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BrewDog Paradox SmokeHead (Batch 015)

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48
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Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Collaboration between SmokeHead Whisky and BrewDog.


deekyn's rating

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1166) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
A - pours almost opaque red brown with no head. S - cheap smoke flavoring, cheap smokey bacon. Peat. M - full bodied, simple palate. Lingering alcohol warmth. T - smoke and cheap bacon up front. Smoke and whiskey on the palate. Lingering booze and smoke. O - did I say smoke. Simple. 3.1 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (1992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s, batch 016. Huge smoky nose, taste is peaty woody smoke with chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iRavali (36) - Delaware, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Strong roast coffee flavor. The beer is flat and monotonous. The first sip gives you this intense bitter flavor with notes of coffee. The palate settles after and stays monotonous. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (596) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pitch black body, small brown head. Aroma has lots of tar and peated notes. Maltiness and sweet whiskey flavour. Some alcohol. Lots of alcohol warmth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a black color with a huge creamy brown head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was amazingly strong peat, seaweed, campfire and salt. The flavor was strong wood followed by very strong peat and touches of oil, seaweed and salt. Tasted like Laphroig scotch. Amazingly long finish. Thick body. If you like Islay scotch you would love this - me, I detest Islays.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7089) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, schokoladig, rauchig. Geschmack angenehm röstmalzig, rauchig, schokoladig, Kaffeebohnen.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3615) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Pours so dark its black. The head is huge, dense and tan. The aroma smells like the sweetness off barley syrup but is a little smoky. The flavor is much smokier but the palate is complex with both flowing and foamy textures so it mixes in the other flavors of oak, plum and bittering hops a lot. Haha, pardon the pun and the runon. This is a smooth beer with no hint of alcohol. Very well madr. The peaty character is very good such that if you turn your head you might think someone spiked your beer with Laphroig.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Dark Brown/Black in colour, red against bright light. Islay whisky in the aroma and taste. Mega-Smoky, peaty, tarry, oily; tastes of iodine and seawater. Very malty; roast/burnt malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Fruity; dark fruits. Hoppy; good hop bitterness. Alcohol (whisky) very evident. Very, very dry finish. Liked this a lot. Very nice Imperial Stout!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Backlog, tried at a Brewdog tasting. Bottle from Systembolaget. As some people noted, and what should be described as a character-trait for all Brewdog beers, this was over the top.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
_angst_ (2685) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle bought some place I can’t remember. Pours black with a frothy dark mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is heavy smokey and malty with roasted malts, smoke, peat, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt wood, vanilla fudge and smoldering hay. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and heavy smokey with roasted malts, smoke, peat, tar, minerals, cookie dough, alcohol, sweetened coffee, milk chocolate, burnt hay and burnt wood. Mouthfeel is soft, roasted astringent and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and heavy smokey with roasted malts, peat, smoke, alcohol, cookie dough, hay and burnt wood. Over the top...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (902) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours very dark red, with a mocha head. Aroma is smoke, liquorice, coffee and some alcoholic notes of port wine. Flavour is burned malts, nice bitter coffee, nuts, chocolate and toffee. Some notes of alcohol with a long, very nice and growing sweetly finish.


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