BrewDog Christmas Paradox 2012

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 126   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (892) - 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 (2137) - 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 (9878) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (2679) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 5, 2015
0,33l bottle at home shared with gf, from trade with Sebilinz, many thanks. BB 10/2022. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells of rum, liqueur, alcohol, wood, raisins, light marzipan, light coconut notes, light charcoal, some licorice. full body, soft carbonation, oily / light astringent mouthfeel. rather strong alcohol punch, dried fruits, rum, liqueur, light licorice, caramel, wood, plums, light charcoal. finishes with alcohol, licorice and rum. lovely smell, taste is quite alcoholic. overall good stuff but the booze makes this quite heavy. Overall too boozy for my liking. If I had another bottle, I would make sure to leave this in the cellar for another couple years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (11726) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle @ Beer Geek Shop, Prague. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, lightly burnt, caramel, rum, chocolate, brown sugar, dried fruit, raisins, some alcohol. Flavor is light sweet, rather boozy, roasted malt, big rum notes, raisins, wood, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, some light acid, dark fruits, heavy alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet finish with loads of alcohol, slightly burning. To heavy on the alcohol. 250815

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewTom (637) - - AUG 23, 2015
Tasted 23/08/15. Black hole dark with minimal head. Milk chocolate aroma. Big rich taste of roasted 90% cocoa chocolate with the rum & raisin adding a rounding sweetness with a long complex finish. An exceptional Imperial Stout. Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (2585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
Dark brown/black with a small beige head. Aroma is chocolate, rum, booze, dark fruits. Full bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, slightly sweet on the palate with a boozy finish. Taste is rum, chocolate, plum, fig, booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
Dark brown with a great looking frothy head. Smells of deep malt, roast, chocolate and heavy alcohol. Sweet to the touch with alcohol again and lots of bitter roast. Raisin. Oily deep black. Too buch booze burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (3429) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 24.12.2014. Very intense aroma with syrupy sweet roasted malts, chocolate, alcohol. Intense, full bodied, chocolate, roast, rum etc but too much alcohol. Disappointment for a paradox, too boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
domienS (250) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2015
Pours a black beer with as good as no head. Smells Vanilla, oaky, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Small medicinal hint sadly. Tastes amlt bitter. Full thick beer wich leaves a malt bitter palate where you pick up a lot of the rum barrel. Great degustation beer!

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