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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: 565   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - 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 (1614) - 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 (2965) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle, at LCRBM 2008, ’s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Clear, deep black body. Aroma of malts (both burnt and caramel) and wood. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Quite smooth, but not super interesting. Balance is ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pricey 12oz at Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is sweet and malty and slightly whiskyish. Taste is sweet, malty and overall pretty tasty, even though i just had half a bottle of 13th+ month old expedition. Pretty good, overall, can’t say this is the best imperial stout i’ve had because it isn’t but its pretty nice overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8660) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 Cask conditioned gravity dispense Leicester BF. A black headless beer. A heavy whiskey aroma; plenty of TCP and peat. I’m no authority on whisky but it’s heading towards that Islay stuff. Surprisingly fruity in the mouth with oranges and peaty whisky. The roasty stout flavours have been taken over. Score 3.2
Subsequent rating scored 4.4. Average becomes 3.8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Very faint aroma of roasted malt rises out of a dark mahogany pour with only a few whispy tan bubbles. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Alcohol is invisible but the beer is thin. Although extremely tasty, just nothing else about this beer impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Arran is a place that certainly evokes pleasant memories for me and this is a damned fine brew befitting of the Isle. Poured a very dark brown colour with minimal head. Aroma was roasted malt and slightly smoky with the whisky element lurking in the background without being overpowering. Silky smooth sliding down the gullet. Flavours were subtle and revealed themselves more with each passing sip. Vanilla, dark chocolate, dark brandy soaked fruit. Again, the barrel/whisky aspect seems skilfully restrained and are not the dominant features here. Really very good. Definitely worth lingering over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle from realale.com
Black brown with a thin tan rim. Wonderful burnt toast, creamy vanilla, restrained and elegant whisky and excellent barrel notes. Superb finish with a good bittersweet note. Not the best Paradox but still a mighty fine beer.
Earlier Rating: 9/1/2008 Total Score: 3.8
A Mes rate: gravicask at Peterborough Beer Festival.
Looks like Paradox, therefore it’s jolly attractive. the aroma is rather odd. I was saying rubber and no one agreed until I said rubber washing up gloves (marigolds). It definitely is. Rubbery, strange but still pretty good. Excellent rich flavour, full of vanilla, lovely whisky and wood but I would prefer a little more peat but that’s just how I prefer my whisky, I know this is a grain variant. Gloriously dry yet sweet and fruity finish. Excellent palate as expected. More loveliness from BrewDog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2009
Cask at Peterborough beer fest, 2 bottles at seperate occasions at home. Alround rating: Roasty alcohol, chocolate and rum and raisin, peppery woodness. A bit much alcohol.
Earlier Rating: 9/22/2008 Total Score: 3
Cask at Peterborough beer fest. This is aged in an Arran cask for those who want to know. Alround rating: Roasty malts, quite a bit of chocolate, the whiskey is far more subtle than in some examples of paradox, scottish alcohol is what iv written down?

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