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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog

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87
very good

183 Reviews
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Reviews: 183
Hads: 278
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 12-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 183 | Hads: 278
Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (553 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

888th Review on BA
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@Haven Gastropub

App- A good mix of some ambers/browns and crimson around the edges. A good 1/2 finger of fast receding head was there and was gone. A good amount of stick for a big stout though.

Smell- A sweet whiskey oak barrel note first hits followed by some roasted espresso and some malt backbone.

Taste- A very well done stout from the boys who seem to catch a lot of shit. This was smooth and balanced with a good burn but not cloyingly sweet. The whiskey was prevelant but balanced and didnt make you have to put it down. Smooth and a touch below creamy.

Mouth- A lighter medium stout for being a double with a pretty low-medium carbonation level. Good malt and whiskey note on the finish.

Drink- A good beer to say the least but was a bit spirit like in body and carbonation level and the barrel treatment. Very tasty. Would love to sit on a couple bottles. But tap works just fine for me. (940 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to my Girlfriend by her pal in Scotland for her Birthday. From notes.

A - Poured black with a thick dark brown one finger head. Minimal lace and a half finger of head retention.

S - A wonderfully complex and inviting mix of molasses, licorice, wood, whisy, booze, sugary mocha coffee, and chocolate covered cherries.

T - Roasty, wood, whisky, vanilla, chocolate cherries again. The wood was stronger with whisky notes and lot's of chocolate.

M - Nice carbonation and a full body with a sweet and woody finish.

O/D - Very nice. The wood influence was interesting and added a layer of complexity to what I assume is a great base Imperial Stout. If BrewDog could be more consistent I would have more faith in them, but this has raised the bar for them for sure. Well crafted. (789 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a nice deep Ebony colour with a tanned head that reduces to a lacing fil.

S - Aromas of seaweed and vanilla, with heaps of bready malt.

T - Up front some nice roasted malt flavours that are quickly replaced by some nice barrel whiskey notes. Some brown sugar is also present to balance it out. Vanilla finishes it off.

M - Full body and low carbonation.

O - Balance is the key with these beers and this fits the bill well. (463 characters)

Photo of kmatlack
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 08-08-08, poured into my New Belgium snifter.

A- Appears a black, flat, not thick and super dark like you would expect. Light coming through on the edges. A vigorous pour rendered no head with little foamy splotches in the middle of the glass. Kind of disappointing.

S- Smells of honey, wood, oatmeal, whiskey. Some chocolate, nuts, more charred wood. Smells pretty good.

T- Tastes bready, a little bit of whiskey, roasty, booze on the back end. Its good but im not impressed, think its got too much time on it.

M- Completely flat. Too thin. This is all wrong...

O- A raging disappointment. I usually give Brewdog the benefit of the doubt and I buy their beers even despite the outrageous prices, but im starting to doubt them. This was a total downer and i hope the Macallan Paradox is better... (811 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, oaky and a mellow whiskey. In the taste, roasted malt and a big whiskey presence. Quite smooth and a medium to a bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry whiskey like aftertaste. Big roast and a big whiskey flavor, a mellow oak and a good sipper. (288 characters)

Photo of shanblur
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Hyde Park Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, OH. Best by date of 08/08/10. Poured from 33cl bottle into a sniffer.

A - Pours a dark brown to black. Very little head quickly turns to a ring of foam.

S - Earthy wood and smoke aroma mixed with a whisky smell.

T - Smoky and slightly sweet with a definite whisky taste. Nice warming alcohol.

M - Creamy and smooth with a light carbonation.

I guess I had this one aged some based on the best by date. It still was very enjoyable. The amount of whisky in the aroma and taste is perfect. Does not taste like 10% abv. (572 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of batch 16 with a best by date of 08/08/10. Pours an opaque black color with very little head, even with an aggressive pour.

Nose is big, chock full of chocolate, peat, raisins, figs and molasses. Nice blend of sweet and dark fruit and smokiness. I like it.

Taste is a little lighter in overall flavor than I expected after the big nose, but there is some pleasant notes of dark chocolate, licorice dripping with smoky peat and a touch of roast. Unfortunately, the beer is almost completely flat. Carbonation would help this beer out quite a bit, but still pretty tasty. ABV is well hidden and the beer goes down relatively easy. I dont think I would buy it again at nearly $10 per 12 oz bottle, but it was fun to try. (734 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -46.9%
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. (1,364 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Batch 016.

Poured into tulip. Pitch black with the slightest head that quickly becomes a razor thin ring of beige foam.

A very leathery malt and peat aroma, a sweet cereal presence but not as sweet as other Paradox versions I've had. Peat stays strong through the draw.

Tastes of roasty chocolate malt, very soft dark fruit and spicy notes. Whisky barrel notes take a background role, but oaky vanilla notes emerge in the finish with the slightest amount of smokey peat whisky. Some lingering bitterness.

Body is on the thinner side and carbonation is a little too low to make a great mouthfeel. (613 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark shade of cocao and topped off with a cream-colored head, Paradox #16 is opaque and viscous.

S: Bouquet is a bit more quiet than I had expected. A touch of chocolate and caramel are detectible, but you have to look for it.

T: Semi-sweet, with dark chocolate, molasses, and vanilla on the front, and semi-sweet chocolate continuing on the finish. There aren't a ton of flavors going on here, but there is good harmony amongst what is there.

M: Full body, light carbonation, and only slightly sticky.

O: This is definitely a great RIS, but doesn't stand up to many of the other Paradox offerings. The main downfall is that the scotch doesn't come through at all. I haven't had that particular dram, but I don't detect anything resembling a single malt in this brew. Nonetheless, it is a tasty beer. (821 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: jet black with no head, but tiny light brown ring around side

S: huge licorice smell with some nice whiskey aroma given off from the barrel it was aged in.

T: full of raisin, whiskey and dark malt flavors. Falls very flat as an after taste

M: very thin throughout the mouth and has little to no carbonation

O: would like a thicker body or more carbonation. Both would make beer more substantial. However it follows in line with other brewdog beers. (460 characters)

Photo of shambeano
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, i've been holding on to this one for a while now. so time to see how it goes! poured into a tulip at room temp. oh, and the best before on the one i picked up was 09/09/14.

A- Pours a jet black, with about 1cm of nice tight looking head. sticks around for about half a minute before dissipating into a thin film. some lacing but not much. looks good.

S- straight up theres a bunch of sweetish malt, raisiny and dark fruits. followed by whiskey flavours. vanilla, little bit of oak, and the slightest smokiness, with a touch of roasted malt at the end. not bad at all.

T- straight up there is some roasted malts, but thats quickly overwhelmed by the sweet malts, raisin, and that whiskey flavour again, which is present, but a little more subdued than it was on the nose. the smokiness isn't really present, but there is still a bit of vanilla and a bit of oak. ends with a coffee-like roasted bitterness that is pretty damn nice, and a little bit of alcohol. tastes great, but smelt better.

M- although its thick, i was really expecting it to be thicker. carbonation remained throughout but was light, which was good with the style. the alcohol roasted bitter finish is probably mid length. was hoping for a bit more.

O- im a fan of this one. the stout marries well with the whiskey flavours, adding another dimension without the whiskey taking over. im glad i put a few of these away. (1,400 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, dated 8/8/08, into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a very dark burgundy red color, very little head at all.

S - Smells smokey, and slightly sweet.

T - Has a bittersweet smokey flavor, with smokey after taste. Notes of chocolate, and dark fruits are present. Maybe even a little burnt wood, and whiskey as well.

M - Light-medium mouthfeel, slightly lacking in carbonation, but goes down smooth.

O - Good stout, and at 10% the alcohol isn't even noticable. But unfortunately, at $13 I doubt I'll be buying another. It's good, but not that good. (588 characters)

Photo of rbhockeyfan
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Pours a dark brown/black color with a very small amount of off white head.

Smell: dried fruits, sweet raisins with hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee

Taste: Sweet, fairly well rounded, little to no carbonation, nice fruity flavor on the front with the oaked, sweet dried fruit flavors on the end.

Mouthfeel: Felt thick and very smooth on the pallet

Overall: An okay beer, not really worth the ridiculous price attached to it. If it were half the price, it would be well worth the price. As it stands, it is a nice obviously oak aged beer reminiscent Samichlaus but without the heavy alcohol taste. (612 characters)

Photo of CuttDeez
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown black with very little off white dark kahki head.
S - An oaky smoky nose, with over sweet chocolate and over sweet dark fruits. There was also a slight sour fruit note on the back end.
T & M & D - A malty sweetness and roasted caramel undertone. There was a dark fruit taste to it but it was shadowed by a bitter coco flavor that finished with slightly vinager back taste. The beer was smooth in the mouth and medium bodied but lacked in depth of taste that you would like to see in an oak aged brew.

-Cheers (524 characters)

Photo of Krakistophales
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Let me just say that my palate is definitely not as sophisticated as most people's, but I'll try my best.

A: This one is black like darth vader's helmet, with very little carbonation and no head.

S: Mostly smokey, some earthy hints, feels like being around a campfire.

T: The initial hit is a bit of a bittersweet chocolate, like a really strong cocoa taste, with the middle being pretty smoky, but just enough, and the finish is kinda dry and smoky as well.

M: Rather thin, which is surprising for an imperial stout. With no head and little carbonation, it has a slick consistency and doesn't linger.

O: It's alright. I'm not a fan of smoke, but this one is just tolerable enough to get through. It's pretty one dimensional, though, for an imperial stout, and I would've liked more chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, or any other kind of usual imperial stout layers. (868 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a short-lived dark tan head.
Nose shows lots of roasted malt with dark chocolate and nutty characters. Underneath some soft, spicy alcohol is noticeable alongside vanilla and cinnamon.
Big roasty flavours with cocoa and underlying sweet caramel. The whiskey shows along with some subtle booze. Pretty full-on bitterness, could use more sweet malt to balance it out a bit.
Carbonation seems pretty high, not really necessary for these flavours. (460 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly more body than the Dundas, but the aroma is rather faint and lost here. Still this beer has a watery thin bodied and is virtually uncorroborated. Not an overly sweet beer and I think there's a very subtle amount of peat, but it's really hard to pick up on. There's a certain amount of bitterness but again subtle as can be. I can't recommend this beer to anyone. It isn't as good as the Dundas and the flavors aren't as unique as the Smokehead. You simply have a pretty over priced and unimpressive stout here. The barrel aging doesn't add enough. (556 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My 500th Review. Batch 16. Best before 8/8/10, we shall see about that.

A: Mahogany brown as it pours, black in the glass. The head consists of somewhat large bubbles. Seems a little thin for the style, but that is just an observation.

S: Sweet dark chocolate notes, with a malty syrup scent right behind. There is a nice oaky scent coming through as well. A very sweet, and intoxicating aroma.

T: Oaky, malty, chocolaty, and a touch of roasted grain. There is almost an odd bit in the finish, but I cant quite put my finger on it.

M: Very thin considering the style. Carbonation seems a little on the flat side. The finish is quite clean. Also a bit odd for the style.

D: Good overall, but the mouthfeel is where this beer looses it for me. The flavor is decent enough, but I don't think there is enough of the scotch character to really pull it out. (861 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black but head is almost non-existent.

S: Imperial Stout sweetness. Chocolate, fruit, raisins, malt.

T: Same notes as in the nose with more dimensions: black forest chocolate cake; espresso, malts, barrel-aged whisky, holiday fruitcake, and vanilla. Lack of hoppiness.

M: Very mild carbonation. Not heavy. Finish fades quickly to watery elements.

O: Easy drinkability given the 10% ABV. Overpriced for the experience though considering alternatives in the Imperial Stout category. (495 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stupidly held too long, best by 8-8-10. Opened 2-5-11
Not really sure when I bought this, early fall?

I wanted to open all three and compare against each of the three barrels. Unfortunate that my spouse opened it for me.

Poured with no carbonation. Tulip glass isnt helping much. Pitch black. Can smell, unappealing. Maybe molasses and malt. Very sad. But what I'd expect from a beer past due for consumption.

Charmingly char, vanilla, burnt sugar. Maybe some peat.
Dry finish, warming. Bitter from the carbon. Missing something, probably the quintessential beer experience; carbonation.

Thick, not heavy but dense and probably drinkable for much longer. (662 characters)

Photo of jbphoto88
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours black with yellow highlights. Not much light gets through this thick looking brew. The head is nonexistent and very unimpressive.

The nose reveals more stout scents then the isle of arran whiskey barrel nose. Deep roasted grains with dark raisins and plums. There is a faint scent of the barrel aging but it is just a soft touch of earthy vanilla.

The taste has a heavy dose of dark molasses and caramelized grains. Very sweet with a nice touch of vanilla bean. But the flavor falls a little flat in my book. For an imperial stout I feel like the flavors are there but just too muted. I also wish there was more of a presence from the whiskey barrel aging. While it's there slightly, it really could be more smokey and woody.

Mouthfeel is a little flat also. The carbonation is very fine and makes the beer very slick and soft on the tongue. It's missing the nice acidic bite that CO2 adds as well as a sizzle from the bubbles. All in all a let down of a beer. I like brewdog and the innovation/ experimentation they push, but this one is off the mark. It's not even a satisfying imperial stout and way too expensive for what it is. (1,156 characters)

Photo of radioscooter
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a lonely bottle of this at Brew Brothers in Pittsburgh. Was inspired to try it after watching a New Brew Thursday special that featured their Penguin. This is as close as I could get right now. :)

Jet black with red trimming only on the very bottom of the glass. Strange, soapy MINIMAL head after a fairly aggressive pour. It just sits there and doesn't break up. A swirl to oxidize brings only a little more suds.

Smell is ass-kicking whisky aroma, some slight dark toffee hints. I'm getting excited as I let it warm.

Paired with cheddar and half a Percocet. Not really! (No seriously...it's prescription, I strained my back. Aaand the doctor said to wash it down with Arran whisky aged imperial stout)

Taste is so mild it's ridiculous. In a good way. I was worried this would be one of those whisky-barrel beers that the aging overpowers the beer to the extent where you can maybe have one with a fire and hunting dogs at your side on a winter's day on the moor, but no - this is a beautifully balanced ale that you could drink all night. The whisky aroma is more powerful than the taste. Vanilla, malt, toffee, caramel, slight coffee, slightly boozy taste. This is a medium heavy - more of a double than an imp. stout.

VERY drinkable. Low carbonation (as the lack of head would indicate) but it doesn't feel treacly like an old ale. Very nice. The finish is phenomenal and brings a bit of dry vanilla.

I can't overstate how ridiculously accessible and drinkable this is. I'm going back tomorrow to buy the rest of their stock. (1,543 characters)

BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.