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 (7121) - 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 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.
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 (5812) - 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 Albertís.)
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. 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.
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 theyíre 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 itís hard to control
my excitement. This is so intense I could stop now and taste it until tomorrow. But I wonít 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 itís hard to tell whatís 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. Iím 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 canít 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.
cgarvieuk (12162) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home with Fukito... Deep black ... smokey little iodine in nose ... very iodine again in flavour some smokey roast malts ... not as harsh or as burnt smokey as islay 01
KnutAlbert (5544) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to James the brewer.
Pitch dark, with some ruby glow trying to get through. Smells of tar and spices. A smooth and velvety stout, then the lovely single malt kicks in in the finish - there is more Bowmore than beer in the aftertaste.
Oak, vanilla and peaty smoke. It doesnít get much better than this!
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 Bottle thanks to Martin the brewer. Aroma is meaty, smokey, sweet roasted malts, a ham covered in cloves. Taste is one of the fullest i can ever remember in beer, smokey roasted malts, alcohol and an almost candy sugar sweetness. Like all the brewdog paradoxís i recon this will taste better after its been in the bottle for about 4 months and blended better. RERATE: Bottle in horizontal of all editons with glasgow beer crew for garethyoung birthday. Aroma hits you with islay peatyness but far more subtle than the coal ila. Taste is smokey and still meaty and iron, but less agressive and more drinkable than before. An intresting beast forsure. RERATE: Unplesent grainy malt character, too over roasty, the smokeyness of the whisky and drying effect of the alc is not giving me what i want.