BrewDog Paradox Grain (Batch 007)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle; Special.
NOTE: Marked batch 007 on the bottle label. Matured in a Carsebridge 1963 cask although this is not detailed on the label.
This bottle containes our Imperial Stout which has been matured in specially selected Scottish Grain whisky casks resulting in a complex vanilla overload and a unique whisky and beer fusion.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (44223) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown and with a lacing light brown head. Light chocolate and smooth vanilla aroma. Flavour is sweet and with a light alcohol note and a mild spiced flavour too. Ends slight spiced and with a solid bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (27737) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Clear brown coloured with a small beige ehad. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, vanilla and wood with roasted notes and notes of whisky. Sweet and roasted flavour of dried fruits, vanilla and wood with notes of whisky and hops. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10742) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown colour. Sweet aroma of vanilla, wood, roasted malt and dark fruits. Good siruppy mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet with roasted caramel, wood, roasted malt, dark fruits, whisky and some liquorice. Well lasting quite sweet roasty woody whisky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Small beige fizzy head. Fair lacework. Dark mahogany color. Heavy rye bread, dried fruit, toffee, sweet liquorish. Over the palate heavy notes of bourbon and vanilla. Brown sugar and almost coffee and chocolate like notes. Very full bodied with a soft carbonation and dry texture. Heavy sweet with counter bitter flavor. Lingering liquorish and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle at home. Black - small fluffy head. Burned, chokolate,coconut, light vanilla, sweetness, sticky mouthfeeling, syrup, oak, dried fruits, light smoke, some tobacco & ashtray notes. OK

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Pours a somewhat thin black, totally opaque. A mid-sized light tan head recedes very slowly, fat bubbles and oils emerging from under it. The aroma is chock full of vanilla and vibrant Scotch-infused wood, signs that the barrel employed was used for a great while before its ultimate demise at the hands of the Brewdog crew. Alcohol is potent but never overwhelming, an integral part of a superb aromatic demonstration. Mild notes of licorice root and coffee permeate the air just inside the glass, but a long whiff from afar reveals soft vanilla, alone and tempting. There is quite a bit of caramel and moderately roasted grain apparent too, but its secondary to heavenly spice and barrel influence. These aging remnants do not deluge the base beer, though they do seek to displace it somewhat. This doesnt have the power of the other Brewdog imperial stouts, but is does have the elegance showcased again and again, the element thats most important in my enjoyment of these magnificent creations. Vanilla reigns supreme in the flavor, a grainy addition that veers nowhere near the additive characteristics of some beers that arent naturally infused with this flavor. The taste, other than alcohol and the continual propulsion of barrel accents, isnt really that imperial at all. It is delicious though, easy to quaff and without apology for its predisposition. No flaws are noted, thus the integration of wood and whiskey is expertly laid out and easy to revel in. Chocolate that was just a footnote in the nose is almighty now, sweet and layered with caramel and leathery spice. Sweetness is medium overall, bitterness is mild and just steady enough to cohesively join moderate acidity and keep things lively. These traits join steady, cola-like though sparse carbonation in a medium bodied mouthfeel that is slick and oily. The finish is lightly bitter, sweet chocolate, vanilla and tannins lingering. Lovely, understated but for the barrel character but still remarkable, balance peering in from a distance. A true delight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nwilder (40) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2007
The aroma is sweet and malty with strong notes of vanilla, beneath are notes of brown sugar, dates and even a coconut association. The flavor starts with a smooth mild sweetness, unlocking new aromas of burnt grain, licoroche, and bready toast. With light carbonation it starts mildly sweet, but soon progresses over into burnt notes, then mellows out into a spicy burnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (16046) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2007
Pours black with a off white bubbly head & fairly good lacings. Aroma is of roasted malts (coffee), light smoke, oak & vanilla. Incredibly smooth palate - velvet silky soft & filling. Light sweet & salty flavor. Sticky lips. The whisky notes are very mild & pleasant. Only light warmth. Very well balanced!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
Bottled. Reddish almost black coloured. Oak, vanilla, dried fruits, coconut, bourbon aroma. Sweet fruity flavour with loads of oak and vanilla and some liquorice. Very soft and round. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (23949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2012 Bottle at home with Fukito ... side by side with batch 02 ... deep red black ... slightly smokey rich fruity malt ... rich deep fruity malt .... good roast but not burnt in background ... whiskey spirit is more present here than in 02 and while this is not rough it does have an edge, Bottle at home ... at the Brewdog vintage tasting ... soft light roast malts ... soft chocolate malt ... dark fruits ... berry fruits nose... dark dark malts .. sweet roast ... light whisky ... really really nice ... soft mellow fruits ... deep berries ... soft roast ... this is great probably better than it was originally 4.0

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