fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark red brown color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. (050908)
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black brown with a few bubbles of head. The aroma is fresh coffee and bitter chocolate, some charred wood notes, toffee, some soy sauce. The flavor is quite interesting; there’s a lot going on. The first thing I notice is a mellow but very obvious toasty oak quality, which stays forefront through my entire drinking experience. Then come notes of strong coffee, roasted/burnt grain, bitter chocolate, and vanilla. As it warms it takes on a very smooth sherry-like tinge. A few fruity notes, prune and black cherry, start to pop up. There’s a chalky dryness to the finish that lingers for quite some time in the toast, char, and sherry aftertaste. Pretty good stuff. It doesn’t have the maltiness of sturdier imperial stouts, but makes up ground with the well-balanced complexity.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Pitch black with a small, fat-bubbled, khaki head. Small, swirling retention. The nose is a mingling of bourbon, vanilla, malt whiskey and white oak culminating in a semblance of coconut. Full-bodied and velvety with expiring carbonation. Sweet bourbon, raw white oak and dark chocolate. Moderate, burnt bitterness. The alcohol is definitely there, but not at all imperious. Lengthy, warming, bitter-chocolate finish.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
330. Pours jet black with a thin, loose tan head that falls quickly away to absolutely nothing. Rather simple nose of light roast, with some grapey, fruity port notes hanging around. Some oakiness as well. Thin, watery body. Big roasty flavors used to be here, you can tell. But they’re a shadow of their former selves at this point. The wood just thinned em out so much. There’s some plummy, grapey portness happening, but most of the stoutness is just evaporated plain out of the game. Still a nice, easy-drinking beer, especially considering that the 10% is really quite well hidden, but it’s nowhere near as comlex or exciting as some of the others in this series.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is an incredibly complex beer. I tasted port or sherry and toasted oak. the 12 oz bottle wasn’t nearly enough. Not too sweet. Only down side was no head, and the price always stings a bit. As a scotch lover (especially Islays) and an Imperial Stout lover, the paradox series is a slice of paradise.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Liquor Max. Severe dark brown pour, very thin even layer of off-white head. Lots of oak and whiskey on the nose, which I like, more oak, a hint of peat. The peat character comes out more as it warms. Caramel malt notes underneath, along with light roasty aroma. Body is a bit thin, but doesn’t detract. Taste is sweeter up front with moderate whiskey notes and a relatively clean finish. Not much roast on the taste, and the scotch is kept relatively in check. Another winner for me.
nearbeer (3284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 12 oz. Opaque with a small spit of a head that leaves some small cobwebs of lace. Aromas of caramel, apple, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, apple, whiskey, chocolate, caramel, and light wood. Medium-heavy body is watery, lightly carbonated and dryish. Good, but not worth the entry price...
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like drinking liquid Tootsie Rolls. Big and rich with an incredibly smooth and creamy texture. Gobs of milk choclote, nuts, sweet oaks. Probably the least "scotchy" of all the Paradox line so far, of the 7 ive tasted any way. Keep up the good work Martin!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was one of the best versions of Paradox i’ve had, the smoothness of this was beautiful. Smooth vanilla flavors, sherry, chocolate and oak. More subtle notes that compliment the base beer very well, the total opposite of the spectrum from the Islay version (which I also really enjoyed.
CheesedMan (554) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks JMFG. Pours a burnt brown-black. Aroma is oak dominant, with some charred notes coming through. Hints of vanilla, almonds, Olorosso sherry, marzipan. Very nice. The flavor is refined, almost delicate. with a bit of the toasted wood coming through on the finish. Very nice.