hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Black ale with a thin, big bubbled, off-white head. The aroma is a complex, intoxicating swirl of peat smoke, pipe tobacco, Scotch whiskey and, almost as an afterthought, dark unsweetened chocolate. Oddly, but not in the least bit unpleasantly, several of these olfactory stimuli combine to create an essence of Dove® soap... seriously, check it out! Full-bodied and ultra-creamy with tingly carbonation. The flavor is every bit as complex as the nose with more Scotch whiskey, smoke, charred wood and chocolate. Moderate malt sweetness; medium hop and alcohol bitterness. Restrained heat... it’s definitely there, but under control. Woodsy, earthy finish. Thanks so much to Magic_dave6 for shipping this bottle of world class beer across the pond. It’s a must-try! BrewDog’s Scotch barrel aging is an incredible, chancy twist that’s paying off big time for imperial stout and single-malt fans like me!
thewolf (12080) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, 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.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 it’s way to the fore. Slightly yielding to a touch of roast, finishing with a resounding acrid smoke. Absolutely an incredible beer.
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 (23044) - 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 (4670) - 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 (7117) - 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 (7293) - 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.)