deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours deep dark mahogany with no head. S - prunes, honey, peat, smoke, whiskey, caramel, smoke, oak, hints of soy sauce. M - lighter bodied with a full palate. Lingering alcohol warming. T - very dry oak, like licking an oak oak barrel, bitter unsweetened chocolate, soy sauce, whiskey. O - dry sticky oak in the face. 3.7
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badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a almost no head. Big earthy, peaty, scotch and chocolate aroma. Nice smooth scotch, oak, peat, chocolate, and sweet caramel flavors with a dry chalky finish and an oily medium bodied palate.
SpringsLicker (3416) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with almost no head. Whiskey and light wood aroma. Taste includes some dried fruit and chocolate sweetness. Moderate palate. Solid.
zacgillbanks (4233) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Beerman6686 (6179) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
douglas88 (8166) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Fred82 (2138) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JDBaker11058 (1827) - Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.