Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Radek. Pours black with whit soapy head. Medium mouthfeel. Aroma are there, ther is anise on the stout. So yes it is an above average beer all around.
phaleslu (5195) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Nicholson’s in Cincinnati. Pours black with a very small tan head that leaves only a small rim of bubbles around the inside of the glass. Snifter. The barrel aging is nice here, and the Scotch barrel appears to be more gentle than a bourbon barrel. Aroma of vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, molasses, Scotch, and dark fruit. Flavor of molasses, chocolate malt, dark fruits, nuts, oak, vanilla, and Scotch to warm it. Full bodied. Really nice creamy mouthfeel, silky smooth- probably even more so because of the cask. Impressive restraint for a barrel-aged beer, but there’s still plenty to love about this one.
sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh my. Thin tan head that settles out quickly, lace is fair. Almost black. Nose is soft with whisky and smokey wood. Body is medium, slick and oily. Whiskey notes dominate with the stout flavors playing second,third and fourth fiddle, some roast coming through, light chocolate as well. Nice whisky flavors though. Keeps ya interested. Roasty, smokey finish, lightly sweet and interesting, woodsy. Makes ya wanna be by a campfire, yup. Eat meat! Bottle procured @statelineliquors.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Near black, thin tan head, no lacing.
Aroma is sweet, lots of chocolate, light alcohol, some roast.
Flavour is fairly hot, light chocolate roast, pretty sweet.
Warm mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation.
Finishes a little thin, pretty hot.
Hot and thin, uneventful.
330ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.
Opened on March 17, 2009.
Batch 005, Best before April 30, 2009.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Immy for this! Black pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is whiskey, oaky tannins and chocolate. Flavor follows suite. With a big warming finish. A little alcoholic but thats a good thing in the cold weather
stouby (3429) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home.
Black, no head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, notes of wood, light spicy). Flavor moderate sweet. Body full, smooth and round, the alcohol is well hidden.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You actually get the peat in this one. It was a bit of a shock at first. On second sip, it starts to meld nicely with the cocoa and makes for a nice beer.
madmitch76 (12182) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
23rd August 2008. Strong but smooth whiskey dominates and produces a notably hot finish. The chocolate and coffee support all the whiskey very well. Unapologetically a whiskey beer!
AskForJenny (1006) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.33l - Black liquid under fleeting tan head. Very mild nose, good stout with a hop prickle on tongue. Good.
Brigadier (2610) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
This beer suffers from the fact that the base beer is not world class. Not amount of aging in whiskey, bourbon, or cabernet could fix that. Bearing that in mind, it is not all that bad either. I am not likely to buy any more of the Paradox series unless they are on sale but this could have been worse.
Aroma / Appearance - Flat with a fluid black body the reddish corners give it additional depth. A sticky sheen of lacing betray the 10% alcohol. The nose is almost pure whiskey with chocolate and prunes meekly popping through. It actually smells stronger than it actually is.
Flavor / Palate - Very strong and alcoholic this tastes like whiskey has actually been mixed with the beer. Warm on the palate I would have few objections to this if I wanted scotch. However I was expecting at least some evidence of imperial stout to make its way though. This is not worth almost as much as a 750 of Speedway or BA Boris.