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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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of TAKENTYO8781
1.16/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet in Belfort, France. Bottle is brown glass with a classic pressure cap. Reviewed live. I usually find Brewdog to be gimmicky crap that has no need for a limited release, but is done so in order to jack up the prices.

A: Half finger head is of tan colour, nice cream, and decent thickness. Retention is laughably bad, which can be explained by the wide mouth goblet and high ABV. Solid black colour. Nontransparent. It's alright.

Sm: Whiskey and cream; that's it. The aroma is moderately strong.

T: Whiskey undertones with cream and maybe chocolate atop. I find cinnamon only when I look for it. I don't find ginger, but there's some sort of awful fringe sourness on the edges. Built very badly and poorly balanced, with whiskey overpowering the entire body. Where's the beer?

Mf: Smooth and wet, with entirely too much thickness. It's hardly complementary of the flavours on the body.

Dr: The high ABV isn't that noticeable, but it still comes through. A sip of this would make you vomit after a night of fair drinking; it's just enough to tip you over the edge alongside the wretched flavour. The price is obscenely high, typical for BrewDog. This is an extortionist beer, as usual for the brewer. It's really hardly a beer at all. This is BrewDog in its infancy trying to cash in on the aging wave.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.56/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on cask @ Prime 16, New Haven CT

Sort of unimpressed right off the bat - poured almost no head, pitch black center, semi translucent cola edges. Did nothing more than gather bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Aroma was decent, though. Chocolate, oak, whiskey, smoke.

Taste and mouthfeel was a bit of mess. Up front you have roasted malts and a little sweetness, maybe a hint of chocolate, but the flavor profile is weak. Nothing jumps out at you, its sort of bland. This beer gets rough on the back of your throat, swallowing this is like doing a shot of watered down whiskey. 10.00 ABV is apparent, in a bad way. The mouthfeel was thin for an Imperial Stout, carbonation was minimal, both factors detracting from the overall experience.

Honestly I left a quarter of this in my glass and pushed it aside. What a waste to not finish an over priced beer, but why finish drinking it if it tastes like garbage? I spent the cash either way. I moved on and enjoyed my meal with a different brew.

This isnt the first time Ive been disappointed by a Brew Dog offering. In the future I may pretty much pass on anything Brew Dog, but then again I always seem to give them another shot. Maybe its their label art?

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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 SaCkErZ9
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Batch 016. Best by 08/08/10

Reviewed Jan 2, 2016. Number four in my "celler killer" series.

Here's to the first beer of 2016! Bought this one quite a while ago, although it doesnt seem like 8 years ago. I wanted to drink this with my dad but he isnt really into imperial stouts or bourbon beers, so he has been perpetually dflecting. Time to drink this one. Pours pitch black with zero head or lacing. I would have liked to have seen SOMETHING to show the bees was still alive.

Aroma is heavy bourbon with alcohol and vanilla and oak. Dark feuits as well. Dark chocolate.

Dcent flavor. The lack of carbonation kinds of kills any big time enjoyment out of this. The body is flat without the carbo. Carbo would help it feel not so thin and watery. Good flavor. Bourbon is understated with the underlying stout shining through. Raisins and figs big in the flavor. Alcohol is a little hot. No bitterness.

Thin, underwhelming. I think I paid like $8 for this 12 oz bottle but the way it drinks right now, it is worth about $1.50. Maybe I waited too long but I was not impressed.

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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 mdfb79
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on cask at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Menu said it was aged for 6 months in single malt whiskey barrels.

a - Pours a dark black with no head at all.

s - Smells of oak, whiskey, and some roasted malts.

t - Tastes of oak and watered down whiskey. Also hints of dark fruits. Not a big fan of this.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - Overall I didn't really like this one. I usually enjoy stouts that are aged in whiskey barrels but this just tasted like watered down whiskey to me. Wouldn't look to have again.

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Photo of kmatlack
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 08-08-08, poured into my New Belgium snifter.

A- Appears a black, flat, not thick and super dark like you would expect. Light coming through on the edges. A vigorous pour rendered no head with little foamy splotches in the middle of the glass. Kind of disappointing.

S- Smells of honey, wood, oatmeal, whiskey. Some chocolate, nuts, more charred wood. Smells pretty good.

T- Tastes bready, a little bit of whiskey, roasty, booze on the back end. Its good but im not impressed, think its got too much time on it.

M- Completely flat. Too thin. This is all wrong...

O- A raging disappointment. I usually give Brewdog the benefit of the doubt and I buy their beers even despite the outrageous prices, but im starting to doubt them. This was a total downer and i hope the Macallan Paradox is better...

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stupidly held too long, best by 8-8-10. Opened 2-5-11
Not really sure when I bought this, early fall?

I wanted to open all three and compare against each of the three barrels. Unfortunate that my spouse opened it for me.

Poured with no carbonation. Tulip glass isnt helping much. Pitch black. Can smell, unappealing. Maybe molasses and malt. Very sad. But what I'd expect from a beer past due for consumption.

Charmingly char, vanilla, burnt sugar. Maybe some peat.
Dry finish, warming. Bitter from the carbon. Missing something, probably the quintessential beer experience; carbonation.

Thick, not heavy but dense and probably drinkable for much longer.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours black with a thin light tan head. Some maple, molasses and whisky in the nose.

Full sweet coffee/licorice/whiskey flavors. Unfortunately, literally no carbonation whatsoever and very uninviting.

Flat, dull and lacking in character all around. Love this beer in the bottle. The draft was very disappointing.

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Photo of Enoch
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of tomholland
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of osuskin
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Denoas
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Long813
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Batch: 016, Best before: 26-04-15
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Pitch black body with two fingers of dark mocha head. Retention is poor and leaves some good lacing.

S: Mild mixtures of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey. Nothing to strong, but it's all there

T: Mild flavours of coffee, some vanilla, harsh whiskey and chocolate.

M: Light bodied and medium-low carbonation. Watery texture and leaves a whiskey aftertaste. Quite boozy - not the worst.

D: Another let down, for the price paid it's not worth it at all. Less than the average stout.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Photo of Krakistophales
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Let me just say that my palate is definitely not as sophisticated as most people's, but I'll try my best.

A: This one is black like darth vader's helmet, with very little carbonation and no head.

S: Mostly smokey, some earthy hints, feels like being around a campfire.

T: The initial hit is a bit of a bittersweet chocolate, like a really strong cocoa taste, with the middle being pretty smoky, but just enough, and the finish is kinda dry and smoky as well.

M: Rather thin, which is surprising for an imperial stout. With no head and little carbonation, it has a slick consistency and doesn't linger.

O: It's alright. I'm not a fan of smoke, but this one is just tolerable enough to get through. It's pretty one dimensional, though, for an imperial stout, and I would've liked more chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, or any other kind of usual imperial stout layers.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of aslamm75
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Disclaimer bottle says best before 08/08/10

Drank 3-22-13: I think it is past its time. Very flat, no head. Dark black color. Mild boozy and sweet aroma with some raisins.
Taste: a bit flat as well. Does not have the complexity and flavor of the fresh Tokyo*.
A bit of a dissappointment.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
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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Photo of wagenvolks
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A very expensive, gorgeous 11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter; best before 08/08/10.

A rather unimpressive debut--pours with a translucent cola body and fails to gather much more than a few big bubbles at first. Slowly, a wispy patch of beige foam forms atop an inky black body. Still, I like my Imperial Stouts to have a much larger head than this. Nice aroma, though nothing exorbitant given the style and price tag. Whiskey barrels dominate, adding a hefty vanilla bean sweetness across a backdrop of milk chocolate and caramel malts.

The flavor starts well with a gentle dark chocolate note that lends itself to a hint of spice and whiskey booze on the finish. Soft kiss of earthen hops and Baker's chocolate seals the deal. Call my palate endemic to American Imperial Stouts, but the flavors on this brew taste a bit underwhelming, dog. Mouthfeel is watery and severely under-carbonated...quite distressing given the dough I shelled out for this one. Overall, a big pass--it's a shame too, because I had high hopes for this heavily touted Scottish brewery.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thrown in as an extra by Bmoyer0301 - What a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours like strong-brewed coffee with nearly no head to speak of.

Smell -- Cocoa, vanilla, oak, whiskey. Overall, rich, sweet, and a bit boozy.

Taste -- Follows the nose faithfully: rich roasted malt sweetness of cocoa and faint coffee-like notes. Oak, vanilla, and subdued whiskey flavors give a little more complexity.

Mouthfeel -- Thin, low carbonation.

Drinkability -- Body and mouthfeel issues aside, this was a nice beer. The whiskey elements were subdued, which can be a good thing sometimes. This was a pleasure to drink on a Sunday evening.

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Photo of KirkFrancis
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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