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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: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Collaboration between SmokeHead Whisky and BrewDog.

tool2scream's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Not real good. Nose smelled like sour bread. Appearance was typical stout. Flavor was smokey but not complex. The peat flavors were not as good as one would expect out of an islay scotch, they were muted by the beer, and the beer was entirely covered up by the cask. This was the worst of both worlds, where each component messed up the brew. The palate and the appearance give this beer an inflated score. The flavor was not that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (786) - - JUL 23, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2015 Finally I got the bottle from my friend... Pours black opaque colour with brown creamy head. Carbonation is not noticable visually. Aroma have strong note of an alcohol, prevails fantastic notes of islay whiskey, cigar, tabacco, cacao and coffee. flavor have similary strong notice of an alcohol, but prevails strong notes of wood (oak), cacao, tabacco, candy sugar and coffee. Malt sweetness is surprisingly medium, hop bitterness also, finish is dry, with interesting note of whiskey, oak and coffee. Body is mouth-coating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1432) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2015
The foaming limited nougat colored foam. The aroma is smoky with notes of whiskey and burnt caramel. The taste is pretty smoky and reveals after some time a caramel flavor that is very dark and almost burned. Whiskey taste is located at the rear of the spectrum. Dark bitter chocolate and some light roasted coffee also get a seat on the tongue, but it it is the smoky character that retains lead all the way to the target. It is an unusual delicious Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (4088) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2015
06.06.2015, 0,33l bottle sampled @ Mikaels place:
Small bubbly shortlasting head. Aroma is dry and burnt, peat, leather, burnt caramel, grass, minerals, paper, dark malts, alcohol, hay, ashtray. Taste is dry and burnt, ashtray, burnt grain, peat, leather, minerals, weeds, grass, paper, alcohol, hay. Medium bitterness, dry burnt mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
(bottle - 330 ml - 2008 vintage) Pitch black pour with no head. Heavy smoke and peat aroma with some roasted coffee and dark fruits. Flavor is big and smoky at the start with a roasty middle and a peaty and roasty finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
knickskicks (1098) - - JAN 31, 2015
The fuck did I just drink? Peat, a terrible fire that ruined many lives. People going back to the remnants of the fire and being further traumatized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (2157) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - NOV 25, 2014
Poursa deep black color, topped with a beige colored head. Quite roasty aroma, some smoked notes and some alcohol as well. Starts sweet and roasty, followed by a fairly strong bitterness and some alcohol notes. Not bad, but very strong - take it slowly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (638) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
BOD 8/8/08 - so this one has had 6 years to mellow out - lol. Pours used motor oil black with just a hint of dark ruby. No head to speak of, but considering it’s age, it is allowable. Wonderful nose of peat like smoke, oak and scotch. Underneath is some dark fruit (plum, fig). Medium body with no effervescence. The flavor profile is very intense, quite complex and surprisingly well balanced with all that is going on. It begins with an onslaught of peat like smoke over a rich caramel sweetness. As the smoke fades, oak characteristics are evident over an amazing burst of plum. The middle is where the scotch shines with that touch of smoke only it has. The finish is dry and just a touch sweet. A charred smoke like aftertaste lingers with just a hint of alcohol flavor. The alcohol coverage in this beer is amazing - just great scotch flavor with no grain alcohol astringency. An intense, flavorful brewing masterpiece that I wish I could have also had fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (9216) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"past the best by date, but you really couldn’t tell. as with all of the paradox line, kinda thin and lighter in color than most impys. overdone with the smoke/peatiness, especially in the aroma, where it comes off as medicinal. but since this is a far lighter base stout than mikkeller black hole, this beer was easier to finish than the scotch barreled version of that beer. the ash character kinda overpowers everything else. while it’s not wholly unpleasant, i wouldn’t get this again."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (2379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Had on draft at Craft and Growler: pours black like oil with plenty of khaki colored head. Scotch whisky on the nose, and lots of it, roast, coffee, and some toast; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more whisky. Tons of barrel on this one, love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2586) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle. Heaavy toasted and burnt for the malt, moderate pine and earth for the hops and yeast, with notes of smoldering wood. Head is small, bubbly, which quickly diminishes with no llacing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with a lively carbonation. and a moderately alcoholic finish. Has the smell of a campfire and smoky scotch. A very tasty and slow sipping Imperial Stout.

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