BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) - BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016)BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 12-21-2008)
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown appearing nearly black. Dark with almost no head or carbonation. Medium bodied. Dark and smoky malt and dark fruit aroma. Strong stout flavors with molasses, roasted malt and vanilla. Mild whiskey background. A well balanced, smooth, well integrated stout.

Photo of kemoarps
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There isn't any head to speak of, but it pours a nice deep black.

The nose is a sweet roasted malt backbone supporting the whiskey.

The taste is of a creamy sweet stout augmented by the Arran whiskey barrels. I have been really getting a deeper appreciation for barrel aged beers, and this is a really good one. Creamy smoothe, not overly dominated by any single component. Well balanced, I quite enjoy it.

Photo of Maxwell
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of cfrances33
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.