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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008)

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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008)
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Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 175   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2013
To be completely fair, I found this as the last bottle available at a shop. So I am pretty sure the beer was aged and exposed to conditions well beyond what was good for it. However, there was still enough of the original character left to rate the beer. The aromas are dark chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. Deep black with no head at all. Bitter with notes of roast and smoke throughout. Full bodied with a long bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9200) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours black with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of islay whiskey, smoke / peat, wood, earth and some sweetened chocolate malt too - sweeter than batch 001. Flavour has some fruitiness to it surprisingly (cherry), with the expected whiskey barrels, wood, earth / dirt, peat, and some slightly sweet chocolate malt. Superior to Batch 001 with a nice subtle fruitiness and mild sweetness to tone down the intense islay / peat qualities. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2011
In short: A very peaty, earthy/dirty and moderately smoked whisky-flavored dark beer with a nice fruitiness. Good stuff
How: Bottle 330ml. Probably 2+ years old
The look: Typical BrewDog Paradox look, see-through black body with almost no head
In long: Nose is peaty, a bit smoky, earthy moist wood, whisky barrels. That thing smells dirty. Taste has plenty of smoked peat, earth, dirty old woody whiskey barrels, grainy burnt malts, cherry wood. But there was also a refreshing fruitiness buried under that dirty peat that reminded me of tropical fruits, or maybe even raspberries. As usual with BrewDog Paradox, the carbonation was sparse and the body was a bit viscous. I didn’t care for it on my first few sips but the more I drank it the more the unexpected fruitiness was coming trough and by the time I finished my bottle I could have liked to open another one. You want a good Paradox? Here you go: Ban censorship!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16395) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badgerben (4595) - 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.

4
   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.

4.1
   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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4944) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30192) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10624) - , 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.


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