zacgillbanks (5418) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2015
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Aged for around 16 months. Inky black with a rapidly disappearing thin tan head of foam. It has an extremely rich bitter dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon flavour with a strong leather and powerful roasted smooth, warming alcoholic finish. Nice but a bit too high ABV. zvsn (2224) - ISRAEL - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks DSG. Deep brown with a big tan head. Smell of chocolate, licorace, coffee, vanilla, wood and alcohol. Rich flavors of chocolate, caramel,cocoa, smoke, berries, wood, bourbon. Full bodied, silky smooth. Great. kingvit (409) - - OCT 27, 2015
Aroma: vanilla, chocolate, whisky, coffee, cocoa, spice, pepper, molasses, liquorice, alcohol; Appearance: dark brown, minimal foamy head; Taste: intense bitterness, medium sourness, intense sweetness; Palate: thick texture, medium body, soft carbonation, long finishComplex, turfy, hoppy,whiskey-isch beer. Decent non-astringent bitterness. There is a considerable alcoholic warmth but it helps convey the aroma. DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Nir A. for this bottle! Black with a small light brown head. Big aroma of bourbon, soy sauce, vanilla, dark chocolate, cookies, wood, light booziness. Bittersweet flavor with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, a bit of soy sauce, wood, a bit of caramel, and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied, slight booziness. Great stuff. FatPhil (16893) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2015
330ml bottle (300e of overpriced beer tasting) - thanks Marduk!
Marduk (8206) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 29, 2015
Ugh, that’s a messy aroma. Sweet, and very boozy, but it’s worse than just those aspects. Hard to pinpoint, but you don’t want it in your glass. Palate as expected, thick, sweet and hot. Taste is just whisky, almost no beer to be seen here, just a tonne of booze. A spirit that’s been diluted by some kind of beer, I guess.
330ml bottle. Very dark brown color. Small size, tan head, stays. Sweet, caramel, raisins, alcohol in aroma. Sweet, roast, cake, alcohol, ashy in taste. Strong alcoholic roast in aftertaste. Rough and alcoholic brew. Senka (1090) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2015
The overpriced tasting session at Koht. Crazy brew. Malty, ashy, bitter over the top with huge amount of hops. Not so dry, and no nasty sediment/aftertaste. Well balanced abv, if you can say that about 15% beer. As far as crazy goes - this batch 079 is good. No so much bourbon in this one though. mjs (7582) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2015
(Bottle, 0.33 l, 20150926) The beer poured black. Its head was small and lightly brown. Aroma had burnt malts, vanilla and sweetness. Palate was full bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, vanilla, wood, booze and bitterness. Aftertaste was boozy and bitter. The booze and wood hid the beer too much. lobs_ols (452) - LATVIA - SEP 18, 2015
Black as hell, light brown head. Vanilla, cocoa and hints of bourbon on the nose. Sweet, thick and a bit like engine oil. Roasty bitterness and noteable alcohol, along with some vanilla sweetness. Perplexing. Good. tfredvik (2027) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2015
Another Paradox, another lovely beer! As always I find it hard to compare the different versions of the series since months passes between each time I try a new one. This is of course a powerful, highly complex and super malty brew, packed with elements such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark caramel, vanilla, bourbon, dark dried fruits and if my memory serves me right, a bit more pronounced alcohol than e.g. Jura. Also fermented apple in an autolysis-like way. Finally vague hints of coffee, liquorice and soy sauce. The taste is moderate sweet and the everlasting finish is quite heavy bitter (and alcoholic). Full-bodied and oily with a soft carbonation. A delicious imperial stout, but maybe not quite as amazing as the best ones in the series?
[33 cl bottle, batch 79, enjoyed 1.5 years after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Online]