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 Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Phyl21ca on 12-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paradox by Brew Dog is a beer I've been holding off on for quite a while. It's been available at a liquor store near my apartment and at another near my parent's house. Paradox is now my favorite beer by Brew Dog, and it wasn't a hard sell. Aging something in Scotch barrels is about as good as it gets. Mine poured with nearly no head, which I was expecting for an aged beer with a high ABV. Sweet tastes of prunes, raisins, and maybe a hint of apple were present, but the beer was most strongly flavored as an Imperial Stout, with a smokey, oaky finish that felt perfect in the mouth, and could be fully appreciated by letting it roll to the back of the mouth.

I bought this bottle because it was the last one available at Farmer's Harvest in Huntington Beach, and my only remorse is that there isn't another one for me to buy tomorrow. Phenomenal.

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4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired but still available.
Batch 16 bottled 08/08/08.
Beautiful pour into brandy snifter.
Mellow, smooth, milky, chocolate notes. Alcohol nicely moderate. Mouthfeel is thick, a little alcoholic. Next time I'm near the bottle store I will definitely seek it out and snatch up any leftovers.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours deep dark brown with slight red hue in the light with a very minimal (if any at all) tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, alcohol, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. It was heavy on the palate, almost sticky, with low carbonation. Overall this was one of the best stouts I've tasted. It is stupidly drinkable for a 10%er. I just wish this one was readily available even if it was just seasonal. My hat is off to BrewDog and Arran for getting together on this one.

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4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Bistro in August 2009.

Poured a very dark, thick black with a moderate tan head. The smell was definitely of whiskey along with a nice malty sweetness. A little bit of dark fruit. The taste was very well organized, with the whiskey being predominant, although a very nice malt sweetness was in the background. Very viscous with low carbonation, which was quite proper. The drinkability was good, but the glass I split with my wife was plenty.

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4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Pub at Naples - A great find on the Florida beer scene :)

A: Pours black with a frothy light tan head which dissipated after about 5 minutes, the beer left some nice lacing as consumed.

A: Roasted and dark malts, no hop aroma, slight coffee aromas, warmed to smell of black licorice. I couldn't pull any booze aromas from this beer until warmed.

F: Upfront boozy (whisky), slight umami and savory tastes, the body of the beer is balanced towards the roasted malts. This is mixed with some smokey flavors as well as oaky tannins, and finally finishes with some coffee bitterness. No hops present in taste / no defects.

M: Medium - Heavy mouthfeel, feels thick on the palate, but goes down smooth. Carbonation was not apparent in the mouthfeel.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. I wasn't expecting alot of the coffee / malty notes, rather the oak and booze notes, but was not a bad experience. I really enjoyed the complex taste within the body of the beer. There is alot for your tongue to sort through, especially as this beer warms to temp.

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4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 01/15

Pours a huge tan coarse head over black body. Fades to film, little lace.

Assault of aromas of sweet vanilla, choc, and scotch as I opened the bottle.

Taste is smooth and integrated, vanilla driven, and yes as the label says, some ginger bite in among the chocolate and smooth roast elements. Ginger bite holds sway among the bittering notes on back palate.

Mouthfeel surprisingly carbonated. But creamy and medium bodied at the same time.

Sensational beer. Not had too many BA stouts and I now see there is no going back.

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4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its dark black with a little brown tinge when held to the light. no head and zero lacing.

i smell cinnamon and vanilla and definitely whiskey. also, i'm getting sort of an apple smell too. the traditional imperial stout smells are sort of masked by the whiskey.

the chocolate and coffee flavors that are traditionally associated with impy stouts is more prevalent in the taste. I think the apple scent i was imagining is more like a raisin on the tongue. there is a strong whiskey flavor throughout and the alcohol is very apparent.

This beer is sort of dry and very thin bodied. and boozy.

i could probably only have a couple of these but not too many. it is very potent but good.

I've never had a whiskey barrel aged stout and i think this one is awesome. I had brew dogs hardcore ipa and thought it was horrible, so i can only assume that other barrel aged stouts are ungodly fantastic.

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4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to my Girlfriend by her pal in Scotland for her Birthday. From notes.

A - Poured black with a thick dark brown one finger head. Minimal lace and a half finger of head retention.

S - A wonderfully complex and inviting mix of molasses, licorice, wood, whisy, booze, sugary mocha coffee, and chocolate covered cherries.

T - Roasty, wood, whisky, vanilla, chocolate cherries again. The wood was stronger with whisky notes and lot's of chocolate.

M - Nice carbonation and a full body with a sweet and woody finish.

O/D - Very nice. The wood influence was interesting and added a layer of complexity to what I assume is a great base Imperial Stout. If BrewDog could be more consistent I would have more faith in them, but this has raised the bar for them for sure. Well crafted.

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