emacgee (3748) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks miketd. The pours is a dark black that allows some light and a one finger beige head. The aroma is woody, charred, peaty, smokey, sweet, light alcohol. The flavor is also woody and peaty, smokey warming alcohol, meaty. Not too much whiskey. A very interesting RIS.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color was dark brown/black. The head was thin, creamy, and light beige. The aroma was smoked brot, meaty, and salty. The flavor was bacon, salty, roasty, coffee, and alcohol. The palate was full and the finish, warm.
ekstedt (4933) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Dark reddish brown, medium beige head. Looks more like a porter. Intense smoked aroma, it is difficult to discern any ather aromas, but there are some chocolate and dark fruits in there as well. Heavy body, silky smooth. Well balanced, heavy bitter finish. Iím a big fan of Ardbeg, but I would really have preffered to have this beer without the Ardbeg oak barrel aging.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Overpriced, as someone here says. Of course this is a good beer, but there are al lot better beers for a cheaper price. Much smoke, oak and whisky in the flavour. Well... it was a fun experience.
Tasted it again @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad. Aroma is full of Islay-whisky, some burnt wood, liquorice. Flavour is dominated by whisky and oak flavours, but also got some nice chocolate, liqourice and vanilla-notes. I really did appreciate this beer this time.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black/dark brown, thin but creamy head. Heavy smoke, tar, leather aroma. Complex flavour of smoke & peat & seaweed & salt (Ardbeg!), coffee, chocolate, cream. Sweet start, dry finish - nice touch! Overpriced.
jacobwennbom (352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Might have had it a bit too cold. As it warmed up, so did also my feelings regarding it. Anyway, this beer looks great. Itís dark and has a big brownish head that lasts to some extent. It also smells rather nicely with lots of islay smoke and burnt malt. What I didnít enjoy as much however was the overwhelming bitterness, in my opinion it drowned almost all other tastes. Not that bad but would benefit from less hoppy bitterness.
Marsiblursi (2963) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with a medium, light brown head. The aroma holds peat-ish smoke, charcoal, oak, whisky and tar up front with softer tones of roasted grain, coffee, dark liquorice/anise, dark sugar, coffee, very bitter cocoa and maybe a touch of vanilla. Just a hint of sweetish dark fruit is also present. Very warming and light milky on the nose. The flavour is medium to heavily malty (coffee, bitter cocoa) with medium to heavily oak, tar, dark liquorice and smoky notes. The mouthfeel is salty dry, fat malty and rather soft if you look behind the massive tar backdrop. The aftertaste is of smoke/tar/liquorice with tiny subtle hints of some sweet dark fruits, dark sugar, dry coffee beans and a maybe a light sting of dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied. There is a nice maltiness present in this beer, but the focus is orbiting around the smoke and whisky.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle. Iím glad that I randomly chose the lowest rated one of these to buy. Whatever, I like Ardbeg so weíll see. Pours fairly light for an Imperial stout, a cola brown color with a medium sized, foamy, well retained tan head. Great lacing. Aroma is intense Scotch whisky. Smoky, peaty, oaky with chocolate from the stout peaking in underneath. The whisky influence is bordering on overdone; it is certainly not subtle. The warmer it gets and the more I inhale it the more it grows on me. I canít see anyone who doesnít enjoy Islay whiskies liking this. Flavor is interesting, unique. Slick mouthfeel though the body isnít full. The whisky flavors make their presence known though not as much as in the aroma and their is a lack of an alcohol burn, thankfully. Quite smooth. Iím kind of torn how to rate this. It is nice and unique though I crave a little more character. The whisky infusion is well-done overall but it doesnít seem like a standout beer, especially in its category. Either way Iím glad to get the opportunity to try this. I might have to try a different version now...
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at Finís excellent UK Imperial Stouts tasting, sampled with Fin, Loz and Traci. Thanks mate! (The Paradox part of our tasting done blind.) Dark brown. Much more, and more persistent tan bubbles than the previous Paradox in our tasting. Peat fire aroma, and an odd, but kind of appealing spearmint quality. Old barn wood flavor, drying phenol smokey exhale, chalk finish. Really interesting character imparted by the barrel here, but to my tastebuds, the Ardbeg flavors seem a little at odds with the Paradox flavors. (As much as I do like Ardbeg on its own.)
Fin (6667) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted blind along with three other Paradox Imperial Stouts on an Imp Stouty Tasting evening with Case, Traci and Loz 14-03-08, Poured very dark brown with just a small amount of beige bubbles but maybe a few more bubbles than the previous paradox. Big bonfire type nose to this, really, really smokey. Wonderful smokiness in the mouth as well, itís like a swirl of tobacco smoke circling around the roof of your mouth. This has a real rauch beer quality to this, there is bitterness there as well. Oak and coffee also but its that smokiness that this beer is all about and I loved it. big, big thanks to Craig, cgarvieuk for getting me these beers, cheers mate.