blutt59 (5999) - 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 (7813) - 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 (4772) - 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 (10886) - 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 (4960) - 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 (1353) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep clear garnet with infra red edges and tan head. The aroma is milder than what I was expecting with muted peat, some earthiness and faint roasted malts followed by even fainter burnt malts. The taste is full and indeed tasty with notes of peat and earthiness followed by some sweeter notes that are hinting toward the base beer. I get an undercurrent of roasted malts, some chocolate malts and smooth sweetness. Midway and to the finish some of the roasty rich malt notes and some chocolate struggle a little harder to be heard over the barrel flavors. It ends with lingering peat and mild earthy notes.
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep black with a little off-white head. aroma is strong, of roasted malts, bitter coffee and vanilla. flavor is of rich dark chocolate, oaked cherried and a kick of spice. leaves a strong alcohol feeling in the throat. over all, quite a beer.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is grainy, oaky, roastiness, alcohol, tart sourness, which I would attribute to the sherry, rich oxidation and hops, and finally, chocolate.
Aroma is very rich and dense.
Pours with a thin wateriness with no head excepting a few white bubbles.
Taste is initially barleywine-esque, which is not surprising considering the sherry.
Oak, sherry, touches of roasted grain, chocolate, citrus hops.
This brew is well integrated, if a touch too much direct sherry and carbonation.
The sherry is somewhat sharper than I’d like, and the oak is present but not dominant. This is a very nice beer.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8... Clear, very dark ale with a small, off-white head. Very restrained nose offers subtle notes of chocolate, Scotch and brandy with even lesser wafts of tobacco, leather and wood. Full-bodied and velvety with limp carbonation. Chocolaty and boozy. Nice bitterness. Finishes hot and deeply roasted. Thanks go out to growler for sharing this bottle!