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: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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.

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Viper666 (6034) - 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).

nimbleprop (8708) - 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.

GT (10002) - San Diego, 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.

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.

BVery (11221) - Plymouth, 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.

nick76 (4402) - 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.

BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, 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.

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.

madmitch76 (25321) - , 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.

Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

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