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BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 016)

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

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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3569) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2009
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours very, very dark ruby, not quite black, with a thin light brown head that completely disappears after the first sip and leaves no lace. The aroma is this beer’s strong point and is filled with malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, plums along with some vapors of scotch whiskey. The flavor falls back quite a bit from the aroma and includes roasted malt, alcohol, caramel and some mild earthy oak. A bit boozey towards the finish. Very low carbonation. Light bodied, especially for an imperial stout. Based upon the aroma, I was expecting something more luxurious and textured. There are elements of this beer I enjoyed very much, while there are others that I found a little disappointing. I’ll call this one a mixed bag.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Toasted wood and caramelized cereals benefit from fennel-like peat notes, as vanilla spiciness and alcohol warmth diversify this classy Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brownish black.
-The scotch is nicely integrated to the rest of the brew.
-This is not nearly as brash as other Paradoxes I’ve had.
-The body is almost lean for the style and the carbonation is quite low, making for easy sipping.

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Very well-balanced. A nice beer with a nose of chocolate and some coffee. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, and with a nice hop kick that dries it out and finishes strong. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness exist in perfect harmony. An excellent brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle [330ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o tupalev. Pours a very deep ruby with an average size diminishing off-white head. Slightly roasty aroma along with chocolate, a hint of whiskey, wood and some sweetness. Nice flavour of malt, cocoa, wood, some peat and alcohol. Average bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours thick black, dark ruby edges, with a little tan head which hangs around. Aroma is quite peaty, notes of dark chocolate, concentrated yeast (vegemite), whisky, soy sauce and salt water. Flavour is pretty similar, no soy, but also has hints of liquorice and currants. Very smooth mouthfeel, this is not as in-your-face as some of the other paradox stouts but is still highly enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3605) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2009
Weak head back to some cover,okay carb,darkest of stouts,aroma coffee,chocolate,dark fruit,spice,caramel,flavour fairly smooth coffee,chocolate,spicy hint of aniseed,cinnamon,liccorice,mild bitter,light grittyness at the end along with some okay malt tastes,average stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
[2478-20090829] Sample. Rich caramel roasted wood barrel malt aroma has some sweet vanilla hints. Dark brown black body with a quick foamy light tan head. Rich woody earth flavour finishes boozier and changes from bitter to earthy. Full body is very smooth. Wow, really interesting, can’t tell it’s 10%.
(Batch #16 @ beerbistro; Toronto, ON; c/o HogTownHarry)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10893) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 11, 2009
330ml bottle (st. urho’s, helsinki)
rich black, no head. very gentle whisky bent to the aroma. otherwise a decent burnt roast stout. taste similar - very bitter burntness. finish is a touch vanillaey, and nicely burnt. perhaps a touch astringent at times, but never annoyingly so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2009
(Bottled) Very dark brown with a small, beige, bubbly head. Oak and vanilla in the nose, with dried fruit, licorice, and a touch of alcohol. Peaty-malty flavor with moderate roastiness, some underlying burnedness, but overall a pretty sweet and smooth, "Baltic Imperial Porter" -like feel. Alcohol is well hidden, but warming. Medium to full body, very low carbonation. A smooth, very drinkable, sweetish Impy. If there was an oak aged version of Slottskällans Imperial Stout, it would probably be like this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2009
My second Paradox, I enjoyed this one better than the Smokehead. Black body with short but lasting light tan head. Smooth taste, chocolate, coffee and roasted notes, whisky notes certainly noticeable though welcoming.


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