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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

260 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | 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 Maxwell
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a very weak and porous head that is slightly tanned and a very light big bubbled lacing that laps up the sides of the glass and dissipates very quickly. This beer is as dark as sin with a slight coffee ambering right at the top of the glass, but overall it is not much of a looker, and the carbonation seems low, which is expected from the whisky barrel aging process. This beer hits the nose, however, as thick and malty. There is some oozing chocolate lingering in the smell, and some slight caramel tinges along with the suggestion of the barrels it was aged in. This smell is actually quite enticing with globbing wafts of molasses and chocolate and perhaps some slight sugars. There are no hops present but it is by far the stickiest and thickest smelling beer I’ve ever smelled, and those adjectives shouldn’t really apply to the smell! Dear lord is this beer thick on the tongue with a nice musky smoke on the back and heavy dark chocolate on the initial oozing rush. This beer tastes fantastic! There are some slight dark fruit tingling that definitely suggest raisins, only these raisins are chocolate covered. Chocolate is most definitely the overpowering flavor here. Carbonation is a very light tingle on the tongue but this beer is thick, fat and oozing (as I may have said once or twice before) and it flows away to leave a light skim of saliva on the top of the tongue while a raging saliva-waterfall cascades off the tongues-sides. I am very much a fan of this beer, and I am very impressed with my first bottle of Brew Dog! These Scots know how to make some kickass beer. This is a great barrel aged imperial stout! Definitely worth picking up, and excellent as a dessert beer.

Maxwell, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Blind Tiger in NYC (6/23/12). Poured into a half tulip.

Pour: Pitch black. I mean midnight. Frothy deep khaki head that lingers and laces wonderfully. The look of this brew was its best aspect.

Smell: Boose and dark chocolate. Some roasty peat and smoke. Mostly booze.

Taste: Booze. As it warmed, I got smokey malt and dry peat, maybe some bitter chocolate. The difference between a scotch and a bourbon barrel aging technique are utterly apparent.

Overall: Cool to get, especially on cask, but not my style of Imperial Stout. Wouldn't get again.

cfrances33, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of bkk4life
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bkk4life, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of tomholland
3/5  rDev -23.5%

tomholland, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

notchucknorris, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

schnarr84, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mick303, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of WilstonOreo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

WilstonOreo, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TonyTalon, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

VncentLIFE, May 14, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

johnnnniee, May 08, 2012
Photo of FUNKPhD
4/5  rDev +2%

FUNKPhD, May 03, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

kjkinsey, May 02, 2012
Photo of Blanco
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Blanco, May 01, 2012
Photo of elizago
4/5  rDev +2%

elizago, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of estevaom
4/5  rDev +2%

estevaom, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of cisteve
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of claytri
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

claytri, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tdm168, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

slimntubbs, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

wordemupg, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of brinch
4/5  rDev +2%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.