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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: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

Kosmokrator's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (849) - - AUG 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Impenetrabile color nero opaco con un sottile velo di schiuma marroncino chiaro. Intenso aroma di caffè, malto abbrustolito e cacao amaro con più lievi sentori liquorosi di whisky, quasi legnosi. Gusto in bilico tra un inizio mediamente dolce e maltoso e un amaro moderato di fondo, si distinguono note di whisky, fave di cacao e vaniglia; il retrogusto è "riscaldato" dall’alcool, pungente ma non sgraziato. Corposa, spessa e rinfrancante, il finale è reso più asciutto dall’invecchiamento in botte. Birra costosa e difficile da reperire, ma la curiosità viene ripagata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6252) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2015
From a 33 cl bottle. Pours black with a scant bubbly tan head. Aroma of whiskey. Flavors of raisins, scotch whisky, oak and caramel. Smooth, slightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting, 5/15/15. Clear dark brown, no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, wood, whiskey, booze, dark fruits. The taste is whiskey, wood, earth, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, booze, raisin. Medium bodied, flat, hot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (717) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
coffee, chocolate, woody, vanilla, smoke, alcohol, black, hazy, tan foam, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish Heavily smoke but the cellaring have improved the beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1678) - ISRAEL - APR 23, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Yoav. Brown-black with a big bubbly head. Aroma - chocolate, dried fruits, caramel and coffee. Taste - sweet, notes of chocolate, prunes, coffee, burnt sugar, a bit sour. Surprisingly thin body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (1913) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle, 0.33l. Pours black with small totally diminishing light brown head and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of heavy roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, whiskey and wood. Taste starts with moderate sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, follows by dried fruits and licorice, mouthfeel is warming alcoholic, while finish is moderate bitter. Not a paradox, just excellent...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
(bottle - 330 ml - 2008 vintage) Dark black pour. No carbonation. Light peat in the aroma with lots of roasted malts and dark fruits. Roasted malts and a lot of coffee in the flavor with a slightly sweet and lightly peated finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BadAprilia1000 (407) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Pours a straight black, no head. Aroma is of coffee, malt, chocolate, peat, brine, hay. Taste of chocolate, espresso, bitter cocoa, milk chocolate, lots of malt. Honestly all of the other paradox beers we have had have been past their best by dates by several years. (will never purchase from that beer store again). Would like to try fresh again if at all possible........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2570) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (1049) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6837) - 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.

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