Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 488   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 960   ABV: 32%
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Brewdog paradox which was aged for 9 months in a spayside cask then 9 months in a smokehead cask, then taken to an icecream factory and frozen over the course of 2 weeks, then the non frozen liquid was drained off. Came out at 32% and at time of release was the strongest beer in the world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BoBoChamp (5405) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2010
33cl (5cl sample), Batch 2, new exclusive Scottish brew Anno 2009, from Bier-winkel Oudehaske, complex Stout, but too heavy, not balanced, clear, no head, nice brew, yet very original brew!, but way too expensive, WOW!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Sample from 330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
3 big boozy aroma, no hint of stout or beer
3 clear deep glassy red
3 burnt carbon, boozy. whereís the beer?
1 oily and astringent, diametrically opposite to drinkable.
4 dumbasses

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vaiz (3333) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2010
Thanks so much for this amazing birthday present, dEnk! Pours a surprisingly clear dark amber color without any head. Aroma is heavily dominated by the alcohol but accompanied by some sweet malts, smoke and licorice. The flavor is extremely alcoholic. Wondering where all the stout went. Lots of licorice, caramel and chocolate, but the texture is surprisingly watery. Way too much alcohol to balance the rest of the flavors. Interesting but undrinkable brew. Given the price, I think I would be better off drinking licorice liquor and I even detest that. Still very glad I got the chance to try this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2010
Had this in Scotland and UDRB, Oirschot. Black colored brew. Sweet, malty, roasted chocolate, soy aroma. Flavor is very alcoholic, burning! Sipping is the way to drink it. Chocolate, malts, some sticky sweetness. Overall unbalanced and too strong. But still got a good flavor and aroma. Good work of BrewDog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19322) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
Bottled at Bishopís Arms SoFo, Stockholm. Very dark brown, no head. Viscous with concentrated aroma of licorice and tar. Very sweet and very thick., peppery with lots of burning alcohol. Tar liqueur, not inky but very boozy. Like very smokey islay whisky, but much sweeter and with marked bitterness. More of an interesting novelty than a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5345) - ITALY - APR 16, 2010
ambrato carico piatta poca gasatura naso legno leggero affumicato etlico in bocca prepotente attacco maltato etilico un po brucinate affumicato legno amaro disceto piu simile ad un whisky

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2010
This was the main event (and therefore the final bottle) at my imperial stout tasting, so needless to say my handwriting and notetaking abilities were getting a little sloppy so I probably didnít get to appreciate this one to its full extent. Pours dark brown with amber and the slightest trace of a head, we had fun noticing the "legs" it left on the side of the glass. The nose is huge, with deep fruits, chocolate, smoke and a roast character, along with the expected alcohol. In the mouth, dark chocolate, deep fruits, some expended coffee grounds, roast malt with plenty of alcohol burn all the way through and lingering bitter chocolate and roast meat. Everything about this brew is huge, and even through the alcohol, I could really appreciate the complex, full flavors and would love to visit it again. However, my bottle was shared with friends and i donít see myself dropping another 35 quid for another 12 ounces...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - APR 14, 2010
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is black malt, heavy smoke, bacon and heavy alcohol. Flavour is black malt, extreme alcohol, heavy smoke and whiskey liquor. Extreme with extreme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a wonderful deep mahogany. No head or carbonation. Quite slick and oily as it runs down the side of the glass. Heaps of alcohol in the nose with lots of roasted malt sweetness and some dark fruits. Plenty of peaty scotch whisky but still enough stout type aromas to call this a beer. Flavours are initially all about scotch whisky with plenty of peat and alcohol burn. Imperial stout come through near the end as the beer warms with roasted malt and burnt toffee bitterness. Mouth feel is quite thick and oily as expected. Not like anything I have tasted and certainly better than anticipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
Pours rusty/brown with some amount of clarity, looks like a rum or liqueur in the glass. Very oily and leaves legs on the side of the glass. Aroma is pretty much all about Islay whisky characteristics. Salty, medicinal, smoky, iodine and of course boozy. Flavour is dominated by yet more Islay flavours, more iodine and peat/smoke, then into more chocolately territory, roasted-ish notes, raisins and dried fruits, ityís quite hot and certainly warming on the throat and belly. Finish is spirit/liqueur-like with smoke still blowing about and residual sweetness. Itís very hard to rate this beer with the Rate Beer point system, as palate rating and appearance are hard to pin down as both are not at all beer like and much more akin to a spirit. Iím sure the, "Is it a beer or a liqueur?" debate will rage on for some time to come. AT the end of the day I respect the beer for itís experimental nature and the fact that it has started some interesting debates around my part of the world. Is it over priced? Yes. Is it novelty? I think ot a degree. Is it clever marketing? Once again to a degree. Iím glad Iíve tried it, and most people should give it a go even if itís split 6 ways as it still marks a point in Beers evolution and itís always best to see for yourself if something is marked "controversial."

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