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: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Scotlands most distinctive Whiskies.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Pours a reddish dark borwn, thin tan head. Roasted malt, light smoke, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, cocoa. Slightly earthy. A decent barrel aged imp stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
330 ml bottle from a kw group private order. pours thin reddish black with a short lived tan head. aroma; roasted malt, whisky, wood, smoke, alcohol. the flavour starts quite harsh but then the complex waves kick in. it really is a treat after you let it open up. i enjoyed mine the most right at the end of my glass ~2hrs after popping it. an interesting brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2009
330ml Bottle: Aroma of wood, whiskey, roasted malts, caramel, smoke, slight peat, tar, and dark ripe fruit. Poured very dark brown/mahogany/ruby in color with a tiny, off-white head that lasted around the edges. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tasted of roasted malts, slight coffee, slight peat, slight tar, slight smoke, oak, slight vanilla, and slight chocolate. Medium body. Thin, oily texture becomes a tad chalky. Soft carbonation. Roasted malt, slight vanilla, slight chocolate, and oak finish is thin but a little chalky. 10%ABV is unnoticeable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle, Rehills, Newcastle. 100th rating, so I thought Id pick something a bit special. An intense medicinal and peaty smell and taste hits you in the nose and throat immediately. Thin, bubbled head, almost pale brown in colour. Mellowness creeps in after a couple of sips and rich, ripe fruit becomes apparent. The astringent whisky flavour becomes evident and compliments the beer superbly. A bit more warmth in the glass sees the whiskys oiliness make itself known. Sat in the garden, at the end of a rare perfect UK summers day, with the first of the evenings cool breezes starting and this works an absolute treat.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11487) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle, thanks to boutip. Pours black, modest white head. Fragrance is mollasses, coffee, chocolate, and whiskey. Taste is restrained whiskey and wood, even though expirey more than a year off. Smooth drinkability, above average thick body. A decent, though not outstanding IS.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Pours like liquid charcoal with a fastly fleeting head. Decent lacing. Smells like chocolate pudding. Medium nectar with mild carbonation. Big chocolaty malt backbone with defined spirit essence. Just moderately sweet with a long finish. A good sippin brew with balanced warming alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10919) - 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) - rnes, 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 its 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 (7713) - 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 (10761) - 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.


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