olio (5125) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle as "Brewdog Paradox Speyside".
Originally rated on 20100820.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and some liquorice and dark roasted malts. Flavor of toasted malts, vanilla, bourbon and burnt chocolate malts. Nice.
sulawang (525) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours coffee black brown with no head and almost no visible carbonation. Thick malts and caramel on the nose. Initial tastes of medium-heavy nicely sweetened (7/10) malts mixed with caramel, counterbalanced with a very light carbonation, milk chocolate, light roast coffee, light peat, vanilla and hint of cherry. Finishes bitter-semisweet with a lingering mild bitterness. Medium-high compexity, high depth, great transitions, excellent carry, great balance, good drinkability.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity with coffee, chocolate, and cola. The appearance is dark brown and almost flat with a tiny head. The taste is like the aroma with only a minimal sherry cask element. The palate is thin and flat. Overall its more than a little disappointing but certainly drinkable.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with almost no head. Very nice aroma of sherry, wood, vanilla, and sugar. Palate is a bit thin for the style. Taste is sugary sweet, vanilla, sherry, and some boozy warmth. Very nice brew.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with very little head.
Soft malty aroma; this has been in the ’fridge since I bought it and it is very mellow at this point compared to some of the other Paradoxes that I’ve had.
Some coffee, some licorice and vanilla.
Nice and complex and I much prefer the Sherry to the whiskey versions.
Scopey (5291) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (bottled on 03/03/09), thanks to joeneugs. It pours very dark brown, with a small off-white head. The nose is roasted malt, rice pudding, caramel, milk chocolate, biscuit (actually quite a bit like a Twix) and some whisky. The taste is milk chocolate, roasted malt, some alcohol warmth, astringency, smoke, tobacco, tea leaf, nut, vanilla and dark fruit, with a long, dry finish. Full body and soft carbonation. Smells better than the taste. Ok, but doesn’t stand up against many of the other Paradox beers.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The smell on this beer changed my mind a bit. It has a nice smokiness to it. Peat, small amounts of chocolate and coffee. Roasted malt and a sweet small of Sherry.
Then I took my first sip and disappointment ensued. This beer feels like a shell of it’s possible former self. I say possible because maybe this beer packed a bunch of flavor when it was fresh. On the bottle it said it could be aged until next year. But this beer like I said was missed a lot of flavor. It was weak. All the good stuff I picked up in the aroma was taken away by sweetness from the sherry. I’d say that might be ok but even that was weak. Nothing else came through for me.
Then the other disappointing aspect of the beer was the mouthfeel. No carbonation. Dead and flat. Way to watery.
douglas88 (5468) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Christmas miracle, I discover this in Mike’s fridge, thanks man! Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly white head. A sweet malty nose with fruit and some heat. The flavor is dominated by sherry with sugary sweet oak notes, some roast and bitter chocolate. Thin palate. Warm but drinkable. Quite nice. My love affair with BrewDog continues.
piscator34 (1883) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Near black in colour with low carbonation. Aromas are of heavy malts, vanilla chocolates, and unmistakable Maccallan scotch. Very mellow in the mouth with smooth chocolate, vanilla and caramel notes mixing with some scotch barrel. Divoid of the charred malt or hoppy bitterness that you find in so many imperial stouts. The slick texture and low carbonation make it very easy to drink. Perhaps a bit tame, but still tasty nonetheless.
bigguns22 (565) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
it is what is side it is sharry and wood stands out more then anything in this beer. you better like smokey and bidder beer if you want to buy this beer. Aroma is grainy, oaky, roastiness, alcohol, tart sourness,rich and hops, . Aroma is very rich and dense. Pours with a thin wateriness with no head excepting a few white bubbles. Taste is initially barleywine.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. would not unsider this a dessert beer but diffently a after dinner drink.