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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: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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 Scotland’s most distinctive Whiskies.

   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 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. I’m 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 haven’t had that whiskey before. It says also islay on the bottle.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KnutAlbert (6705) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2007
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 doesn’t get much better than this!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2008
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
nice caramely malty sweetness in the foundation up front, on top of that is an instant hit of Bowmore’s smoky peaty flavor across the front and sides of the tongue. Not as balanced as I’d like, but very complex as a result. Too bitter on the back of the tongue to get a perfect score.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 Courtesy hopscotch. Black pour with vestiges of head, but not much. A ton of peat along with smoke, rich malt, roast. Peat heaven. Taste has a blast of scotch, but not as much heat as I anticipated. Rich spicy sweetness, peaty finish. Palate holds everything up well. Not too thick, but that allows room for everything. I likes the peat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Courtesy hopscotch. Wow! What a fantastic brew. The pour is a somewhat translucent, dark mahogany color. Very little head and no lacing. The aroma shows huge scotch notes, copious amounts of smoked peat, smoky charred oak, and malted chocolate. Like the nose, the flavor is incredibly rich and intense, yet refined. Scorched caramel, chocolate malts, smoked peat, and smooth scotch please the palate. A slightly less than full body is incredibly smooth, and perfect for this style. Much easier to drink than the nose indicates. Perhaps the ultimate scotch lover’s beer, this one is perfect for slow sipping by the fire on a lazy winter night. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2008
330 ml bottle from cgarvieuk. Pour very dark brown with some garnet highlights when held to a light. Khaki head with thick lace. A really wonderful earthy smoke character that will not be denied. The very earthy, and even salty, smoke flavor is there, as well as some fudge and roastyness too. Medium/full body. Below average carbonation. Dry smoked finish. You could easily put this in the smoked category. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (12350) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle from cgarvieuk. Thanks Craig, for this gem. Deep dark brown color. Malt and chocolate in the aroma and flavor, attacked and conquered by peaty and aoky aaromas and flavors. Velvety mouthfeel. Medecinal, loads of peat and iodine. Dark chocolate in the endless aftertaste. Absolutely brilliant!

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