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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 002)

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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 002)
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2007
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of whiskey as well as light notes of smoke. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of whiskey and vanilla, leading to a dry woody finish. The alcohol burns on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13293) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle (Thanks to Patrick). Almost black - brown head. Ashtray, cask, burned, whiskey, a thin body, raisins, coffee, sharp licorice, light light yeasty ?? OK !!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2007
Bottle. [thanks, mum & dad, for bringing this from Scotland]
Pours utterly pitch black with next-to-nothing beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malts and a great background of peity smokiness. Very low carbonation, very oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, with coffee and roasted malts at first, then a strong presence of oak, smoke, viniousness. Tones of vanilla, ginger, dark, dry chocolate and hops linger long after a gulp!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2007
From bottle, thanks to Theis. Pours deep black with almost no head. Smooth chocolate malty aroma. Flavour is smooth chocolate and with a slight alcohol note. It decends slowly into a smooth dark chocolate and roasted malt finish. The far finish holds some nice dried fruity accents.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Mostly opaque, very dark brown pour. A thick, fat-bubbled topper is only in a head-like formation for a moment. What remains is a large clustered formation of big bubbles that resemble a tan sea froth. The nose is very full, spouting hefty waves of smoke and chocolate. Fresh grassy and floral hops are unchecked and nothing holds them back, even though they in the minority among the many nuances. Barrel notes, of all of the Scotch barrel Brewdog offerings sampled thus far(6), are the mellowest and most soothing. Vanilla and caramel create layers of dessert influence that weaves between the heavier notes of roasted grain. Alcohol is a minor threat to the enjoyment, modestly concealed. Whiskey notes are medium strength and only serve as a fine compiment and enhancer to the obviously skillfully crafted beer that serves as a satisfactory delivery module. Sweet vanilla, Scotch and wood precede chocloate and tarry notes in the first sip. Sweet caramel is trumped by whirling smokiness. Bitterness from alcohol, hops and char is medium, just a perfect level. Sweetness slides from medium to high and back again, leading into a choclatey finish that lingers nearly an eternity. The finale is slowly drying and fades so slowly it’s hard to tell when the last sip was swallowed. The body is full, softly but nicely carbonated, slick and sturdy. Another phucking phenomenal Brewdog offering. This brewery has catapulted to one of my favorites - more samples of other beers only serve to cement this incorrigible opinion. A beautiful beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Thanks again Boboski. Poured an almost ebony color, there seems to be glints of ruby sparsely shining through. Aroma is not what I had anticipated. There is a blackberry essence coming through that is very nice. Coffee, vanilla and some raisin aromas are evident. Hints of the whisky come through on the tail end. The flavor is a collage of flavors. The whisky charecter is apparent here, but submits to an almost aggresive roasted flavor. The whisky really comes through on the finish, with an almost coffee like flavor wrapping this beauty up.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
Pours a clear dark brown with a small off-white head. Smells of vanilla. Very sweet. Aromas of cereal, wood and a hint of bandage and smoke. Full bodied. Quite dry finish with a hint of dust. Slightly unbalanced finish. Tak til Theis!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 1   Lacing : 1   Nitro : XX
Aroma:
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : 1   Bread : 3   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 2   Burnt Toast : XX   Caramel : 1   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : 3   Coffee : 2   Dark Chocolate : 3   Vanilla : 4   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : 1   Cherries : XX
Hops : 1   Noble(1)->American(5) : 1   Leafy : XX   Floral : 1   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 3   Wood : XX   Mint : XX   Smoke : 3   Soy : XX   Bourbon : 2   Anise : 1
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : 1   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 1   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : 2   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 2   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Incredibly different from the Islay 001 version that was not an impy anymore. Here is a proper impy, extremely grainy, corny even with caramel and oak tones on top of the regular imperial stout dark malt intensity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle from rickgordon. Black with small white head. Sweet and roasted malt. Heavy body and strong alcohol in taste. nice balance.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9339) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2007
courtesy of fiulijn - clear black coloured with a poor remianing foam; slightly roasted and smokey, aroma of pralines, wood and vanilla; oily, creamy mouthfeel and a robust malt body; solidly bitter; long aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla - very rich and robust


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