BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog
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Reviews by jampics2:
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On cask at the Winking Lizard 2nd annual Cask Ale Festival. Poured by Britain's most wanted, the outlaw of real ale, James Watt.
Dark, nay, black with no head.
Smells of Arran whiskey. This is awesome but the beer part of it just isn't shining as much as I'd like, it's pretty much just the whiskey flavors with a subdued chocolate malt base.
Taste is nice. The peat flavor hits first, then some roasted malt that brings chocolate and coffee impressions. But not very pronounced taste. It's enjoyable but not popping as I would like, especially on cask. And there is noticeable alcohol burn. I would think a beer that doesn't have a ton of strong flavors would allow more subtleties to shine.
Mouthfeel was a touch too watery to be a good example of the style. Overall, this was nice but I think Brewdog held back here. I would expect brash flavors from the crew that brought the work Tactical Nuclear Penguin. This holds together well but could use a bit more zing from the roast and the whiskey to cover the alcohol.
Serving type: cask
03-28-2010 12:22:08 | More by jampics2
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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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