scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
rallison (116) - USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beershine (5218) - 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 (11520) - 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 (12514) - 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 (11047) - 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 (7132) - 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 (8933) - 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.