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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: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 Scotland’s most distinctive Whiskies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berkshirejohn (4587) - 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; it’s 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 it’s hard to imagine how they could improve on this - however I’ll 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 (1247) - 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 (7921) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle. Black with a honeycomb coloured thin to medium head. Aroma is chocolate, a little whiskey (like a well mixed drink, not a Scottish persons measure), little coffee. Obvious chocolate in the flavour and like the aroma the whiskey is mellow and very welcome. I couldn’t match what food this should go with but it’d be a great addition to the right meal. Easy to drink and tasty as a naked Sophie E.B.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Draft (Capone’s). Pours a deep, dark black with just a trace of a thin, tan head. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, some coffee, dark chocolate and a smidge of whiskey. Flavor of the roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla and a little bit of the whiskey. Quite smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Tap at Stone 13th Anniversary Celebration. Beer pours a deep brown black with no real head. Nose is smoked sausage, deep roasted malt. Flavors of smoked sausage, some whisky notes, some barrel flavors. Mouth is full with a slight alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
[Draft @ Capones] Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, light scotchy peat, chocolate, burnt wood, and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, whiskey, coffee, roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke, and light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11257) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle from Archer Liquor. BB 08/08/10. Pours brown/black with a coarsely bubbled transient tan head. Aroma of oak, dark burnt malt and dark fruits. Almost medium in body, really slack carbonation. Flavor is light burnt malt, oak, medium dark fruits. Slight chocolate. Mild compared to most Paradox. But extremely tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2009
0.33 l bottle at Black Door, Helsinki. Almost black color with a reddish tint. Sweetish aroma with gentle roasted malt, whisky and chocolate. The flavors of chocolate, coffee and whisky. Hint of alcohol sharpness on a back of throat, othewise very smooth. Good beer-whisky balance, tasty!

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