Kosmokrator (517) - - AUG 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Impenetrabile color nero opaco con un sottile velo di schiuma marroncino chiaro. Intenso aroma di caffè, malto abbrustolito e cacao amaro con più lievi sentori liquorosi di whisky, quasi legnosi. Gusto in bilico tra un inizio mediamente dolce e maltoso e un amaro moderato di fondo, si distinguono note di whisky, fave di cacao e vaniglia; il retrogusto è "riscaldato" dall’alcool, pungente ma non sgraziato. Corposa, spessa e rinfrancante, il finale è reso più asciutto dall’invecchiamento in botte. Birra costosa e difficile da reperire, ma la curiosità viene ripagata.
Kita (1315) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 0.33l. Pours black with small totally diminishing light brown head and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of heavy roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, whiskey and wood. Taste starts with moderate sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, follows by dried fruits and licorice, mouthfeel is warming alcoholic, while finish is moderate bitter. Not a paradox, just excellent...
zach8270 (3745) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 330 ml - 2008 vintage) Dark black pour. No carbonation. Light peat in the aroma with lots of roasted malts and dark fruits. Roasted malts and a lot of coffee in the flavor with a slightly sweet and lightly peated finish. Smooth.
BadAprilia1000 (329) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a straight black, no head. Aroma is of coffee, malt, chocolate, peat, brine, hay. Taste of chocolate, espresso, bitter cocoa, milk chocolate, lots of malt. Honestly all of the other paradox beers we have had have been past their best by dates by several years. (will never purchase from that beer store again). Would like to try fresh again if at all possible........
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at BrewDog, Camden on 4 Mar 2012. Poured black, with a dense tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, fruitcake and whisky. Dark fruits in the flavour, with dates, prunes, molasses, peal and roasted malt. Full, thick mouthfeel. Finish was earth, burnt malt, rum and whisky.
sulawang (681) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Pours coffee black-brown with barely any head, a thin layer of ultra-micro retention, no visible activity.
Nose: BIG roasted coffee caramel malt, very thick (lvl-10)-pungency
Attack: thicker viscosity, light-fizzy, slick
Mid-palate: thick-bodied, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) persistent whisky alcohol detection, malt, cacao, chocolate, caramel, fig/date, coffee, soy sauce
Finish: deep-roasted coffee bitter, residual malty sweetness + lingering roasted bitter finish.
Summary: Solid depth of flavours and complexity, but more alcohol (as well as other subtle spices) come through as it cools down. Great overall brew but no distinct attention-grabbing traits particularly stood out, other than the whisky alcohol influence.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5188) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou (they listed it at 10% so I am guessing this was the version even though it is retired) this beer poured thick, black and a bit oily with a large foamy dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was whiskey, anise, booze, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor was boozy - but in a way that worked - and was very malty with strong notes of vanilla, marshmallow and chocolate and hints of anise and more cognac than whiskey. Very long finish and the booziness grows almost to the point of distraction. Full bodied. Outstanding.
cmacklin (328) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Pours an opaque, dark brown with a very thin tan head that vanishes completely. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, liquorice, dark chocolate and caramel. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate and vanilla with a dry, bitter, whiskey finish. Medium body with an oily texture and flat carbonation.
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imperial stout matured on Arran barrels, with thin beige head and totally black colour. Rich and powerful aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bread, wood, walnuts; deep malty taste, bitter chocolate, candied fruits, woody finish with notes of single malt but a slightly disappointing finish: a bit thin and watery, especially in relation to the ageing on whisky barrels and the 10% ABV. Not as spectacular as what I’m used to from Brewdog.
Stuu666 (5373) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, sweet, roasty malts, harsh, chocolate, liquorice.
McNeillR (1568) - SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest brown, tinged beige ringed head. Climbing whiskied clean coffee richness. Sweet brown sugar single matliness hangs tight. Rich rolling maltiness throughout. Overtly sweet, rich and a firm choc and a wet soil finish. Really really held up well.
Bottle, from the CAGarvie Brewdog stash, Not So April Fools Tasting