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BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 016)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (880) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours an opaque, dark brown with a very thin tan head that vanishes completely. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, liquorice, dark chocolate and caramel. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate and vanilla with a dry, bitter, whiskey finish. Medium body with an oily texture and flat carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
Imperial stout matured on Arran barrels, with thin beige head and totally black colour. Rich and powerful aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bread, wood, walnuts; deep malty taste, bitter chocolate, candied fruits, woody finish with notes of single malt but a slightly disappointing finish: a bit thin and watery, especially in relation to the ageing on whisky barrels and the 10% ABV. Not as spectacular as what I’m used to from Brewdog.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, sweet, roasty malts, harsh, chocolate, liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (2232) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2014
Darkest brown, tinged beige ringed head. Climbing whiskied clean coffee richness. Sweet brown sugar single matliness hangs tight. Rich rolling maltiness throughout. Overtly sweet, rich and a firm choc and a wet soil finish. Really really held up well.

Bottle, from the CAGarvie Brewdog stash, Not So April Fools Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (17277) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmahut (1845) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 24, 2014
Pours in black body with high creamy head. Aroma has licorice, nutty, coffee, light vanilla, tobacco, woody. Taste is caramel sweet, noticeable alcohol, woody bitterness, whisky character. Very balanced. Body is full, medium carbonation, oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (521) - - MAR 15, 2014
Plums, booze, toffee. Pours black with a thin dark tan head. Lots of fruit. A hint of cocoa. A little salt (?). Medium bodied. Just a little boozy with some lasting warmth in the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2014
330ml bottle, batch 16, dark brown color, with a small tan head, with a mild maple syrup, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, mocha nose, with a faint smoked peat, roasted, black malt, soy sauce, whisky note, and a liquorice, wood, dried dark fruit accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth fruit yeast, dried raisin, date, chocolatey, vanilla oak barrel, whisky smoked peat, roasted, black malty character, with a light black coffee, licorice, burnt fruitcake flavour, leading towards a warming, chocolatey, fruity, faint black coffee, lingering whiskyish finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Korsarz (4) - POLAND - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
To jest najpyszniejszy Imperial Stout, jaki piłem! Skosztowałem tego cuda w święta końca 2013 roku i dostarczył mi niesamowitych doznań. Torfowy, ziemisty smak, zapach taki majestatyczny, naprawdę przywołujący wiele skojarzeń... Łyk w ustach rozbudzał kolejne smaki, a w drodze do żołądka piwo nabierało mocy, której nie było czuć zupełnie na początku. Rozgrzewał i rozleniwiał... Dla mnie to mistrzostwo! Rewelacyjne i majestatyczne piwo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4553) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. Pours black with a small frothy dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is malty with roasted malts, grape juice, peat, dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, hay, smoked ham, vanilla fudge and charred wood. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, vanilla fudge, peat, low quality scotch, smoke, burnt wood, toffee, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, hay and alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, roasted astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, peat, hay and alcohol. Decent Islay whisky imperial stout.

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