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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Leini (740) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
330ml bottle. Pitch black body with a low mocca coloured head. Nice concept but this one is way too sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
znawca (47) - POLAND - MAR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 AROMA: complex, whiskey, notes of smoke, roasty; APPEARANCE: black, opaque, noticeable suspension, unspectacular head, no lacing; TASTE: quite a lot of whiskey, roasty, smoky, heavy sweetness (tiring after some time), light bitter, heavy note of alcohol; PALATE: full body, sticky texture, little carbonation, alcohol-based warming, short mainly sweet finish; OVERALL: doesn’t meat my expectations; too much whiskey, too weak bitterness counter, but it remains an interesting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluffy (1592) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
much better than i was expecting it to be, but too expensive to drink on a regular basis.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmrmwel (902) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours black, with a finger thick reddish head. Aroma is burned malts, coffee and tobacco. Full creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavour is burned malts, muscovado, tobacco and liquorice, with a lingering sweetly finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (850) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 13, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en el lúpulo. Lote 447. San Mateo de 2012. una gran imperial stout en barriles de whisky de la isla de Jura. Cuerpo fuerte con 15 vol que aportan una gran sensación alcohólica. Sensación de madera quemada con toques de whisky y tostados muy buena. Cierto dulzor Gran cerveza, para repetir sin duda. A pesar de llevar mas alcohol me gusto mas la paradox arran, un pelin claro.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abstractbeer (237) - NORWAY - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle, at home. Bottle has been in my fridge for a couple of years I think. The best-before date is difficult to read, but looks like 13-12-16. The beer pours a very black one, with a nice light brown head which dissolves into a fractal pattern of small bubbles. Aromawise we’ve got a lot. It’s difficult to describe. Chocolate, sweet red fruits, coffee, sweet malts, wood. Thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Somewhat sweet, but not horribly. Flavor is liquorice, wood, vanilla, coffee grains, leather, chocolate, notes of dark fruits (prunes, raisins, cherries), nuts, a touch of alcohol. The 15% abv is very well hidden behind all the flavor. Something to sip for a long time!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
g_georgiou (189) - CYPRUS - JAN 30, 2014
Dark black body with a thin head. Coffee and some dark fruit. Whisky and coffee notes in taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Buongiorgio00 (749) - - JAN 26, 2014
Decisamente poco ortodossa, anche nello stile che si confonde con caratteristiche di barleywine e old ale. Gusto molto complesso, tostato, fruttato, caramellato, con sfumature candite e di melassa, leggermente amara, speziata. Nel complesso, davvero un’esperienza appagante.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (3097) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
330ml bottle shared with jeevan, and also on keg at the Edinburgh bar. One of the more subtle of the Paradox series, although that might be a contradiction in terms. Cracking stout underneath the light whiskey thing going on. Roast coffee and charcoal, vanilla, peat. Grand.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1322) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle from Bay Ridge in Annapolis. A little pricey but my first Brewdog and hopefully doing so in style. Pours i to my FW Teku dark brown to black and murky in the glass, a very small brown head that turns into just a ring around the top in no time. Aroma is up front scotch whiskey, caramel, chocolate, some dark fruit, oak. Flavor begins with whiskey notes, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit, then bursts into huge nutty flavors and lots of peat. Finishes with nutty, peaty caramel flavors with a slight vanilla and oak. A really beautiful medley of flavors here that come in waves. Medium heavy mouthfeel with relatively high carbonation for the style. Lots of trash talk on Brewdog it seems but this is a real treat. Wouldn’t hesitate to have this again. Obviously plenty of alcohol presence here but surprisingly sippable despite the ABV. While listed as an imperial stout, it really has more Wee Heavy, Old Ale, or Barleywine characteristics than stout. Not a bad thing, of course, and rather yummy.


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