Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Vero. Rich, viscious-looking, gorgeous coppery brown color like teak. Subdued smokey nose with rich malt, sherry barrel is apparent, also cherry notes. Great smoke in here with lingering roasted malt at the end. Scrumptious.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl bottle, sampled side-by-side with Islay 009, Speyside 010, and Glen Grant 003) Small beige head that mostly diminishes atop clear red-black body, minimal lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, Scotch, chocolate, some peat. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, roast, some Scotch. Low carbonation, smooth medium body, light syrup.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Done with comparison to three other Paradox Impys. Pours black, ruby edges, tan head. Medicinal aroma, strong alcohol, coffee. Flavor is mostly scotch, chocolate in end. Very smooth.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Slight haze. Mellow whiskey malt, sherry nose with some chocolate and roast. Sweet, soft sherryish, woody, lightly smokey character. Very well balanced.
bhensonb (9835) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from PC Market of Choice in Eugene, OR. Color is dark brown/black with garnet notes. The head is large beige/tan bubbles. Aromas of dark toasted malt and vanilla? Medium body (treacly feel) going to fuller body, and the carbonation is essentially non-existent. Flavor is sprightly, smokey, oaky. Backed by burnt malt. Quite smooth, finishing slightly gritty, slightly sweet. Tantalizes the senses. Caresses the mouth. The sherry aspect didn’t hit until I was halfway through. It’s expensive, but it’s very tasty. The burps are exquisite.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a thin, stringy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with nice peaty smoke and roasted malty character. Body starts with good fullness and sweet dark caramel and sherry notes along with a complex balance of smoky peat and roasted malt. Finishes smooth and semi-sweet. Well aged and enjoyable.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle. Batch 011 BB 12/12/09. Poured a dark brown color with red edges and an average to larger sized tan head. Aromas of earthiness, manure, woody, peat, smoke, chocolate, and very light sherry. Tastes of vanilla, wood, light sherry, chocolate, light caramel, and roast. Creamy body with the alcohol content well hidden.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 Courtesy Growler. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with no head or lacing in the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate, burnt oak, roasted and peat malt, and some dark fruit. The flavor was of dark chocolate, smoked peat malt, dark fruits, and wood. The scotch adds noticeable amount of heat to go with the whiskey flavors and roasted bitterness. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation which lends to a smooth feel and a lot fo heat from the cask in the finish. This was well done with a lot of depth to the flavors.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! We did a side-by-side of four of these (Islay 009, Speyside 010, Macallan 011, Glen Grant 003), and they looked nearly identical: dark, murky brown color; thin, light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of licorice, dark-dark fruits, and charred barrel notes in the aroma; slightly overripe; touch of nougat and dogfood in the nose. Relaxed carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tons of dried dark fruits, dried cherries, and sweet maltiness; minimal alcohol coming through; light scotch character, mostly appearing as toasty wood and touches of chewy vanilla. Quite nice. Lengthy finish: again, toasty malts, and dark chocolate; nicely roasted and dry.
smith4498 (2793) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Growler. Pours dark brown/black with almost no head. Roasty alcoholic aroma with some woodiness (oak?). Burnt malt flavor with wood, smoke and some scotch. Lots of heat from the alcohol. Full body with almost no carbonation and a thick mouthfeel.