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BrewDog Paradox Macallan (Batch 011)

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

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle Conditioned, Special;
Imperial Stout aged in a former 1987 Macallan Sherry Cask


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unrulythings (73) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2008
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2008
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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2008
Tasting - Perfect Pour. Dark brownish black, creamy tan head. Sweet vanilla cocoa and coffee aromas warm to light notes of wood. Intense coffee vanilla flavors balance on swirls of cherry and oak. Sneaks of scotch play out at room temp. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, sweet finish. Nice, but a touch too sweet for me...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6504) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, Skoi! Pours fairly clear but very dark amber. Dense thin tan head. Very light legs. Nice sweet red wine grape nose, combined with a bit of sweet roasty impy. Lots of dense creamy chocolate and roast show up on the mid-palate (echoing their supporting role on the nose). Tough to pick apart; almost closed off in terms of the flavor, but very balanced and harmonious. Nice and drinkable but the intense cohesion of the flavors makes it seem somehow less complex than what I often look for in a beer like this--still, it’s far from average fare.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rallison (116) - USA - AUG 23, 2008
Bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland - thanks for the recommendation Nick! Dark brown pour with a 1/2 finger head that mostly subsides. Smokey caramel and sherry notes in the nose. Nicely balanced in the taste. Light roast, caramel, dried fruits in the malt complemented nicely by the sherry barrel. Coffee and alcohol hit toward the end, finishes with a lingering sherry/wood flavor. The wood and coffee notes leave this lightly astringent. Minor complaint - overall I think this is very well done. Mouthfeel is relatively light but the flavors are not lacking and this drinks well. Recommended. Stylistically, this does not really fall into the imperial stout category, for reference. My first of the BrewDog series - I’ll be looking forward to trying some more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11907) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2008
(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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2008
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13174) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
Dark brown. Slight haze. Mellow whiskey malt, sherry nose with some chocolate and roast. Sweet, soft sherryish, woody, lightly smokey character. Very well balanced.


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