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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008)

BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008)
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle; Special.
NOTE: Marked batch 008 on the bottle label. Matured in a Bowmore 1987 cask although this is not detailed on the label.
This Imperial Stout has been matured in specially selected Islay Malt Whisky casks.
This aging process infuses into the beer all the threatening smoke, the encapsulating peat, the Atlantic essence and raw power of Scotlandís most distinctive Whiskies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle, bought @ ōlbutikken, Cph. Pours nearly pitch-black in the glass - as I pour it looks more golden brown. Settles with a smallish beige head, very creamy and with okay lacing. Aroma is mild, chocolate, coffee and lightly peity. Rather low carbonation and very oily. Flavour is sweet, lightly roasted with lots of peity smokiness. This is very balanced, though. The peityness really sticks in the cheeks in the aftertaste. Great, but the batch 002 was marginally better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Damn, the only thing subtle about this beer is the color, deceptively hiding the beast within the glass. The aroma is hugely peated, some idone, slight whiff of salt and seaweed, all intertwined with a hint of sweetness and the faintest hint of vanilla. The flavor is even more assertive than the aroma would lead you to believe, with the peat brutishly pushing itís way to the fore. Slightly yielding to a touch of roast, finishing with a resounding acrid smoke. Absolutely an incredible beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (20000) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4013) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2007
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vintagefergie (21) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle: Absolutely stunning brew. smokey, meaty and very much chocolate. A joy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2007
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle at the Magic_dave6 shindig at Chris Oís.
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 doesnít work quite so well as the others. I really like Bowmore so was looking forward to this one and truth be told if I hadnít 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 doesnít blend or balance quite so well as the Paradoxes I have grown to love this year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle. This rocks! 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6816) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2007
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 Albertís.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rogermoore (34) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2007
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. Iím 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 havenít had that whiskey before. It says also islay on the bottle.

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