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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: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle Conditioned, Special;
Imperial Stout aged in a former 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2434) - 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 (4172) - 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 (9484) - 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 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 (11971) - 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 (3254) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours quite black with hints of amber only at the farthest extremities, and a thin khaki head. The aroma is oaky with a light, shall we say playful, fruitiness and a robust toffee and coffee conglomeration. The flavor is very straightforward oak with vanilla and cherry nuances. Under that is a pretty satisfying stout, with strong coffee and some bitter chocolate and caramel. The finish is a little bit hoppy, too, with a planty, herbal bitterness that picks up as the tannic bitterness of the oak fades. The aftertaste is an odd mixture of coffee and sherry. I gotta say, I enjoy this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (2686) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Pours a slight watery black with a thin white head. Big roasted grain, chocolate malt, coffee, vanilla aroma. Taste is very complex, lots of coffee roasted grain and chocolate malt. Also has great barrel and vanilla notes nicely blended in to give a great smoothness. Great smooth mouthfeel with hints of scotch. Very subtle and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Black. Long black head. Aroma: Scotch, Dark Chocolate malt. Flavor: Sherry, roasted chocolate, wood. Sherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pour is black with a thin vanilla head. Aroma is remenicent of a scotch style ale. Some highly accented nutiness, and milk chocolate in the flavor. Much tamer and more subtle on the scotch flavor versus the Islay. Good, yet the Islay was more interesting. And for the money that these are going for, it needs to be either mindblowing or at least interesting. This one was neither.

Fast forward...as I sip this and the temperature warms up, the complexity rises exponentially and the scotch flavors present themselves. Now that’s the interesting I expect.

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