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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
bottle and keg,series special
Imperial Stout aged in American Bourbon Barrels for 12 months. A schizophrenic translatlantic son of a bitch of a beer. Huge, decadent imperial stout clashes in the most beautiful way with the best incarnation of the American Dream since Nixon choked on a cheeseburger. We think this might just be the best Paradox ever. Available in both keg and bottle.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bawelt (375) - Lyon, FRANCE - FEB 10, 2016
Excellente. Le nez est très typé heaven hill avec des notes de moisissures nobles assez marquées. Fond très caramel, légèrement chocolaté, le stout est discret. La bouche est assez douce et quasiment pas éthylique. Le heaven hill est à l’attaque et se poursuit en caramel fumé qui se complète bien avec un fond bourbon très agréable. Encore une fois, le stout est plus un support. On décèle tout de même une légère amertume de torréfaction en longueur. Jolie.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (434) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2016
Dark brown colour. Head disapears remarkably quickly. Coffee, smoke, whiskey, caramel in the aroma. Bread, caramel at first. Whiskey in the middle. Coffee, dark fruits in finish. Heavy bodied, not so well balanced, rather over carbonated, powerful imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3327) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Dark brown, near black body with a beige cap. Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate. Tannic with dark chocolates and a subtle touch of pine and hops in the finish. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5644) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2016
330 ml bottle. Clear black body with a small beige head. Lovely aroma of dark, roasted malt, perfumed Bourbon, vanilla, wood and roasted coffee. Flavor is much as expected from aroma, dark medium roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, lots of Bourbon, vanilla wood and very balanced bitterness, mild in carbonation. Full bodied with long lasting aftertaste. A really nice one in the Paradox series. I see several older comments on the alcohol/booze, but I can only taste this as a nice and warming thing, it might have something with my bottle being well stored for a while.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2016
Pitch black with a small head. Delicate carbonation and thick body. The aroma is coffee, black chocolate, dark dried fruits, orange peel and lots of bourbon. Taste is even better. Sweet and roasted. Several layers. Beginning sweet and chocolate. Evolves into deeper molasses and darker roasted nuances. Then I get more and more dark fruits and even more deeper chocolate. Bourbon and spikes of alcohol in the finish but all covered by creamy sweetness. That's an intensive RIS. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (544) - SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2016
A: Pitch black with a thin nougat lacing head. N: Oak, vanilla, almond, alcohol, hazelnut, wet wood, liqourice, chocolate, toffee, caramel T: toffee, caramel, coffee, vanilla, dark berries O: Wow!! This is amazing! I love the sweet toffee, vanilla fudge explosion!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Patersoi (128) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2015
Whoa! Pours like old engine oil. Head has big bubbles that give way to a honeycomb mousse. Bouquet of bourbon, vanilla, chocoate and malt. Oily soft mouth feel with a riot of flavours - plumb pudding, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinammon, charcoal, sultanas. They mask the crazy high alcohol remarkably well. I have had beers with half the alcohol that tasted more like alcohol. By the time you reach the bottom of the glass you can feel the effects - warm ears and that tingly feeling. Once the main palate has subsided the finish is creamy chocolate and sweet malt with that bourbon flaring in the nostrils. An epic drop with an equally epic pricetag. Worth it? Absolutely!

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1659) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 20, 2015
Imperial Stout rating #50. Boxed bottle. Dark body, small tan head. Aroma has sweet woody bourbon barrel with more toffee sweetness than alcohol sharpness. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for such a strong beer. Taste has chocolaty malts with a lot of bourbon. Yeah, mostly bourbon in taste. I’m surprised that it doesn’t get overly hot despite the thin body and very high ABV. Maybe it’s because my mind classifies this as a spirit and would accept much higher levels of booze to be normal here. Anyway, it’s a good crossover drink. For a great Imperial Stout, I would expect it to have a richer body and more malt influence, not just straight bourbon. But since we’re rating on a hedonistic scale... I must admit I am enjoying this quite a bit! A few minus points for a too prohibitive price (12€). Other breweries are offering similar BA stouts for around half the price. So, under what part of "punk" ethos does "selling your beer at the highest price the market can bear" go?

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (308) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2015
Tijdens bierproeverij, gedeeld en uitgeschonken in struise BD glaasjes. Gitzwart olieachtig bier, met een kleine beige schuimkraag. Een rijk en complex aroma van: bourbon, chocolade, gedroogd fruit als pruimen en rozijnen, eikenhout, vanille, marsepein, koffie en specerijen. Het smaakpallet is complex, licht zoet en aardachtig. Tonen van gebrande mout, bourbon, vanille, en eikenhout. Mondgevoel is fluwelig en olieachtig met een verwarmende afdronk van bourbon. Het beste bier van Brewdog, wat ik tot nu toe heb mogen proeven, erg indrukwekkend, en weer op de Heaven Hill vaten. Een bijna perfecte Imperial Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewerale (143) - - NOV 27, 2015
Ótima breja, negra, densa e com pouca formação de espuma marrom. Notas predominantes de malte torrado, café, chocolate amargo e baunilha, o lúpulo complementa a obra de arte. Encorpada, final longo, com amargor acentuado, café aparente e dulçor característico.


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