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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008) - Bowmore 1987 - BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008) - Bowmore 1987BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008) - Bowmore 1987

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BA SCORE
85
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wildman on 03-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 43
Photo of csmiley
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with some light that shows on the edges of the glass. Head was average showing good retention. Lacing around the glass was good.

S - Major alcohol style heat comes off of this one (closer to scotch than beer). That fades pretty quick to reveal some strong oak and molasses aromas. There is some bread in the distant background. It comes dangerously close to cough syrup.

T - More hot alcohol in the flavor. Wood character is still very strong which is nice. Molasses shows up midway and starts to round out the initial harsh flavors. Next in line are notes of roasted malt and some light coffee flavors. Some hints of smoke complete the flavor profile. The alcohol really is the biggest player in the flavor but that seems to be intentional since it is so similar to Scotch.

M - Almost full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter and the heat from the alcohol keeps the palate warm for a while.

D - Drinkability is just about average. This beer just comes too close to cough syrup in smell. That just throws everything off for the rest of the beer. The beer does start to get better once it warms.

Note / edit: Serve this beer at 55 degrees or higher. As the temperature of the beer started to rise closer to ambient, the flavors in this beer started to shine. I would recommend a serving temperature of just below room temp.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is black with a decent sized head that sticks around. It poured out looking pretty thick as well.

The beer has a very strong peetie smell. It's smell almost exactly like a scotch whisky. The beer has the very woody flavour to it at first, but after the dark roasted malts come through. The wood taste times back at the end, but it's very subtle. This tastes like wood and a stout, and it's fucking awesome. There isn't much alcohol taste for a 10% beer, but you can definitely feel the warmth from the beer. The mouth feel is thick and nice with a slight bite from the carbonation.

The beer isn't really that drinkable, but it's not what this beer is going for. It's a fucking awesome oak aged beer, that I'd love to have once an evening.

Photo of lightindarkness
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 008, Islay, apparently aged in 1987 Bowmore casks.

Pours a little like syrupy dark cola, black with the exception of some hard to find ruby sheen. Tan head is slow to form and disappears very quickly, leaving only a neat ring of bubbles and a few sandy patches on top.

The stout and aged wood holds a smoky deep dark warm smell that is reminiscent of an old hunting lodge - burnt wood, tobacco, and more aged wood. The whiskey and smoke, however, add a phenolic bandaid like smell, making the smoke and wood more abrasive and less smooth.

Taste follows the nose with much the same detail adding a little more depth, and I really can't decide how I feel about it. Sits with strong dark malt on the tongue up front, smooth and fairly mellow. Decent depth to wood and burnt flavors, but they seem to collide at the finish with a mix of fresh clean snow and hanging woody smoke. Very much like a strongly smoke salmon or cured game, hanging and dark. It's growing on me a little.

Feel is fairly clean, with a medium body, very light carbonation, and and a slight oily feel. Nice clean finish.

I'm still debating drinkability, and probably will for a while. It should be an indicator that I likely won't try it again, considering cost and overall character. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like smoked beers, with this one having more true depth and character to the smoke than many.

Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is based on Islay like the Ardbeg batch 9 but this one uses Bowmore instead, which is on a different part of the island and is different than the southern ones like Ardbeg or Lagavullin. This beer poured almost black with no light getting through and formed a dark tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, scotch/peat, smoke but also a hint of caramel. The flavor was of malt, scotch, smoke and a hint of chocolate. A medium body with some some smoke in the finish, yet some sweetness as well. This scotch combination works better, the irony for me is I prefer the southern Islays like Arbeg.

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