JDBaker11058 (2306) - Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Appearance: medium dark brown, with light amber notes around the edges; only one or two bubbles for a head, and minimal lacing but with some syrupy legs. Aroma: not strong:caramel, mocha, cream, buttered black bread, with some slightly smoky peat notes. Taste: whisky, white wine (?!) and dark chocolate right up front, then burnt wood and chalk. Finish: very dry, watery and light, with mostly talc and chocolate notes, with the whisky coming back for the burn. Notes: Pretty disappointed. The concept is awesome. The execution is lacking. Pour was very watery, and the palate was way too light. Flavors were also surprisingly light. I expected a big, rich imperial stout with lots of whisky flavors. This was very much like the Paradox Macallan: bottled in 2008 and possibly past its prime, as indicated by the pour. Sunday morning breakfast stout of the week. radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
Hits the glass black, soapy head. Not thick, quick to dissipate. Swirling leaves light syrup on glass. Smell is smoky campfire, peat, medicinal.
Gads. This could almost be a Rauchbier. Yeesh. What is up with this ashtray. I llove this brewery too. Gresh.
Two sips and its to the sink.
My bad for not believing the name. Think fireman’s pants after a 3 alarm blaze, a pack of Marlboros, a campfire and burning tar on the road.
Cheers guys, this has to be someone’s favorite style. oobawa (1581) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 A solid Imperial Stout, yet not quite ready for greatness. Paradox Speyside has everything you want in a good whisky-aged stout, yet does nothing to differentiate itself from the pack. Plus, it could be because this bottle I’m consuming is 5-day-old Coke flat. No bubbles. Should I not rate it? Because it still tastes pretty good as a cold, coffee-like beverage, and the Speyside is apparent throughout the beer as you drink it. If only it had bubbles, it might be classic. 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2010
11.2 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Deep brown almost black pour with a nice tan head. Initial aroma is like somebody dumped a shot of Scotch in the glass. Flavor is pretty much the same but it’s not coming off as alcohol "hot", just the whisky flavor. Finish is a bit smokey with some chocolate notes. It’s not coming off as a whisky infusion as much as a the whisky flavor side by side a stout. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2010
(bottle batch 010 best by 12/12/09) Cellar temp. Pours a slightly murky thin darker cola color with a small thin bubbly light tan head. Aroma is a bit fruity, hint of smoke, salt, english yeast, dry chocolate maybe. Flavor is quite a bit more delicious, has a fruity quality, lots of tobacco and super similar to a well aged trappist, dry smoke, dry smooth chocolate, lovely balanced scotch aftertaste, great balance, love the dryness, super smooth and milky but extremely drinkable. Medium bodied, thinner, not sticky, easy drinking, milky sensation, faint larger carbonation. Delicious and possibly my favorite of the 3 I’ve tried so far!!!! For certain my favorite so far, very smooth and balanced, aged well, chocolate, tobacco, light fruit, and balanced scotch, love it!.
DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle from State Line. Pours deep black with tan head. Nose is chocoff, dark malt, molasses, some rauchy, with a somewhat light palated flavor, dark malt, chocoff, oaky, with a lot of late heat. SaintMatty (7439) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2010
330ml Bottle - Black in colour. Whisky, smoked malt, chocolate and dried fruit feature in the aroma. Shoe leather, whisky, plain chocolate, roasted coffee and hints of dried fruit feature in the taste. asheft (3097) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2010
[bottle--thanks, fonefan!; says Speyside, batch 017]
Aroma is vinous chocolate and coffee enveoloped in a whisky barrel vanilla and peat. Thick, opaque black appearance with light brown ring and wisps. Biscuity and cereal grainy malt flavour are complimented well by the gentle peat and vanilla oak accents. Not off balance at all. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, liquorice comes in the finish with gentle dark malt bitterness. oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 1, 2010
Bottled. Pitch black colour, with small beigeish brown head. Aroma is oak, some whisky, mild coffee and chocolate as well. Roasted malts and toffee is also there. Flavour is vanilla, oak, some roasted malts, mild sticky whiskyish alcohol like notes as well as some chocolate. Hides the alcohol quite nicely.
mcberko (18422) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
330mL bottle, pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of whiskey, oak, wood and caramel malts. Flavour of whiskey, oak, vanilla, coffee and chocolate, with a whiskey finish. Very good.