this do whatever you have to to get the bottle

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours as black as night with little to no head to speak of..

S-roasted malts with a sweetened woodiness with some vanilla thrown in,

T-Roastiness coffee and smoky woodiness from the aging not unpleasant but not awe inspiring either..which makes me sad considering the price of a single bottle. 11$

M-thin for the style which is probably why there was not much head.

D-As i will finish this and relish in the fact that i will be in the minority of people who would actually shell out 11$ or more for a single 12oz serving of beer..I also sit and wonder for such a costly brew why wasn't i blown away like i was for the Juxtaposition from brewdog/stone/cambridge?


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Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


I dusted off my trusty Victory Brewing snifter and popped the cap on this ornate looking bottle and I was surprised to hear a nice hissing noise coming from such a thicker higher alcohol beer. I gave this ale a straight on pour trying to encourage a hefty head and a nice cascading stream of bubbles from the bottom. As I noticed the initial stream coming out, this baby is jet black and there is absolutely no light coming through my glass, there is a two finger thick mocha colored head just floating on top ready to be drank. I gave the glass a vigorous swirl and got almost no from of lacing which again surprised me because typically imperial stouts are thick and vicious almost like motor oil.


I'm pulling out a lot of sweet dark fruits, and toasty black malt with some chocolate thrown in. There is a noticeable amount of oaky vanilla with some wet oxidation and cardboard in the finish which is a sure tell sign of the sherry coming through. Overall there really isn't much of the big burly aromas that you would find in a typical imperial stout.


Right off the start I am greeted with a creamy chocolate taste with heavy amounts of vanilla. The mouth feel on this beer is really thin and almost like a porter, in fact I'm absolutely blown away that this beer is 10% abv. This is smooth and drinkable and not like any other Paradox beer I had from them (Smoke Head tasted like burnt hair, plastic, and a tire fire). Another flavor profile that is coming out is something that resembles a white wine that has been soured a little bit with butter or something oily. In the finish there is just loads of sweetness, and it just reminds me of some kind of liquor that you would add to a mixed drink, which is not terrible it's just that as I get near the bottom of my glass I am finding myself slowing down on my consumption.


Overall this beer was pretty enjoyable, not to harsh or to mellow the only major complaint is that it was really thin on the tongue. I am very glad that this was only a 12oz bottle because I'm finishing it up and its getting almost too sweet for me. With a nice amount of complexity and flavor I'd say this is one of the better beers Brew Dog has put out, nice job gentleman. If you come across this beer I'd say if you're feeling adventurous go for it. It's not exactly a cheap find at $12 a bottle but it sure will be worth experience.

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Photo of notCreative
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I picked this up because my local liquor store was moving locations, and had a liquidation sale...
Sticker was for $10, I payed $7.

Very solid beer, the 10%abv was well hidden by a smooth caramel/coffee/chocolate malt. However, my rating is skewed towards the negative because in no way is this worth $7 (let alone $10)/11.2oz; When you approach a price class with DFH's World Wide Stout, and Avery's Mephistopheles (sp?), you expect a tactical nuclear assault on your palate. Even if it isn't you favorite beer ever, at least you're left with a lasting impression.

Appearance: Dark brown body with toffee-cream lacing. Low carbonation; small lacing remains around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Underwhelming; some roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, but not characteristic of an imperial stout.

Taste: Incredibly smooth, unassaulting taste. Alcohol is non-existent (I guessed it had around 5%, and was surprised to read 10%).

Mouthfeel: Typical of a standard stout, creamy, but not overly viscous.

Drinkability: Way, way too drinkable. This would be the ultimate go-to beer if it wasn't god-awfully expensive.

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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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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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