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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (15%)

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


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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Paradox Isle of Arran = Stout Aged in Isle of Arran Whisky Barrels - This Imperial stout has been matured in specially selected Islay Malt Whisky Casks. The 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Psytron (1767) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Smell of port, berries. Dark red wine colour, small brown head. Aroma of alcohol, oak, raisins, cognac. Very heavy body, oily, also surprisingly a lively carbon. Quite awesome but also too much of everything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7908) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Batch #60 15.03.2023
Aroma is sweet with oaty tones and sweet whisky tones. Also licorice. Flavour has strong peaty tones, islay whisky, woody tones and vanilla. Alcohol comes a bit through, but does not feel like 15% still. At the end of the glass it feels more stinging with rubbery tones. And wood is even more stronger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (6148) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
330ml bottle

Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of peaty malts, wood, oak, vanilla and roasty malts. Taste is smooth, sweet, peaty and roasty with some wood, vanilla and oaky notes. Finish is sweetish, roasty and boozy with some wood and whisky notes. Okay, quite heavy barrel aged IS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8874) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
33 cl bottle.
Pours jet black color with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel, some syrup, brown sugar and chocolate. Flavor of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, caramel malts, faint vanilla and some oak. Smootish caramel palate, sourish burnt finish. Full-bodied and complex, yet surprisingly pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, wood and some mild vanilla notes. Flavour of roasted malts, some vanilla, dark chocolate, wooden notes, mild bitterness, peat and grass. Some berries. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanelst (153) - AUSTRIA - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. No head at all. Pitchblack. It taste like booze/scotch with very sweet roasted malts , vanilla and bitter chocolates Very tasty but maybe a but too flat too be really exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1670) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Very deep brown body with a copper hue, with a small, short-lived, light-brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Very strong and sweet aroma, extremely complex, I keep noticing new elements all the time! It’s gentle, thick, massive and heavy with no sharp notes, apart from an exciting alcohol sting. The aroma is roasted, but quite gently, leaving hardly any coffee notes. Instead I get truckloads of chocolate and dark caramel, a complex fruity side with dark berries and dark dried fruits, especially raisins. The whisky is present, but it’s perfectly integrated into the background. Further in the back there are traces of vanilla. Absolutely amazing! The flavour is intense with the same elements found in the aroma. The dark berries are stronger and the whisky is a tad more obvious, but the whisky is gentle and well integrated without any peaty notes. The taste is heavy sweet and the extraordinary long-lived, lingering roasted finish is heavy bitter. Perfect mouthfeel, it is thick and viscous with an oily texture, the body is full, the carbonation is soft and it’s pleasantly warming. Fantastic!
[33 cl bottle, batch 306, enjoyed 8.5 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2147) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2014
Darkest brown, flat enough headlessness. Drooling nutty peat nose, roasted pine and almost rich red wine and Crunchie melted. Quite fizzy, oily and vibrant standing soily and ashen’ed. Greasy bagged mouthfeel, well capped without being OTT nevermind the ABV. Dank, leathery and a decent punch on the finish.

Bottle, CAgarvieUK Brewdog stash, Not So April Fools Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2588) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2014
Yummy yummy yummy, though it left me wanting more peat. Fortunately I have a few Islay malts in my cabinet for just such an occasion so a potential crisis was averted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekk1978 (1276) - Z±bki, POLAND - MAR 22, 2014
Barwa: czarna, jak smoła, nieprzejrzysta. Piana znikoma, drobna, szybko zanikająca, co nie dziwi przy takiej zawartości alkoholu. Wysycenie bardzo niskie. Aromat: słodowy alkoholowy, przypominający whisky i/lub miód pitny. Wyraźnie czuć dużą moc, a nie ciemne słody. Na końcu wyczuwalny także jakby kokos. Smak: wyraźna słodycz, alkoholowość, akcenty miodowe. Rozgrzewające. Na końcu kwaskowość pochodząca z ciemnych słodów. RIS kombinowany. Moc, złożoność, ciekawy aromat. Intensywne doznania alkoholowe pochodzące zapewne z leżakowania w beczkach po whisky. Wizerunkowo butelka od razu zapowiada już coś ciekawego, bowiem etykieta jest bardziej elegancka od standardowych piw z tego browaru. Może nie jest to najmocniejsze piwo z BrewDoga, ale z pewnością konkretne. Zdecydowanie w moim stylu, do spokojnego sączenia. Z pewnością warto spróbować, choć cena zbytnio nie zachęca.

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