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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2010
This is a big beer. A great big beer. The whisky and coffee notes hit you full on. I can also detect dark chocolate; roasted malts and black licorish. This is an epic beer. I’m really enjoying this. This style is fantastic and this version is awesome. Whisky cask conditioned beer is definitely the way forward. Cheers Brewdog. Bought from Oddbinrs. Poured into bottle at home. Lovely thick creamy chocolate head thins quickly. The appearane is rather stunning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1181) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RuneStumo (2575) - Haugesund, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2010
17.05.2010, 0,33l Bottle. Batch 017, BB 14.05.2011. Black as the night with a thin layer of tan head. Aroma is dark malts with bitter chocolate and coffee. This beer is strong! There is a smooth whiskey flavour - its smoky, roasted and in perfect balance with the beer. Nice bitterness with rich body and lots of alcohol. I really likes this one. Fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to the good folks at BrewDog. Looks like a Paradox and that is no bad thing at all. Especially in my new BrewDog chalice. Both the aroma and flavour are filled with rich dark chocolate and cocoa. This has the character of very high quality Christmas chocolates with whisky in. I have to say this one has fused perfectly. Generally as a rule I love paradox but this one really stands out for me. The gorgeous Springbank is integrated remarakbly well and the end result is just so smooth, mellow and refined it’s just an absolute delight. A creamy dream on the palate thanks to the chocolatey feel and a tiny hint of woodsmoke in the perfect warming finish with a delicate dryness rounds it off pretty much perfectly. This is the most drinkable of the series since the RB crew nailed 56 pints of the batch 2 on cask in Blackies. One of the very best of the range for me and yet more brilliance from a class brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle from the brewery, at home with tashi, 27th Feb 2009. Very dark reddish brown, nearly still, no head. Sublime taste and palate - very like the Smokehead version. Smoky whisky hints and lots of lovely roast malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours very dark brownish ruby, almost black, with a short creamy tan head that quickly shrinks to surface lacing. Aroma has lots of chocolate malt and coffee, with hints of caramel, oak, salty licorice and peated whisky. Flavour has notes of chocolate, caramel and licorice up front, as well as more subtle hints of coffee, whisky, currants and other dark fruit. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation and a lingering roasty, bitter and slightly sweet finish. This is definitely the most well balanced Paradox I have tried, and also probably the best. The influence of the whisky cask both sharpens and mellows the brew, in all the right places, leaving a great sipper that is dangerously easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle, Oddbins, Glasgow. This was an entirely worthy brew to bring up my 700th Rate. I’m by no means a whisky aficionado, but I know what I like, and Springbank is definitely one of my favourites, having enjoyed many visits to Campbeltown over the years; so I was very keen to try this. Poured very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma and flavour was loaded full of dark chocolate, with some roasty toasty notes. The woody whisky notes of the cask mingled perfectly to create something that is well worth lingering over. Soothingly warming, the alcohol was skillfully masked. Going to open another now, Cheers Y’all !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 25, 2010
0,33 l bottle, bought at PreZBF Festival, Belgium.
Poured like a black hole with a superdelicious creamy beige had that diminishes slowly to a lacing one. Firstly the deep roasted aroma arrives, after a while the oak character comes. Some coffe in the nose with vanilla and caramel. Very nice flavor with a smooth but deep roasted character. Coffee, espresso and dark chocolate with fine spicies like vanilla, caramel. Pleasant coffe-like aftertatste with a hidden cask character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4280) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Aroma is wonderfully rich with fruits, licorice, vanilla, leather, bread and bourbon. Flavor is slightly bitter, with smooth oaky vanilla, licorice, chocolate and coffee. Nice complexity and smoothness. Great stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark black w 1f tan head. Nose is molasses, maple, vanilla, dark malt, fine tobacco, Wheaties, oak, my goodness what a unique nose here. Tastes malty, very Wheaties-like, w dark choc, funky vanilla, spruce, peat, and molasses. Very silky smooth palate, rich, complex, but gets pretty hot late, but by then you won’t care or notice very much. Well done.

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