BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog
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3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
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!
03-21-2009 02:57:58 | More by OlieIPA
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
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
03-21-2009 00:46:42 | More by gregmoscetti
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
03-19-2009 20:59:42 | More by Halcyondays
4.35/5 rDev +11%
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.
03-13-2009 03:08:27 | More by chrisafari
4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
02-06-2009 04:33:00 | More by mototony
3.88/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-05-2009 04:54:03 | More by BretSikkink
3.7/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
01-26-2009 23:14:22 | More by Indulgence
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-21-2008 04:24:22 | More by Phyl21ca
BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
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