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BrewDog Paradox SmokeHead (Batch 015)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Collaboration between SmokeHead Whisky and BrewDog.

hfmejias' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (618) - Dover, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2013
11.2 Fl Oz. Bottle. Pours black, medium tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is quite smokey some malts, and I think some dark fruit. Taste is also very smokey, perhaps sweet with some malts and some whiskey notes.It’s good but it is also a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3307) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattiasA (617) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
_angst_ (2369) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (756) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (521) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 15, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en beni casa bar en junio de 2013. de zonbier. Lote 015. una gran imperial stout en barriles de whisky de Smokehead (maravilla de whisky). Cuerpo fuerte con 10 vol que aportan una gran sensación alcohólica. Sensación seca de madera quemada con toques de whisky algo salados. Tostados y quemados muy buenos y notables. Gran cerveza, para repetir sin duda. La mejor de las tres que he tomado (arran,, jura ) por la sensación seca y algo salada, claro, barriles de Islay y un gran whisky. Gran gran cerveza.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6087) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2013
330 ml bottle. Batch 015. BB 19/08/15. From brewdog.com.
Black colour with a small frothy tan head. Roasted malt, whiskey, ashy dryness and smoke in the aroma. The flavour is tar, roasted malt, whiskey, mild berries and ashy dryness. Very strong flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle courtesy of and shared with friends. Poured a a murky deep mahogany with a thin broken white head. The aroma is rich smoke and hop medicinal liqourice. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a smoky dry alcoholic palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours a red-orange tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is barley candy, iodine, salt. Flavor is sugar, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, salt, peat. Finish is herbal, roast, coffee. Lingering fruits (red and dark berries). Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, weak carbonation.

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