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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: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 Scotland’s most distinctive Whiskies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
Paradox Parallel tasting (with 001), bottle 2 years old
Black color; generous head. Nice whisky aroma, smokey, but it seems to come from the malt; roasted malt and dark chocolate too, and liquorice. Medium body structure, with an excellent mix of caramel, roasted malt and chocolate flavor, duly complemented by a thin and pleasant smoke line. Light liquorice too in the final, still some sweetness (not present in the other batch), light alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
Black color with no head. Sweet malt aroma that is quite smokey. Slight bitterness in the taste, stale malt is predominant. Ashy smoke character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
From notes: Pours a pitch black color with a thin bubbly yellowish tan head that quickly fades leaving only minimal spots of lacing behind. Nice peaty aroma with lots of bourbon/whiskey in the nose. Hints of earth, oaky wood, roasted malt and sweet alcohol. The booze kind of overpowers the stout notes but it still smells pretty amazing. Hopefully it’s not a complete bourbon bomb. Thankfully this beer taste more balanced than it smells. Very smooth and quaffable with a nice amount of roasted chocolate and caramel maltiness balancing out the boozy heat. Hints of earthy oak and lots of peat to go along with the sweet alcohol and bourbon notes. Medium bodied and creamy and a nice balance of wood, roasty malt and booze with a slightly dry finish. The ABV is decently masked making this very drinkable. This should age pretty well. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markos123 (1) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
Aroma- The Smokey smell has a light sweetness too it. Appearance- This beer has characteristics of looking like coffee. it is something that you cannot see through but the head gives it the frothy look. Taste- it has a heavy taste too it along with a mild bitterness I also feel that it has a slight sweet salty taste along with it. Palate- the body is a full feel to it. The texture is a creamy thick feel to it. Carbonation is soft and not really noticeable. Finish- it is lingering but has a bold flavor after it goes down. Overall I would buy this beer again! it is definitely a sipping beer while sitting around reading or doing work at home

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4139) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2010
SÖF 25 year feast at Haket 2010-11-13 Göteborg AP: pitch black, dark beige head stouty head AR: smokey, coffey, chocolate (bitter) F. chocolate ( a bit metalllic), medium + bitterness, loads of carbonation, roasted malt, vanilla, a bit oily concistence, round flavor 3,6 Room temp: sprity, richer chocolate flavor 3,9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
Bottled. A deep red-brown beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of islay whisky, roasted malt, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, whiskey, smoke, roasted malt, and wood, as well as light notes of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8170) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with light tan head. Nose of chocolate, motor oil and whiskey barrel. Taste of chocolate, vanilla coffee, roasted malts and light whiskey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
7/30/10. 12oz bottle. Black pour with red on the edges. Sweet malty aroma followed by peaty smoke and a good dose of alcohol. Sweet grainy flavor with a nice smokey finish that’s almost dusty and chocolatey. A little more one dimensional than I was expecting, but pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrickfannon (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Bottle. 12 oz. Batch 008. Pours shiny opaque black with absolutely no head. Flat, reflective black surface. Aroma of wet moss, peat wood, soil, slight chocolate, and hints of turpentine. Surprisingly moderate body for an Imperial stout. Mouthfeel is clean, round, and a tad smoky. Finishes with a touch of whiskey warmth. I like the concept, and the beer was brewed very well, but the mixture of peat with the roast/maltiness of most stouts is a mistake. Instead of complimenting or highlighting other flavors, the peat simply serves as a distraction. Definitely looking forward to trying the rest of the Paradox series, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Black with a fizzy tan head. Smokey roasted grain, chocolate, and whiskey aroma and taste with a very smooth finish and well hidden alcohol.

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