BrewDog Paradox Jura

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Stout - American Imperial
4.23 | pDev: 10.64%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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bark from Sweden

3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The colour is brown black, the low golden head disappears quickly. Some lacing and alcohol curtains on the glass.

The smell is smooth with sharp alcohol. Sweet roasted malt, some burnt flavours. Dark chocolate, old dark rum, raisins and whiskey. Hints of oak wood and Madeira.

The taste is intense: The first note is of sweet dark chocolate, but it is quickly replaced with bitter-dry salty flavours of liquorice, rum, oak barrels and coffee candy. Medium body. The alcohol grows in the aftertaste, it become hot like a cheap brandy. The sweetness returns, with dried apricots and raisins. Dry notes of roasted malts, orange peel and a hint of sweet lemon candy. The long dry finish got candy-like sweetness, hints of oranges and prunes.

The carbonation is light, the small relatively fresh bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is a bit thick and harsh.

After almost 8 years, this intense beer was not as oxidized as I had expected. It is quite smooth yet there are some oddities here and there (especially the sharp sweetness).

Dec 22, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet; whisky, tar, meat, deep honey, sticky toffee pudding; cocoa syrup, treacle cake, whisky chocolates, honeycomb + long Scotch notes, coffee echoes; full, round, dead smooth.

4 4.5 4.5 4.25 4.5

Chocolate, cakey malts - whisky isn’t even the most interesting thing here (though it is definitely there!) I don’t know how this has some many sweet flavour components yet isn’t at all cloying. Age has been very kind to this bottle. Super deep, round, and mature.

Feb 24, 2019
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generallee from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow 15%!!! It's like candy! Sweet caramel, toffee, raisins, light molasses and candy apples dominate. This is followed up with notes of vanilla, oak and scotch whiskey. It finishes warm and boozy with a sticky heavy feeling.

Jul 03, 2018
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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quality brew.

Great butterscotch and booze smell, chocolate and a little smoke too.

Black pour, no head to speak of just whispy red/brown carbonation bubbles.

Super sweet, super boozy, toffee and butterscotch, malt and the slightest barrel character. Not much balance but great character.

Thin mouth feel. No slick oily feel.

Jan 10, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been cellaring this for almost 4 years. Today is the day...
Deep black color with a very thin dark caramel head that vanishes quickly.
Nice aroma with notes of licorice, cola, mild whiskey, lots of dark fruits, dark chocolate, cold coffee and Port wine. Alcohol is definitely not very present in the nose.
Intense flavor with notes of cola, dark fruits, roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, lots of Port wine, a bit of peat, charred wood, some whiskey, restrained booze and vanilla. Dry aftertaste with lingering roasted, alcoholic and dark fruit notes. Bitterness is not intense.
Liquorish body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 15% feels much lower.
Aging mellowed its hops and made it more vinous. Jura whiskey casks only gave it a complimentary flavor; it was not overly predominant. It is intense, but still very much English. I am under the impression that I liked much more the Paradox Isle of Arran version that felt more vibrant, though hard to compare given it was younger.

Oct 29, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Received in a trade ages ago. Best by 2/15/17. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a dark brown thin mocha head with thin wisps

S - Aromas of chocolate, malts, light scotch. Absurdly mellow.

T - Taste is lightly sweet malts, little char, Nice chocolate, very pleasant smoke, super smooth and major balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, almost silky. No alcohol really.

O - Overall this beer was really nice, aged well, five years old.

Serving Type: bottle

Jul 12, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Best before 2/15/17

Dark syrupy black, long legs, no head.

Nose big syrupy sweet malts with decent smoke, mild smoked whiskey, toasty paper barrel, nice toasty barrel,.

Taste is sweet syrupy dark malts, candy syrup, toffee caramel and sweet syrup. Smooth whisky, hint Smokey notes, sticky with candy and some booze warmth, into big bitter earthy spicy hops in the background, mild roast and hint char, candy syrup, little bitterness. light lingering smoke and dark whiskey malts.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy,

Jul 06, 2015
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jpro from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is huge... Pours opaque obsidian with a frothy, mocha head. Smell is a mix of semi-sweet chocolate, soy sauce, tobacco and oak. Taste is ultra sweet coffee and cocoa... This beer makes my teeth hurt... So sticky and sweet - quite syrupy... This one was fun to try, but likely won't have it again. Batch 186: Drink by 8.6.22

Jun 10, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-visiting this as an aged bottle

Lighter color, good head
Smell is sweet malt, chocolate and whiskey with a hint of smoke
More of the same on the palate
Feel is thinning out - not holding up

Overall a tasty beer, but too expensive, and should be aging better than this. Smoke is very nice, but the rest of the beer is turning into booze syrup..

Feb 02, 2015
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque chocolate brown in a snifter.

Aroma is unique for an Imperial stout: less chocolate- lots of smoke, some leather.
Reminds me of Engine Oil and Ola Dubh from Harviestoun.

The mouth feel is mild- but the alcoholic finish gets quite pronounced with warming.
I can feel the bitterness and alcohol on the back of my tongue with every sip.

Different approach to taste: strong smoke, some leather. This is definitely a Scottish brew.
Americans don't brew beer like this. The beer finishes great: a concentrated alcohol finish
that almost overpowers the beer with warming.

Stylistically, this beer stands out. The usual imperial stout, the gold standard being BCBS, has rich chocolate and coffee. This is totally different- smoke and and a concentrated
smoky alcohol finish. Now I have a to find another bottle to cellar. Good by '22.

Jan 06, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, Batch no. 186, best before 08-06-2022. Beer review number 1001 for me. Acquired a bottle of this at the local beer store, along with a bottle of BrewDog Paradox Port Dundas. Expectations are much better for this beer, though the big 15.00% abv is destined to doom me.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a thick dark chocolate brown color. An aggressive pour manages to conjure one finger of frothy mocha head that turns to a bubbly ring. Appears adequately carbonated and well-built. Some thin spotty alcohol lacing. Looks very nice when you give it a good swirl.

S - A very lovely aroma. Some alcohol fumes right off the bat from when I popped the bottlecap. Notes of chocolate, powdered cocoa, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, mustiness, earthiness, wood. A very fumey boozy alcohol character.

T - Taste is of cream / vanilla, lots of dark chocolate-covered fruitiness, with some dry bitter powdery chocolatelingering on the finish. It definitely has some sort of earthy / vinous / wine like flavors in there, possibly imparted from the barrel. Very unique.

M - The feel goes down smooth & creamy. Powdery / bitter / roasty on the finish. Only very minor alcohol presence, which is impressive given the big 15.00% abv.

Overall, a very nice big imperial stout from BrewDog. Definitely much better than the previous version I tried. I'd be interested to see how a few more years worth of age would change one of these bottles. Recommended.

BrewDog Paradox Jura -----4/5.

Oct 31, 2014
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hops202 from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 8-6-2022.

Pours a dark brown with hints of red and burgundy with very little to no carbonation. Strong whiskey followed by peat in the aroma - smells great. Taste is whiskey, vanilla and spice from the barrel and hints of chocolate malt, however not as good as the aroma. Certainly a sipper. Probably could have used a few more years in the cellar.

Apr 24, 2014
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter; jet black like engine oil with a moderate brown fluffy head that fades quickly into some chunky foam and very fine lacing around the edges.
Smells very a barleywine combined with a stout. Dark fruit dominates, with booze, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, scotch, and oak all intermingled.
Taste...damn. It overtakes your whole mouth with slick, tastefully boozy dark fruit and bourbon. Then dark bready malt mingles with coffee and chocolate and oak, slithering down the throat with sticky sweetness.
Mouthfeel is slick and thick, with a good amount of carbonation, enough to keep the body from being too cloying.
Overall, this is an awesome stout. It's really taking barrel-aging to its extreme...stout aged in barrels that were used for bourbon and then scotch. But the result is awesome.

Apr 21, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and pry-off pressure cap served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm generally skeptical of Brewdog (the gimmick masters), but I did quite like Tokyo* so I'm optimistic. "Batch 186. Best before 08/06/22." Reviewed as a barrel aged imperial stout.

Served cold - at fridge temp - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of good khaki-tan colour. It retains for about 2 minutes - which is damned impressive considering its formidable 15% ABV. Good thickness, creaminess, and frothiness. Nice supple soft complexion. Has a good even consistency. Even, consistent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks clean; there're no floating yeast particles or hop sediment.

Overall, it looks pretty good considering its ABV, but isn't unique or special for a beer in this style. I've certainly seen better, but I'm really looking forward to this.

Sm: Has a powerful, strong aroma of whisky (and accompanying subtle spiciness), bourbon (and accompanying light, toasted oak along with a kiss of vanilla), dark malts, chocolate malts, peat (which I always love in an imperial stout), and hints of cream and chocolate. The highlight here is the way in which the barrel notes - both bourbon and whisky - cooperate to accentuate the nuances of the base beer. I'm shocked this isn't boozy, and surprisingly, the barrel notes don't overwhelm the base. It seems like it's maybe 10-11.5% at most. The peat is lovely.

It's rare whisky's trademark spiciness comes through as much as it does here; I usually prefer bourbon barrel aged beers to whisk(e)y barrel aged beers for that very reason, but this is evocative and appealing.

I can't wait to try this.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Mf/T: It's got some pleasant alcohol warmth, but is never hot, gushed, or boozy. It's also got a subtle coarseness and dryness I'd attribute to the peat, but is still smooth and wet enough to stay drinkable. Besides, that slight drag on the palate reminds one to sip. Still, it might be better a bit more silky; the roughness does limit drinkability. Well carbonated.

Not oily, harsh, or astringent (which can't be tough to do given the inclusion of peat).

The taste largely delivers on the promise of the aroma; we're treated to the base beer up front with its dark malt and chocolate malt foundation, as well as a pat of cream - then the barrel notes hit on the midpoint, delivering notes of peat, whiskey spice, subtle bourbon and vanilla, and oak barrel (though it lacks the toastiness I anticipated based on the aroma, to its detriment). It's certainly rich, and is on the sweeter decadent side, but it's a tasty beer to be sure.

Flavour profile is well-balanced overall. It has a very cohesive build, but isn't quite gestalt: the amplitude could be better and the barrel could be more seamlessly integrated. I'm not sure the base beer brings as much to the table as the barrel notes do. Still, it's got a good depth of flavour. Above average flavour duration. Average flavour intensity. Good complexity and subtlety. The barrel notes (specifically the peat) help lend it nuance.

It could really use some roasted barley character, and more of a toasty oak undertone would be lovely. I guess my biggest nitpick is that it could be much more expressive and evocative; it's slightly reticent as-is.

No yeast character, hop profile, off-notes, or overt boozy alcohol is detectable. And boy is that impressive; this does not drink at all like it's 15%.

As it warms, I'm picking up on some faint grape (particularly on the finish), light raisin, molasses, plum, prune, and fruit-filled chocolates. Maybe even a kiss of dessert wine in there too. Also, some burnt sugars. What I'm definitely not finding is the smoke mentioned by many other reviewers; I think they may be confusing smoke with peat, but I only find the latter.

I can almost find a wisp of a rum-like sugarcane liqueur, but just when I think I've found it, it disappears.

Dr: For its ABV, it's very drinkable, but it's still a sipper. I'm enjoying it more and more as it comes to temperature, and I'll finish this bottle with ease. That said, I couldn't justify paying $13.00ish USD for it a second time. It's a damn fine imperial stout, but there are other cheaper beers in the style which bring much more to the table in terms of complexity, intricacy, and subtlety. This is a tough style to stand out in, but I think overall Brewdog has done a commendable job. I'm glad I got to try this once. Certainly one of Brewdog's better offerings, and well worth picking up just one time.

Low B+

Apr 13, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. A little pricey but my first Brewdog and hopefully doing so in style. Pours i to my FW Teku dark brown to black and murky in the glass, a very small brown head that turns into just a ring around the top in no time. Aroma is up front scotch whiskey, caramel, chocolate, some dark fruit, oak. Flavor begins with whiskey notes, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit, then bursts into huge nutty flavors and lots of peat. Finishes with nutty, peaty caramel flavors with a slight vanilla and oak. A really beautiful medley of flavors here that come in waves. Medium heavy mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation for the style. Lots of trash talk on Brewdog it seems but this is a real treat. Wouldn't hesitate to have this again. Obviously plenty of alcohol presence here but surprisingly sippable despite the ABV. While listed as an imperial stout, it really has more Wee Heavy, Old Ale, or Barleywine characteristics than stout. Not a bad thing, of course, and rather yummy.

Jan 23, 2014
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heygeebee from Australia

4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Platinum. BB 2015.

A - pich black. One finger tan head fades to ring of film, a little lace.

S - intense booze, chocolate-box candy, sweet. Not as much vanilla from the barrel as I expected.

T - massive, complex, pepper, sweet chocolate-box (concuring with another reviewer almost like a strawberry-creme) , single malt, mellow roasts, but really this taste is almost bigger than beer, and demands a circumspect approach. Vanilla from the barrel has a fight on its hands with the pepper.

M - a little zesty.... Oops! Don't need the zing, but otherwise heavyweight to oily. Massive alcohol burn.

O - one of the biggest beers I have ever had, must say. However, the alcohol burn really takes over and affects drinkability. Like drinking 330ml of Port. (!) Would be a great beer to share, or at a tasting, tho.
I was sooo looking forward to this, but such a let down in terms of drinakability, not necessarily flavour, in comparison to Paradox Isle of Arran.

Oct 26, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from (£7.99):
Black with a thin, bubbly head on top that is half a centimetre tall and a medium tan in colour. Retention is pretty good too.

Strong chocolate aroma with whisky throughout. There is a strong alcohol/grain presence with rich cocoa and a touch of peat. Boozy with dark fruits making an appearance with vanilla right at the end.

Strong, alcohol laced flavour that has a lot of whisky and grain coming through alongside some dark fruits such as plum. There is a strong, toasted malt taste that precedes an earthy taste that is offset with some prunes, dates and figs among others.

Full-bodied with a huge alcohol content as promised and has fairly lively carbonation levels considering this. There is a slight alcohol burn but smooth for the most part.

A true big beer, and one that packs a punch, There is a lot of whisky and grain throughout as expected but the dark fruits that feature throughout make it an enjoyable beer, although this is probably still a one-off for me

Oct 17, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head. Aroma of luscious sweet roasted malt notes with light sweet liquor notes. Taste is sweeter then I had expected with some sweet roasted malt notes, light chocolate notes with some light scotch notes at the end which rounds off the corner. Body is quite full with oily like texture with light carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Barrel-aging is not has apparent has I had expected but very good nonetheless.

Sep 13, 2013
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is more like it. Portion of a 12 oz bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color. There's no real head, expected given the gravity.

S: Very plummy, with a strong whisky undertone. These tones are backed by a nice chocolate quality, and the booze is hidden very well given 15%.

T: Smoky, peat-forward whisky opens and closes the profile, sandwiching a midtaste of plum and chocolate. Really damn smooth given the strength, too. Only thing I can nitpick is that the integration between the barrel and the base beer isn't perfect.

M: Really good body on this one. It starts sweet, but becomes drier as more of this is sipped. Did I mention the well-concealed alcohol? Don't think I have...

O: Oh yes, I was real impressed with this one. If this were $10/12 oz, I'd buy the shit out of it...alas, it's around $15, so I'm hesitant to recommend this, as excellent as it is. Still worth a try.

Mar 24, 2013
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sennin from Michigan

3.12/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Making my way through BrewDog’s catalogue as much as I can before I leave Italy. None of their beers are available in my hometown so I am on something of a mission here.

Poured into a pint glass on March 6, 2013.

A: Opaque, no light getting through this. Lacing present, relatively nice look throughout the session.

S: Not much going on here that differentiates it from other scotch-like ales- usual smoky peaty smell- but its not very high in the mix and is drowned out by an ever-present rum-like smell. I don’t know, I guess I smell some vanilla in this? Unfortunately, It’s not all that memorable though.

T: First taste is an overwhelming sweetness, something that is unexpected and not exactly pleasant. It tastes like sugar has been added to this brew and in the end it just doesn’t work and clashes hard with the other flavors. Rum kicks hard throughout the tasting session, but there is a nice chocolate like taste on the backend. After the swallow, there almost seems to be a chili like taste that arises, which I am assuming is from the smokiness that comes through from the peat. It’s good and more complex than the smell but that acrid sweetness is always present and pretty much spoils this brew. The sweetness almost resembles maple syrup, something that is very unpleasant in a beer of this nature. Alcohol is present but there isn’t much of a burn to me. This is honestly something of an easy drinker, which is surprising considering the 15% ABV of the beer.

M: Flat with a little carbonation that fizzes on the tongue throughout the tasting. But other than that, it’s a little too oily and flat. Very average mouthfeel to me.

Overall, this beer is a major disappointment to me and is forcing me to slowly turn my back on BrewDog. I love them for their style and some of their beers are pretty amazing, but there are just too many duds in their catalogue. I will keep on trying them since I can’t get them in my hometown, but I am hoping that something comes along to surprise me soon.

Mar 06, 2013
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Belgianbeerbunny from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - 1/2 inch caramel head. Quickly dissipated.

S - Smooth and viscous.

T - Sweet caramel body with a prominent smokey finish.

O - Something different and wonderful. I enjoyed the sweet with the smokey finish. Like nothing I've ever had before. I'm looking forward to trying the other Paradoxes.

Feb 03, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at Benny’s tasting.

Best before 12/23/16.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, whiskey, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick with each sip. There is a mild roasty and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice barrel aged presence.

Sep 11, 2012
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BugattiRoo from Australia

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with no light coming through. Pours a 1.5 finger head that slowly recedes. The lacing is fairly good.
S: Big peat smoke of a whisky followed with alot of vanilla some dark chocolate and coffee.
T: Some sweetness upfront followed by some sherry, dark fruits and some vanilla from the barrels.
M: Mouthfeel was lighter than I was expecting. It was fairly smooth though considering the ABV.
O: A very interesting beer that I am happy I tried. I bought another to see if it mellows with age.

Aug 15, 2012
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ckollias from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass

A: Pours a pitch black hue with a barely a trace of a white wispy lace.

S: Strong malt and whiskey aroma with hints of vanilla in the background.

T: Very alcoholic and strong whiskey and buttery toffee flavor. Coffee and vanilla in the background with a wood sweet finish.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and almost no carbonation.

O: Awesome imperial stout. A nice sipping beer like sipping a wine scotch or whiskey

Jul 29, 2012
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Uncaps without so much as a hiss, making me think it's completely uncarbonated. But, in fact, it forms a firm fine head of deep brown as its poured into the glass. Body is a deep but surprisingly clear black-brown. Weight is actually surprisingly light. I thought it might be chewy and oily, but it seems remarkably fluid in the glass. Looks good, but not exceptional for an imperial stout.

Nose is very good. Big smoky whisky malt comes through strongly, above a deep dark, roasted note that released softer, sweeter characters, like raspberry, rose and even a hint of concord grape. It's a big, big beer, and a powerfully aromatic one. Wow this is good stuff.

Taste is also exceptional. Big roasted characters blend with smoked malt grain characters, while subtleties give off characters of leather, tea tannins, raspberry, rosewater and musk. It's big, boozy and dark, but still, I come back to that fruitiness: on the palate it's almost like an artificial strawberry candy flavour. It seems to come out of the booziness (which is indeed pronounced and hot); as it tears a path through the palate, it seems to burn away all of the rich dark sweetness, leaving those volatile aromatics in its wake: the strawberry, the musk, the grape candy. It's fascinating, more so because it gives purpose to the intense booze beyond just the size and power of the beer as a whole. Amazing stuff.

Feel is quite light, given everything else. At least, it's light for the style: the booze takes up some of the slack here in providing a textural element to the beer.

Overall, this is very, very impressive stuff. How anyone cannot sit an appreciate the depth of complexity here is beyond me. Even if the style is not to your tastes, there are nuances and depths to explore in this beer. It makes for a very worthwhile tasting experience.

Jul 25, 2012
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