766: Paradox

766 - ParadoxName: Paradox
Brewery: BrewDog
Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
City & State: Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 10.0%
First Brewed: 2007
Price: $9.99

Tasting Notes
Springbank is a black brown, with vanilla, buttery toffee, earthy hops, ripe strawberry, and alcohol on the nose. Mocha coffee and marzipan flavors before a lingering, wood-sweet finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

BrewDog rocks, but I had no idea this beer was hard to find. A few weeks ago someone on Facebook said that an AJ’s Fine Foods had a few bottles of it. I asked him about it, know it was on the “list,”, and he said to hurry as the beer is not only limited but also hard to find. So I left work, headed to AJ’s and grabbed a bottle. I haven’t had this before, but I do like scotch. I am not sure what bottle we have, but I am sure they are all similar. I am not even sure the bottle says. I will look in a little bit when I open the bottle.

I was hoping to review a bomber tonight, but we only have 3 cold and nothing sounded good. I hope I made the right decision with the BrewDog. Cheers!

In the Glass: Flat. The beer is flat. There is no head at all, and no lace to speak of. Granted, the bottle says, “best before 02/02/10,” but it’s 10%. It should cellar well. This makes me nervous. I hope, for $10, we didn’t get a bad bottle. This is not a beer I can just run to Total Wine and grab. I hope it smells good. Let’s see.

Nose: Booze. Then sweet. Then back to booze. Holy cow, that smells like straight alcohol. That puts me at ease that it will taste OK. I like big beefy stouts like this, and I am on a whiskey kick lately. I hope this tastes as good as it smells.

Smelling this I want some ice cream and a spoon. If I didn’t know what this was, I would think it was a spirit before I would consider it a beer. Here we go… I am still nervous, you know!

Flavor: Whoa. It’s flat, but that doesn’t affect the flavor. I know it’s only 10%, but it smelled like booze. It’s quite balanced, and while there isn’t much carbonation, it still has a great flavor. I am not getting as much whiskey as I wanted, but it is a stout that will get great as it heats up.

Oh, the label says, “Port Dundas.” This is batch 013… Not sure what that means, but BeerAdvocate has them listed as separate beers. I would love to do a vertical of them all, but I fear that day has passed.

Mouthfeel: It’s flat. There is nothing going on here. It drinks like water. If you move it around in your mouth, you get SO much more flavor. The whiskey flavors really come out, and it puts just enough carbonation in it to make it enjoyable. This isn’t the best beer I have had, but it is a good example of an American double stout. I do want more whiskey flavor, though.

Aftertaste: The finish is sweet, but it doesn’t last as long as I want it to. It almost becomes drying, but after a few swallows, it gets really mellow. For a beer that has 10% ABV it is drinkable and offers a lovely experience. I just saw on the label, “imperial stout aged in a former Port Dundas 166 cask.” I guess that explains it!

It’s good, but it’s not worth writing home about. I am glad it wasn’t bad considering what it looked like in the glass. I do like BrewDog, and we have a few more beers from them on the list. Challenge accepted! Cheers!

Paradox – The bottle says: “The Life and Times of A  BrewDog Grain Whisky Cask.

1) little acorn grows an oak tree, really long ago

2) oak tree turned into a cask by a skilled human

3) cask then used to mature American Bourbon, releasing wonderful vanilla flavours from the oak

4) cask then undertakes a perilous marine voyage across the Atlantic, narrowly escaping the clutches of storms, giant squid and pirates

5) safety at the Scottish Grain Whisky distillery is used to mature the finest whisky, adding depth and charter to the flavours infused in the oak

6) cask arrives at BrewDog where we fill it with our Imperial Stout, this aging process instills all the vanilla and whisky flavours into our smooth robust stout

After a lifetime of effort, cask will be extremely upset if you don’t serve this beer at room temperature to enjoy all of the fanatic aromas and flavours.

Produced and Bottled by Brewdog Ltd.

Frasburgh, Scotland”

Rating: 3.5/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

I bet this beer is good. It’s from Brewdog, and they are known for their extreme beers. At one point, they held the record for the beer with the highest alcohol content in the world. This is not that beer, but it does sound good.

It’s a very dark beer, basically thick and black. It poured completely flat, though, which is interesting. It smells very malty and boozy, which makes sense since Ricky said it was 10%. Let’s find out how it tastes.

Hmm. I think the date on this beer affected it. Ricky said it was from 2010 and you can’t get it anymore. It does taste boozy, but instead of the malty sweet taste I was expecting, it kind of tastes how I would expect tar to taste. It’s got a good aftertaste, but the initial taste does have that flatness. I have a feeling this beer would be better at least a little bit fresher. But we probably won’t ever know.

I bet this beer is good. It’s from Brewdog, and they are known for their extreme beers. At one point, they held the record for the beer with the highest alcohol content in the world. This is not that beer, but it does sound good.

It’s a very dark beer, basically thick and black. It poured completely flat, though, which is interesting. It smells very malty and boozy, which makes sense since Ricky said it was 10%. Let’s find out how it tastes.

Hmm. I think the date on this beer affected it. Ricky said it was from 2010 and you can’t get it anymore. It does taste boozy, but instead of the malty sweet taste I was expecting, it kind of tastes how I would expect tar to taste. It’s got a good aftertaste, but the initial taste does have that flatness. I have a feeling this beer would be better at least a little bit fresher. But we probably won’t ever know.

Rating: 3.5/5

765 bottles of beer on the wall…

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