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Brewdog Paradox Isle of Arran

by Oliver Klimek on December 16, 2010

Imperial stout matured in whisky casks of Arran Distillery – 10%


My Tasting Notes:

Colour: Almost black
Head: Vanilla fudge, persistent, medium-sized foam
Nose: Burnt sugar, liquorish, faint fruit notes.
Palate: Strong liquorish, caramel, hints of vanilla and citrus fruit.
Finish: Long and bitter-sweet.
Overall: A very rich stout, perhaps a bit too much on the bitter side for my taste but very flavour-intensive. You wouldn’t guess the whisky connection though because it blends very smoothly with the beer.

Rating: 82/100

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_MosStef_ December 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I agree that the Arran character doesn’t come through much. Brewdog has made a series of Paradox’s but there is a Paradox Smokehead that all peatophiles and stoutlovers has got to try… The Ardbeg in particular shines through big time.
Brewdog has used casks from Springbank, highland Park, Arran, Imperial, Mortlach and many others which I cant remember and for that reason they are worth looking out for – even if you’re not a beergeek.
Cheers to brewdogs James & Martin and hats off to the new MaltManiac for rewieving a beer! Awsome..

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_MosStef_ December 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Pardon me for random misspellings – I’m Danish so I’m excused…

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J White February 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

The only bad thing about this awesome site and writer is that he only has reviewed 1 beer! One beer! I’m very upset. Id love to get the maltiest beer ever. Not those bitter rotten taste. Just so juicy and so thick and your mouth would drool. I’ve has most of the UK global bottles. Stay away from those wine cast beer guys. Yuk.
There’s also a Rye Beer but hard to get and Americans have this thing called Malt Liqueur that is high volume beer -cant get. Unsure if its any good probably budget hopes and tap water.

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Oliver Klimek February 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

Sorry to have upset you. I reviewed this beer because I came across it by accident and it was matured in a whisky cask. This will always be a whisky site, but every once in a while somthing unusual will be thrown in, just for a change. There are more than enough beer review sites out there that can help you on your quest for the maltiest beer.

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