aracauna (3052) - 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 (14711) - , 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 (1020) - 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 (2915) - Clevelandish, 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.
jonno (2287) - JAPAN - NOV 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, best by 06/06/09. Pours a deep coffee brown with a 1 finger thick beige head, spotty lacing. Nose starts off with peat smoke and cocoa dust and gives way to some metallic notes. Flavor was much more chocolaty than the others I’ve tried, a nice change of pace.
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still and dark cola brown / black with almost no trace of carbonation or head. Aroma is sweet with oxidized malty presence and treacle, chocolate and smoke notes. Taste is the same, with burnt toffee, and heavily oxidized malt. Residual sweetness is fairly high with heavy smoke lingering into the finish. $12/12oz
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose on this was definately whiskey.Poured pitch black with virtually no head.This combined the best of both worlds, whiskey and beer.The whiskey flavor seemed to be dominate here.The finish was warming, definately feeling the alcohol.