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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20308) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottled@PBF IX. More or less pitch black colour with a small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, some barrel, mild alcohol and some mild toasted notes. Flavour is liquorice, some alcohol, vanilla, wooden notes as well as some quite burnt sugary sweetness. A bit too sweet, but otherwise rather delicate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle at home... Deep black... Massive tan head... Soft meaty bourbon... Something odd nose... Dark malts... dark roast dark roast....boozy... Rich sweet roast... Light coconut... Soft chocolate

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13702) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
On tap at Brewdog Shoreditch London Bimble. Black beer lasting tan head. Lots of intense imp stout aroma. Lots of chocolate cocoa. Good if a tad boozy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottled 330ml (PBF IX)
Dark opaque, small brownish head. Roasted, vanilla aroma. Medium-bodied. Lots of whiskey, dark malts, not much vanilla in the flavor. Quite raw flavor. If you like whisky, you may like this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10958) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Keg at BrewDog Camden - London. Pours thick, oily black with a creamy, beige head. Quite decadent on the nose, lots of gooey chocolate, burnt marshmallows and toffee, some stewed dark fruits. This is definitely a sweet beer but I wouldn’t say cloying, with an edge of dry, torched barrel, moderate alcohol presence, burnt toast, dark chocolate, ripe cherries. Full bodied with fine carbonation and creamy texture. Warm, almost hot on the finish with prominent burnt wood character, dried out dark fruits, raisins, dates, some molasses, decent chocolate. Ballsy stuff but I really like it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (8630) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
Keg at Brewdog aka Queuedog AGM, AECC Aberdeen, 21/06/14. Black with a well appointed dirty tan head that retains well. Nose is big roast malt, dark chocolate, bourbon pangs, oaky wood. Taste comprises rich chocolate, subtle bourbon, rich dark maltings, molasses, toffee fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation, fuzzy boozey warmth in the close. Cracking impy - well balanced, easy drinking for 15% which is well masked.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2014
Medium tan/brown head, fading over practically black, deep dark-brown beer. Rich chocolate & liquorice nose; quite roasted to burnt. Initially faint vanilla/Bourbon, gradually getting stronger. Bitter Bourbon, with vanilla/fresh oak, roast and hops. Fiery MF, enhanced by the lively carbonation. Bourbon lends some sweetness to the palate, but the roastiness is omnipresent. Very rich & full bodied. Seen all the marvelous Paradoxes gone by, as well as the Bourbon, I had expected more fireworks, somehow. It goes until just-not on several fronts: more balance than complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7408) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle from ’Brewdog shop (Bottledog) London, consumed on Brittamy Ferries Cap Finistere boat to Satander, Friday 13th June 2014 Pours black without much of a head, bourbon nose but I also get some squished cherries. This is a massive beer in mouth with quite an afterburn. Just poured another glug and there is a reasonable amount of carbonation but the bubbles which looked tan were swift to leave the party. A little oaky and chocolatey but the does burn a little almost making this feel that its been infused with a dab of chilli. This is quite good but it doesn’t hold a candle to the like of GI Bourbon County, GKH SR. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
Keg at BD Shoreditch, during London Bimble. It pours jet black with a medium tan head. The nose is rich, roasted, toast, coffee, vanilla, marshmallow, toffee and salted caramel. The taste is rich, earthy, roasted malt, warming booze, toast, wood, pepper, light vanilla, burnt toffee, bourbon, spice and dark chocolate with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. All comes together rather well. A very nice beverage indeed, but I prefer my paradox of malt whisky descent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
330mL bottle, pours black with a smalls brown head. Aroma is very complex, with bourbon barrels, oak and wood not interesting. Flavour brings out loads of bourbon, booze and alcohol. The ABV is not masked in any way. An abrasive bourbon bomb that is a pleasure to drink.


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