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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12061) - Troms, - FEB 13, 2013
330ml bottle kindly shared by Chriso and fonefan at The BrewDog Bar in Manchester. Inky black body, naked surface. Vanilla oak to the nose added by bready malts. Taste good with Christmas spices, bread, sweet liquorice, and gradually arriving dark fruity hops that lingers for quite a while. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Nice sipper (25.01.2013).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
creppyiceman (747) - POLAND - APR 14, 2017
(bottle) Aroma:rum,roasted malt,sweet chocolate,caramel. Appearance:black color,almost no head. Taste:sweet,flavour of sweet chocolate,rum ,roasted malt,raisins and plums,sweet malty/bready finish. Palate:full body,quite boozy,low carbonation. Overall:Rich and sweet sipper, athough even after 5 years of aging its still very boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (1132) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2017
Drank 28-3 @Majid the night before going to Struise. Very balanced, but also rum. Really liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (9184) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2017
Thank you Philippe! 330 ml. bottle split by 3. Obv. 2012 Vintage. Black with almost zero head. Nose is very sweet in a gravy, soy sauce fashion, quite boozy,.... No signs of oxidation here amazingly. It is bit too umami for me & lacks all complexity, it improves when you let it stand a bit & open up, getting some chocolate noes, very sweet, candy, umami, gravy, barrel treatment is seemingly all alcohol & no barrel character (that might be just the ABV of the base beer & not even the rum), finish is overly harsh boozy, feels boozier than even 15 % ABV, plastic, harsh,... Body is plastic soy sauce. Decent when i warms up a bit, very crued alcoholic umami brew. Others loved but I liked it quite a bit less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (5087) - 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 (5001) - 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 (4510) - 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 (4643) - 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 (9919) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - 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 (2197) - 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 (1365) - 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.

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