BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 016)

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (6574) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a thin body of pitch black with an ugly soap bubble beige head. Aroma was far more subdued and therefore loads more pleasurable then the last Paradox I had sampled. Aroma of whiskey, dark fruits, charcoal, dark chocolate syrup, burnt malts and coffee. The body is suprisingly far more fuller then the appearance lead me to believe but sadly it was also far more softer and almost all of the carbonation was gone. The flavor starts off with strong impy stout qualities, roasty and noticeable alcohol, then the whiskey flavors kick in finishing off with more roastiness and burnt malts. Good stuff and worlds better then Islay.

Erzengel (9751) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2017
Batch 15, but 10%. Fantastic smooth and mild beginning. Great depth with a fantastic mild and dry malty finish. The wood is there, refreshing and deep with nice whisky flavour there. Long and deep malty caramelly but quite dry aftertaste, sessionable, smooth and mild with a fantastic depth.

The_Osprey (9675) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
December 2016 - Bottle share at Leighton’s. Thanks Fergus! As ’BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran’, 10% batch 16 version. Black, almost opaque with a red hue, bubbly tan head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is toasted bread, redcurrant, some fabric plasters, light smoke and BBQ notes. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is an interesting mix – spicy and earthy, salty, seaweed, smoke and fabric plasters. Interesting and quite tasty. Probably needs to be a bit bigger to carry the whisky. Decent. (3.6)

john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle. BBE date Aug 2010; Drank 13 May 2009 - Black in colour, deep red against bright light. Very malty; roast/burnt malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, hint of liquorice. Tarry & oily, smoky and oaky. Fruity; dark fruits. Vanilla, cinnamon and ginger notes. Alcohol (whisky) very evident. Very, very dry finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Imperial Stout! (2009-05)

teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 15, 2016
33cl bottle shared at Leighton’s. Many thanks to Fergus for this one. It pours a dark copper brown color with a minimal bubbly beige head. Aroma is sweet and rich in molasses bourbon vanilla chocolate and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and medium smokey with notes of barbecue and ashes, caramel. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice

mR_fr0g (14024) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle at Leighton’s place. 8/12/2016. From the depths of the cellar. A deep reddy brown coloured pour with a halo of tan head. Aroma is smoke, soy, burnt earth, tangy plum. Smooth roast. Flavour is composed of, semi sweet, woody boozy, whisky in the finish, brown toffee, slight tcp notes. Palate is medium full, wood tannin, moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

Theydon_Bois (21479) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle split at Bespin, big thanks to Mr Froge, 08/12/16. Light black with a decent tan head that soon collapses to edgeing. Nose is lightly oxidised, black pepper, herbal, toffee, chocolate, light smoke, subtle barrel. Taste comprises smoked malts, spice, charr, chocolate dusting, fruit rinds, plummy notes, earthy, cocoa dusting. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light warming alcohol in the close and a boosty kick. Decent enough peated impy ... has aged fairly well.

SaintMatty (7603) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2016
330ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Vinous fruits, plain chocolate and whisky in the aroma. Rich and somewhat grainy taste with plain chocolate, raisins and a hint of coffee standing out. The whisky notes can be detected in the finish but are not as strong as in the aroma.

Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle @cgarvieuk. April Not So Fools Tasting 2014 [Rating Backlog April 2014] Pours brown, almost black, thick it glugs rather than pours with a beige head. Nose is coffee, molasses and licorice. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, its malty, the more i drank it the more the licorice came out.

Iphonephan (7475) - Jackson Hole/McLean, 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.

Drake (14332) - 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.

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