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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Patersoi (152) - 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 (1698) - 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 (335) - 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 (136) - - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1333) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 Dark and smooth pour, creamy head about 1 cm tall that disappears quite fast. Smells like chocolate, cocoa, dark cherries, dried fruit (raisins) and heavy bourbon. Tastes like dark chocolate,vanilla, heavy malt sugars and has a very nice, though a bit powerful, bourbon feel. Very well balanced, it has a very smooth and thick texture. The alcohol is well hidden, mostly covered by the malt sugars, but becomes more present as the drink gets warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4238) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Aged for around 16 months. Inky black with a rapidly disappearing thin tan head of foam. It has an extremely rich bitter dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon flavour with a strong leather and powerful roasted smooth, warming alcoholic finish. Nice but a bit too high ABV.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (1542) - ISRAEL - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks DSG. Deep brown with a big tan head. Smell of chocolate, licorace, coffee, vanilla, wood and alcohol. Rich flavors of chocolate, caramel,cocoa, smoke, berries, wood, bourbon. Full bodied, silky smooth. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingvit (409) - - OCT 27, 2015
Aroma: vanilla, chocolate, whisky, coffee, cocoa, spice, pepper, molasses, liquorice, alcohol; Appearance: dark brown, minimal foamy head; Taste: intense bitterness, medium sourness, intense sweetness; Palate: thick texture, medium body, soft carbonation, long finishComplex, turfy, hoppy,whiskey-isch beer. Decent non-astringent bitterness. There is a considerable alcoholic warmth but it helps convey the aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Nir A. for this bottle! Black with a small light brown head. Big aroma of bourbon, soy sauce, vanilla, dark chocolate, cookies, wood, light booziness. Bittersweet flavor with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, a bit of soy sauce, wood, a bit of caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied, slight booziness. Great stuff.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2015
330ml bottle (300e of overpriced beer tasting) - thanks Marduk!
Ugh, that’s a messy aroma. Sweet, and very boozy, but it’s worse than just those aspects. Hard to pinpoint, but you don’t want it in your glass. Palate as expected, thick, sweet and hot. Taste is just whisky, almost no beer to be seen here, just a tonne of booze. A spirit that’s been diluted by some kind of beer, I guess.


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