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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.

vintagefergie's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vintagefergie (21) - Worcestershire, - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle: Absolutely stunning brew. smokey, meaty and very much chocolate. A joy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1375) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Pour is orange/brown with a very small tan head that fades quickly. Aroma and flavor are extremely smoky - notes of peat, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, earth, and scotch. Finish is dry and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle via trade at BD Aberdeen tasting Xmas 2013. It pours pretty much black with a tiny tan head. The nose is soft roast, smoked peat, whisky, wood, lightly spiced and some toffee and chocolate in the background. The taste is smooth, roasted malt, dirt, wood, well-hidden alcohol, cocoa, toffee, subtle vanilla, light smoke, whisky and an air of mustiness about it. A relatively short finish by Paradox standards. Medium+ body, low carbonation and soft mouth-feel. Perhaps a bit over the hill, but tasty enough nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Pours black with little head. Aromas of chocolate, mild peaty smokiness, some booze. Taste is earthy, lots of leather, molasses, tobacco. Nice mellow body, very smooth, silky, not much carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (4537) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle at "Ölkalas hos Ekne". Black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of some "medicine", wood, roasted malt, light smoke and whisky. Drinkable but nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chadquest (37) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
The smoke and peat in this one are probably the 2nd strongest after smokehead, but i think they are at the perfect level for how i dig peat and smoke. Really compliments the chocolate and caramel in the base beer. The alcohol is really mellow, i wonder how a bottle of this is when it is younger then 6 years old, i wouldn’t mind a touch more heat on it honestly, but i know most do prefer low heat, so this is a win for you. mouthfeel is medium-thin and low carbonation. Pick up the body a bit and this would be slamming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
February 16, 2013 - bottle shared by BVery. Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aroma was whiskey, wood, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste was consistent with aroma with a touch of smoke or peat in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6069) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle from Blue Max. Very dark pour. Smaller bubbles on the head. Peat and wood on the aroma. Moderate palate. Roast and wood taste. Very good.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6259) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - 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!!!

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