CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(330ml bottle) Purchased at Brewery Creek in Vancouver, BC. Pours a thing, brown, dissipating head atop an opaque body. Smokey aroma. Woody nose with some burnt sugar and soya sauce. Flavour is very smooth for 10%, vanilla, soy and chocolate. Very good.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly solid black with a creamy light brown head that fades into a small ring. Aroma of mild whiskey, chocolate malt, vanilla, oat, molasses, raisin, honey, smoke. Taste is deliciously roasty with a mild buttery texture that is not over the top like some barrell beers. Finishes with a slight cocoa/hop bitterness. Soft and smooth texture, dynamic.
thewolf (11554) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. [thank you, cgarvieuk]
Pours deep brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Fair lacing and okay duration. Sweet aroma, some bitter chocolate and very light whiskey-notes. Some tar, oak, vanilla, coffee as well. Low carbonation, fine and dry creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is surprisingly bitter and dry, not as velvety as some other Paradox. Coffee, chocolate, hops, oak, tannins, hard roasted malts. Fine, lingering bitter coffee finish with light whiskey notes. Nice.
tlind2 (1332) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, batch number unknown. Black color, bare wisp of a tan head. Whiskey and dark malts in the aroma, as well as some chocolate. The flavor contains additional whiskey notes, notably vanilla. Molasses, coffee and dark malts are present as well, along with some dark wood. High ABV is well-hidden. Full body, low carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Pretty good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly black body with a thin lacing. Molasses, caramel and chocolate malt. Woody whiskey notes and a light roast y malt body. Sweet with a slick warming and some light smoke notes. A bit cloying but that’s fine amidst the warming. Nice.
madmitch76 (18659) - , 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. Well integrated whiskey, Bitter chocolate and some bitter coffee in the finish. Rich and rewarding.
sebletitje (7882) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bb 01/01/10 # 010
pours dark brown, off-white head
aroma is malty, hints of vanilla, roast, coffee and caramel.
flavor, whiskey and wood, caramel malts with some hints of roast and chocolate. Sweet vanilla. Beer retained a thin peat/ash mouthfeel. Finish has nice notes of whiskey/wood and warming abv.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a deep coffee brown with a small bubbly light beige head, not much lacing. Not as much peat on the nose of this one, more like bourbon. Also lots of wood tannin and chocolate. Flavor also holds lots of dry wood and cocoa, interesting. I’m glad this one is a little different than the other versions.
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, hint of ruby, wispy tan head with slight retention. Aromas of wood, resin, smoke, peat, cocoa, and burnt sugar. Brown sugar and resinous alcohol flavors predominate; long, burnt/bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy without being overpowering with some gentle carbonation. Spectacular, just like the rest of the Paradox series, though I think I still prefer the Paradox Grain.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, BB 1/1/2010. Poured thin medium brown with a dusting, a ring, and a pool of beige head. The aroma picked up candied toffee and whiskey sweetness first and foremost over an even sweeter caramel and chocolate base.. from what I recall (and I’m too lazy to look back at my ratings), this is significantly different from the other Paradoxes I’ve tried, which were all rather similar to me.. some heavy malt in there, but no real indicator of boozage. The flavor opened with syrupy dark malts including sweeter chocolate, molasses, and some soy.. caramel gave more support than flavor.. more vanilla than anything else from the barrel, but there was some soft, sweet whiskey on the back and some oak and warmth after the swallow.. very much candied and sweet overall. Medium-bodied with only a decent interplay between the slick fore and a tacky malt feel and residual bitterness on the finish.. overall the barrel treatment didn’t do a whole lot here, but it was a decent drinker.