BrewDog Paradox Speyside (Batch 010)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle; Special.
Brewdog Paradox aged in an Imperial whisky cask.
Note: Some bottles of this batch may have been mis-labeled as Batch 001. However, they will also say Speyside on the bottle and are not to be confused with the Islay Batch 001.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottled, BB 1/1/2010. Poured thin medium brown with a dusting, a ring, and a pool of beige head. The aroma picked up candied toffee and whiskey sweetness first and foremost over an even sweeter caramel and chocolate base.. from what I recall (and Im too lazy to look back at my ratings), this is significantly different from the other Paradoxes Ive tried, which were all rather similar to me.. some heavy malt in there, but no real indicator of boozage. The flavor opened with syrupy dark malts including sweeter chocolate, molasses, and some soy.. caramel gave more support than flavor.. more vanilla than anything else from the barrel, but there was some soft, sweet whiskey on the back and some oak and warmth after the swallow.. very much candied and sweet overall. Medium-bodied with only a decent interplay between the slick fore and a tacky malt feel and residual bitterness on the finish.. overall the barrel treatment didnt do a whole lot here, but it was a decent drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36902) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled at RBESG 2008. A dark brown beer with a red shine under a brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of hard roasted malt as well as lighter notes of sweet malt and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet wtih notes of malt, caramel, and hard roasted malt as well as lighter notes of whiskey and some burnt malt, leading to a dry woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
330ml Bottle: Aroma of light caramel, slight molasses, slight peat, light vanilla, and a hint of wood. Poured very dark brown in color with no head to speak of. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, oak, slight caramel, light caramel, slight peat, and a hint of whiskey. Medium body. Lightly oily, slightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, slight caramel, slight vanilla, slight peat, and oak finish. 10%ABV is barely noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5661) - Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Pours a nice deep sable with a decent but not too persistent tan head. Aroma is strong, oily and smoky, with undertones of molasses and unsweetened chocolate. Flavor is like burnt unsweet chocolate with a hint of coffee and a trace of molasses, subtly sweet and fairly but not nastily bitter. Texture is smooth, not as thick or heavy as most stouts I have tried, and has a strong alcohol bite, perhaps from the whisky barrel in which it was aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4565) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 18, 2009
Bottle, Oddbins. Dark brown colour, brown lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, whisky and caramel. Flavour of roasted malts, dark fruits, whisky. Sweet, syrupy finish. Relatively light bodied. Lacks a good coffee malts and hop punch. Not too impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (5059) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Black color with a thin head. Light oak and sherry aroma. Taste is a weak grain, some roasted malt and a bit of astringency. Only a very little bit of oak and really no whisky notes at all. I would never guess this to be a barrel aged beer in a blind taste test, let alone a Scotch barrel aged beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Thanks to badgerben for sharing. Dark brown color with minimal head. Body was grainy and astringent flavor. Faint oak barrel character, but not much whiskey at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle shared by someone at Spuyten... hell, it may have even been me. Big whiskey aroma, sweet and plummy, some salt. Sweet body, but a bit ashy from the barrel. Medium bodied and gentle, chalky with mild seaweed. Enjoyable and subtle but doesnt have the complexity or delicacy of the best Paradox offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle shared by puzzl. Dark brown beer with a fairly deep rich aroma. Chewy and sweet with a light kiss of barrel character. Lightly oaky with a light caramel character. Fairly dry and oaky finish. Quite nice. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil: Pours deep brown with a wispy bubbly tan head. The aroma is earthy, raisiny, some cocoa, and light oak is there. Slick and light on the palate. Dry-ish flavor. Light raisin sweetness underneath a smoky/peat note and oak. Pretty good, just lacking some nuances that other Speyside batches have had.

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