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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: 575   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle from cgarvieuk. Thanks! Black pour, hardly any head. This is the roastiest of the brewdogs that I have had. There is a bit of peat on the nose along wtih some chocolate too. Flavor is roasty and has chocolate and some peat. pretty good, but not my favorite from Brewdog.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2009
Pours impenetralb eblack with a small tan head, a little lacing. Aroma is inviting, vanilla, alcohol, roasted notes, some faint smoke. Taste is well balanced, not too sweet, not too raw. Not as complex as the Smokehead one. Chocolate, smoke, earthy notes, not that big of a whiskey character but it’s there through the smoke and slight salt- and peatiness. Some powdery cocoalike bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is there, but not overpowering. Medium to thick body, smooth carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2009
12-oz. Pours jet black with faintly lit dark caramel highlights at the corners. Modest swirls of burnt tan foam and a wee smear of lace. Very mild, slightly sweet nose, maybe a bit of chocolate and vanilla. Creamy medium body. Soft, slightly woolly carb.Plenty of sweet roast, caramel, vanilla, bit of chocolate, mild scotchy phenols. Not at all the tour de force some of the other Paradoxes have been, but a very nice and drinkable BA impy without any obvious flaws.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10076) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1633) - Brentford ,London , Texas, Somerset, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2334) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11821) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (10377) - 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

3.9
   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.


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