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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle from a London Oddbin. Tar-like darkenss, thin film of a head. Whisky, tar and molasses in the aroma. Some beers could be rated just by looking and sniffing. Strong whisky charater cutting through, playing with the velvety stout, ending up in a warming finish. Some oak and vanilla lingering. Close to perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
12 oz bottle. Opaque brown pour with an oily tan head. Coffee, bittersweet/belgian cocoa, whiskey, oak, hops and overripe dark fruit (esp. plum/prune) in the nose. Boozy. Lots of coffee and whiskey flavor, oak, vanilla, sweet stickiness. Soy. Under carbonated, but probably to be expected. Silky, almost greasy, mouthfeel. Seems to work better than the Islay version that I’ve had, fairly well balanced with an appropriate amount of whiskey and oak. Overall, a terrible value, these beers are over priced to the max (more than $1.00/oz at Whole Foods, yes, I am a sucker).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 Bottle (330ml). Courtesy of MES of MES_AND_SIM - thank you so much, P!. Clear, but so deep it’s nearly opaque dark ruby pour, smallish frothy tan head. Not too much whiskey character in the aroma, more like a very deep roast brown ale, with a bit more herbal bitterness than normal. But the taste, ah ... there’s the Speyside - initially only light iodine, oak and whiskey sweetness, but the roast caramel is soon rather dominated by subtle resiny Islay complexity - lovely, just gets better as it warms. Slick mouthfeel, decent carbonation, long herbal/oaky bitter finish - terrific brew - again, thanks, Mes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Bottle... Post RBSG ’08 O-Town/Vero Beach Throwdown Chapter 8... Clear, very dark ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The malty, acrid nose extends heaps of cocoa, coffee and peat smoke. Full-bodied with a lightly oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Acrid, bitter, burnt coffee grounds and ethanol in the robust flavor. Finishes boozy and scorched. Thanks go out to growler for sharing this brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2008
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11612) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1056) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2008
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11958) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2008
(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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2008
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.

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