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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2012
On tap @ Cypress Street Pint & Plate in Atlanta, and served in a snifter. An opaque dark brown with a thin beige head that quickly disappears. Lots of lacing remains. Aroma of peat smoke and leather. Salty taste predominates, reminiscent of bacon and oak. Bittersweet roasted chocolate malts come forth briefly, but they are quickly consumed by the smoke. Oily mouthfeel with some light carbonation. In sum: a beer that, for all of its smokiness, is quite complex. I don’t taste much in the way of whisky, but the oakiness and peat are definitely there. Worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2253) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s, batch 016. Huge smoky nose, taste is peaty woody smoke with chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iRavali (37) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (647) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7374) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kidmartinek (3654) - 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 (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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
_angst_ (2767) - 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...

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