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BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 016)

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 569   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.


voota's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, - OCT 2, 2009
Clear almost black with a tiny tan head. Rich aroma of port, prunes and milk chocolate, very slight hints of oak and vanilla, hardly any sign of whiskey unlike what I’ve found in other batches of this gear. Smooth, silky mouthfeel, well balanced between heat, bitterness and roast. The flavours show a little more roast, with some strong dark chocolate and vanilla, a fair malty sweetness exists towards the increasingly warming finish. Overall it’s a extremely, smooth, dangerous imperial stout.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Draught at BrewDog, Camden on 4 Mar 2012. Poured black, with a dense tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, fruitcake and whisky. Dark fruits in the flavour, with dates, prunes, molasses, peal and roasted malt. Full, thick mouthfeel. Finish was earth, burnt malt, rum and whisky.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (644) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Visual: Pours coffee black-brown with barely any head, a thin layer of ultra-micro retention, no visible activity. Nose: BIG roasted coffee caramel malt, very thick (lvl-10)-pungency Attack: thicker viscosity, light-fizzy, slick Mid-palate: thick-bodied, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) persistent whisky alcohol detection, malt, cacao, chocolate, caramel, fig/date, coffee, soy sauce Finish: deep-roasted coffee bitter, residual malty sweetness + lingering roasted bitter finish. Summary: Solid depth of flavours and complexity, but more alcohol (as well as other subtle spices) come through as it cools down. Great overall brew but no distinct attention-grabbing traits particularly stood out, other than the whisky alcohol influence.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou (they listed it at 10% so I am guessing this was the version even though it is retired) this beer poured thick, black and a bit oily with a large foamy dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was whiskey, anise, booze, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor was boozy - but in a way that worked - and was very malty with strong notes of vanilla, marshmallow and chocolate and hints of anise and more cognac than whiskey. Very long finish and the booziness grows almost to the point of distraction. Full bodied. Outstanding.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (308) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours an opaque, dark brown with a very thin tan head that vanishes completely. Aroma of roasted malt, whiskey, liquorice, dark chocolate and caramel. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate and vanilla with a dry, bitter, whiskey finish. Medium body with an oily texture and flat carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2014
Imperial stout matured on Arran barrels, with thin beige head and totally black colour. Rich and powerful aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bread, wood, walnuts; deep malty taste, bitter chocolate, candied fruits, woody finish with notes of single malt but a slightly disappointing finish: a bit thin and watery, especially in relation to the ageing on whisky barrels and the 10% ABV. Not as spectacular as what I’m used to from Brewdog.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, sweet, roasty malts, harsh, chocolate, liquorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1328) - SCOTLAND - APR 5, 2014
Darkest brown, tinged beige ringed head. Climbing whiskied clean coffee richness. Sweet brown sugar single matliness hangs tight. Rich rolling maltiness throughout. Overtly sweet, rich and a firm choc and a wet soil finish. Really really held up well.

Bottle, from the CAGarvie Brewdog stash, Not So April Fools Tasting

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8393) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmahut (1121) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 24, 2014
Pours in black body with high creamy head. Aroma has licorice, nutty, coffee, light vanilla, tobacco, woody. Taste is caramel sweet, noticeable alcohol, woody bitterness, whisky character. Very balanced. Body is full, medium carbonation, oily.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (398) - - MAR 15, 2014
Plums, booze, toffee. Pours black with a thin dark tan head. Lots of fruit. A hint of cocoa. A little salt (?). Medium bodied. Just a little boozy with some lasting warmth in the throat.


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