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BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 016)

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 Scotlandís most distinctive Whiskies.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3457) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (7015) - 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, canít tell itís 10%.
(Batch #16 @ beerbistro; Toronto, ON; c/o HogTownHarry)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9905) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 11, 2009
330ml bottle (st. urhoís, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4677) - 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 Slottskšllans Imperial Stout, it would probably be like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3063) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berkshirejohn (4905) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 330ml bottle from Peckhams, Aberdeen. Pours and looks like used engine oil with a ring of cream head; the aroma is heavy with vanilla, oak, sherry and chocolate; itís smooth and silky, coating the mouth with thick chocolate and releasing sweet fruits; the finish is dry and alcoholic, leaving a warming alcohol and bitter chocolate mixture. This is my first Paradox, and itís hard to imagine how they could improve on this - however Iíll definitely be seeking out other examples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2009
Pours with zero head and very little carb. Aroma underwhelming but carries some malt butteryness. Good flav consisting of marmite, caramel, vinous fruit, coffee and a touch of smoke. Not the best imperial stout ever but certainly the best out of scotland!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Thanks to KAggie. I love you, sweety. A little thin on the pour. Light grain aroma with some bourbon. Taste is better than the aroma would suggest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 2009-12-05. Black body, headless. Rich alcoholic aroma, dark malt, booze, light fruit. 7+ Flavour is similar, rich dark malt core, boozy overtones, light whisky tang. 7+ Smooth average plus palate is too lightly carbonated but is pretty nice for a cask. 3+ 7+/3+/7+/15-16 3.9 Cask at Coles, Buffalo

2009-08-29. Black body with tiny bubbles on the head. ( 3+) Sweet alcoholic aroma, light whisky character, light notes of dark fruit with brief touches of raisins, figs. ( 7+) Flavour has a malty core that is simple but richly malty, sweet, with dry alcoholic overtones, modest whisky overtones are noticeable but not dominating. Finish is an interesting fruity-whisky melange. ( 8+) Smooth medium bodied palate. Very enjoyable, barrel aging is well balanced. Rather nice. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0 Batch 016 Bottle at Beer Bistro courtesy of HogTownHarry

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