BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008)

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


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RATINGS: 177   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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   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

weark (795) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
700 ème - Bouteille achetée chez Erzbierschof en 2010 gardée presque 7 ans en cave - De couleur noir sans mousse et très peu de gaz - Au nez des arômes puissant de tourbe, de terre, de chocolat, de malt rôti, de café, de vanille le nez est assez fin mais pas de notes de madere malgré l’age, le fut est impressionnant - En bouche toujours une tonne de tourbe, chocolat, café, malt rôti, sauce soja, légèrement vanillé, terreux, pas de trace d’alcool, c’est complexe même avec tout ces années superbe - Corp puissant, amertume légère, carbonation très légère, soyeuse et sucrée, final tourbée et tereuse - Superbe, on atteint la limite de garde sur cette bouteille le somume est passé mais pas de trace de madere et l’alcool n’est plus perseptible, vraiment incroyable

imdownthepub (14553) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Bottled, 330ml, aged 8 years from Westholme Stores, Goring, Oxon. Black with tan head. There is a heavy smoky note, smouldering peat, sooty chimney in character, black roasted, burnt malts in front of a sloe fruitiness. Licorice and an earthy, charcoal wood bitterness. Phew.

GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
Dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma is whiskey, smoke, leather, some dark fruits. Full bodied, smoky on the palate, lightly bitter finish. Taste is whiskey, smoke, leather, raisins.

Ferris (15273) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottle - Smoke and peat with rich roast malts. Deep jet purple with a light beige head. Wet wood and peat. Roasty bitterness in the finish. Nice.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2014
12-oz. Pours ebony with a scant tan head that disappears right away. Forward peaty nose, very earthy and dense though not overwhelming. Creamy thick body with soft carbonation. Earthy, peaty, leathery mid palate--mostly peat. Some baking chocolate. Very smooth and balanced with 6 years on it. Long earthy peaty finish.

Dfonorow (2216) - 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.

Scopey (14730) - 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.

Beerona97 (2399) - 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.

gyllenbock (9175) - 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.

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.

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