tlind2 (1130) - 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 thatís fine amidst the warming. Nice.
madmitch76 (15068) - , 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 (6678) - 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. Iím 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 (7135) - 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 Iím too lazy to look back at my ratings), this is significantly different from the other Paradoxes Iíve 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 didnít do a whole lot here, but it was a decent drinker.
Ungstrup (29284) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at RBESG 2008. A dark brown beer with a red shine under a brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of hard roasted malt as well as lighter notes of sweet malt and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet wtih notes of malt, caramel, and hard roasted malt as well as lighter notes of whiskey and some burnt malt, leading to a dry woody finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of light caramel, slight molasses, slight peat, light vanilla, and a hint of wood. Poured very dark brown in color with no head to speak of. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, oak, slight caramel, light caramel, slight peat, and a hint of whiskey. Medium body. Lightly oily, slightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, slight caramel, slight vanilla, slight peat, and oak finish. 10%ABV is barely noticeable.
Cybercat (3305) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice deep sable with a decent but not too persistent tan head. Aroma is strong, oily and smoky, with undertones of molasses and unsweetened chocolate. Flavor is like burnt unsweet chocolate with a hint of coffee and a trace of molasses, subtly sweet and fairly but not nastily bitter. Texture is smooth, not as thick or heavy as most stouts I have tried, and has a strong alcohol bite, perhaps from the whisky barrel in which it was aged.