KnutAlbert (6792) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle from a London Oddbin.
Tar-like darkenss, thin film of a head.
Whisky, tar and molasses in the aroma. Some beers could be rated just by looking and sniffing.
Strong whisky charater cutting through, playing with the velvety stout, ending up in a warming finish. Some oak and vanilla lingering. Close to perfect. CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours dark brown, hint of ruby, wispy tan head with slight retention. Aromas of wood, resin, smoke, peat, cocoa, and burnt sugar. Brown sugar and resinous alcohol flavors predominate; long, burnt/bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy without being overpowering with some gentle carbonation. Spectacular, just like the rest of the Paradox series, though I think I still prefer the Paradox Grain. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
12oz bottle from Growler. Big scotch nose with chocolate, raisins and vanilla. Reddish brown color. Flavor is big chewy malts upfront with complex scotch finish. A little smoke, and some caramel with a light cherry and vanilla finish. Much more upfront than the Glen Grant and I think a better brew overall. Very nice. Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - DEC 28, 2008
dak brown-smells like vanilla, & unground coffee beans & alcohol. thin nutty chocolate notes- yes, like nutter butter w/chocolate. scotch flavor is a bit in the background. extremely light chocolate is making me extremely happy. almond butter notes. this has competing and different flavors throughout. that always seem to work well together.
3 10 8 5 16 scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Tasting - Perfect Pour. Black, tan creamy head. Roasted coffee and cocoa aromas ride waves of whiskey soaked raisins and and wood. Dark coffee and oaken whiskey flavors round to a soft dark fruit bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Much better than the Mcallan in my opinion. Could be perfect choice for a nice cigar pairing...
nearbeer (5604) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 33 cl, bb 01/01/10. Opaque with a small, sort of lasting foam. Aromas of vanilla, toasted oak and smoky coffee. Flavor is campfire s’mores (chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow and light smoke), coffee, and a nice little touch of oaked whiskey. Medium-heavy body is very lightly carbonated, watery and finishes woody-roasty dry. malrubius (3020) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2009
11.2 ounce bottle in snifter. Dark brown black with lasting ring and lace. Chocolate prune whiskey and wood aroma. Woody roasted chocolate mild fruity smokey medium bitter finish. Medium-full body and low carbo. This is a great sipper. I really enjoyed it. It was a challenging combination of assertive flavors, but I found myself wanting more and more. The whiskey and wood notes are just right. Excellent. asheft (3108) - 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. bierkoning (13689) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2008
Bottle. Almost black and opague. The aroma has dark chocolate, cream and hints of oak and peat. Malty sweet flavor with oak and peat, followed by dark chocolate and toffee. The single malt whisky is well noticed and adds to the character. Well balanced and delicious beer, maybe still a bit young.