tipsytoad (85) - - DEC 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer, the best of the Paradox bar maybe Arran, a sumptious smoky/iodine aroma with a backdrop of roasted malt and imperial stout. Almost a hint of salt which tastes better than it may sound, a hallmark of the smokehead whiskies. A special one.
tillmac62 (237) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOD 8/8/08 - so this one has had 6 years to mellow out - lol. Pours used motor oil black with just a hint of dark ruby. No head to speak of, but considering it’s age, it is allowable. Wonderful nose of peat like smoke, oak and scotch. Underneath is some dark fruit (plum, fig). Medium body with no effervescence. The flavor profile is very intense, quite complex and surprisingly well balanced with all that is going on. It begins with an onslaught of peat like smoke over a rich caramel sweetness. As the smoke fades, oak characteristics are evident over an amazing burst of plum. The middle is where the scotch shines with that touch of smoke only it has. The finish is dry and just a touch sweet. A charred smoke like aftertaste lingers with just a hint of alcohol flavor. The alcohol coverage in this beer is amazing - just great scotch flavor with no grain alcohol astringency. An intense, flavorful brewing masterpiece that I wish I could have also had fresh.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"past the best by date, but you really couldn’t tell. as with all of the paradox line, kinda thin and lighter in color than most impys. overdone with the smoke/peatiness, especially in the aroma, where it comes off as medicinal. but since this is a far lighter base stout than mikkeller black hole, this beer was easier to finish than the scotch barreled version of that beer. the ash character kinda overpowers everything else. while it’s not wholly unpleasant, i wouldn’t get this again."
TXBadger (1480) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draft at Craft and Growler: pours black like oil with plenty of khaki colored head. Scotch whisky on the nose, and lots of it, roast, coffee, and some toast; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more whisky. Tons of barrel on this one, love it!
glennmastrange (2311) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heaavy toasted and burnt for the malt, moderate pine and earth for the hops and yeast, with notes of smoldering wood. Head is small, bubbly, which quickly diminishes with no llacing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with a lively carbonation. and a moderately alcoholic finish. Has the smell of a campfire and smoky scotch. A very tasty and slow sipping Imperial Stout.
Stuu666 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s, batch 016. Huge smoky nose, taste is peaty woody smoke with chocolate.
iRavali (41) - Delaware, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong roast coffee flavor. The beer is flat and monotonous. The first sip gives you this intense bitter flavor with notes of coffee. The palate settles after and stays monotonous.
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FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a black color with a huge creamy brown head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was amazingly strong peat, seaweed, campfire and salt. The flavor was strong wood followed by very strong peat and touches of oil, seaweed and salt. Tasted like Laphroig scotch. Amazingly long finish. Thick body. If you like Islay scotch you would love this - me, I detest Islays.
Beerhunter111 (8070) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, schokoladig, rauchig. Geschmack angenehm röstmalzig, rauchig, schokoladig, Kaffeebohnen.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours so dark its black. The head is huge, dense and tan. The aroma smells like the sweetness off barley syrup but is a little smoky. The flavor is much smokier but the palate is complex with both flowing and foamy textures so it mixes in the other flavors of oak, plum and bittering hops a lot. Haha, pardon the pun and the runon. This is a smooth beer with no hint of alcohol. Very well madr. The peaty character is very good such that if you turn your head you might think someone spiked your beer with Laphroig.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Dark Brown/Black in colour, red against bright light. Islay whisky in the aroma and taste. Mega-Smoky, peaty, tarry, oily; tastes of iodine and seawater. Very malty; roast/burnt malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy; good hop bitterness. Alcohol (whisky) very evident. Very, very dry finish. Liked this a lot. Very nice Imperial Stout!