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BrewDog Paradox Macallan (Batch 011)

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle Conditioned, Special;
Imperial Stout aged in a former 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5646) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2009
black, no head. Coffee, smoky, earthy aroma. Very earthy flavor, but it mixes well with the stout flavors. Nicely balanced, and the macallan never overpowers the beer. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2009
12oz via trade with 1brew2or3. Poured into a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is sweet malty and rich with a nice kick of chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolatey and malty. Some sweet sherry does come through. Pretty nice paradox from brewdog.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4298) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2009
330 ml, bb 12/12/09. Hard pour yields a small head that tries to cling to the rim of the glass. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, raisin, oak, light cherry and char. Well-blended flavors of caramel, chocolate raisin, vanilla, coffee, whiskey, sweet cherry and oak. Finish has some light char, salt and soy that provide a nice drying balance. The small head manages to leave some beautiful lacing all over the glass. Medium-heavy body is smooth and lightly sticky. Best of the five in the paradox series I’ve sampled to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoth (614) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Pours dark brown, black in the glass, with a medium tan head, some lacing. Smells strongly of scotch, oak and alcohol, with some peat, coffee, and pear undertones. Medium-thick velvety body. In the taste, imperial stout characteristics come through more strongly, complimented by scotch notes. There’s big malt flavors up front; molasses, dark chocolate, plum, and coffee, with some oak. Has a slightly dry, mineral edge, and a medium bitter finish. Nicely balanced. A wonderful imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 Served at room temp as per bottle. Pours a thinner (for an IS) fairly dark brown, almost light enough to see-thru, with a minimal fizzy beige froth that dissipates quickly. Strong barrel aroma, woody chocolate, smokey peat, smells dry, quite malty, the aroma changes into something much more English, maybe a touch of diacetyl, toasty, a bit of fruit or maybe thats the sherry. First taste is not very Imperial Stoutish, definitely more of a BA Scottish Ale. Flavors of peated malt, lightly burnt malts, lots of toasted malts, some buttery diacetyl, some chocolate, every so lightly grassy. A bit sugary tasting while being dry with a decent amount of bitterness. The sherry cask really makes itself apparent in the aftertaste. Medium body, smooth and flat, oily. The finish and aftertaste really make this beer, otherwise it would be a complete disappointment. Definitely a sipper... this is one beer where its okay to breathe lots and release the alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4538) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Smell is vanilla, smoke, dried fruit, whiskey. Pretty decent. Look is dark brown and clear with not very much head. Taste is malts, smoke, dried fruits, whiskey, malts, pretty good flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle, black pour. Great aroma here. Thick with chocolate, molasses, scotch, sherry. Flavor is rich and sweet. Vanilla, chocolate, scotch and toasted wood. One of my favorite brewdogs to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10930) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with an average, frothy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt -molasses, chocolate, toasted grain-, average hops -perfume-, heavy yeast -horse blanket, leather- with notes of prunes, wood, and tar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2008
(Bottle, Batch 011, BB 12/12/09) Pours a dark brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted bread, nuts, scotch, barrel, vanilla, and oatmeal. Flavor of roasted malt, scotch, barrel, and light chocolate with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottled. This stuff is pretty nice. Some of these Paradox beers go way too deep with the scotch, but this one balances quite well, even picking up some of the sherry characteristics as well. Great cherry, oak, licorice, burnt marshmallows in the aroma. Very deep and enticing and never once showing any alcohol burn. In the mouth this has a full, gooey flavor, again burnt marshmallows, cinnamon, faint oxidation, wood. Almost a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent stuff here. As much as I hate to admit it, the Paradox series continues to impress.

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