BrewDog Paradox Islay (Batch 008) - Bowmore 1998 | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dbrauneis on 06-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Scottish Malt Whiskey casks rock! Their ruggedly robust beauty, character, captivating aromas and unique Scottish heritage had us completely spellbound. This edition sees our Imperial Stout aged for several months in specially selected Islay whisky casks. This maturation process results in the whisky flavours and aromas being infused deep into our beer." Part of a limited release series dedicated to whisky cask infusions, available in single 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a headless touch of thin froth over a deep maple brown body. Retention is very low and there is little to no lacing. 3

(Smell) The most striking differences between the Islay 1998 cask and the Speyside (Batch 10-Smokehead) cask is the presence of peat smoke, of which the Islay generates far more meaty smoke character, with the lesser notes of molasses syrup, toasted oak and grain alcohol. The stout base hides underneath the Islay barrel, paled in comparison. 3.75

(Taste) I much prefer the flavors of the Islay cask thus far to Speyside- the peat smokiness and wet toasted oak up front add a tremendous amount of character to invigorate a mundane base stout. Notes of toasted vanilla, coffee bean and maple further compliment the whiskey aging process, having been infused into the stout. As far as whiskey flavors go, this one comes off more smokey than grainy or boozy, which is another plus. Quite flavorful and enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is oily slick, lightly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation is very low to none, with nearly no froth nor crispness, keeping the whiskey cask flavor completely exposed. The body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is smokey and slightly earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is soft and there are no off characters. Casual beer drinkers who have not experienced whiskey-cask aged stouts, especially the Paradox series by BrewDog, may be taken aback at the general lack of carbonation in these beers. 3.75

(Overall) After a fairly uninteresting experience with the Paradox Speyside (Batch 10) cask stout, the Paradox Islay cask stout demonstrates that sometimes selecting the right cask and whiskey makes all the difference in a quality whiskey-aged stout. Very enjoyable peat smoke and licorice flavors. The stout itself doesn't contribute much to the beer, but it doesn't seem that the intent of the series is to highlight the stout's flavor profile anyway. Although there have been dozens of releases in the Paradox series and I couldn't possibly bring myself to try them all, Islay Batch 008 (1998) is a tasty number in the series and one that I would recommend. 3.75

Paradox Islay Batch 008- Bowmore 1998

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SteveTheBrit
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - traces of brownish amber are visible near the edges of the glass when held up to the light. It poured with a wide collar of large off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of smoked peat whiskey are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by flavors of pleated whiskey.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation along with hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: If you like smoked peat and whiskey, this is a peasant beer to sip.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10/10/09

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark amber in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and moderate ruby red + dark amber highlights. The beer has a very thin sudsy/soapy beige head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of smokey peat scotch whiskey with a light amount of iodine/band-aid.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of roasted malts followed by a moderate to strong flavor of smoked peat moss, scotch whiskey, and just a hint of iodine/band-aid. Minimal amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with minimal amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: The scotch whiskey is really strong but enjoyable with this beer imparting strong flavors and aromas of smoked peat - if you do not enjoy scotch, you should avoid this beer.

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