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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tadiau (4) - ITALY - SEP 20, 2011 does not count
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, toast, nuts. Appearance: black, tan foam. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Palate: full body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish. Great character, perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 15, 2013
Cerveja que prova que escocês não é expert apenas em whisky, uma fantástica Imperial Stout que tem como grande marca o álcool presente e intenso, tomando conta do palato e do nariz, um calor de sabores inesquecível.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
McWorta (1522) - LUXEMBOURG - APR 9, 2010
Hay-cereal smell with notes of hop and barley. A light aroma rather fresh but straight forward. Some fruit floral traces, layered with some vanilla which must come from the Arran whisky and some punchy ginger spiciness. Black as Black can be. Scientists need to find a black hole? There you go! Seems sucking up the light. Small tan head. Outstanding! Rather sweet as a whole but some bitter-sour traces on the tip of the tongue. Bit oily on the lips. Full body, slick and oily. Roast notes on the roof of the palate. Rather long lasting chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
themightyjag (444) - - JAN 5, 2013
330ml bottle. Thick tan head dissipates quickly, dark black body. Nose of fruit, treacle, liquorice and whisky. Thick, rich mouth feel. Flavour is dried fruit with a whisky edge, whisky becomes more prominent in the aftertaste. An excellent stout which works well with whisky ageing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Korsarz (4) - POLAND - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
To jest najpyszniejszy Imperial Stout, jaki piłem! Skosztowałem tego cuda w święta końca 2013 roku i dostarczył mi niesamowitych doznań. Torfowy, ziemisty smak, zapach taki majestatyczny, naprawdę przywołujący wiele skojarzeń... Łyk w ustach rozbudzał kolejne smaki, a w drodze do żołądka piwo nabierało mocy, której nie było czuć zupełnie na początku. Rozgrzewał i rozleniwiał... Dla mnie to mistrzostwo! Rewelacyjne i majestatyczne piwo!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Smells totally awesome; however, there is no head at all on this-strange. First sip is sweet stout, then comes some whiskey, a hint of alcohol, but really not much, then a lot of chocolate. Incredibly smooth. Too bad it’s so expensive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle at Beer Bistro Toronto. Pours a dark brown closer to black colour. Not much head and little clotty lacing. Aroma is quite enjoyably boozy, with whiskey tones. Taste is malty and caramel, bourbon, scotch. Just awesome complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (4170) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2010
bottle at the beer bistro. Very dark pour with a small fluffy head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, scotch, smoke, roasted malt, and cocoa. The scotch really comes through, lots of subtle peat, and smoke notes. They mingle very well with the vanilla and the oak. I’m not a ascotch fan, but i enjoy the scotch flavor being mixed with an impy stout. excellent sipper, what a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque near-black, with a firm tan head, which lasts well, and leaves good lacing. Oak, sea spray, peat smoke and coffee mingle on the nose, neatly encapsulating both Islay whisky and stout. Prickling herbal hops begin, moving into sweet dark chocolate and coffee, before a hit of peat smoke and whisky spice. Bitter dark chocolate comes in towards the end, mixing with the peat smoke in one of the more delightful flavour combinations I have encountered in a beer. This is the best of the Paradox stouts I have had thus far. A truly magnificent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7813) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 24, 2012
Bottle from beerplanet.eu webshop. Almost black color with minimal beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, coffee, some ripe fruit, chocolate, light smokiness. Taste, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, licorice, ash. Smoky, bitter finish. Excellent.

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