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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: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.

madmitch76's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, - JAN 9, 2010
21st September 2008. Opaque black beer. Heavy smoky peaty whisky dominates but there is a sweet lactose milky tone as well. Initally I found this beer hard work but it ultimately provided some rewards for perseverence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6476) - 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 (12634) - 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 (13852) - 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 (2083) - 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 (6443) - 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 (7244) - 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 (5052) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daad (109) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2013
Complex aroma, appealing appearance and a wonderful taste! [short review due to it coming from my backlog]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2385) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle shared by Scopey @ Sour & Bitter, thanks buddy. Brown body with no head. Aroma is alcohol, charcoal, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt. Flavor is alcohol, chocolate, oak, roasted malt. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle, generously shared by Scopey at S&B. The pour’s deep clear reddish brown with no head whatsoever. The nose is strong coffee, light peaty whiskey. Some heavy wet oak wood, caramel, molasses and vanilla. The taste is sugary wood and vanilla. Some smokey peaty sausage and spicy (paprika?) notes. Wood and plenty of bitter chocolate. The body’s full and supple, soft. While this has probably dulled with age, there’s plenty of character left in it. Interesting, but past peak?

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