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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 002)

BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 002)
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottled & cask; Special.
This limited edition (002) sees a 8% Imperial Stout matured in a specially selected ex Duncan Taylor & Co Invergordon 1965 single grain whisky cask.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20476) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, liquorice, chocolate and hops. Sweet flavour of dried fruits, whisky, chocolate, hops and liquorice with roasted notes. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4636) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle courtesy of thewolf: Poured a deep black color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light whisky notes with some light black chocolate. Taste is also a mix between some light whisky notes, some black chocolate and some light sweet malt. Thinner body then expected with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I appreciated the fact that the whisky barrel-aging was not dominating but I dislike the thin body and the lack of character. Maybe my expectations were too high of the Abyss that we drank before this one totally blew my palate but I have to admit that this one was a disappointment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2008
This was a great brew. Charcoally notes tagged along with a tremendous chocolate bitterness with a big whisky kick really make this dry drinking brew a tasty treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2008
(Bottle, thanks rickgordon!) Pours black. The aroma is heavily malty with roasted and light burned barely, some graininess, whisky, vanilla, butter, coffee, burned rubber, brow sugar, burned liquorice along with a nice alcohol warmth. Some sweet and subtle fruitiness in the undertones. The nose is all about the malt with a well integrated and not to strong oak touch. The flavour is fat with liquorice and coffee up front but also some notes of whisky and chocolate cream. Heavily roasted and light to medium burned. The oak is perfectly integrated in the flavour as well. The mouthfeel is heavy and oily. Lingering roasted aftertaste with oak in the background. Full bodied. This is an ass kicking Imp!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Bottle from cgarvieuk. Best before 31/08/2008. The pour is black, but not opaque. The head look like that upon a frothed cappacino. I’m picking up the usual suspects in the nose, though much more in harmony with each other then a lot of its type. A complex blend of of oak, whisky, vanilla, toasted marshallow, and a very nice layer of smoke. Mmmmm. Chocolatey. The whisky character is totally unoffensive. A pleasant oaky dry flavor. Medium body. Average carbonation. Dry finish. I tend to like my imperial stouts a bit fuller body. That being said, this is soooo easy to drink, and the flavors are all in close to perfect balance. Thanks so much, Craig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fukito (733) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle @ Craig´s, november 07. Regaliz, cinnamon, treacle aroma with some molasses notes. Bitter chocolate, cognac flavor with some medicinal notes. Full mouthfeel. Flavor coats you mouth in a velvety way and leaves a rounded chocolate aftertaste. Not so opaque black color with shinny ruby hues and a beige rim. Excell flavor packed chocolate madeira imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
NorCal December ’07 - Another huge THANK YOU goes out to oh6gdx for sending me this one. It’s a fantastic beer on it’s own, but after having the 001 batch, I think that’s quite a bit nicer. But as I said, this is still a great beer. The beer pours out a dark brown, almost black hue with a next to nothing brown head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate and sweet malts. It’s a very strange mixture but it works very well. Mouthfeel is full, round and smooth. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey. Not nearly as complex as batch 001, but just as enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (5519) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2007
Bottled. Thx rickgordon. Pitch black with a small, eige head. Oak, cedar, whisky, salty licorice, chocolate vanilla, coffee... Thick and oily.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (7663) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
(33 cl bottle, thanks rickgordon!)
Black color, tan head. Fry, oak, vanilla and alcohol scent, also chocolate. Chocolate, coffee and sweet thick taste! Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Vanilla and oak aftertaste. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3534) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle at Toms Ultimate Glasgow Tasting : Poured a dark almost black with a tan head. The aroma is very sweet and whiskey notes. The taste is sweet with whiskey malt and vanilla.

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