GT2 (8830) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL from Grassroots Natural Market in Jacksonville, FL thanks to drowland! Pours a clear, deep cola brown, no foam. Nose is black olives, present oxidation, canned cheap black olive. Taste is watery, dirty, soil. Palate is thin, watery, harsh Scotch barrel with no body to handle. Some bitter chocolate and spices in the finish seem to be an afterthought.
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank 12/9/12 even though it said best before 3/31/11. Tasted just fine to me. Pours with very little head. Initial scent of peat and vanilla. Smooth, balanced taste throughout. Nice beer for a scotch fan. Rather average beer for an imperial stout fan.
BVery (7103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark pour with a small head. Whiskey and dark chocolate aroma. Taste is bright whiskey and semi-sweet. Nice full palate but not overly heavy or dense.
nick76 (4280) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is pretty typical Imperial with coffee, chocolate, licorice, burn malt, and molasses but with oak and the alcohol not hidden at all. The appearance is dark brown with almost no head. The taste is even better than the aroma with an amazing whiskey barrel addition. The palate is typical. Overall a very nice beer but not to exciting.
BeerandBlues2 (10246) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy and bubbly tan head, medium to short retention with good lacing. Aroma is peat smoked malt, toast, coffee, earthy and minty hops with dates, prunes, oak, and licorice. Flavor is malt and peat smoke dominant with medium hops and bitterness, lightly sour dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Smoky notes with a definite booziness to it. Chocolate aromas. Slightly sweet. Pretty interesting nose. Black pour with small tan head. body is kind of slick. I like the scotch barrel. Gives it a unique taste and aroma not available with bourbon or rye barrels. Pretty good beer.
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
7th April 2010
Very dark brown beer, just about transparent. Lactose sweet malt nose. Light semi soft palate. Light lactose sweet dark malt. Very subtle whisky with even more subtle peat. A little chocolate. Smooth, sweet, light - very nicely done.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A well-rounded whiskey barrel aged stout with a bit of everything you can expect from the style. A bit too harsh but nice.
How: Bottle 330ml. Not too sure about the age, maybe 2 year after bottling… approximately
The look: near black body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose has plenty of vanilla, some chocolate cake and a surprisingly not-so-overwhelming whiskey barrel presence. Taste is round, vanilla extract, raisins, chocolate chips cookies, some whiskey barrels, burnt almonds, some booze, black liquorice, old cup of black coffee. Relatively light and juicy body for a 10% beer. Smooth carbonation like just about all other BrewDog Paradox. The finish was a bit harsh whit some booze and a wood barrel saliva sucking astringency. At least this one was not just a boozy whiskey barrel orgy. Another BrewDog Paradox to add to my rating collection. I like to open a beer and rate it whenever I can, and every night I’m told that this is a waste of time and I drink too much… wife’s a bitch and then you die.
SPDickerman (1001) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with very small tan head. Smells like chocolate, hints of licorice, a touch of coffee, and an even fainter hint of smoke. Tastes sweet, roasted, chocolate and coffee, and hints of smoke. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, BrewDog Paradox Springbank finishes with a mild touch of bitterness.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma- nice sweet whiskey aromas, typical stout qualities, some funk
Appearance- not as dark as most impy’s, big white bubbles
Taste- dark fruits, soft whiskey, slight chocolate, some bitterness, smooth, sweet finish
Palate- borderline full-bodied, extremely drinkable
Overall- Very drinkable and incredibly smooth, but not worth the price tag. Not overwhelming in any category and almost too sessionable for a cask-aged brew.