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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog

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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 12-21-2008)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml, served very slightly chilled in a La Chouffe glass. 10%abv
It pours with a really dark rich dark brown body. Not overly viscous considering the abv but still has a some body to it. Whispy, faint vague head, tan in hue with some retention.

Initially on the nose fresh overly ripe fruit. Passionfruit, banana and mango. That soon passes with a wave of rich roasted malt, swimming in a salty sea. Salty notes along with a whack of dark chocolate, touch of sweet sherbet fizz and roasted malt. Lots of effervescent alcohol on the nose

Sweet rich and roasted malt. Little bit of a syrupy body but certainly not as thick or viscous as an equivalent American imperial stout. Rich and nutty, a touch of mace and five spice towards the finish. A huge heap of boozy roasted malt on the finish, some bitterness from the hops also
I wa sn't sure what to expect of this, I'm pleased to say however that it is a truly interesting and deeply complex little brew. The casks really add a whack of fresh sea air and that rich iodine character syn onymous with the Islay whiskies (notably Lagavullin and Laphroaig)

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 15:25:33 | More by cypressbob
More User Reviews:
Photo of mmapes


3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Big ol' thanks to Craig for the trade. This has been in our cellar since 2012 (it's 2014) and who knows how long he had it before trading.

Sampled some Arran scotch whisky beforehand to get familiar with the taste.

Color is mostly black, a little brown.

Plenty of head, still smells good. Stout, carmel, kinda sweet. Doesn't smell at all like the whiskey.

Taste matches the smell. A little flat, perhaps, smoky, acidic, maybe a little gingerbread on the finish.

Later sips. Acidity not so shocking on subsequent sips. The whisky has completely disappeared, though. Maybe the age has converted the whisky into smoky malt. Very malt heavy.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 03:28:47 | More by mmapes
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a tan coloured head which quickly disappears.

The smell is very sweet whisky and dark malts.

The taste is very heavy on the whisky, sweet and malty. The finish has some bitter chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth and light for the style. The carbonation is low.

Overall a very whisky forward sweet beer. I enjoyed it but one is definitely enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 01:21:33 | More by Dave1999
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

05-04-2014 23:04:38 | More by osuskin
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-07-2014 18:17:47 | More by HomerS
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-22-2014 03:44:29 | More by Mplsbrew
Photo of Andy_Luft

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-16-2014 21:02:35 | More by Andy_Luft
Photo of dgfair

North Carolina

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
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-29-2013 00:02:18 | More by jaycar06
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-25-2013 11:42:42 | More by SteeleWright
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-31-2013 21:56:40 | More by geoperez
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-27-2013 16:48:54 | More by TheBaumer
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New York

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-15-2013 17:21:26 | More by Denoas
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

09-04-2013 22:11:06 | More by JoeDurp
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-17-2013 04:46:37 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-07-2013 05:00:48 | More by rdespain
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-05-2013 21:22:41 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-29-2013 08:39:24 | More by Stalgondo
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-20-2013 05:11:25 | More by Gagnonsux
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-19-2013 12:29:20 | More by mborden
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-13-2013 20:59:58 | More by pathman
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-07-2013 15:55:53 | More by Kmat10
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-26-2013 20:52:28 | More by mrfrancis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-23-2013 17:37:10 | More by DaPan
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