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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017)

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

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4253) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy and bubbly tan head, medium to short retention with good lacing. Aroma is peat smoked malt, toast, coffee, earthy and minty hops with dates, prunes, oak, and licorice. Flavor is malt and peat smoke dominant with medium hops and bitterness, lightly sour dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Smoky notes with a definite booziness to it. Chocolate aromas. Slightly sweet. Pretty interesting nose. Black pour with small tan head. body is kind of slick. I like the scotch barrel. Gives it a unique taste and aroma not available with bourbon or rye barrels. Pretty good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15842) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
7th April 2010
Very dark brown beer, just about transparent. Lactose sweet malt nose. Light semi soft palate. Light lactose sweet dark malt. Very subtle whisky with even more subtle peat. A little chocolate. Smooth, sweet, light - very nicely done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2012
In short: A well-rounded whiskey barrel aged stout with a bit of everything you can expect from the style. A bit too harsh but nice.
How: Bottle 330ml. Not too sure about the age, maybe 2 year after bottling… approximately
The look: near black body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose has plenty of vanilla, some chocolate cake and a surprisingly not-so-overwhelming whiskey barrel presence. Taste is round, vanilla extract, raisins, chocolate chips cookies, some whiskey barrels, burnt almonds, some booze, black liquorice, old cup of black coffee. Relatively light and juicy body for a 10% beer. Smooth carbonation like just about all other BrewDog Paradox. The finish was a bit harsh whit some booze and a wood barrel saliva sucking astringency. At least this one was not just a boozy whiskey barrel orgy. Another BrewDog Paradox to add to my rating collection. I like to open a beer and rate it whenever I can, and every night I’m told that this is a waste of time and I drink too much… wife’s a bitch and then you die.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (986) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Pours pitch black with very small tan head. Smells like chocolate, hints of licorice, a touch of coffee, and an even fainter hint of smoke. Tastes sweet, roasted, chocolate and coffee, and hints of smoke. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, BrewDog Paradox Springbank finishes with a mild touch of bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Aroma- nice sweet whiskey aromas, typical stout qualities, some funk Appearance- not as dark as most impy’s, big white bubbles Taste- dark fruits, soft whiskey, slight chocolate, some bitterness, smooth, sweet finish Palate- borderline full-bodied, extremely drinkable Overall- Very drinkable and incredibly smooth, but not worth the price tag. Not overwhelming in any category and almost too sessionable for a cask-aged brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1356) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle shared with Dasilky1. Hints of whiskey and chocolate in the nose. No hops present. Pours a dark brown, almost black. Tan head. A tad too sweet in my opinion. Average imperial stout. Overpriced.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle shared by blackipa. Somewhat transparent brown...thin whispy suds atop. Earthy tobacco nose with some peppery spice, some soil, and lots of peaty whiskey overtones...actually quite nice nose, certainly for a scotch person, which I’m not...buit I like it anyway, fuck off. Complexity is kind of lost in the flavors, likely due to the underattentuation of the malts...pretty sweet flavors making the earthy, tobacco notes seem a bit candyish..wish it was drier to bring out the complexity of the peaty whiskey characteristics...what ya gonna do? That being said...there’s nice peaty, smokey earthy tones there, the sweetness just makes them a lot less awesomer than had it been a lot less sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - JUL 23, 2011
330ml bottle gifted from distributor rep. Tulip glass. Pours dark brown in color, looking fairly thin. Sits with a nice dark caramel head which does fade away. Very dark brown/black in glass. Aroma: Brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, grain alcohol (of course), whisky very apparent, molasses, dates, honey. Very sweet aromas mixed with a strong whisky presence. Taste: Woah. I literally said out loud as soon as the first sip. Great thing I love whisky...and scotch especially. Very sweet malts right off the bat, black coffee, vanilla, molasses, Springbank taste is most def all over the place, hefty chocolate notes on finish, roasted nuts (hazelnuts?). Hardly any carbonation. Palate: Very smooth, creamy, thin feel, finishes really well, that slight pleasant whisky burn also there. An amazing strong stout and an instant favorite. Not for the weak. Taste and smell will hit you like Chuck Norris (or Sean Connery?) on a sunny day...if you’re not prepared. Would buy if I find it somewhere. Side note: The flavors develop more depth the longer you drink it. I drank it at room temperature, just as the bottle says. I highly suggest you do the same. (Rating No. 28)


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