scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting - Perfect Pour. Black, tan creamy head. Roasted coffee and cocoa aromas ride waves of whiskey soaked raisins and and wood. Dark coffee and oaken whiskey flavors round to a soft dark fruit bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Much better than the Mcallan in my opinion. Could be perfect choice for a nice cigar pairing...
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with a lasting light brown head. Aroma has toffee and caramel maltiness, and a tiny hint of oak barrel. Dry and roasted flavour with some oak tannin and lingering malt sweetness.
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At vero. Sweet, and the most peaty of the Brewdogs we tried. Rich, dark brown sugar. Hot nose. Richly aromatic, sweet in a mellow way like Japanese black sugar or honey. The least complex of the 3 Brewdogs we tried too. Burnt flavors, slight alcohol sweetness in background. Burnt banana flavors. Really pleasant.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy growler. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin, tan head that bubbles up around the edges. The aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and the peat smoked whiskey. The flavor shows a lot of chocolate along with some caramel, vanilla and all blended in with the smoky whiskey flavors. You get a good amount of heat from the whiskey, but there is a lot of flavor to balance it out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth that goes down very easy with some bitterness and heat on the backend. This one was blended really well which made it an enjoyable experience.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(33cl bottle, sampled side-by-side with Islay 009, Macallan 011, and Glen Grant 003) Small beige head that mostly diminishes atop clear red-black body, no lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some Scotch/alcohol, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, Scotch/alcohol, chocolate, some smoke. Medium body, low carbonation.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Done with comparison to three other Paradox Impys. Pours black, ruby edges, tan head. Aroma is more roasted malt, more vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, less whiskey up front, more in finish, slightly medicinal, smoke.
Oakes (11770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. The aroma is woody, alcoholic, with light smoke and light chocolate. Smooth, full of peppery alcohol and molassesy malt. Fairly burly, woody with some minor iodine character. The least balanced of the three I got to try and that’s why I liked it best.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. Batch 10 BB 01/01/10. Poured a dark brown color with red edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, a little earthy, roast, raisins, and some vanilla. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and dark fruits. Medium alcohol in the finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent dark mahogany with notes of charcoal and spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of dry, toasty caramel and earthy peaty character. Body starts with decent fullness and semi sweet dark maltiness with a smooth, dry, earthy Scotch balance toward a slightly warming finish. Pretty good brew, but not my favorite of the Paradox series.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! We did a side-by-side of four of these (Islay 009, Speyside 010, Macallan 011, Glen Grant 003), and they looked nearly identical: dark, murky brown color; thin, light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of intense candy sugar, dried dark fruits, and caramel in the aroma; stout beneath is much more apparent in this one than the Islay 009; chewy and pleasant. Relaxed carbonation. Loads of chewy dried dark fruits (raisins, dates), caramel, and sweet red fruits; medium-to-full mouthfeel: like a barley wine more than an imperial stout; very chewy, generous, with lightly toasted malts and very light barrel / scotch character. Minimal, at least following the Islay. Lengthy finish: toasted malts, very dry, with lots of dates and raisins.