BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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.

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FatPhil (16692) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 24, 2008
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2008)
Almost black, red glints. Almost no head. Bowmore all over - a dark Islay cask for sure - in the aroma. The actual beer taste, though, is a bit thin - it’s dominated by a very dry and astringent burntness. Whisky fills in some gaps, but alas doesn’t fill out its lacking beeriness. It mellows as it goes down the glass, becoming less astringent (or I’m just getting aclimatised to that aspect). The whisky lends a good alcoholic ether that rises off the tongue very pleasantly. Nasty feeling the whisky’s a gimmick. Solid sipper, but no classic.

hopscotch (11177) - 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!

thewolf (12714) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph. Pours nearly pitch-black in the glass - as I pour it looks more golden brown. Settles with a smallish beige head, very creamy and with okay lacing. Aroma is mild, chocolate, coffee and lightly peity. Rather low carbonation and very oily. Flavour is sweet, lightly roasted with lots of peity smokiness. This is very balanced, though. The peityness really sticks in the cheeks in the aftertaste. Great, but the batch 002 was marginally better.

CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Damn, the only thing subtle about this beer is the color, deceptively hiding the beast within the glass. The aroma is hugely peated, some idone, slight whiff of salt and seaweed, all intertwined with a hint of sweetness and the faintest hint of vanilla. The flavor is even more assertive than the aroma would lead you to believe, with the peat brutishly pushing it’s way to the fore. Slightly yielding to a touch of roast, finishing with a resounding acrid smoke. Absolutely an incredible beer.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Dark brown/black, small tan head. Huge peat in the nose- earthy, herbal, and petrol-like. Wood, roasted malt, and subtle salty notes, also. Similar flavor- add a little smoke, a lot of roasted bitterness, some dark chocolate. Full/medium body and soft, balanced carbonation. Excellent, have to try the other Islay casks.

anders37 (26857) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2008
Bottle @ Chris_o. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Roasted malty slightly smoky whisky aroma. Roasted malty licorice flavor with some smoky hints. Hasa roasted malty finish with some hints of smoky whisky.

SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle: Poured a black/brown with a tan color head. The aroma is smokey with coffee, suttle wiskey malt. Taste is a smoked bacon with a sweet finish. Very complex with plenty of bite!

vintagefergie (21) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle: Absolutely stunning brew. smokey, meaty and very much chocolate. A joy

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2007
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle at the Magic_dave6 shindig at Chris O’s.
Deep dark brown without the usual Paradox red tinge and a slim beige head. The Bowmore is clear and so is the Riptide. Somehow this one doesn’t work quite so well as the others. I really like Bowmore so was looking forward to this one and truth be told if I hadn’t tried the others I would be really pleased with this but as I have I feel let down just a touch. Still jolly good but it doesn’t blend or balance quite so well as the Paradoxes I have grown to love this year.

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.

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