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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass pry-top.

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown/black, virtually no head but tan bubbles.

Nose: Medium vanilla, medium toast, bittersweet chocolate, light-roast coffee, mossy notes, dried orange peel, grains.

Palate: Medium-bodied and immediate alcohol slick mouthfeel. Boozy but drier than the Port Dundas. Picked up some tannins from the wood. Medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla/whiskey finish is drying.

Notes: Younger whisky barrels show here giving tannins and more vanilla character than the Port Dundas. Nicely done but alcohol up front is hard to ignore.

SFLpunk, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Pehlman
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this brew on cask over at Beachwood BBQ with my buddy OlieIPA.

A - Pitch black with a light-tan, very foamy head. The contrast of the beer to the head reminded me of a less creamy dry Irish stout.

S - Very weak aroma. Maybe because of being on cask. From what I could smell there were mostly hints of roasted malts. Somewhere deep in there I believe I could smell a bit of chocolate.

T - Just like the smell but stronger. Had a boozey-sweet finish to it which was nice at first but got a bit cloying after a while.

M - Very smooth. Very creamy. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. The only downside to the mouthfeel was a kind of foamy feeling left in the mouth afterward.

D - Could definitely have again but it would have to be on draft or out of a bottle. Definitely worth a try for anyone who can.

Pehlman, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Beachwood BBQ on cask and poured into a pub glass.

A: Appeared to have a light, delicate, and frothy looking head that sat on gently on this blackish looking Imperial Stout. As I held the glass up next to the light, I noticed hints of ruby-red or mahogany piercing through the glass. Upon finishing this beverage, I could still see the reminisce of this beer clinging to the walls of this once full-glass.

S: Not as pungent as I was expecting with subtle notes of dark malt mixed in with chocolate. Nothing too spectacular, but still enjoyable.

T: A bit boozy up front and in the tail end as well, this beer is a definite "winter warmer". Again, chocolate and coffee was present along with vanilla or perhaps a white-chocolate quality was a nice little addition to the flavor profile...which added a small amount of complexity. I also picked up a hop presence...weird, but good.

M: Since this was served on cask, the body wasn't as full as I was anticipating. Carbonation was just about right.

D: I thought this was a pretty good beer that was real easy to drink. On the other hand, it was a little boozy...which may have masked some of the flavors.

Overall: Pretty darn good. A try it beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of gregmoscetti
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The burn of a scotch, the warmth of a stout.

This baby was booze heavy (weighing in at 10%) but it was the feeling that got me; The warmth of a glass of whiskey tracing your esophagus. Maybe the cask, maybe the scotch barrel, but it was a damn good beer. The only thing I was disappointed with (and i use that term as lightly as possible) was the drinkability. It would have taken me a while to polish off that baby. I would love to try it bottled. Maybe one day it will find me.

Great beer for an imperial stout enthusiast

gregmoscetti, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of chrisafari
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at Stone World Brewing Bistro and Gardens

smell: deep roasted-malt, single malt scotch, cocoa.

pour: black opaque w/ thin off-white head.

flavor: begins smooth, roasted malt then the cocoa notes kick in, nice and smooth. Overall flavor of scotch and alcohol, mild enjoyable burn. Finish is dry with a hint of hops.

mouthfeel: light carbonation from the cask, smooth medium-heavy to heavy body. Mouthfeel is also somewhat oily, which was unexpected (might be the cask).

drinkability: very easy to drink for an imperial stout, the cocoa lingers in the throat and begs you to take another sip.

overall: really, really nice. One of the best Imperial stouts I've had. The Scotch barrels add a nice touch of scotch (nose and burn). It might have been better, however, if it wasn't on cask, the flavor might have been better served with some refrigeration.

chrisafari, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of mototony
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fl oz bottle. Almost nonexistant head and very faint coffee and malt nose. Bittersweet at first with fig and dried fruit on the tongue. Thought I would get more peat/smoke/oak from this, but nice balance overall. Thin in the mouth, warm in the throat.

I could drink this beer as long as my tolerance allowed.

mototony, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, with very little head. Okay, no foam or bubbles after about 10 seconds.

Fruity nose, with some raisin and fig, not quite so sweet. A little salty actually, maybe ginger. A little bit of oak.

The flavor is darkly malty, a bit like a Scotch with the wood notes but this is not particularly acute. Fairly stout-like, which is an improvement on a few BrewDogs I've had. Oily, full mouthfeel.

The carbonation issue is getting to me with this brewery. I don't think I'll have another BrewDog until I read several times over that this has been fixed. A stout doesn't need to be fizzy, but I don't think it should be as flat as an English barleywine.

BretSikkink, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Indulgence
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch no. 016, best before 080810: I have friends that are all over Arran scotch and they have visited the distillery, so I have some connection to this Brewdog... pours opaque black, not dark, but brown-black with reddish highlights on the fringes... hardly no head with aggressive pour... I catch some salty dried fruits and some soy and the ginger and spice that is mentioned on the label... not very much smokey, oakey presence as one would expect from a scotch... very smooth and oily, easy drinking, but the mashing of the flavors slows things down... a little more carbonation would improve things a bit... overall a nice brew, and definitely we have to thank the Scots for doing something completely unique.

Indulgence, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 21, 2008
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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
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