BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.6/5 rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
The beer pours with a very weak and porous head that is slightly tanned and a very light big bubbled lacing that laps up the sides of the glass and dissipates very quickly. This beer is as dark as sin with a slight coffee ambering right at the top of the glass, but overall it is not much of a looker, and the carbonation seems low, which is expected from the whisky barrel aging process. This beer hits the nose, however, as thick and malty. There is some oozing chocolate lingering in the smell, and some slight caramel tinges along with the suggestion of the barrels it was aged in. This smell is actually quite enticing with globbing wafts of molasses and chocolate and perhaps some slight sugars. There are no hops present but it is by far the stickiest and thickest smelling beer I’ve ever smelled, and those adjectives shouldn’t really apply to the smell! Dear lord is this beer thick on the tongue with a nice musky smoke on the back and heavy dark chocolate on the initial oozing rush. This beer tastes fantastic! There are some slight dark fruit tingling that definitely suggest raisins, only these raisins are chocolate covered. Chocolate is most definitely the overpowering flavor here. Carbonation is a very light tingle on the tongue but this beer is thick, fat and oozing (as I may have said once or twice before) and it flows away to leave a light skim of saliva on the top of the tongue while a raging saliva-waterfall cascades off the tongues-sides. I am very much a fan of this beer, and I am very impressed with my first bottle of Brew Dog! These Scots know how to make some kickass beer. This is a great barrel aged imperial stout! Definitely worth picking up, and excellent as a dessert beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2012 01:53:03 | More by Maxwell
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4.06/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Been sitting on this one for a while...just never got around to drinking it.
Pours an oily jet black with a tightly bubbled tan head that dissipates at a nice even pace leaving good lacing around the glass. Looks slightly thin and bubbly for a 10% stout.
Smell of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and peat. Very nice. Not heavy in the aroma...need to go searching for the scent a little bit, but the reward is worth the time. Scotch comes out more as the beer warms.
Taste is very nice. Upfront notes of dry cocoa followed by the oak and peat characteristics from the scotch barrel aging. Finishes very dry with another shot of cocoa powder accompanied by a slight booziness. Like the smell, scotch comes to the forefront as the beer approaches room temperature. I love the fact that this is not an overly sweet stout. The dry, rich, earthly flavors are a perfect match for the scotch treatment here.
Mouth is slightly thin, but not off-putting in any way. Definitely can't tell it's a big stout from the mouthfeel, and that's a good thing. Don't mind a clean finish without the sticky heaviness.
Overall, this is a very well crafted beer, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 02:48:58 | More by dgfair
3.95/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Batch 016, best before 08/08/10 bottle. Have had this for about 2 years and decided to sit on it for the right time. Splitting this one with my dad night before thanksgiving.
Poured carefully into a snifter, there is virtually no head at all; the beer is a really dark cola, a bit lighter than your typical imperial stout. It's opaque and cloudy.
Definitely able to smell the barrel, which is not always the case with BA stouts aged for this long. There are obvious exceptions, but I am pleased, here. Nice combination of coffee, chocolate, subtle dark fruit and vanilla aromas are present.
Taste is similar but different; robust barley and malt backbone with some hopiness as well. Great chocolate aftertaste, bitter but well-balanced.
Feel is incredibly smooth/some bitterness as well. Very lightly carbonated.
Overall great beer. Aged fairly well; probably only chance to try this one, but if you see it on a random shelf somehwere, check it out. Cheers.
Serving type: bottle
11-27-2013 22:05:20 | More by rodlavers
BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
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