BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog
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3.15/5 rDev -19.8%
A: Pours flat as hell. A deep brown/black color that looks and pours like soy sauce.
S: As a disclosure, this bottle did say best by last year, do it's possible that this is simply past its prime. I did pick up some dark fruits, mostly raisin, and a touch of smokiness. I'm trying like crazy but I'm not really getting any scotch.
T: Raisin and earthiness upfront with a distinct peat note. Again, not a ton of scotch but I think that peaty flavor is from it. Roasted malt and more raisin on the finish. Mouthfeel is absolutely awful. Completely flat and very very thin. One one hand, it does a good job of disguising the ABV, but it also hurts the flavor potential of this beer. Not super great.
06-21-2012 00:10:16 | More by notchucknorris
3.85/5 rDev -2%
My first thought was, "hello scotch. how are you?" But after some thought, its a bit more complex than that.
No head, but thats expected from the age and style. Very murky pitch black body. I know that sounds odd, but its true. No head and no carbonation.
Initial smells are loaded with smooth peaty scotch. Lots of dry aged malt to give it a bit of depth. Slightly sweet notes left. nice dose of booze as well. Smells boozier than any other.
Smells alot scarier and comlex than it tastes, honestly. Its super sweet and smooth. Scotch smoothness, stout sweetness, and a mellowness from the age. Its scary for the ABV. SO drinkable, it goes down so smooth. hints of sweet dark cherries are a bit unexpected, but welcome.
my only knock is for its bill and style, it should be over the top. I dont think age has done it justice at all. It should blow my mind, but its just kind of there. hm.
05-14-2012 21:18:41 | More by VncentLIFE
3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
Best before 2015
Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that leaves bfore the party really gets rolling. Smells of oak and vanilla with a touch of smoke, and a wee bit of caramel and roasted grains deep underneath. Taste is a little roasty and chocolatey with a heavy dose of smokey peat. Slightly earthy with a touch of vanilla and alcohol. This has mellowed a bit since the last time I tried it, and that's a good thing in my mind. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a roasty oily mouthfeel. I enjoyed this tonight, but I won't lie its not my favorite stout. It's a lot less smoky than last time I tried it, but its still quite smoky. Might pair well with some pulled pork or a cigar.
05-07-2012 23:10:39 | More by johnnnniee
3.4/5 rDev -13.5%
Beer pours black and hardly carbonated. Holding the beer and thin it out against the glass, I can see some serious burgundy notes reminiscent of a very dark red wine. What bubbles I see might easily have been from the very vigorous pour I attempted to throw down once I saw it was having trouble fizzing. There are smaller light carbonation bubbles that don't last very long. Smells of dark malt, dark fruits and liquor. hints of caramel. After tasting my suspicion that this was going to be flat held true. The taste overall though follows the nose. Vanilla, dark fruit, nice maltiness. Hints of chocolate and liquor, which I suppose is scotch from the barrels that were used. The beer actually tastes quite good. More like a barrel-aged barleywine than a stout. Mouthfeel blows since it's flat and it's the one downside of the beer. Brings it way down from what could have been one of the best beers I've had. Other reviews show that more than a few bottles poured flat so this wasn't an isolated incident. It wasn't terrible, just let than it could have been.
05-01-2012 02:08:30 | More by Blanco
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
The beer poured a flat dark mahogany with no head. The aroma hinted of dark fruit. The taste was a bit medicinal with coffe upfront and some bittered dark fruit on the back end. The feel was medium and slightly wet. A different sort of cask effort that left me not overly interested in a second glass. I found this at Friscos in Columbia MD on 4/4/12.
04-05-2012 02:05:57 | More by claytri
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this to the tasting. The bottle says best by 8/8/10; sampled on 4/3/12. It was purchased at Total Wine on 4/2/12.
Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep brown that borders on black with some reddish hues around the edges. There is absolutely no head, just a few carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass. The nose has notes of roasted malt, vanilla, faint chocolate, ginger, whiskey, and alcohol. The flavor is vanilla forward with nice roastiness underneath. There are some subtle notes of wood and whiskey as well as some chocolate and alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is very thin for the style, absolutely no carbonation, but ultimately warm and a bit smooth.
This is a bit of a weird brew. I would have liked to sample it before the best by date. The mouthfeel throws me off and the lack of body definitely detracts from the experience and maybe even the flavor. I'm glad I tried it nonetheless because the flavor was still intriguing and complex.
04-04-2012 12:46:18 | More by tdm168
4.18/5 rDev +6.4%
330ml bottle poured into tulip 23/3/12
A near black just a little cola at the edges, large two finger of light brown head just sits there slowly falling to an island leaving unorganized lace
S chocolate milk with a little dried fruit, smokey wood and the scotch notes, not very peaty but you can tell it sat in a barrel for a while
T more char and smokey notes in the mouth, rum raisin and a little booze, pretty dark roast going on here burnt coffee and a little caramel, I loved the taste of this stuff its a pretty intense yet mellow if that makes any sense at all
M a little thin considering the color but still far from watery, just some slight heat and bubbles give it some life, the aftertaste lingers for ages fairly strong
O pretty well rounded stuff going on here, some more age wouldn't hurt its cause but a pretty solid barrel aged stout
this ones worth a shot for sure and if I could I'd grab a pair to age, for now a big thanks goes out to chickenm for sending me one of these it was what I was hoping for
03-24-2012 17:40:12 | More by wordemupg
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