TheEpeeist (3491) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle, best before 2/12/08? Dark brown with some tan froth. Nose is chocolate, molasses and oak with a touch of whiskey. Medium light, faint carb; comes off a bit watery. Taste is chocolate, raisin and anise finishing with vanilla, greens and sour mash. A smooth sipper that benefits from warming. Hard to believe itís 10%.
Marsiblursi (3045) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a light brown head. The aroma holds heavy vanilla, medium wooden and light whisky tones from the oak. Quite bourbon-ish. Nice liquorice and dark chocolate backbone. Mild undertones of dark fruits/raisins, sweaty brown sugar, roses, nuts, toffee, tar and salt. The flavour is near medium sweet and light bitter with notes vanilla, wood, asphalt, light molasses/brown sugar, liquorice, salt and light chocolate/coffee roast. Light numbing alcohol. The mouthfeel is round and light sticky with a light carbonation. Light tannins and peppery wood in the finish. Medium to full bodied. The wood and vanilla-driven Paradox beers are much better than the super smoky ones - it plays better with the malt profile.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with a with no head. Aromas of fresh wood, bourbon vanilla and molasses sugar. Smooth and oily texture. Sweet and roasted flavour with notes of licorice, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. This paradox turned out great!
VertBaconStrips (2151) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW. What an amazing beer!
Pours out a dark dark brown with hints of red on the edges, mid-sized light brown crown that could be thicker, leaves lots of fine spotty, silty lacing. Smooth aroma of tobacco, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey hit first followed by black cherries, plum, liquid smoke and dark roasted malts. I already plan on cleaning out the local seller of this stuff - 5 bottles isnít enough to keep me going! The flavour is excellent - clean and smooth, nothing rough about this stout even at 10%.... by the way, where the hell is that 10% (aside from sinking into my skull)? More tobacco, vanilla, whiskey (light), dark roasted malts, slight notes of alcohol, chocolate. Although the aroma and flavour have the same qualities they do not come across the same, if that makes any sense. Pretty much has full bodied qualities without coming across thick. Smooth and soft with a slight sweet middle and finishes with a dry dark roast (nears burnt... burnt sugar maybe) and the lightest of hops. A perfectly blended stout, no hop assault what so ever, no overwhelming qualities, just an excellent and enjoyable beer. Find it and stock up if you can. Awesome.
Cirrhosis (1252) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
"This is black, my glass has become a black hole of color where nothing can escape. The crown was small and short lived only a small film remains on top. Aroma is powerful, loads of vanilla, warm alcohol, rye, oak and is very sweet. The oak aging the beer has gone through is very noticeable and this has such a distinct rye aroma if I was blind folded and just smelt it I could be convinced itís a rye and coke. Tons of sweet vanilla in the flavor, oak, mild bitter chocolate and burnt dirt are all in this taste. Dark fruit and or sweet berries are showing up but not in every sip. The alcohol is becoming far more noticeable the warmer the beer gets and its going straight to me head. Iíll say the only complaint I have about this beer is itís a touch thin and flat feeling in my opinion. This is great Iím normally not a fan of oak aged beers but this is the first time Iíve had it in a stout and in this style itís amazing. Got me a few more of these in the cellar I think theyíll stay for a few more years. "
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth, deceievingly easy drinking. Some grainy alcohol. Not as interesting as the malt cask versions IMHO - but wee worth trying.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 007. Black with a middle sized and rather dense head. The aroma has clear notes of whisky, sweetness, vanilla, roasted malt and sweet licorice. The flavour has notes of smooth grain whisky, roasted malt, vanilla, light sweetness, light licorice, a roasted, light bitter-sweet bitterness and a dry, roasted finish.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong aroma of almonds, bitters and some smoke too, deep mahogany, red at the sides, pours a small tan head. Taste has malt, toffee, peat, wood, smoke and booze. Full bodied, very well balanced, alcohol is masked, nice tongue tingle. Fanatastic!
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with nearly no head - a thin outline of foam with the tiniest hint of lacing. Aroma is sweet, nice and peaty with obvious notes of scotch. Tastes not at all roasty, but much more of strong scotch ale flavour. Woodsy and peaty (day-old campfire) with enough generic background hops to keep things in check. Thin and undercarbonated with a coating and lasting mouthfeel. What a beautiful finish, again, not much in the way of an impy stout, but Iím really loving all the scotch flavours, and how well they work in beer form. My first BrewDog!
Pinball (11100) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at home. found in Ýlbutikken, cph. boy do i look forward to this one. i like whiskey, i like beer, i like stout, i like barreled beer. this canít go wrong. bottle is well aged (best before 2008-11-01 according to danish beerhouse label on top of capsule)
pours almost black, with a small light brown fluffy head. Seen before with barrel aging, but it is just a 3 anyways.
first sniff reveals a nice round mellow whisky aroma, very round and soft. more sniffing reveals hard roasted malts, coffee, licorice. i think i might be serving it too cold, itís probably only 6 celcius right now. my bad. iíll let it stay for a while before tasting. bottle says serve at room temperature. okay. well now itís igloo room temperature i guess. flavor is vanilla, american whisky, subdued roasted malts. wood (oak), roasted sugar. ends bitter and with a distinct whiskey feel to it.