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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: 217   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9362) - 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 (7700) - 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 (1762) - 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 (2232) - 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 (2927) - 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 (1307) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CacheManyHose (600) - HONG KONG - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a dark cola black-red with minimal head or lacing. Smells strongly of liquorice, smoke, raisin. Sweet with quite a bit of alcohol on the nose. Tastes similar, smoke is slightly overpowered by sweet raisin, spicy sharp and acidic accompanied by a bit more hop than in the aroma. Appreciate how big and ambitious this beer is but it isn't for me - would prefer less sharp syrupy sweetness, or at least more hoppiness to balance it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (690) - HONG KONG - MAR 15, 2014
Black brown pour with very thin tan head. Aroma is soy sauce and raisins like some imperial stouts. Taste isn't quite as soy-raisin as aroma. Some bitterness, sweetness, and lots of booziness. Big, and not as raisiny as others, but not something I'd try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2014
330 ml bottle at home. Pours deep deep black with a quickly dissipating beige head. Aromaof cherry oak whisky, raisins, soy sauce, maple syrup and coffee beans with bits of vanilla seeds. Medium body with a nice roaty touch, alcohol fairly present and with a nice bitter finish. Taste of drak chocolate and freshly roasted coffee. Decent but a bit too much.

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