BrewDog Christmas Paradox 2012

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Bottled, keg special
ABV: 15%
OG: 1112
Malts: Marris Otter, Dark Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt, Roast Barley Hops: Galena, Bramling Cross
Twist: Aged in rum barrels for 12 months

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (9552) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog Brussels. Pours near black with a nice tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with lots of cocoa and a massive rum finish. Big and bold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle at Brewdog Brussels. Pours very dark brn/blk with a slight tan head. Aroma is sweet rum and treacle. Med + body. Some heat, some rum, some treacle, some wood notes. Not dry but pretty bitter. Super stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1519) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2016
[email protected] Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malt, Dark chocolate, rum infused wooden, dark dried fruits, vanilla notes, licorice. Full body. Soft carbonation. Very heavy. Sweet alcoholic finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (7432) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Nikos! Pours clear black, small tan head, dissipates to little residual, hints of lacing. Aroma is pretty strong black licorice and rum. Flavor is cocoa, rum, black licorice, medium sweet and pretty bitter. Medium body. Hot and harsh. Not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (9664) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Bottle with big thanks to the Edinburgh Crew, split with Niller - pours a dark black with a tiny tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet and medium roasty malty, hight chocolate prominence, big rum infused wooden expression, soy, slick mouthfeel, dark dried fruity nuance, boozy warming, a real sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1605) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2016
Thanks to Matt for this brew! Un liquide noir comme la nuit la plus noire qui cependant me parat plutt mince. Le vieillissement en barriques de rhum serait-il responsable de cette cure amincissante? Des armes complexes o sentremlent chocolat, rhum pic en quantit, canne sucre et une touche de cola. Des fruits caramliss comme de la banane flambe. Un bouquet aromatique puissant et inspirant! En bouche le liquide a une corps qui me plat profondment et cest cette caractristique qui me frappe en premier. Ni sirupeuse, ni dense ni aqueuse, lquilibre est merveilleux. Jute assez ptillant, le liquide est trs lger tout en tant bien charpent. Une magnifique russite de ce ct. Des saveurs domines par de la mlasse, des pices et un rhum brun vanill. Torrfaction supplante par le vieillissement responsable de ces saveurs lattaque lente, au long dveloppement ainsi qu la finale riche et profonde. Une bire quil est ais de dguster goulment tant lquilibre est agrable mais dont il faut se mfier des 15% dalcool...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutHead (952) - DENMARK - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle @ Brewdog Brussels. Black. No head. Lots of roasted malts, oak and alcohol. Complex and full. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (884) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle enjoyed on Christmas day. Deep black with a sparkly dark brown head which disappears moments after it appears. Aroma of cacao nibs, dark chocolate, some cherry and plum notes and hints of vanilla. Intensely chocolatey. Taste of intense roasted malts, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, burnt toffee and hints of dark fruit and vanilla. Thick body, low carbonation, slightly syrupy and fairly sweet. Very warming, a light alcohol burn. A sipping drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
androman (1974) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2016
33cl shared bottle at home from Only Good Beer, Budapest. Body is nearly black, head is very small, brownish, fizzy, fully diminishing, no lacing. Nose is liqueurish roasty, flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, herbs, liqueur, dried fruits, toast, licorice. Medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is long lasting roasty medium to heavy bittersweet, further developing hoppy bitterness, medium to heavy alcohol warmth. Full body, oily texture, nearly flat carbonation. Quite heavy dessert beer, tasty but rum is not really noticeable, great though .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9670) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 30, 2015
Head gone in seconds, muddy black-brown beer. Ink, black mushrooms, Armenian brandy, phenols, rumraisins. Rum, brandy, ethanol and fusels, punch-in-the-face. Roasted features, lotsof sweetness. Rich MF, alcoholthinning and -heat; low carbonation. Pretty refined for a rum-enhanced beer.

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