SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Dark brown/black, small tan head. Huge peat in the nose- earthy, herbal, and petrol-like. Wood, roasted malt, and subtle salty notes, also. Similar flavor- add a little smoke, a lot of roasted bitterness, some dark chocolate. Full/medium body and soft, balanced carbonation. Excellent, have to try the other Islay casks.
anders37 (17614) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Chris_o. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Roasted malty slightly smoky whisky aroma. Roasted malty licorice flavor with some smoky hints. Hasa roasted malty finish with some hints of smoky whisky.
SHIG (3667) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a black/brown with a tan color head. The aroma is smokey with coffee, suttle wiskey malt. Taste is a smoked bacon with a sweet finish. Very complex with plenty of bite!
vintagefergie (21) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Absolutely stunning brew. smokey, meaty and very much chocolate. A joy
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle at the Magic_dave6 shindig at Chris O’s.
Deep dark brown without the usual Paradox red tinge and a slim beige head. The Bowmore is clear and so is the Riptide. Somehow this one doesn’t work quite so well as the others. I really like Bowmore so was looking forward to this one and truth be told if I hadn’t tried the others I would be really pleased with this but as I have I feel let down just a touch. Still jolly good but it doesn’t blend or balance quite so well as the Paradoxes I have grown to love this year.
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love Bowmore and other Islay whiskiues so this is really amazing.
It is astounding how smoke, peat and salt flavours can be comlimneted so well by the smooth chocolate, coffee and liqurorice ofn the stout.
Its one ofn those thingshtat should not work but completely does.
Kinda like Strawberries and balsamic vinegar.
This poineering little ale is excellant and contains as much flavour, complexity and imagination as you could ever wish for.
larsga (6323) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin dark beige head. Deep dark red barely translucent body. Earthy chocolatey smoky whisky aroma. Deep smoky chocolate taste. Dry smoky whisky aftertaste. Very rounded, despite the sharpish whisky kick. Excellent, with some rough edges. (0.5l bottle at Knut Albert’s.)
Rogermoore (34) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from brewery website. I loved the first pones from this brewery. Not seen much for a while in edinburgh so i cheked the websitye. smokey smokey beer like a bombfire. I’m very excited by these strong stouts i can drink them easy. for them being as strong. I hjave more to try. ardbeg one 009? I haven’t had that whiskey before. It says also islay on the bottle.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thin, tan, fat-bubbled head recedes rather quickly, apparently under its own oily weight. The body revealed is black, opaque and slithering with deep-seeded
crimson tones upon close glance. The head never fully recedes so a sense of vibrancy lingers. Lacing is modest but pretty. The aroma is chasing me from across
the room as I return to the glass, what an outstanding sensation! Heavy smoke and peat treat me to another smiling introduction to a Brewdog monster. Wet,
fresh tarry pavemnt and iodine mingle with sea air and distant memories of Islay distillery tours. Roasted grains and a chocolate caramel cake linger deep in the
shadows in this offering. Graham cracker and earthy raw granola poke out intermittently. smoking meats find their way into the mix as the complexity just
continues to astonish. the prevalence of the barrel influence is not a turnoff - it is actually inviting, quenching the whiskey and dark beer lover in me at once.
A feeling that fulfillment comes without so much as a guilty sip is tremendous indeed. So...the first sip does have expectations aplenty, but they’re met and
pummeled through with the first taste. Iodine is extremely heavy in this, as is salt and ocean air, but the unique presentation is so startling it’s hard to control
my excitement. This is so intense I could stop now and taste it until tomorrow. But I won’t stop - my glass is still full. Further sips allow chocolate and
moderate roasted grains to peel through, a dormant taste that is awakened as the libation finally arrives at room temperature. Sweetness is high but is so
contorted that it’s hard to tell what’s going on. Peat envelopes everthing and grips the tastebuds tightly with its medicinal lure. Five minutes later: I just had to
get up and walk it off a little, I was feeling so overwhelmed by new taste sensations. Wow! Remarkable! Bitterness is low, but when accompanied by the black
and white pepper sensations that have ground into my tastebuds, seems more tantalizing and possibly almost permanent. Ashen though it is, the finish is
loaded with bitter chocolate and sweet lingering caramel, as well as lesser must and Islay funkiness. I’m almost in giggle-mode this is so fun. The mouthfeel is
amped up by row after row of miniscule carbonation, providing a velvety separator between the layers of gooey, caramelized then melted liquid luxury. This
brewery is....I can’t even come up with a word that fits. Simply - or not so simply, nothing here seems simplistic - amazing.
nwilder (40) - DENMARK - NOV 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is saturated with dark smokey notes; peat, tar, molasses, raisins, chocolate, and coffee. It too starts sweet with moderate carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. In the middle, the alcohol warms as it carries forth barnyard associations. Towards the finish it turns drier and more tart, ending in a dusty streak.