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BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 010)

BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 010)
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle; Special.
Brewdog Paradox aged in an Imperial whisky cask.
Note: Some bottles of this batch may have been mis-labeled as Batch 001. However, they will also say Speyside on the bottle and are not to be confused with the Islay Batch 001.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3214) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Pours black with no head. The aroma is a strange mix of dark malts, some whisky, maybe some smoke. The flavor is slightly sweet, not as complex or interesting as some of their others.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7387) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Pitch black pour with almost no head. Whiskey and light wood aroma. Taste includes some dried fruit and chocolate sweetness. Moderate palate. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (2813) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2012
Bottle from Oddbins in Newcastle. Aged for about 4 years. Batch 10 and 11. A black oily beer with almost no head. It has whisky, oak and vanilla flavours, leather notes in the powerful warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beerman6686 (4999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
This poured a medium brown color with a thin light tan head. Aroma was of whiskey, light chocolate and mild roast. Flavor was very watery, boozey flat whiskey, light roast, and nothing else, very thin and just a terrible example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2012
bottled, rbesg08. prety close to black with a reluctant head; aroma of burnt hay with hints of terriyaki and a whiff of vanilla malt; light whisky notes combining well with asphalt and mud; lush texture. quality stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6713) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2011
12 ounce bottle thanks to Santa, bottled on 1/1/08. Pours a dark ruddy brown color with a small beige head, required some effort to conjure up a head. A sweet nutty and tobacco nose, some very sweet caramel candies and cake. The flavor is full of oxidized and whiskey notes, some plum, light some smoke, warmth, a lot of dustiness, caramel, sweeter whiskey. Very light but with a bite. The age has mellowed this I suspect which of course the beer was already mellowed from the barrel aging process. Very nice. I actually enjoy oxidation in these type of beers if done right. Some sweet vanilla and whiskey in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
330ml thanks to H1N1.
Appearance : Deep dark amber with small creamy white head. Not much lacing. A bubbly ring remains after a few minutes.
Aroma : Liquor-y notes with light ash and smoke. Some alcohol with fruity sweetness. Dried apricots or dried red fruits. Some raisins. Nice raisins. Light wood.
Taste : Red fruits with raisins. Alcohol and ashes. Finish alcoholic with red fruits, ashes and roasted malt. Nice somokey and ashy finish.
Palate : Carbonation is very soft. Nearly flat. Not bad for the style though. Maybe a little fizz might have been better but this is getting old so maybe it was a tad fizzier before.
Overall : Rather good overall. Fruitier than most Paradox releases I’ve tried. Nice raisins. Nice ashes and smoke. Easier than many other Paradox. Quite nice. A bit too much alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JDBaker11058 (1428) - Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Appearance: medium dark brown, with light amber notes around the edges; only one or two bubbles for a head, and minimal lacing but with some syrupy legs. Aroma: not strong:caramel, mocha, cream, buttered black bread, with some slightly smoky peat notes. Taste: whisky, white wine (?!) and dark chocolate right up front, then burnt wood and chalk. Finish: very dry, watery and light, with mostly talc and chocolate notes, with the whisky coming back for the burn. Notes: Pretty disappointed. The concept is awesome. The execution is lacking. Pour was very watery, and the palate was way too light. Flavors were also surprisingly light. I expected a big, rich imperial stout with lots of whisky flavors. This was very much like the Paradox Macallan: bottled in 2008 and possibly past its prime, as indicated by the pour. Sunday morning breakfast stout of the week.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
Hits the glass black, soapy head. Not thick, quick to dissipate. Swirling leaves light syrup on glass. Smell is smoky campfire, peat, medicinal. Gads. This could almost be a Rauchbier. Yeesh. What is up with this ashtray. I llove this brewery too. Gresh. Two sips and its to the sink. My bad for not believing the name. Think fireman’s pants after a 3 alarm blaze, a pack of Marlboros, a campfire and burning tar on the road. Cheers guys, this has to be someone’s favorite style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 A solid Imperial Stout, yet not quite ready for greatness. Paradox Speyside has everything you want in a good whisky-aged stout, yet does nothing to differentiate itself from the pack. Plus, it could be because this bottle I’m consuming is 5-day-old Coke flat. No bubbles. Should I not rate it? Because it still tastes pretty good as a cold, coffee-like beverage, and the Speyside is apparent throughout the beer as you drink it. If only it had bubbles, it might be classic.

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