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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (3876) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4122) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 18, 2009
Bottle, Oddbins. Dark brown colour, brown lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, whisky and caramel. Flavour of roasted malts, dark fruits, whisky. Sweet, syrupy finish. Relatively light bodied. Lacks a good coffee malts and hop punch. Not too impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Black color with a thin head. Light oak and sherry aroma. Taste is a weak grain, some roasted malt and a bit of astringency. Only a very little bit of oak and really no whisky notes at all. I would never guess this to be a barrel aged beer in a blind taste test, let alone a Scotch barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Thanks to badgerben for sharing. Dark brown color with minimal head. Body was grainy and astringent flavor. Faint oak barrel character, but not much whiskey at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at Spuyten... hell, it may have even been me. Big whiskey aroma, sweet and plummy, some salt. Sweet body, but a bit ashy from the barrel. Medium bodied and gentle, chalky with mild seaweed. Enjoyable and subtle but doesn’t have the complexity or delicacy of the best Paradox offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle shared by puzzl. Dark brown beer with a fairly deep rich aroma. Chewy and sweet with a light kiss of barrel character. Lightly oaky with a light caramel character. Fairly dry and oaky finish. Quite nice. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil: Pours deep brown with a wispy bubbly tan head. The aroma is earthy, raisiny, some cocoa, and light oak is there. Slick and light on the palate. Dry-ish flavor. Light raisin sweetness underneath a smoky/peat note and oak. Pretty good, just lacking some nuances that other Speyside batches have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Poured a very deep brown color. Aged fruit and roasted malt aroma. Roasted sweet fruity malt flavor. Light Whisky. Warming. Dry bitter finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Batch 010, bb 12/12/09. Dark black with red hints at the edges and a thin quick light tan head. Roasty and thin whiskey smoke aroma. Taste is like a nice smooth whiskey with a slightly roasty bitter malt base. Same as the 005, except it comes out a bit thinner in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5269) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil - thanks to puzzl for sharing - kind of light in color for an imperial, which I remember the base beer being - minimal head - lightly doughy and fruity aroma - not picking up much of the whiskey there - the flavor, however, is quite earthy and peaty - you can taste the roast and sweetness of the base beer, but the whiskey becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms - it never becomes overpowering, though - just a nice soft peaty character - pretty tasty.

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