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BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 016)

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


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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 Scotland’s most distinctive Whiskies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle… Pours dark and sits black in the glass with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma is all dark chocolate and whiskey up front with undertones of vanilla, molasses, white oak and wildfire smoke. Full-bodied, sleek and silken with pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor is roasty, well-balanced and offers a layer of dark chocolate over a woody, smoky nuance. Finishes toasted and moderately bitter with a touch of coconut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1502) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2009
cask @ Reading beer fest. I really had a good time with a pretty cool range of IMP Stouts in 1 venue,not something you can say in the UK much.Nice oily,smooth dark chocolate vibes. Heafty roasty and chewey. Some powdery chocolate . Just a well constructed IMP Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2222) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2009
Cask at Reading beerfest. Deep brown with tan head. Roasty, fruity and whisky presence, vanilla, chocolate too. Not bad but prefer their Paradox Smokehead to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2009
Bottle from Hyde Park. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished and produced good lacing. Medium to heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Good complex roasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy roasted bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle. Ripe fruity aroma, with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Dark brown-black body, no head. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, some chocolate. Alcohol is apparent, but not overly intrusive. Rather brief finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10060) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 12, 2009
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - slightly hazy dark brown colourwith a little beige foam; aroma of vanilla and roasted chocolate; moderate smokiness; solid malt body, thick and with some sweetness in the front of a solid bitterness, long nutty, woody finish with notes of cinnamon and chocolate - another good one from Brewdog

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2009
11.2oz brown glass pry-top. Appearance: Deep chocolate brown/black, virtually no head but tan bubbles. Nose: Medium vanilla, medium toast, bittersweet chocolate, light-roast coffee, mossy notes, dried orange peel, grains. Palate: Medium-bodied and immediate alcohol slick mouthfeel. Boozy but drier than the Port Dundas. Picked up some tannins from the wood. Medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla/whiskey finish is drying. Notes: Younger whisky barrels show here giving tannins and more vanilla character than the Port Dundas. Nicely done but alcohol up front is hard to ignore.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
12oz’er from HWC. $11.99. Pours a still looking dark brown/black, no head, no lace, semi-viscous. Smells mildly peatty backed up by some dark roasty malts and some solid wood aromas as well. Tastes sweet and dark, fruity and malty with a good dose of peat. A bit of wood as well. Pretty nice balance, even if you don’t like peat you might still like this beer. Relatively full body, ok carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Thanks to cgarvieuk for this one, pours a bit thin in a deep brown with garnet undertones when held to the light. This, soapy bubbles gather to form a head. Not the most impressive looking Impie i have come across. The nose is a bit subtle with a bit of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of whisky. The flavor is also a bit too subdued, but better than the nose, with a chocolate influence leading the way, and giving way to a slightly bitter hop mid and finish. Very little whisky, and even less vanilla or oak except for the dryness in the finish. Medium to full mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3175) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2009
Brown bottle, 330 ml, best before 08/08/10, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on March 27 2009; eye: black with ruby reflections, opaque, really tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, candied fruits, light molasses, liquorice, slight resinous hops, slight spices; mouth: roasted malt, velvety, candied fruits, molasses, liquorice, slight hops, tiny hint of pepper, slight peat, light whisky, finale in soft molasses, medium body, slick, lightly bitter and sweet, average carbonation; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, meilleure avant 08/08/10, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 27 mars 2009; œil : noire avec des reflets rubis, opaque, très petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt rôti, fruits confits, léger mélasse, réglisse, très léger houblon résineux, très léger épices; bouche : malt rôti, velouté, fruits confits, mélasse, réglisse, très léger houblon, petite pointe de poivre, très léger tourbe, léger whisky, finale en mélasse douce, corps moyen, coulante, légèrement amère et sucrée, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : bien aimé

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