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BrewDog Christmas Paradox 2012

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Bottled, keg special
ABV: 15%
OG: 1112
Malts: Marris Otter, Dark Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt, Roast Barley Hops: Galena, Bramling Cross
Twist: Aged in rum barrels for 12 months

jdmorgan's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdmorgan (13) - West Midlands, - JAN 24, 2014
Pours dark, small cream head. Aroma of rum and biscuit. Thick, alcoholic taste of fig/raisin. Very strong, 15% perhaps too strong for a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1583) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle shared by Dino at Fass&Cask in Rome-Italy. Black pour no head. Nose: fig syrup, chestnut honey, smokey note. Mouth: rum, rustic honey, chili medium feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (8896) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog Brussels. Pours near black with a nice tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with lots of cocoa and a massive rum finish. Big and bold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (13823) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog Brussels. Pours very dark brn/blk with a slight tan head. Aroma is sweet rum and treacle. Med + body. Some heat, some rum, some treacle, some wood notes. Not dry but pretty bitter. Super stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1355) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle@Desverger. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malt, Dark chocolate, rum infused wooden, dark dried fruits, vanilla notes, licorice. Full body. Soft carbonation. Very heavy. Sweet alcoholic finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Nikos! Pours clear black, small tan head, dissipates to little residual, hints of lacing. Aroma is pretty strong black licorice and rum. Flavor is cocoa, rum, black licorice, medium sweet and pretty bitter. Medium body. Hot and harsh. Not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (7715) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Bottle with big thanks to the Edinburgh Crew, split with Niller - pours a dark black with a tiny tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet and medium roasty malty, hight chocolate prominence, big rum infused wooden expression, soy, slick mouthfeel, dark dried fruity nuance, boozy warming, a real sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1228) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Thanks to Matt for this brew! Un liquide noir comme la nuit la plus noire qui cependant me paraît plutôt mince. Le vieillissement en barriques de rhum serait-il responsable de cette cure amincissante? Des arômes complexes où s’entremêlent chocolat, rhum épicé en quantité, canne à sucre et une touche de cola. Des fruits caramélisés comme de la banane flambée. Un bouquet aromatique puissant et inspirant! En bouche le liquide a une corps qui me plaît profondément et c’est cette caractéristique qui me frappe en premier. Ni sirupeuse, ni dense ni aqueuse, l’équilibre est merveilleux. Jute assez pétillant, le liquide est très léger tout en étant bien charpenté. Une magnifique réussite de ce côté. Des saveurs dominées par de la mélasse, des épices et un rhum brun vanillé. Torréfaction supplantée par le vieillissement responsable de ces saveurs à l’attaque lente, au long développement ainsi qu’à la finale riche et profonde. Une bière qu’il est aisé de déguster goulûment tant l’équilibre est agréable mais dont il faut se méfier des 15% d’alcool...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutHead (942) - DENMARK - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle @ Brewdog Brussels. Black. No head. Lots of roasted malts, oak and alcohol. Complex and full. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (855) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle enjoyed on Christmas day. Deep black with a sparkly dark brown head which disappears moments after it appears. Aroma of cacao nibs, dark chocolate, some cherry and plum notes and hints of vanilla. Intensely chocolatey. Taste of intense roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, burnt toffee and hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Thick body, low carbonation, slightly syrupy and fairly sweet. Very warming, a light alcohol burn. A sipping drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (1630) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2016
33cl shared bottle at home from Only Good Beer, Budapest. Body is nearly black, head is very small, brownish, fizzy, fully diminishing, no lacing. Nose is liqueurish roasty, flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, herbs, liqueur, dried fruits, toast, licorice. Medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is long lasting roasty medium to heavy bittersweet, further developing hoppy bitterness, medium to heavy alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, nearly flat carbonation. Quite heavy dessert beer, tasty but rum is not really noticeable, great though .

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