Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at Fin’s excellent UK Imperial Stouts tasting, sampled with Fin, Loz and Traci. Thanks mate! (The Paradox part of our tasting done blind.) Dark brown, a bit of scattered open tan bubbles. A lovely fresh baked brownie aroma. Some wet wood and vanilla. Cedar running around in the background. Caramel sweet milk chocolate flavor, warming and comfortingly soft. Just a little mineral in the finish. In a lot of ways this has more dopplebock charm than imp stout charm, but stylistic nitpickings aside, a very nice beer.
Fin (9456) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted blind along with three other Paradox Imperial Stouts on an Imp Stouty Tasting evening with Case, Traci and Loz 14-03-08, Poured very dark brown with just a small amount of beige bubbles. The aroma is stunning soft crushed tangerines that had been steeped in christmas spirits, quite wonderful. The taste is very silky smooth, oaky creamy vanilla starts to show first and the alcohol starts to show, it’s got a lazy quality about it which is great the whisky chracteristics have become so well intergrated into this beer it feels quite right. I like it but it still could have been better. big, big thanks to Craig, cgarvieuk for getting me these beers, cheers mate.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. BB4 2/12/08. Minimal head on very dark beer. Strong aroma of alcohol and characteristics of the barrel aging. Mild aroma at first but grows and grows. If the barrel aging does anything it has stretched out and softened the character of the beer and definitely added a soft whiskey finish.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Pours a pitch oil like black liquid. Hoppy nose with wine, alcohol, dried fruits and malt. Taste is incredibly vinous and much like a heavy port. Quite drinkable but definitely a sipper.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep reddish, brown colour with a beige head. Malty, fruity and vague roasted aroma with whiskey/ barrel notes. Malty, sweet and fruity flavor with barrel notes.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black colored with red hints. Little light brown head. Rich aroma with sweet dominating whiskey tone, some oak and roastiness also present, vanilla is very strong too. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is like aroma: vanilla and oaky whiskey dominating, somehow bland palate still. Aftertaste dries with still this whiskey here, mild alcohol also comes up. Not too much roastiness here, still excellent brew.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Paradox parallel tasting
Black color, nice head, but not persistent; I expected a bottle conditioned beer, but this one is filtered. The aroma is very nice, delicate, of Bourbon vanilla and some caramel. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, almost creamy, at all not thick as an American Imperial Stout, lean I would say; there is a quite strong dark chocolate flavor, well corrected by the strong Bourbon vanilla; balanced all the way to the final, when the roastiness heads up, and with a minimum alcohol perception (maybe more alcohol than the others, also because of the less sweetness). Very good.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black with a medium sized brown fluffy head. Very nice with notes of malt, liqourice and chocolate. Body a bit too thin.
Fukito (1018) - Santiago, CHILE - FEB 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Thanks Craig!, november 07. Rich, opaque black color with some beatifull glowing ruby hues. Vinous, torrid aroma with some anise, spicy and whisky notes. Aniseed, molasses and burnt caramel flavor. Smoke notes with some regaliz. Warming. Medium palate, not heavy, rewarding and complex. Excellent, whiskyish imperial stout.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. dark brown with red hints with a minimal beige foam. Black coffee, prunes, marzipan, almonds and licorice. Big flavour of vanilla, nuts, maize, milky chocolate....tastes pretty much like a bourbon.barrel impy. Vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol, almonds, brown sugar, figs and oak.