BrewDog Paradox Jura

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Stout - American Imperial
4.2 | pDev: 10.71%
Jan 23, 2022
Feb 09, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Verksgt., Stavanger. ABV is 15%. There is no explanation in the usual boastful commercial description why this beer is 15%, while all other Paradox versions are 10%. Have they actually added whisky to the beer (in addition to the whisky flavour imparted by the oak cask), or have they done some freeze distilling? Pitch black colour, large to moderate tan head. Strong and impressive aroma of whisky cask, with notes of both bourbon and Scotch, vanilla / oak, dark chocolate and liquorice, also sweetish notes of malts, hints of tar and seaside. The flavour has a solid malty sweetness, notes of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, Scotch whisky (with fairly moderate smokey notes). Moderate hops and peat smoke in the aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.

Jan 23, 2022
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3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by bark from Sweden

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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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by StJamesGate from New York

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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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by generallee from Virginia

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
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on May 26, 2017
4.17 by Casey_L from Texas on May 08, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

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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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FLima from Brazil

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
3.26 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas on Oct 03, 2016
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Given the many options of Paradox and the years that have passed, I'm going to say that Jura is the one I Had and the one listed on the "1001."

Aug 17, 2016
4.13 by Fabianno from Brazil on May 15, 2016
4.21 by jtk21351 from California on Feb 25, 2016
4.26 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jan 03, 2016
4.37 by Walbert_Neto from Brazil on Nov 21, 2015
4.78 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Nov 17, 2015
3.99 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Oct 14, 2015
4 by wethorseblanket from California on Sep 12, 2015
4.34 by Lucoli from New York on Sep 07, 2015
4.1 by georgiaboy8686 from Maryland on Aug 29, 2015
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by beersnobraven from Illinois

Simply amazing beer. At 15%, could hardly taste the alcohol at all. Tasted like drinking liquid chocolate. Excellent.

Jul 13, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jpro from Colorado

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
2.25 by BrewmanCapote from Illinois on May 29, 2015
3.98 by bmurray10 from Texas on May 19, 2015
4.13 by The_Librarian from New York on Apr 30, 2015
3.45 by Cook82 from Maryland on Apr 15, 2015
4.28 by SkaJack from Wisconsin on Mar 09, 2015
4.54 by Tanger112 from Illinois on Feb 25, 2015
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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by pagriley from Illinois

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
4.31 by Tim725 from New Jersey on Feb 01, 2015
4.2 by BeavNH from New Hampshire on Jan 31, 2015
4.7 by RAKeeler from Connecticut on Jan 29, 2015
4.9 by parris from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2015
4.25 by jaemeno3 from New Jersey on Jan 10, 2015
4.25 by Stum-pub from Connecticut on Jan 06, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brureview from Massachusetts

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
3.91 by kcq101 from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2015
4.49 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois on Dec 31, 2014
4.85 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Dec 31, 2014
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