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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 001)

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


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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottled; Special. Also cask.
This limited edition (001) sees a 8% Imperial Stout matured in a specially selected ex Duncan Taylor & Co Caol Ila 1996 single malt whisky cask.
NOTE: Some bottles of Speyside Batch 010 have been mis-labelled as Batch 001. However, those bottles clearly state Speyside on the bottle and should not be confused with the Islay Batch 001.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2015
330 ml bottle shared by b3shine - thanks again, Beau! BrewDog Paradox Islay Batch 006. Pours a deep, barely cloudy mahogany with no head, just a few bubbles around the edge. Huge Scotch barrel here, with smoke, peat, roasted malts, earth, tobacco, burnt sugar, and toast. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a malty, peaty mouthfeel. Bottle was marked "Best by 31.12.08. It seemed way newer than 6-7 years old. Typo, maybe?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6738) - Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle to snifter (shared with the group; thanks DuffMan). Looks solid; undercarbonated though. A translucent brownish cola with thin bubbly lacing. Smells of dark malt and oak with their signature leafiness. Tastes like it smells with some oxidation and a medium-bodied mouthfeel that’s thin for the style. Not bad, but underwhelming for a BA imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8647) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2015
330ml bottle, thanks to b3shine for sharing. Best before 31/12/08. Batch 06. Kind of clear dark brown color. Thin ring of off-white head, some bits of lace. Big, smokey savory character. Some caramel. Moderate - plus sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Mild bit of warmth. Kind of a thin, watery feel. Very light carbonation. Kind of dry in the finish. Not bad, a lot better than expected (after trying the shitshow that was old islay barrel aged Brewdog DIPA -- whatever that was called).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6751) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s Brewdog vintage tasting. Pours black, tcp, iodine, medicinal, peaty, smoky chocolate, a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (12740) - DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle, bacth 001 Caol Illa 1996, 10%. Almost black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, peat and whisky. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, peat, ash, medium sweet, whisky, hop, vinous and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (14027) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Almost black with a light brown head. Aroma is dry, roasted malt and lots of peat. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 050714

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2084) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Scotland: Smoky, peat infused, deep complex whiskey flavors. Islay whisky comes right through. Unique and wonderful beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
BBB63 (6473) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Batch 006 bottle and served in my Iechyd Da snifter: Pours pitch black with very little head and no lace. The aroma is a massive hit of smoke, peat (iodine) and tobacco like earthiness. Very faint roast and coffee as well. This taste is borderline undrinkable, has the combination of smoke and peat overwhelms the palate. Additionally any sweet base malt motes have disappeared. It is like drinking a bad scotch and nothing like a beer. Even worse is the basically flat and thin mouth feel. I actually found a BrewDog stout worse than Smokehead... did not think that possible. Sad since I have likes most of the other Paradox offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a jet black color with a small white bubble of head. A huge smoky nose, almost vegetal notes and oxidation. Very sweet, vanilla, oak, some coal and rust, huge smoke. Woody certainly. The age and oxidation has pushed this toward whiskey even further with a thinner body and more round flavor. Quite nice. A treat to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer5000 (5108) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
330 ml bottle sampled in 2008. Close to black body with a fast disappearing beige head. Strong aroma of dark, roasted malt, peat, tar and alcohol. Flavor is as expected from aroma with roasted malt, peat, tar, liquorice, some salt, pleasant bitter and warming alcohol. Fine body and long aftertaste. Pretty heavy stuff, but very well made and delicious for sipping. Brewdog at its best.

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