tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dchmela (2998) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Long black head. Aroma: Scotch, Dark Chocolate malt. Flavor: Sherry, roasted chocolate, wood. Sherry finish.
tennisjoel (1314) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
blutt59 (6425) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, pour is pitch black, head is slight and soapy looking, nose is coffee and almonds, flavors of peat, cocoa, nuts and a dry spirits fiinish
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a small, off-white heead and a black body. Aroma is some smooth wood, chocolate, scotch, and some nuts. Taste is scotch, lightly woody, some chocolate and almonds. Creamy mouthfeel, light carbonation.
mar (5147) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from bu11zeye. black pour with some froth up top. great notes of vanilla, chocolate and scotch. awesome on the palate with the roasted malts coming through quite well with overtones of wood. awesome finish and a great woody aftertaste.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Paradox 011 McCallan
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: black, wispy beige head,
Aroma: dry dark chocolate aroma with a woody scotch character,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, fleeting hot alcohol, touch of wood, light roasted, strong scotch, roasted oak leaves a light bitter finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Sweet vinous aroma with notes of soy sauce, roasted malts, smokem peat, and sherry. Poured medium-dark brown in color with a small, off-white head. Clear. Sparkling. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of vanilla, oak, peat, smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, and oak. Medium body. Slick, chalky texture. Soft carbonation. Malty, peat, chocolate, and vinous finish is dry.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black pour with thin head. mellow chocolate, toffee aroma. mellow and smooth. sherry is light and nice. the stout keeps its character. well balanced. chocolate and roassted malts. well done.