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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 004) Anniversary Edition

BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 004) Anniversary Edition
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
BrewDog Anniversary Paradox bottled on the 28th April 2008. Only 200 bottles were produced. This was the first batch of beer that BrewDog ever made, it was aged for 12 months in a single Bowmore 1968 cask. It comes with a specially designed and hand printed label, by Johanna Basford. Designer Johanna Basford thinks, "each bottle is a little work of art in its own right". Enjoy yours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle. Dark, dark brown with some translucence at the edges. Nose is a lovely blend of smoky peat, vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate and dates. Flavor is more peaty, leading with sharp swirls of smoke before tangy dark fruits and chocolate settle in on the sides of the tongue. Heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (12677) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle (at long last!) at Aberdeen BD tasting Xmas 2013. It pours opaque, near black with a small bubbly tan head. The nose is bitter-sweet, soft roast, earth, sweet whisky, wood, cocoa, tangy dark fruits and light oxidise notes. The taste is rich roast, big whisky character (more so that most of the other Paradoxes), wood, earth, light smoked peat, salted caramel, chocolate, marshmallow/nougat element to it, fruit cake and some umami notes with smooth, bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body and soft carbonation. All comes together really rather well. Good depth, yet well balanced and rather drinkable. Worth the wait.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (4100) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2013
Bottled. Pours opaque Black with a mall, lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, mild whiskey, smoke, chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with some alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft to flat carb. A nice impy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
26th April 2010
Opaque black beer. Frothy tan head. Sweet tangy whisky nose. Light dry palate. Dark malt base launches a fruity tangy whisky which then mellows out and becomes a little smoky. Finishes light with more fruity whisky. Aftertaste of chocolate and lightly smoky whisky. Had my doubts about the cost of this beer but my outlay has been rewarded by the best of the Paradox beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 24, 2012
rbesg08, bottle courtesy of magic dave. dark brown to the point of blackness with a medium brown head; big aroma of musk perfume, moss, kelp and prune juice; salty with light caramel whisky notes, sour cream, wooden floorboards and a dry, tasty finish. great stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle at ChrisO’s pre-GBBF tasting, 1st Aug 09. Very near black body with a tan head. Ultra-intense whisky cask aroma. Taste is equally extreme - from the very first moment it hits your tongue the whisky notes jump all over you like a schoolyard "bundle"! Simply too much for me, even as a sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle 33cl. @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear medium to dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, smoke - peat, woody. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090801]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
Firstly thanks to Greg Koch for opening and Ang for making sure I drained my glass and got some. Typical Paradox looks so an easy four. Much more sweet and fruity than the other versions I have had. Peat, smoke, chocolate, seaweed, oak etc. are a given. Palate is stunning as usual too. Exceptional all round. Hooray for BrewDog.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34634) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled at RBESG 2008. A hazy dark brown beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of smoke and whiskey. The flavor is very sweet with extreme amounts of whiskey and smoke, the alcohol plays on the tongue before the burnt woody finish sets in.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (7959) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle, 126 / 200. Pours almost black, with a thin tan head, diminishes fast. Strong whisky aroma, smoke and roasted malt.Tasting department on the sweet side, with wood, tar and spices.

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