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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017)

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


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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours an orange tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is roast, oats, peat, smoke, strong cough syrup. Flavor is salty, dry, roast, marine, cocoa, black cherry. Finish is roast, coffee, cola, herbal. Lingering coffee. Body is surprisingly light, weak to average carbonation. Meh, not that great...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (7707) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
shared by VT, thanks bro. pours dark brown, red tint, with a small light beige head, some retention. burnt caramel, doughy and flakey roasted oats, bold and disturbing peat, plain smoke, vanilla, booze, hint of fruits. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily but not that heavy, sweetness, short grassy-peppery finish. lack of balance and barrel treatment did not add complexity or anything else other than plain smoke. DP.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lesifflebiere (1670) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
Effervescence presque nulle dans ce breuvage couleur cola, relativement mince et assez odorant (caramel, café, whisky). En bouche, on perçoit des arômes de toffee, d’alcool fort et à la toute fin, de café tout juste chocolaté. Saveurs intéressantes, belle complexité, mais on l’attendait un peu plus fonceuse, et les houblons sont trop discrets. Au final, des points boni pour l’originalité, mais ses défauts la ramènent quelque peu en arrière.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (1259) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
Bière noire, svelte, peu mousseuse avec un nez boisé, torréfié, vanillé, chocolaté... En bouche, la bière montre des notes de café, de bois sec, de fruits rouges. C’est vraiment très bon, mais la texture est étonnement mince pour ce qui est présenté sur les papilles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1824) - mclean, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Poured from a bottle it is a brown color with a slight head the aroma is of bourbon and it tastes of bacon with overtones of chocolate that resonates on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6157) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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 (12503) - 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 (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, 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 (4303) - 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 (3271) - Richelieu, 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).

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