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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005)

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Bottle 33cl @ home.
Clear dark black color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, caramel - licorice, smoke notes, peat - oak notes, ammonia licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. (090708)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a fully diminished head. Flavour is much like batch 6, but more chocolate heavy. Flavour is smooth chocolate flavoured with amild roasted note, no liqourice. Ends with a nice smoothness of chocolate into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29164) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Cask at Blackfriars, Glasgow - had several pints of this over two days at RBESG 2007. Aged in Glen Moray casks. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet amlty with strong notes of roasted malt and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of alcohol, whiskey, and roasted malt, as well as hints of smoke. I found it a bit sharp on the alcohol the first night, and much more mellow on the second - which made it very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of Myrup. Pours a dark brown with a tint of red and a tiny, off-white head. Lightly sweet aroma of roasted malt. Medium body with sweetish, roasted malt - not particularly burned - with some hot whisky accents. Not peaty smoke, oak or vanilla - just hot, burning alcohol. Some malt bitterness in the finish. 291107

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20576) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Clear red brown coloured with an off white ehad. Roasted aroma of dried fruits, liquorice, wood, vanilla and whisky. Roasted flavour of whisky, liquorice, wood and hops with notes of alcohol. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20244) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
Bottled (Ölkonsortiet, Aalborg). Very deep amber, close to black colour. Not much head. Aroma is vanilla, leather, caramel and some slight smoked notes. Flavour is vanilla, malts, hops, wood and some slight notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19225) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
Cask at Blackfriars, Glasgow. Black, no head. Aroma of tar and licorice. Sweet and boldly malty with lots of substance. There’s chocolate and asphalt. The whisky is much less evident than in the other versions of Paradox that I’ve tried. It’s also more balanced. That however takes some of the curiousity away, so I’m not really sure if I prefer it more than those.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16441) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Roasted malty woody aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with some hints of wood. Sweet roasted malty finish with some hints of choclate. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14469) - , 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (14340) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
Paradox parallel tasting
Black color; minor head, compared to the #7 and #6; I expected a bottle conditioned beer, but this one is filtered. Light aroma of alcohol and glue; very light aroma of vanilla and roasted malt. Medium body structure, possibly a bit sweeter than the #7; but there is just a mix of caramel/chocolate/roasted malt, too little to impress. Maybe in the final there is a hidden touch of pepper and something more. Not exciting.

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