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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle & cask; Special.
NOTE: Marked batch 005 on the bottle label. Matured in a Glen Moray 1992 cask although this is not detailed on the label.
This edition sees our Imperial Stout aged for several months in specially selected Speyside malt whisky casks. This maturation process results in the whisky flavours and aromas being infused deep into our beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2009
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stouby (4152) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3318) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AskForJenny (1051) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2009
0.33l - Black liquid under fleeting tan head. Very mild nose, good stout with a hop prickle on tongue. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 9, 2009
The problem with this is you are not starting off with a very good beer in the riptide. Aging it in the barrel certainly gives it some roguish, peaty charm though. A bit thin, as I found the riptide and beyond the nose, nothing terribly exciting. Expensive too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12501) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2009
33cl bottle, side-by-side tasting with Batch 013. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, peat, alcohol, light vanilla, cocoa, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some peat/smoke, coffee/roast, alcohol and alcohol warming. Smooth, medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
DØE Valby 09. Pours black with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, liquorish and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Light bitter aftertaste.

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