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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tseo (153) - Athens, - JAN 14, 2013
Aroma: Very special and unique. Very intense (almost overpowering). Molasses, cognac, brown sugar, liquorice, rum. Just a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel: This is a big beer. Dense and oily. Taste: Phenolic, alcoholic and toasty. A ton of hops underneath, and still, this beer is still sweet. Its like a stout, mixed with brandy and rum, really. Not easy to drink. Finish: A burning sensation, followed by astringent, sweet, nutty finish. Overall: Too complicated for me to describe. A very elaborate brew. Sweet stout buffs should try this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5006) - BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2017
At BrewDog Brussels, vintage bottle from 2012 apparently. Bubbly, moussy, kind of loose, pale beige and quickly dissolving head, black robe with hazy burgundy edges. Strong bouquet of bitter chocolate, coffee liqueur, dried plum, hazelnut, old dry cardamom and star aniseed, mocha ice cream, vanilla, cayenne pepper, whisky, madera. Sweet onset, fig and raisin, some black olive-like umami traces and deeper sourishness, thick and oily body, softly carbonated, deep nutty and chocolatey maltiness, very pleasantly bittersweet, bit caramelly with spicy notes built on top, leading to a spicy finish where the aromatic spices are accompanied by alcohol warmth - if not heat - and lovely drying wood tannins. A totally different world from the old Belgian Christmas beers I grew up with, that much is clear, aged wonderfully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (4901) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Aged for around 4 years. Inky black with a quickly disappearing thick tan head of foam. It has a very rich spicy red fruit, rum, whisky and chocolate flavour followed by an extremely warming roasted, spicy rum finish. Good but too boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (4492) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2016
Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood and rum. Sweet flavor that ends up being more dry with a little bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice Impy. 🎄🎄🎄🎄

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (4593) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle. Brown-black. Prune and dark chocolate, a little woodsy and ink and liquorice. Deep, sweet and complex taste of marshmallow, walnut, alcohol, vanilla. Full body and smooth, long prune and black raisins finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9849) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - DEC 6, 2016
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Very thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lots of licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (2090) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Notrs of chocolate, licorice, coffee, sherry, sweet wine, whiskey. Full body, light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HerrBierkoenig (1342) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 6, 2016
0,33l bottle from Damian Bottle Shop, Bratislava, Pours clear deep dark brown liquid, minimal to none brown head, Aroma: dark chocolate, espresso, liqorice, griotte cherries, oak notes, slightly raspberries and banana, Taste: heavy sweet, heavy bitter, medium sour, high alcohol warmth, lot of liquorice, griotte cherries, dark chocolate, fruitness, wooden notes, Palate: full body, soft to flat carbonation, oily thick mouthfeel, long sweet alcohol aftertaste, Overall: very good ImpStout, not the best one, still very good. Reminds the winter time, lot of snow, enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dysenteri (256) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle share at Steampunk Bar. Black. Raisins, dark fruit, lots of rum and licorice in Both aroma and flavour. Got a bit of chili feeling, probably the alcohol. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Achel (485) - Ioannina, GREECE - AUG 4, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (2207) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle shared by Dino at Fass&Cask in Rome-Italy. Black pour no head. Nose: fig syrup, chestnut honey, smokey note. Mouth: rum, rustic honey, chili medium feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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