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


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
szagi (9) - Warsaw, POLAND - AUG 4, 2014 does not count
Strong coffee and vanila aroma. Dark body with little head. bourbon’s touch, dark, bitter chocolate. Nice, burning alcohol, warming. Great imperial stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1649) - FINLAND - AUG 2, 2014
A black beer with a weak and light brown head. The aroma is intensive, lots of salt liquirice and sweetness, roastiness, vanilla, some berries and strenght of alcohol. Taste is very smooth and balanced. Liquirice, strong sweetness but not too much, roastiness, warm, sweet berries and vanilla, hint of coffee. The great vanilla in the end. Full bodied, almost without carbonation, slightly sticky. The great beer, balanced without alcohol, smooth taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopRedHead (360) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours sinister black with a bubbly, khaki head. Immediate aroma of bourbon, raisins and cocoa powder. Wowee, fucking delicious. Loads of bourbon and raisins. Big mix of vanilla bean and a dry chocolate powder which complements the bourbon and raisins. A little bit too carbonated for the flavour profile, but a nice chewy body without being too cloying. Juicy raisin and date finish with a lingering bitterness. Giddy up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3112) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor cheers to Ranga da mannnnnn. Pours very dark brown with ruby edges and a dirty & sticky head. Nose is is quite spice driven with pepper and coconut quite prominent. It has a sweetness to it which is overrun by a very dark bittering chocolate. Taste has very heavy bitter chocolate focus with an ashy feel to it before the coconut finishes it right off with some sweetness. The booze is fairly in your face and it’s quite carbonated for such a big beer. Some stewed raisins give it a nice added touch. Great flavours to this but the booze has a wicked kick. Warming as fuck! Solid drop

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sublirony (14) - SINGAPORE - JUL 28, 2014
Pours dark as a night without stars out in the mountains and away from the city, though there is upon closer examination a ruby, brownish tint at the edge. What little head there is diminishes quickly but persists at the rim. Nose is vanilla, a bit of honey, some caramel pudding, and perhaps a whiff of cinnamon spice -- alcohol surprisingly, and happily, subdued in the smell. Substantial palate though it doesn’t feel heavy. Really complex in the mouth: long, long taste that moves from dried fruit (apricots, raisins, some prunes) to the said vanilla and touch of spice to coffee and then a mouthful of unadulterated bourbon bliss. Finish is long with a slight burn at the back, when the end finally comes (as it sadly must). A brew to savor patiently and slowly, slightly chilled in the tropics though as the label advises at room temperature in more temperate climes. Another impressive performance from Brewdog in their Paradox series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4028) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours an onyx black body with a small light beige head. Aroma is strong bourbon tones, with cocoa, peanuts, wood, alcohol, mild soy sauce and almonds. Also, there is chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark malts floating around - all in all, the wall of fragrances is almost overwhelming but highly pleasant, almost sensual. Taste follows up with loads of chocolate, bourbon alcohol tones, licorice, dry wooden notes, burnt sugar, coffee, dark malts and hints of cocoa, caramel and peanuts. Full body, soft to medium carbonation. A bit harsh on the whiskey-alcoholic side, but otherwise a classic feast for the senses in the way only bourbon BA imperial stouts can do. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (1802) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle from BrewDog mail order. Poured black, with a dense beige head. Strong aroma of bourbon, rich fruit, dates and rum. Roasted malt flavours, with some liquorice and whisky. Very full mouth feel, quite viscous. Finish was burnt malt, warm booze and slightly salty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McWorta (594) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 18, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Pitch black colour (>80 EBC) with some lovely dark ruby red relfexions. Shows a a creamy dark toast coloured fine head lasting for long. On the nose the first aromas of roasted vanilla coffee malt with an ethanolic touch develop. Then dried dark fruit like dates and sunburnt wood and toffee aromas develop. With a faintly soft fizz the beer opens a delicate slick somewhat velvety mouthfeel which clearly develops spicy and treacle flavours. Full bodied with sweet wooden vanilla and dried dark fruit notes envelopped by the noticeable spicyness. Yet all is well balanced. The finish offers light burnt toffee notes on top of it and lasts for a good while demanding another wee sip! And when you think the finish fades away it just holds on with a spicy dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Psytron (1320) - Turku, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2014
Smell of bourbon. Dark brown colour, dark brown head. Aroma of rye bread, alcohol, bourbon, pepper. Sweet, mildly bitter. Oily texture, full body. Flatmcarbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (2897) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2014
04-JUL-2014, bottle @Brewdog Bar, Campden Town, London. Suggested by knowledgable bartender. Thx. Black with low but lasting tan head. Aroma is wonderfull Bourbon, coco, Vanilla, roast. Taste the same. Full body, very sweet. Just a touch of astringency. Long Bourbon’y finish. Alcohol is there on there finish. Nice and Warming. This is so good. Best Brewdog in years. Perhaps best ever.

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