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Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8525) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle... Dark brown pour with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma offers lots of fudge and smoke - not necessarily peat smoke. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and kicked-back carbonation. The flavor is tangy and acrid with a dark chocolate component. Finishes tangy, moderately roasty and moderately bitter. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (2827) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
Brown bottle, 330 ml, lot 206, best before 28-09-22, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on November 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, ring of brown head that disappears completely, no lacing; nose: woody, whisky, roasted malt, burnt malt, alcohol, vanilla, slight peat, slight iodine, alcohol, light toffee; mouth: woody, whisky, roasted malt, burnt malt, alcohol, vanilla, slight peat, slight iodine, alcohol, light charred malt, light acridness, toffee, light alcohol warmth, finale in whisky with presence of caramel, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, slick and lightly oily texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, lot 206, meilleure avant 28-09-22, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 13 novembre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, anneau de mousse brune qui disparaît complètement, pas de dentelle; nez : boisé, whisky, orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, alcool, vanille, très léger tourbe, très léger iode, alcool, léger toffee; bouche : boisé, whisky, orge torréfiée, orge brûlée, alcool, vanille, très léger tourbe, très léger iode, alcool, léger orge carbonisée, légère âcreté, toffee, légère chaleur d’alcool, finale en whisky avec présence de caramel, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante et légèrement huileuse; en résumé : très bonne

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (1835) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle from BrewDog Website. This inky black beer pours without any sort of head. It has a very thick oily mouthfeel, rich chocolate and liquorice flavours, notes of smoke, leather, burnt currants, vanilla and a whisky sweetness with a very powerful warming finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gruberm (314) - - OCT 26, 2013
Caramely and dark tasting. But a subtle alcoholic taste throught. Dark color and coffe color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (831) - SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2013
330ml bottle from Brewdog.com (£7.99):
Strong chocolate aroma with whisky throughout. There is a strong alcohol/grain presence with rich cocoa and a touch of peat. Boozy with dark fruits making an appearance with vanilla right at the end.
Black with a thin, bubbly head on top that is half a centimetre tall and a medium tan in colour. Retention is pretty good too.
Strong, alcohol laced flavour that has a lot of whisky and grain coming through alongside some dark fruits such as plum. There is a strong, toasted malt taste that precedes an earthy taste that is offset with some prunes, dates and figs among others.
Full-bodied with a huge alcohol content as promised and has fairly lively carbonation levels considering this. There is a slight alcohol burn but smooth for the most part.

A true big beer, and one that packs a punch, There is a lot of whisky and grain throughout as expected but the dark fruits that feature throughout make it an enjoyable beer, although this is probably still a one-off for me

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pitch black with a khaki head. Nose is alcohol, roasted malts, whisky, light vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Chewy palate, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, syrup, wood, and a tolerable finish for it’s abv.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 13.10.2013, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Nice brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is nicely balanced, dark malts, licorice, oak, dark sugar, grass, alcohol, hints of coffee and peat. Taste is sweet and sligtly sour-ish, dark malts, dark sugar, peat, sour coffee, licorice, oak, almond essence, citrus, grass, alcohol. Medium to longlasting bitterness, low on carbonation and kind of thin body. Fair enough.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (5352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
330mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Nose brings out elegant notes of whiskey, woody oak, and subdued roasted malt. Flavour I supremely complex, full of amazing whiskey notes, wood, treacle toffee sweetness, and a touch of roasted malt. This is easily the most complex and elegant of all the versions of Paradox I’ve had. Rich, somewhat sweet and oaky. ABV is very well-hidden, leaving no burn but a noticeable warming effect. Finishes on notes of woody oak and treacle. A beer of remarkable depth and complexity.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (5544) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2013
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de vanille avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de bois et de vanille avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #5131)

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
330 ml bottle from czar - thanks, mate. Pours an orange tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, peat, iodine. Flavor is cocoa, vanilla, wood, corn, hazelnut. Finish is very peaty and spicy. Lingering roast and wood. Medium body, sticky, oily mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Solid.


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