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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 005)

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


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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2007
Brilliant! The Paradox beers are very very good. I still slightly prefer the Grain whisky one but they are both amazing. pours gorgeously and wickedly dark, deep, thick and rich with a lovely head. the flavours reminded me of toffee apples and fudge brownies with a balancing rip dark fruit bitter tingle to finish it off. speyside whisky flavours written all over it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
Nose: This beer smells exactly like Glen Moray--honey, baked bread, light winey/oaky notes and a touch of faint smoke. There is a rich and chocolately stout note that undergirds the soft, light and slightly alcoholy nose on this beer. Palate: The palate continues the wonderful whisky notes, but develops rich, milk chocolate, caramel, big oak, and lightly bitter coffee notes. The finish lingers and reminds one of the finish on a good whisky. Warming, sweet and long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 30, 2007
Cask, Blackfriars, Glasgow, RBESG 07. Very dark ruby, thin film of tan head. Nose is imperial stout maltiness, slightly sweet with some grainy, slightly peaty, salty seaweed. Mouth is malty, salty seaweed, touch fo sweet alcohol, menthol and vanilla. Some fruitiness in there. Palate lasts salty and vanilla, with a bit of sweetness too for balance. Absolutely superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogermoore (34) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2007
Great whisky black beer again. simlar to the grain one and I like it lots. I have to say there are very good. Chocolate, smooth drinking cholcolate mixed with orange vodka.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Pours blackish with deep brown edges and 1-finger tan head and great lacing. Nose is Wheaties coated in brown sugar and dipped in molasses and scothc whiskey, plus molasses, cacao, oats. The nose is a bit like a juiced up Celebrator mixed with scotch whiskey and molasses. The taste is dark malty, with cacao, brown sugar, fig, molasses, and mild backup hops. Very well hidden alcohol in this, and the beer as a whole is amazingly smooth, complex and downright chuggable to the point where I had to force myself to savor it slowly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vintagefergie (21) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2007
Very interesting beer from this new scottish micro. Whisky tinged aroma with oak and vanilla also a little light and dark fruit. smoth chocolate stout with more whisky tones. very unusual but very very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2007
The sexiest of all of the Brewdog imperial stouts. A bulging, creamy dark brown head rises from a black, thick body. the foam is immobile, lacing only when sips deplete the liquid from the glass. A gorgeous beer, menacing but tempting. The roasted grains, chocolate and wooden barrel notes in the nose share an equal portion of the spotlight and are melded into a towering fortress of stout. Lesser nuances include vanilla, smke, Scotch, dark crumpled fruits and vague alcohol that grows in strength as the temperature closes in on that of the room. Mild peat and coffee sneak to the table. Flavors of the aforementioned seem well-blended upon first sip, the sticky and full mouthfeel quenching the thirst of this diehard malt fanatic. Sweetness, bitterness and power are all medium-high and satisfying. Subtle complexites emerge around every corner. The finish is lightly warming, balanced for the style, nicely roasty and long. The mouthfeel is as smooth as I’ve had, ever, in an imperial stout. I have one more bottle and hope to expand on these thoughts soon. Brilliant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 First beer to start the epic story that is O-TOWN THROWDOWN 3!!! Bobo rules. Poured a deep brown, almost black. Aroma is almost indescribably good. Loads of dark fruit. Figs, raisins, dates and stewed plums. Touches of deep roasted coffee, licorice and the faintest hint of smoke. The whisky characteristic is faint, but detectable. Wow. Flavor is deeply beguiling. Roasted, warming and full. The alcohol is very evident on the first taste. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2007
(RBESG 2007, Cask at Blackfriars, Glasgow) Very dark, almost black color, small brown head. Oily, malty chocolate aroma, viol notes, licorice, tar and with woody notes. Great chocolate flavor, oaky, malty, licorice and milky, creamy notes. Huge palate, a bit salty. Very nice bitte licorice and cocoa finish. Chin Chin! Huge thanks, Tom!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, Best by 06/06/09. Pours dark brown in color with brown head, which does not last long. Aroma coffee, sweet and wiskey. Taste strong wiskey, dark bitter chocolate and coffee with bitter finish.

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