probstblueribbon (2621) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a fair reddish-mocha head.
Aroma: BIG, tons of sticky-sweet molasses, licorice, booze, very dark dried fruits, slightly bright (tangy) prunes, nicely-integrated peat/Scotch, very lovely stuff.
Palate: Medium-full body, surprisingly zippy effervescence.
Flav.: All kinds of big, rich prunes, figs, dark dried fruits loads of molasses and licorice, big booze, restrained dark chocolate, so fruity and boozy, lighter peat smoke/Scotch; very sweet with sufficient bitterness and a ton of alcohol, a very big “sipper” indeed.
Enjoyable. I wish they didn’t make it so strong though. I’d rather have two 7% beers than one 15% beer. Oh well, first world problems...
Kosmokrator (372) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 Scurissimo color cola, quasi nero, impenetrabile; pressoché priva di schiuma salvo qualche sporadica bollicina marrone che scompare in fretta. Aroma spesso e dolciastro con sentori di amarene, caramello, marmellata di frutti rossi, zucchero e noci; gusto dolce, vinoso, fruttato e zuccherino con più deboli note di nocciola e liquirizia, una parvenza di malto da whisky e un piccolo tocco legnoso nel finale. Corpo medio-abbondante ma non "appiccicosa", struttura vellutata, solletica il palato con una debole effervescenza; l’abv massiccio riscalda il finale e si sente in gola ma non la rende sgraziata. Birra impetuosa.
berntholer (544) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
light beige head that disappears fast with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is very boozy, caramel, slight liquorice, vanilla. taste is boozy, very boozy, vanilla coffee and sweet. dense body, quite soft carbonation. bottle 33 cl
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with small brown head. Short head retention and light lacing.
Aroma : Big spirit notes with dark fruits, light roasted malts, raisins, light wood, light vanilla. A bit boozy. Some chocolate.
Taste : Sweet spirity malt with light roasted notes, light coffee. Light warming spices with alcohol. Finish warm with light caramel and some dark fruits. Light raisons on the late finish with hint of smoke.
Palate : Lively carbonation. Pretty high for the style and for what we often see with the Paradox series.
Overall : Not my favorite paradox. A bit too much alcohol. Still en enjoyable sipper, fairly complex. Nice persistent finish. Well balanced flavor profile (except for the alcohol that is a bit too present). Interesting as always but a bit too pricey for what it is.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 330ml bottle (Batch 047). Pours an opaque black color with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap and leaves nice oily lacing. Big aroma of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, whiskey, and wood. Taste has a strong whiskey and buttery toffee flavor. Coffee and vanilla in the background, with a sweet smoky wood finish. Thick oily body, with very little carbonation.
Svesse (5679) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Compact black colour with frothy, brown head, disappearing fairly quick. Malty, roasted nose with black rye bread, treacle, oak wood, soy sauce, tar, liquorice, dark chocolate and prunes. Malty, roasted taste with notes of oak wood, whisky, hints of smoke, black rye bread, liquorice, sweet espresso, dark chocolate, tar, prunes, raisins, vanilla and burnt sugar. Full body, with thick and oily texture. Sweet. The whisky character is evident, but quite well balanced. A certain roasty bitterness hiding behind the malt and sweetness. Possibly a touch too sweet, but still very nice.
SuperTiti33 (230) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Noire. Opaque. Presque pas de collet. Nez: alcool. Whisky. caramel. Sucre. Réglisse. Malt. Brûlé. Beurre. Rhum. Bois. Butter scotch. Bouche: très sucré. Chocolat. Fumé. Malté. Grain torréfié. Très Boisé. Liquoreuse. Alcool. Banane et cassonade cuite. Biscuit au pépite de chocolat. Whisky subtile mais présent. Une petite merveille de la nature.
jkwalking05 (3050) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma is of whisky, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, light smoke, wood, earth. Taste is of oak, molasses, honey, vanilla, whisky, brown sugar, leather, and tobacco. Smooth and enjoyable. Nice sipping beer.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The look is brown to black in color, light tannish head, and dark. The smell is nice, whiskey, wood, vanilla. Cola, and rich. The taste is sweet, vanilla, rich, desserts, alcohol, dark fruits, and toffee.
StoutDr (27) - Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sweet and smokey. Pours black with light head. Light Mouthfeel. Very smokey, scotch, molasses taste. Sweet and alcohol on the palette. Delicious as a slow sipping beverage. I can not imagine drinking a whole bottle because it is so sweet. Amazingly good as a taster.