argo0 (12111) - 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 (13536) - 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 (9829) - 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 (7133) - 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 (3207) - 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.
pivnizub (9290) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (RBESG 08): Almost black with a small foamy beige layer; leather and liquorice in the nose, mixed with aromas of vanilla and wood; full bitter-sweet flavour; some smoke and vanilla, again, in the warming finish. O.K. .....
smith4498 (3252) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of growler. Pours black/brown with minimal head. Aromas of burnt malt, whisky, wood and alcohol. Flavors similar to aroma with some peat and the whisky comes through nicely. Full body with minimal carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Growler. Pours dark brown/black, with a small off white head. Smells a little bready, with good doses of whiskey, caramel, and butterscotch. The flavor is of peaty malt, some caramel and roasty malts also shine through. Toasted bitter chocolate and syrup show up in the nice long finish. A little mellowed, but the heat was definitelt there. Not as big as some of the others Ive tried, but you get more of the flavor showing up in this batch. Pretty tasty.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Growler. Big scotch nose with chocolate, raisins and vanilla. Reddish brown color. Flavor is big chewy malts upfront with complex scotch finish. A little smoke, and some caramel with a light cherry and vanilla finish. Much more upfront than the Glen Grant and I think a better brew overall. Very nice.