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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Scottish Malt Whisky Casks Rock!

Their ruggedly robust beauty, character, captivating aromas and unique Scottish heritage is completely spellbinding.

This edition of Paradox sees our Imperial Stout aged for six months in specially selected Springbank whisky casks. This maturation process results in the whisky flavours and aromas being infused deep into our beer.

Made in Scotland, Paradox combines BrewDog’s craft brewed beer with the finest malt whisky casks.

To release the true character, complexity and depth of flavours in this beer please enjoy it at room temperature, unless you live in an igloo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3251) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2013
From a 33 cl bottle shared in Avon, NC. Pours a clear cola brown with a scant head. Aroma of whisky. Flavors of dark red cherries with hints of licorice, oak and whisky. Low carbonation. Viscous mouth feel. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle consumed in the intense heat and humidity of our hotel porch in Charleston, SC. It pours darkest brown with a small, bubbly tan head. The nose is mellow, wood, roasted malt, toast, burnt fruit cake, cocoa, coffee, whisky and a hint of oxidation in the background. The taste is smooth, bitter-sweet, caramel, toffee, wood, earth, whisky, medicinal notes, light spice, ripe dark fruit and cocoa with a smooth, sweetish finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Smooth, well and well-balanced. I quite like these with a few years on the them. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2013
11.2 oz bottle, bottled on 5/12/09; four years old or so. Pours inky black, but has red tints around the edges; thin tan head that collapses into a collar fairly quick. Aroma smells really sweet--I get chocolate, black coffee, toasted marshmallow, burnt caramel. I guess black coffee isn’t sweet, but the other descriptors are. Taste is sweet and bitter, but the lingering taste is pretty sour (intentional, age-related, mistake? not sure). It’s smoky, woody and nutty; tastes like chocolate covered raisins. Full bodied, average carbonation, slightly oily mouthfeel. Pretty goddamn extreme.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (3276) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2013
translucent sepia, thin cream head. oxidized cocoa with cardboard nose. Flavor oxidized, cardboard and anise all over, hints of sugar in finish, light sugar. Thin and sugary finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Bouteille 11,2oz (batch 017). De couleur noire-brune et opaque. Nez de malt rôti, de chocolat noir, moyennement boisé (fût de whisky), moyen-léger de fruits (fruits confits foncés), léger de mélasse et de fumée (tourbe), léger d’alcool, de vanille et de café. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement huileuse et aux petites notes crémeuses. Goût moyennement boisé (fût de whisky) avec un léger goût fruité (fruits foncés confits) ainsi qu’avec des traces de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt rôti (traces brûlées), un moyen goût de chocolat noir avec des traces de mélasse terreuse. Parallèlement, un léger goût fumé (tourbe) vient se rajouter jusqu’en finale où s’y pointe également un léger-moyen goût d’alcool boisé aux notes réchauffantes avec des traces de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long et légèrement sec, léger-moyen amer de rôti, moyen de chocolat noir avec un léger goût d’alcool boisé (fût de whisky).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2013
12oz bottle pours a watery, translucent black with some spitty, white head. Nose of booze and soap, lightly peaty, malt. Flavor is malty, sweet, chocolate, a little waxy, smoke, licorice, caramel, soap. Medium bodied, hot finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (8426) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
355mL from Grassroots Natural Market in Jacksonville, FL thanks to drowland! Pours a clear, deep cola brown, no foam. Nose is black olives, present oxidation, canned cheap black olive. Taste is watery, dirty, soil. Palate is thin, watery, harsh Scotch barrel with no body to handle. Some bitter chocolate and spices in the finish seem to be an afterthought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Drank 12/9/12 even though it said best before 3/31/11. Tasted just fine to me. Pours with very little head. Initial scent of peat and vanilla. Smooth, balanced taste throughout. Nice beer for a scotch fan. Rather average beer for an imperial stout fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6191) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle. Very dark pour with a small head. Whiskey and dark chocolate aroma. Taste is bright whiskey and semi-sweet. Nice full palate but not overly heavy or dense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2012
The aroma is pretty typical Imperial with coffee, chocolate, licorice, burn malt, and molasses but with oak and the alcohol not hidden at all. The appearance is dark brown with almost no head. The taste is even better than the aroma with an amazing whiskey barrel addition. The palate is typical. Overall a very nice beer but not to exciting.

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