Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 16) – Brewdog (Ellon, Scotland)

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Paradox Isle of Arran (Batch 16) (retired) – Brewdog, 10% ABV – 500ml., (Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland)

Another one from my absolute favourite top 10 breweries, Brewdog never fails to delight my palate. Check out my review of their Speyside edition.

on the back label:

“A rock ‘n’ roll partnership between Scotland’s best new distillery (Distiller of the Year 2007) and Scotland’s hardcore new microbrewery (Gold Medal Winner, World Beer Cup 2008). Paradox, Isle of Arran Edition, see’s BrewDog’s killer 10% Imperial Stout matured in stunning whisky casks from the Arran distillery.

The rich vanilla sweetness, hints of cinnamon, balanced aromatic fruit and ginger flavours of the Arran malt are all completely infused deep into the texture of our smooth robust Imperial Stout, with profound new depths emerging with each pass and sip.

To release the true character, complexity and depth of flavours in this beer, please enjoy it at room temperature, unless you live in an igloo.”

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  • Style: (Isle of Arran Scotch) Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Whisky alcoholic thick sweet roasted coffee caramel-cacao malt bitter
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store (Van, BC)
  • How much: $7 (after 10% off) – 330ml., February, 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, especially if you like stouts

Visual: Pours coffee black-brown with barely any head, a thin layer of ultra-micro retention, no visible activity.

Nose: BIG roasted coffee caramel malt, very thick (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: thicker viscosity, light-fizzy, slick

Mid-palate: thick-bodied, (lvl-7)-sweetness, (MAIN) persistent whisky alcohol detection, malt, cacao, chocolate, caramel, fig/date, coffee, soy sauce

Finish: deep-roasted coffee bitter, residual malty sweetness + lingering roasted bitter finish.

Summary: Solid depth of flavours and complexity, but more alcohol (as well as other subtle spices) come through as it cools down. Great overall brew but no distinct attention-grabbing traits particularly stood out, other than the whisky alcohol influence.