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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog

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88
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, thanks to Phy21ca. 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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Bistro in August 2009.

Poured a very dark, thick black with a moderate tan head. The smell was definitely of whiskey along with a nice malty sweetness. A little bit of dark fruit. The taste was very well organized, with the whiskey being predominant, although a very nice malt sweetness was in the background. Very viscous with low carbonation, which was quite proper. The drinkability was good, but the glass I split with my wife was plenty.

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a thin light tan head. Some maple, molasses and whisky in the nose.

Full sweet coffee/licorice/whiskey flavors. Unfortunately, literally no carbonation whatsoever and very uninviting.

Flat, dull and lacking in character all around. Love this beer in the bottle. The draft was very disappointing.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewdog has me scared to death to open a bottle; I am quite gun shy after the Smokehead. All of these beers aged in whisky casks have turned out extremely intense and overbearing with the smoke, peat, char, and booze flavors. It turns out that this one fares much better with a foundation of stout-like proportions and only contributing barrel character.

A dark brown beer (almost black) pours with near opaqueness. A dainty head forms and then settles with a film that hardly covers the surface. The foam lasts 'til the end of the session while leaving solid lacing behind. The beer takes on a very cask-ale like appearance even down to the barely-there carbonation. It's not uncommon for barrel aged beers to struggle in the head formation/retention arena.

Aromas of rum and fruitcake rise first, even above the secondary bitter chocolates, French roast coffees, and burnt currants, cherries, and raisons. The plethera of stone fruits range from figs and dates to nuts and berries-- all of the deeply roasted and dehydrated variety. All this wrapped around a sweet alcohol (rum) note that fades into port and brandy from time to time.

Flavors very closely mimic the aromas but in a more muted behavior than I'd expect. The intensity here definately favors the roasted grains with the coffee, cocoa, nuts, and char. Fruits and alcohols round together in a rum-soaked fruitcake demeanor. Bitterness seems to be a harsher alcohol deriven type instead of the smoother hop bitterness. Slight oxidation gives a sherry-like note that actually helps the flavors.

Low carbonation allows the beer to sit on the surfaces of the mouth and with no efforvesence. However, the beer is creamy and fluid up front but then thins out and dries out beautifully in the finish. A pappery, powdery dry sensation stops shy of leaving the mouth arid or ashy. I would however prefer more body with this beer.

The Stout base is much more moderate than the expected Russian Imperial versions which seems to take something off of the beer. The flavors are so big and well balanced, I would prefer the body to do the same for consistency's sake. Still, one of the better beers to jump out of Scottland.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a small dark brown bubbly head with low retention and some lacing. Aroma of barley and scotch with some light sweet malt. Taste is a great mix between some scotch, some sweet black chocolate and some sweet barley. Medium body with low carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Very well done and barrel aging is well balanced.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black and evil looking from the start. A small but quickly fleeting head of light tan rises up from the bottom of the glass and sits on top for a brief moment before settling back down again. Aroma is burnt, smoked, and peaty, however you want to say it, wow. Dark leather and tobacco, smoked malts, rich, dark chocolate notes. Immense aroma of charred wood. Holy crap this is a beast. Warming brings out subtle vanilla, but barely as the bulk of this is just tremendous smoke. Each sip is rich, again seeped in smoked malts and rich campfire like tones

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone last night.

A: Black with a thin mocha colored foam.

S: Coffee, licorice, woody, smoke, slight chocolate and whiskey.

T: Smokey, roasted malt, licorice, a bit of chocolate and not too much whiskey flavor.

M: Lighter on the tongue than I was expecting, and kind of flat.

D: Certainly tasty and not overpowering in any sense.

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out much like the others in the series, black, not overly thick looking and with a thin tan head on top. The smell of the beer was heavily aged in scotch barrels. It's very pronounced on the nose. The taste of the beer was heavy with booze and burnt flavors. The mouthfeel is slick but not really all that thick. There's not much carbonation in there, the beer is on the flatter side. Overall it's not much different than any other Paradox I've had. They're fun to try but I would need to have them side by side in order to really see a difference.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter jet black like an oil slick,no head to speak of.Candied fruit and some vanilla in the nose along with some light burnt notes,somewhat mellow but nice.Mellow is a good word to describe the feel,not much carbonation and its full,quite nice.Flavors of spiced cherries,vanilla,mild char,and sweet alcohol,its pretty mild and nice to sip on.I was hesitant to try this but I liked it.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of the Arran malt expressions, so it's nice to see BrewDog working with this region of Scottish whiskey production.

This beer pours a deep, dark opaque brown, with slight mahogany edges, and a thin meniscus of soapy eggshell white head, which still manages to leave some webbed lace as it recedes. It smells of caramel, vanilla, treacle, and some mild alcohol. The taste is mildly roasted caramel malt, milk chocolate powder, some boozy wood, marzipan, dark brown sugar, and burnt vanilla as the finish approaches. The carbonation is very soft, the body smooth, velvety, and decently heavy, and it finishes a bit off-dry - roasted chocolate, and the alcohol finally shows itself in quantity, although not very much.

Like the namesake whiskey, the smokiness in this beer is very restrained, and the various sweet component shine through. The big alcohol is very well integrated, rendering this scarily easy to drink.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours nearly jet black with no real head whatsoever. The smell is a maelstrom of aromas, with pieces and parts of roasted malts, scotch, vanilla, and even some coffee. The taste generally follows, though the alchohol comes through a bit more, and the coffee is much more bitter than the roast felt in the nose. Also coming through stronger is the whiskey, giving a unique warming and boozy sensation that nicely compliments the usual imperial stout flavors. The body is nearing the heavy range, but rolls very smoothly through the mouth, allowing for an enjoyable drinking experience.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Kegatron
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens 11/14/09 during their "Bashah Bash" event with BrewDog. Served in a cool looking BrewDog goblet.

Pours black in the glass, with creamy finger of mocha colored head. Retains with a thin frothy layer, that stays rich, leaving a big sticky latticework of lacing down the sides. The barrel notes in the aroma are very spicy and sharp at first, but then smoothes out nicely in the back of the nose with some more mellow notes of smoke, wood, and earth. Underneath, lies plenty of the Stout flavors, including chocolate, roast, and some sticky caramel. This just sits in the nose with a very well rounded feel to it.

The taste has a nice roasty chocolate sweetness to it, which is quickly surrounded by the spicy, meaty, and smoky textures of the barrel. The finish is very dry from the spice, with a good bit of a woody feel mixing in as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a very mellow and creamy quality to the carbonation which matches that of the aroma. This drinks very easily for a 10% beer. There is actually minimal tannic slickness here to the body, which allows more of that creamy feel to really come out.

I really like what that Arran barrel brought to this, with a ton of spice and smoke character giving this a good bit of depth, yet this still stayed very smooth and easy for such a big beer. Solid entry in the series here for sure.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost opaque with a very very thin tan head that falls to nothing quickly. Nose is one dimensional bourbon tones. Bourbon and vanilla and minor at that. Flavor comes off as the same really. Nice and thick and malty with a minor alcohol burn and booze tones to it. But there's no oomph. No kick. No big thing eliciting that wow factor. Feel is lower on carbonation. Liquid is thick. Overall a nice enough example of the style. Is it delivering interesting character from the barrels used to age it? I don't think so. But hey, that's the price of experimentation, right?

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beefing up my cask rep on here by trying a lot of beers on cask. So far its not been my favorite way to experience a beer but some side by side comparisons are in order.

Beer is dark brown to black with a reddish hue in the corners. There is no lacing and I can't see whether or not there is any residual carbonation.

Aroma has a slight liquor component to ti followed by some roast.

Beer is smooth and medium bodied. No carbonation in the mouth at all. Lots of bitter chocolate flavors in the back of the mouth. Some alcohol sweetness. Drinkability is moderate and the mouthfeel is OK to good.

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Only had a sampler of this on tap, but I do have a bottle at home, so this review is kind of preliminary.

A: Dark brown to black color, slight tan head.

S: Roasty malts, weak coffee.

T: Roasty malts with weak coffee and chocolate. Subtle dried fruits. A little bit of bitterness and a bit of alcohol taste.

M: Moderately smooth with some edge from the alcohol, like it's spiked with whiskey.

D: Moderately drinkable; probably wouldn't order more than one.

Photo of mdfb79
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on cask at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Menu said it was aged for 6 months in single malt whiskey barrels.

a - Pours a dark black with no head at all.

s - Smells of oak, whiskey, and some roasted malts.

t - Tastes of oak and watered down whiskey. Also hints of dark fruits. Not a big fan of this.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - Overall I didn't really like this one. I usually enjoy stouts that are aged in whiskey barrels but this just tasted like watered down whiskey to me. Wouldn't look to have again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with a small beige head. The aroma has some smokey peat notes but you also get vanilla as well as dark fruit. The flavor is more of the same with the vanilla really standing out. Not as much roasted malt as I expected. You also get some oak and toffee characters. reminds me of a very nice scotch. Medium mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Tried side-by-side with Smokehead and Springbank and this one stood out as the best.

Photo of kojevergas
2.05/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet in Belfort, France. Bottle is brown glass with a classic pressure cap. Reviewed live. I usually find Brewdog to be gimmicky crap that has no need for a limited release, but is done so in order to jack up the prices.

A: Half finger head is of tan colour, nice cream, and decent thickness. Retention is laughably bad, which can be explained by the wide mouth goblet and high ABV. Solid black colour. Nontransparent. It's alright.

Sm: Whiskey and cream; that's it. The aroma is moderately strong.

T: Whiskey undertones with cream and maybe chocolate atop. I find cinnamon only when I look for it. I don't find ginger, but there's some sort of awful fringe sourness on the edges. Built very badly and poorly balanced, with whiskey overpowering the entire body. Where's the beer?

Mf: Smooth and wet, with entirely too much thickness. It's hardly complementary of the flavours on the body.

Dr: The high ABV isn't that noticeable, but it still comes through. A sip of this would make you vomit after a night of fair drinking; it's just enough to tip you over the edge alongside the wretched flavour. The price is obscenely high, typical for BrewDog. This is an extortionist beer, as usual for the brewer. It's really hardly a beer at all. This is BrewDog in its infancy trying to cash in on the aging wave.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very dark brown, tan cask head, lots of lacing.

S: Scotch is evident, more of a floral barrel character than with a bourbon barrel, sugary, peat.

T: The whisky really comes out more in the taste. Sweet molasses, iodine, sea water, with some roasted malt from the stout base. Intriguing and tasty flavour.

M: Low carbonation, smooth, no hint of the 10%.

D: A really nice imperial pint right here. Quite drinkable for its strength, it could certainly catch up on you in a hurry.

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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.