BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 001)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottled; Special. Also cask.
This limited edition (001) sees a 8% Imperial Stout matured in a specially selected ex Duncan Taylor & Co Caol Ila 1996 single malt whisky cask.
NOTE: Some bottles of Speyside Batch 010 have been mis-labelled as Batch 001. However, those bottles clearly state Speyside on the bottle and should not be confused with the Islay Batch 001.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, - JAN 9, 2010
21st September 2008. Opaque black beer. Heavy smoky peaty whisky dominates but there is a sweet lactose milky tone as well. Initally I found this beer hard work but it ultimately provided some rewards for perseverence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (6061) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Thaks craig. 2007. Still smoke but it has died away a little. Heavy roast. Lots of malt, thick palate. Low carbonation. Even with the age this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1751) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle thanks to cgarvie! Pours deep brown bordering on black, with no head. Aroma is chocolate, fudge, caramel and a hint of smoke. Taste is smoky, coal, ash, some red berry sweetness, some oak, a hint of vanilla. A bit of sherry oxidation is noticeable. Syrupy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a very dark brown color with a small disappearing beige head. The aroma is in your face smoked peat that has me thinking scotch not beer. There is also roasted malt present. The flavor is a complex mix of the smoked peat and wood from the barrel along with the roasted malt and dark chocolate from the stout. Mouthfeel is smooth as this was a bit undercarbonated. This one grew on me more as it warmed. I have not really been a fan of Scotch, but this was at least interesting and not as in your face as some of the other ones they have done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (10015) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2015
330 ml bottle shared by b3shine - thanks again, Beau! BrewDog Paradox Islay Batch 006. Pours a deep, barely cloudy mahogany with no head, just a few bubbles around the edge. Huge Scotch barrel here, with smoke, peat, roasted malts, earth, tobacco, burnt sugar, and toast. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a malty, peaty mouthfeel. Bottle was marked "Best by 31.12.08. It seemed way newer than 6-7 years old. Typo, maybe?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8744) - Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle to snifter (shared with the group; thanks DuffMan). Looks solid; undercarbonated though. A translucent brownish cola with thin bubbly lacing. Smells of dark malt and oak with their signature leafiness. Tastes like it smells with some oxidation and a medium-bodied mouthfeel thats thin for the style. Not bad, but underwhelming for a BA imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2015
330ml bottle, thanks to b3shine for sharing. Best before 31/12/08. Batch 06. Kind of clear dark brown color. Thin ring of off-white head, some bits of lace. Big, smokey savory character. Some caramel. Moderate - plus sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Mild bit of warmth. Kind of a thin, watery feel. Very light carbonation. Kind of dry in the finish. Not bad, a lot better than expected (after trying the shitshow that was old islay barrel aged Brewdog DIPA -- whatever that was called).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12790) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Craigs Brewdog vintage tasting. Pours black, tcp, iodine, medicinal, peaty, smoky chocolate, a bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisv10 (16730) - DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle, bacth 001 Caol Illa 1996, 10%. Almost black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, peat and whisky. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, peat, ash, medium sweet, whisky, hop, vinous and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19744) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Almost black with a light brown head. Aroma is dry, roasted malt and lots of peat. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 050714

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2304) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - AUG 11, 2013
Scotland: Smoky, peat infused, deep complex whiskey flavors. Islay whisky comes right through. Unique and wonderful beer.

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