VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - OCT 25, 2009
Black brew with a thin brown cap, ample silty lacing. Wonderful aroma. Chocolate and more chocolate.. there is more.. what is it? Wet grain, odd old musty anesthetic mint, old wood chips, sweet caramelly vanilla (vanilla is very very mellow). Maybe the mint is more of an ancient mint in a baking pantry from 1960. The taste also does not disappoint - chocolate, soft alcohol, maybe .. maybe weak coffee, a mild beer for 10% strength. Dark fruit, bitterness of a raisin, some wood on the breath, solid grain aftertaste that is very familiar to me due to the scotch addiction. Creamy, velvety soft on the mouth, near zero alcohol burn, finally some roasted bitterness on the finish. Very drinkable but nothing over the top. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle and served in Bells snifter: Near black with mahogany highlights supported by a small thin beige frothy head and minimal lace. The nose is a wonderful mix of Dunhill Night Cap pipe tobacco, peat bog, olden oak barrels, smoky scotch, some chocolate and coffee, fig and prune, and a kiss of heather. The taste follows suit with heavy tobacco and leathery overtones supported by dark fruits, chocolate, vanilla, charred oak barrels and a touch of star anise. Wonderfully balanced where the barrel does not dominate the stout nor visa-verse. The mouth feel is a tad thin but that does make it a bit dangerous to drink as well. It reminds me a bit of the Shoreline BA Lost Sailor but with more peaty and smoky notes. Like someone mixed the BA Lost Sailor with a Paradox Islay 008. YUMMY!!!! gnoff (10426) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 First ratingArchibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2009
Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. On October 22, 2009
Hazy dark red color, light brown head. Vinous, cheese, chocolate scent, also grainy. Smooth, chocolate, dry malty taste. Roasted, coffee, salty aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium dry bitterness.
33 cl bottle at Rotary Pub, Göteborg
BB 09/09/14, rated on 13 August, 2010
Black color, light brown head. Sweet, smooth, chocolate, licorice scent with oak and some peaty whisky. Smoke, whisky, oak, slight bit acidic taste. Alcohol and smoke aftertaste. Also rather salty taste. Medium yet smooth mouthfeel, dry high bitterness. In the end sort of like sucking on a piece of charred wood.
I remember it better from draught, it’s still rater nice, but there are better black ones out there I’d choose over this one.
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a thin beige head. The aroma of roasted malt and liquorice with notes of coffee and whiskey. Sweet, roasted and slightly burnd flavour with hints of oak and whiskey. Medium-bodied. Good imperial stout. Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2009
Pours black with brown around the rim, head is beige, loosely packed & settles down very quickly leaving decent lacing. Nose has chocolate, dark bitter roast & peat with the slightest hint of smoke & honey. Palate translates well with low carbonation. Seems a touch thin though. Finish is long wit dark roast lingering. Overall another good spin on an IS from these guys but to be honest probably one of the weaker ones in the series, just seems too thin compared to the power of the malt & whisky notes if anything. Don’t get me wrong, its still a really good beer.
funkleshite (17) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
On tap at the Blue Palms Brewhouse. Pours black with a small white head. Chocolate, butterscotch, cinnamon, and whiskey on the nose. Full body, viscous brew with plenty of hops, roasted malts, cacao nib, prune, vanilla, grass, really smokey. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2009
Clear almost black with a tiny tan head. Rich aroma of port, prunes and milk chocolate, very slight hints of oak and vanilla, hardly any sign of whiskey unlike what I’ve found in other batches of this gear. Smooth, silky mouthfeel, well balanced between heat, bitterness and roast. The flavours show a little more roast, with some strong dark chocolate and vanilla, a fair malty sweetness exists towards the increasingly warming finish. Overall it’s a extremely, smooth, dangerous imperial stout. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2009
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours very, very dark ruby, not quite black, with a thin light brown head that completely disappears after the first sip and leaves no lace. The aroma is this beer’s strong point and is filled with malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, plums along with some vapors of scotch whiskey. The flavor falls back quite a bit from the aroma and includes roasted malt, alcohol, caramel and some mild earthy oak. A bit boozey towards the finish. Very low carbonation. Light bodied, especially for an imperial stout. Based upon the aroma, I was expecting something more luxurious and textured. There are elements of this beer I enjoyed very much, while there are others that I found a little disappointing. I’ll call this one a mixed bag. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
My Bottom Line:clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Toasted wood and caramelized cereals benefit from fennel-like peat notes, as vanilla spiciness and alcohol warmth diversify this classy Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brownish black.
-The scotch is nicely integrated to the rest of the brew.
-This is not nearly as brash as other Paradoxes I’ve had.
-The body is almost lean for the style and the carbonation is quite low, making for easy sipping.
Very well-balanced. A nice beer with a nose of chocolate and some coffee. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, and with a nice hop kick that dries it out and finishes strong. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness exist in perfect harmony. An excellent brew.