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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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 279
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark shade of cocao and topped off with a cream-colored head, Paradox #16 is opaque and viscous.

S: Bouquet is a bit more quiet than I had expected. A touch of chocolate and caramel are detectible, but you have to look for it.

T: Semi-sweet, with dark chocolate, molasses, and vanilla on the front, and semi-sweet chocolate continuing on the finish. There aren't a ton of flavors going on here, but there is good harmony amongst what is there.

M: Full body, light carbonation, and only slightly sticky.

O: This is definitely a great RIS, but doesn't stand up to many of the other Paradox offerings. The main downfall is that the scotch doesn't come through at all. I haven't had that particular dram, but I don't detect anything resembling a single malt in this brew. Nonetheless, it is a tasty beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a nice deep Ebony colour with a tanned head that reduces to a lacing fil.

S - Aromas of seaweed and vanilla, with heaps of bready malt.

T - Up front some nice roasted malt flavours that are quickly replaced by some nice barrel whiskey notes. Some brown sugar is also present to balance it out. Vanilla finishes it off.

M - Full body and low carbonation.

O - Balance is the key with these beers and this fits the bill well.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours leaving no head, resulting in a clear-topped, dark brown translucent liquid.
Very appealing nose of dried dark fruits, raisins, prunes, dark chocolate, strong vanilla, and some leather too.
Chocolate, fruit, and vanilla comes through, along with the whiskey and a high alcohol presence. A bit of cinnamon in the finish.
The mouthfeel is disappointing, rather flat and light.
A drink that might pair with an xmas pudding.

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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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice flat black hue. Small foamy head with okay retention. No lace.

S: Malt, light whiskey, oak, earth.

T: Oaky with nice whiskey notes. Chocolate malt, light smoke, and a hint of charcoal.

M: Medium in body, average carbonation.

D: Worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a little tan colored head that quickly disipated into a very light ring. The aroma is of expresso and mocha, dark chocolate and plums. A nice solid aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma. Strong dark chocolate flavor with notes of vanilla, bitter black coffee and a touch of wood. Some dark fruit notes as well. The feel is moderate to thick but feels a bit thin for the style. Very low carbonation leads to a smooth silky feel. A nice flavorful stout. I would like to see some more carbonation to give the brew a bit more life. Good but not sure worth the $13 price tag.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost opaque with a very very thin tan head that falls to nothing quickly. Nose is one dimensional bourbon tones. Bourbon and vanilla and minor at that. Flavor comes off as the same really. Nice and thick and malty with a minor alcohol burn and booze tones to it. But there's no oomph. No kick. No big thing eliciting that wow factor. Feel is lower on carbonation. Liquid is thick. Overall a nice enough example of the style. Is it delivering interesting character from the barrels used to age it? I don't think so. But hey, that's the price of experimentation, right?

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of liddytime
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to the guys at Gary's Beverages in Portsmouth, NH for tracking this one down!

Poured into a stout glass from an 11.2 oz bottle dated 8/8/08.

Although this Paradox is billed as an imperial stout, it actually looks more like a dopplebock in the glass. It is a dark, mahogany, rust color and not jet, black, opaque as I would expect from an imperial stout.

The aroma is rum, chocolate covered almonds, burnt sugar and maybe a faint hint of whiskey and oak.

My first impression upon tasting is that it is a bit thinner than I would expect. The alcohol definitely hits you up front! BOOM! There is a lot of burnt, roastiness happening here. Vanilla, rum, raisins, maple syrup and more whiskey and oak in the taste than in the aroma. Again, it just doesn't have the body or mouthfeel to back up all the flavors and alcohol.

I was expecting a little more from this one. Probably not a repeat for the price.

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Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a cask at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C. into a snifter at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a fairly standard black with a slight light brown cap which dissolves quickly leaving spotty lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma for an Imperial Stout containing traces of dark fruits such as plumbs and raisins along with caramel, chocolate, and carob. Fairly nice, but not my favor profile for this style.

T: The fruity theme continues dominating the palate with plumbs, raisins and apple. Layer of chocolate, caramel/toffee, and carob are also found.

M: A watery medium-bodied Imperial Stout with low carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 10% abv.

D: Very drinkable especially for a 10%abv. Imperial Stout, but the interesting fruitiness became somewhat one-dimensional and one snifter was fine with me.

Overall this was an interesting Imperial Stout with a very unique fruit profile. Glad I tried it, especially on cask, but it's nothing I will really seek out in the future. Worth a Look.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown, nearly black body with ruby-red highlights. A small tan head forms and burns out almost instantly.

Aroma: Roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and woody notes; just about what you'd expect.

Flavor: Sweet, dark-roasted malt (featuring the same coffee and chocolate notes) up front, with vanilla-like woody notes coming out towards the middle. Whiskey comes out towards the finish, and the aftertaste is a mix of roasted malt, wood, and whiskey. Alcohol is there throughout, but enough of it is hidden to keep it from becoming a nuisance.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little watery for the style, but it's not the end of the world. Smooth carbonation and nice warmth from the alcohol.

Drinkability: The lighter body helps it drink a little easier than the ten percent alcohol would lead you to expect.

Verdict: This is a tasty big Stout with nice character coming from the whiskey barrels. Such a brilliant concept for a series, I just wish I had a bottle of a different version on hand to compare.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Black with hint of light penetration, foam there but spotty. Swirls up well though.

Aroma is very woody. This one doesn't smell as dark fruity and/or smoky as some of the other Paradoxes. Lot of oak barrel.

Likewise in the taste, not as smoky as some of the Paradoxes can be, but the whisk is definitely apparent. The base beer isn't really up to the task of matching up with the strong Arran whiskey here.

Drinkable and not bad at all, especially if you like a good Scotch, but to get this up to the next level, the base beer needs to not be so flimsy and wimpy.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's on 8/15/09.

A - Pitch black body with a thin beige head that receded to a slim ring around the rim of the glass and very sparse lacing.

S - Fairly subtle aroma with oaky, woody notes and a boozy whiskey presence. Caramel and chocolate notes appeared as the liquid warmed up. Some vanilla sweetness also emerged.

T - Malty with plenty of sharp alcohol notes and a woody, whiskey-esque character with some sweet vanilla notes to balance the boozy aspect. However, the whiskey really cuts through in the end, giving this a pretty warm, boozy flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and quite a bit of sharp alcohol heat on the palate. Finishes with a hint of astringency. You can definitely feel the 10% ABV here.

D - I definitely think bourbon barrels lend more to dark beers than whiskey barrels. The whiskey really cuts through the rest of the flavors, which hinders the overall drinkability just a bit. Still, this was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

black and evil looking from the start. A small but quickly fleeting head of light tan rises up from the bottom of the glass and sits on top for a brief moment before settling back down again. Aroma is burnt, smoked, and peaty, however you want to say it, wow. Dark leather and tobacco, smoked malts, rich, dark chocolate notes. Immense aroma of charred wood. Holy crap this is a beast. Warming brings out subtle vanilla, but barely as the bulk of this is just tremendous smoke. Each sip is rich, again seeped in smoked malts and rich campfire like tones

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Photo of bobhits
2.69/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly more body than the Dundas, but the aroma is rather faint and lost here. Still this beer has a watery thin bodied and is virtually uncorroborated. Not an overly sweet beer and I think there's a very subtle amount of peat, but it's really hard to pick up on. There's a certain amount of bitterness but again subtle as can be. I can't recommend this beer to anyone. It isn't as good as the Dundas and the flavors aren't as unique as the Smokehead. You simply have a pretty over priced and unimpressive stout here. The barrel aging doesn't add enough.

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Photo of Hammarby
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown bordering to black with red overtones. Good, tan head that stays a while. Whit no help from aditional pouring into the glass it dissapates.

S: Alcohol, pumpernickel, soy sauce, charcoal and maybe a hint of sweetness. Inhale just before drinking: chocolate fudge.

T: Charcoal, dark chocolate. A bit like a schwarzbier. Fudge. Some dried fruits (dades). Aftertaste molasses, tar and dades.

M: Lot of taste but medium to almost thin body. Low carboration, small, pricky bubbles.

O: The first taste was sensational and made me want to rate beer for the first time in ages. But the love faded rather quickly. It is a nice christmas season beer. The alcohol is not so noticable as one would expect. I could drink this during the holidays. The beer could use a bit more body.

Edit: Just realised it's cathegorised as an imperial stout. It's not what I expect from an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Stone Brewing Bistro & World Gardens 11/14/09 during their "Bashah Bash" event with BrewDog. Served in a cool looking BrewDog goblet.

Pours black in the glass, with creamy finger of mocha colored head. Retains with a thin frothy layer, that stays rich, leaving a big sticky latticework of lacing down the sides. The barrel notes in the aroma are very spicy and sharp at first, but then smoothes out nicely in the back of the nose with some more mellow notes of smoke, wood, and earth. Underneath, lies plenty of the Stout flavors, including chocolate, roast, and some sticky caramel. This just sits in the nose with a very well rounded feel to it.

The taste has a nice roasty chocolate sweetness to it, which is quickly surrounded by the spicy, meaty, and smoky textures of the barrel. The finish is very dry from the spice, with a good bit of a woody feel mixing in as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a very mellow and creamy quality to the carbonation which matches that of the aroma. This drinks very easily for a 10% beer. There is actually minimal tannic slickness here to the body, which allows more of that creamy feel to really come out.

I really like what that Arran barrel brought to this, with a ton of spice and smoke character giving this a good bit of depth, yet this still stayed very smooth and easy for such a big beer. Solid entry in the series here for sure.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mattster
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 11.2 fluid ounce bottle of batch 016 (BB 08/08/10) and poured into snifter.

Pours an impressive dark black opaque brew. There was no head on a gentle pour.

Nice smell of malts escapes the glass and fills the area; slight hint of whisky also fills the nose. Taste is typical chocolate/coffee taste with bits of baking spice and slight whisky taste. Nice full mouthfeel. I like this, but am not blown away by it to try it again, althought I'll be looking for other selections from BrewDog .

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Photo of topopardo
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of thequeen711
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Barely a nose...poured rich chocolate brown leaving light lacing. No hint of the whiskey cask-aged barrel flavour. A definitely different Imperial Stout...I'm trying to compare it to Old Rasputin, but it doesn't come close. I heard great reviews, but I can't seem to find anything that may incline me to have another. Just not the flavours I expected, kinda weak.

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Photo of thryn
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours dark brown and has no head at all. Some of these beers have managed a thin film of fine lace, but not this one. It looks almost black in the glass but lets a little light through at the edges.

Big chocolate and coffee notes in this one, and the whisky is noticeable in the nose.

A good flavor with a whisky presence that is notable but not overpowering. Chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavors dominate. Toffee comes out as it warms. Delicious. It has a spiciness to it, but not a hot alcohol burn.

This one needs a bit more carbonation or body to rate a "good" in the feel department, to me. There is a bit of slickness to it that is nice, and whatever's lending that spicy note gives a nice tingle to the tongue and throat. Nice melding of the flavors.

This sort of thing is always drinkable to me. YMMV.

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BrewDog Paradox Isle Of Arran (Batch 016) from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 279 ratings