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BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 007)

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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle; Special.
NOTE: Marked batch 007 on the bottle label. Matured in a Carsebridge 1963 cask although this is not detailed on the label.
This bottle containes our Imperial Stout which has been matured in specially selected Scottish Grain whisky casks resulting in a complex vanilla overload and a unique whisky and beer fusion.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
In short: Thick oily bourbon barrels juice and slightly smoked peat
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when probably about 2 years of age. Sent to me by Vertical Bacon Strip, thanks Jeff
The look: Black body with a few big bubbles acting as a head (despite a violent pour)
In long: The not-so-intense nose is mostly bourbon barrels and peat notes. Taste is bourbon barrels juice, smoked peat soaked in black coffee and some tar. Alcohol is a bit apparent. This one didn’t have much of the usual vanilla that comes with bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout. The barrels and smoked peat are so overwhelming that the beer doesn’t feel sweet at all, which is a good thing. Carbonation is too soft and the beer has a motor oil mouthfeel. This was a good beer. And here’s another good paradox: I think you should not agree with me. Do you agree?

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
renffisch (843) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2010
Found in my secret ’outside special beer box’ for my David! Sweet silky leather burnt vanilla sugar nose. Darkest brown/blackish colour, no head nor lace. Sickly sweet first flavour, fading into burnt choc biscuit and herbal coal notes. Not mine, but a well and delicately crafted beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle from State Line. Pours onyx with tan head. Nose is dark malt, heavy vanilla, whisky, oaky. Tastes of earthy dark malt, heavy vanilla, late heat and cognacy notes, some hops, blackstrap molasses.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Deep dark brown coloured body with a nice sized tan head that fades away nicely. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, whiskey, nuts, pecans, caramel and a bunch of sweet flavours - not overly done and smells pretty nice throughout. Medium to Full-bodied; Pungent robust maltiness with a lot of sugars, some oak, vanilla and bourbon tastes throughout and a long roasted malt and coffee essence on the end. Overall, a nice and rather well-rounded stout - showing well with the age (two years I’ve had it), with a good complexity, but not over profiled tastes. I sampled this in conjunction with the Paradox Islay, and this was far better in my opinion. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from the Utobeer Market Stall in Borough (London), England on 08-March-2008, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 28-May-2010. Best Before - 02 December 2008.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stouby (3818) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle at home. Black with a brown head, quickly gone. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (caramel, brown sugar, roasted, notes of whiskey and wood). Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter, smooth. Full body, almost flat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5089) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a small thin fizzy light brown head that hung around as a large bubbled ring. The whisky nose on this is just awesome. Lots of char and vanilla with a more subtle level of smoke and peat than some of the other batches that I’ve tried. Still a good deal of roasty malt as well, but this is pretty well about the whisky. The taste is a little more balanced in this version as well, the beer seems to have been able to stand up against the barrel a little bit better than some others. Oak, char, vanilla, very well controlled alcohol flavor, and great roasted malt all meld together seamlessly. This is so much better than most of the other versions it might actually convince me to buy some more of these different batches. On the lighter side as far as body goes for the style, but it makes it very very drinkable in large gulps. Nice soft light carbonation doesn’t distract from the flavor. This beer was excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head. The aroma is very sweet, like a sherry barrel aged whiskey. The nose also brings a nice roasty, toasted oak note. The flavor is sweet and fruity. Nourbon, sherry, almonds, chocolate and coffee on the palate. Quite nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
Pours black no head. Oak acompanied by a fruity sweetness dominate the aroma. Flavour is very oaky with notes of sherry. This was definatly in a sherry barrel aged whiskey barrel. It is sweet, bold and interesting. I like it.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
radiomgb (2363) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2009
Near black, thin dissipating tan head, no lacing.
Aroma is very alcoholic, bourbon, chocolate.
Flavour is very sweet, watery, thin, bourbon, lots of alcohol, some chocolate.
Hot mouthfeel, light body, moderate carb.
Finishes thin, watery and hot.


BrewDog is 0 for 3 in their imperial stouts that I have had of theirs. Alcoholic, thin jumble.

330ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.

Opened on March 29, 2009.

Best before December 30, 2008.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Chocolate malt, woody notes, some oak and maple. Vanilla roast y bitterness. Still smooth and lush for 10%. Nice.


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