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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 009)

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle; Special.
NOTE: Marked batch 009 on the bottle label. Matured in an Ardbeg 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 11/20
thomat (3371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2008
dark brown with a medium tan head. Lots of smokey and peaty notes. Malt, smoke and tar taste. Full body with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2008
11.2oz bottle from Jessup Beverage (Jessup, PA). bottle marked best before 22/03/09. Pours very deep reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of peat, smoke, ash, chocolate, and wood. Intense smoke and peat flavors dominate the palate, with cocoa, salt and oak in the background. Long, peaty finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13469) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with a moderate to large frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced fair lacing. Good roasted peaty malt and woody aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Complex peat and smoke stout flavor with a smooth woody finish of moderate to long duration. Good earthy and smoky stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, lots of smoky and peaty notes, chocolate and some roast. Flavor, peat and smoke, chocolate, and roasted notes, a bit ashy. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Thanks miketd. The pours is a dark black that allows some light and a one finger beige head. The aroma is woody, charred, peaty, smokey, sweet, light alcohol. The flavor is also woody and peaty, smokey warming alcohol, meaty. Not too much whiskey. A very interesting RIS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
The color was dark brown/black. The head was thin, creamy, and light beige. The aroma was smoked brot, meaty, and salty. The flavor was bacon, salty, roasty, coffee, and alcohol. The palate was full and the finish, warm.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
ekstedt (6516) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Dark reddish brown, medium beige head. Looks more like a porter. Intense smoked aroma, it is difficult to discern any ather aromas, but there are some chocolate and dark fruits in there as well. Heavy body, silky smooth. Well balanced, heavy bitter finish. I’m a big fan of Ardbeg, but I would really have preffered to have this beer without the Ardbeg oak barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - MAR 24, 2008
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Overpriced, as someone here says. Of course this is a good beer, but there are al lot better beers for a cheaper price. Much smoke, oak and whisky in the flavour. Well... it was a fun experience.

Tasted it again @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad. Aroma is full of Islay-whisky, some burnt wood, liquorice. Flavour is dominated by whisky and oak flavours, but also got some nice chocolate, liqourice and vanilla-notes. I really did appreciate this beer this time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2008
Bottle. Black/dark brown, thin but creamy head. Heavy smoke, tar, leather aroma. Complex flavour of smoke & peat & seaweed & salt (Ardbeg!), coffee, chocolate, cream. Sweet start, dry finish - nice touch! Overpriced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2008
Might have had it a bit too cold. As it warmed up, so did also my feelings regarding it. Anyway, this beer looks great. It’s dark and has a big brownish head that lasts to some extent. It also smells rather nicely with lots of islay smoke and burnt malt. What I didn’t enjoy as much however was the overwhelming bitterness, in my opinion it drowned almost all other tastes. Not that bad but would benefit from less hoppy bitterness.

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