TaktikMTL (5376) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de petits fruits foncées et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Saveur: Goût de petits fruits foncés avec une pointe de mélasse et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #2170)
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch no. 016, best before 080810: I have friends that are all over Arran scotch and they have visited the distillery, so I have some connection to this Brewdog... pours opaque black, not dark, but brown-black with reddish highlites on the fringes... hardly no head with aggressive pour... I catch some salty dried fruits and some soy and the ginger and spice that is mentioned on the label... not very much smokey, oakey presence as one would expect from a scotch... very smooth and oily, easy drinking, but the mashing of the flavors slows things down... a little more carbonation would improve things a bit... overall a nice brew, and definately we have to thank the Scots for doing something completely unique.
cluny6 (115) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours without any head, very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is strongly phenolic, with malts and toffee. The taste is bittersweet, with a coffee predominant taste. There is note of the sea, sea salty water taste like somebody else mentioned in his/her review present. Some vinous notes with maybe tannins???. slick feel in the mouth. Very good. A
harrisoni (12065) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 33cl bottle from my friend Martin drunk in his kitchen in Folkestone, purchased at Utobeer. I expected to hate it, but ended up liking it very much to the extent that I will buy a bottle next time I’m at Utobeer. Which will be in 2 days time. You can sense the Rip Tide base beer is hiding there. And I love Rip Tide. The barrel ageing adds some vanilla and spicy notes. Incredibly smooth and no where near as peaty as I was expecting. A rather soft and rolling Paradox. Rolling, Yes that it is a good word for the mouthfeel of this beer. Never gonna achieve high rates as it’s not "extreme" enough, but I like the subtleness of it. 4.2/5.0 Re-rate, OK , true to my word I went to Utobeer and bought a bottle. Yes some whisky on the aroma, some peat some tcp, but not overwhelming, like Talisker, the acceptable face of peaty whisky. And I can still sense the Rip Tide there trying to get out with the choc and coffee. So its a smokey coffee choc. And if that was all it was then I would enjoy it. But a bit more of that later. It is still a rolling mouthffeel and enjoyable. But then you come to the finish which I hadn’t taken full appreciation of first time round. It’s too peaty. Which gives it an unpleasant acidity that takes away from the rolling choc/coffeee. Makes it too sour too harsh, too out of balance to the base beer. Must make a pledge to myself to stop biuying Paradox and start buying Rip Tide
coldbrewky (1371) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in trade with reakt. Light nose of vanillla and dark chocolate. An outer ring of peat smoke crcles the malty center of dark fruits. A crisp salty finish. Even and medium bodied. No heat noticed from this 10% mugger. No head to speak of or much carbonation. Angelo will shortly be recieving a few more brews from me.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with reakt. Thanks, Angelo! Pours a deep, think black with an aroma of sea-funk chocolate, salt water, kelp, and port. Flavor is salt air, peat, and smoky scotch. Full mouthfeel. Sounds weird based on smell and taste, but this beer works. It’s good.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Rake, 5th Dec 08. Dark brown and still. Aroma of raisins and dark chocolate. Soft vanilla oak flavour at the start of the sip, then treacle malts and the whiksy flavours. Very smooth and the alcohol doesn’t manifest until the swallow.
Earlier Rating: 1/2/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Cask at The Rake, "What company Christmas party?" session, 4th Dec 08. Very dark brown with a red/orange tint. Slight sea salt & vinegar sharpness on the nose. Coats the tongue - chocolate, salted liquorice, warming alcohol. As you get further through the glass, you get the fruitiness coming through and vanilla at the start of each sip. Very smooth and the strength and whisky flavours aren’t as in your face as with the Islay versions.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pours a deep brown and still. Malty, roasty, chocolate, oak, vanilla on the nose. In flavor, smooth chocolate, oak and finishes with alcohol. I was expecting more over-the-top barrel character but very subtle overall. Med body with almost no carb.
daniele (4465) - ITALY - DEC 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
scura poca schiuma quasi assente frizzantezza bassissima note tostature alcoliche vaniglia buona corpo etilico non è fastidioso
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle picked up from Real Ales while harassing Duff at work. Pours deep brown, almost black, with a thin beige head. Nose has wood, peaty whisky, dark dried fruits, a little spice, chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Flavor is much the same, sweet caramel, roast malt bitterness, wood, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, slight spice and whisky of course. Nose reminds me of my first Good King Henry Reserve but doesn’t have the body to back it up, still one of my faves from the Paradox range to date.