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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead - BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - SmokeheadBrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead

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BA SCORE
84
good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Identical to Batch 010 as the casks were re-used.

(Beer added by: Onslow on 01-12-2009)
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Pricey. Hoping it was worth the loot.

Batch #015. Best Before 08/08/1?. The '?' is either a '0' or a '6'.

Believe it or not, pours translucent dark brown with redder hues when held to the light. She looks almost black against an opaque surface, be sure of that. Carbonation is nearly gone. Elevated the pour to trap some gas. Letting it warm up for quite awhile. I still have bubbles clinging along the outside wall of the glass.

Intensely peaty whiskey cask note with that beefy Islay smoke. A skin of wood from the barrel, but mostly just a full-blown Scotch nose. Blends in with the malts, completely disguising any alcoholic strength. Roasty-sweet malts have thinned out, opening the door for the full effect of a smoky Scotch to take its grip on the nose. I can't exactly tell, but I don't think smoked malts were used; which is proving to be a very wise decision after determining what the barrels could do. There are hidden treats in the aroma in the forms of maple, rum raisin, cherry, and molasses. A Scotch-driven aroma, but I have no complaints in that department.

Ah, but the malts have thinned out a bit too much in the taste! This one still shows potential (or I missed out on its potential)--I can't tell. Direct Islay whiskey note from the cask-aging. Smoky peat is big, some dried-out brown sugar flavor, oak, cherry, raisin, and crème brûlée. The smoke could be accentuated more, as it was in the nose. What a savory beer! Not as tasty as I could have dreamt, but probably because it wasn't meant to keep this long.

The feel suffered the most. Thinner body, hardly any carbonation, a flat mouthfeel with strange lot of leftover dextrins. Lots of points lost here.

Despite the look and feel of this beer being quite sub-standard for the style and its reputation, this is an amazingly ambitious stout with excellent whiskey barrel character, authentic smokiness in the nose, and light fruit notes that probably came with age. It's going to take some serious self-control to not pony up the cash and grab one or two more bottles (even though I already know how South they might go). I can drink them in the nearest future, right?

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:08:05 | More by thecheapies
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Liverocks

Delaware

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-21-2014 20:58:15 | More by Liverocks
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

'10 vintage.

Pours a deep, dark oily-looking black, with a small head that immediately dissipates into an oily film. No lacing.

Smells like scotch whiskey, roasted malt, and woodiness.

The taste is similar. Like scotch, this one has a lot of little complexities, especially at 4 years out. Slightly salty/briney, but only in a very subtle way, with some leather, wood, liquid smoke, scotch whiskey, chocolate, roasted malt. Quite nice, even if some of the flavors described above aren't ideal flavors.

The 4 years of aging has made this beer not boozy in the slighest. Medium bodied, very low carbonation with all the aging.

This one was nice, a good little diamond in the rough if you will, I never thought Brew Dog could make a balanced beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2014 12:30:32 | More by GreesyFizeek
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kkdowning

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

06-16-2014 01:11:00 | More by kkdowning
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-12-2014 03:19:26 | More by ejimhof
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers on 5-18-14

A - Ruby red brown with half a finger of off white head, little lacing.
S - Huge smokey peat, oak chips, cherry, raisin, fig, sweet malt
T - Sweet cherry, grape, mild smoke that fades fast, definitely boozey too
M - Very tart and chewy.
O - The aroma is killer, but it gets all wacked out after that.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2014 15:42:25 | More by Omnium
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

05-13-2014 00:26:57 | More by jwat
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-28-2014 13:08:23 | More by KVNBGRY
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-27-2014 20:56:54 | More by nickfl
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Lovely85

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-27-2014 20:55:23 | More by Lovely85
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ali1987

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-27-2014 20:54:54 | More by ali1987
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-27-2014 20:46:15 | More by kylehay2004
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Stone Snifter. Batch #015 - Bottled on 4/15/09

Bought this bottle online. Pours quite thin with almost no head to be found. Smell is very strong peat and smoke. Lots of barbecue and char and scotch whiskey - tons of islay whiskey.

Taste is much of the same. Lots of smoke, peat/Islay Whiskey. Certainly worth a try if you are a scotch or irish whiskey fan, but bourbon barrel aged fans steer clear!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 01:09:06 | More by hops202
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

My beer guru rolled this out to split during a session. Good looking beer with an outstanding, very Interesting and unique aroma. Good flavor and very smooth but the smoke was to much for me. Also a little thin. Overall an excellent beer and worth a try but I may not revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:53:05 | More by JamieDuncan
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-19-2014 00:46:38 | More by bubseymour
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Maverickdp

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-14-2014 22:28:51 | More by Maverickdp
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured s minimal mocha head that reduced to s thin layer. It is a pitch black color with little vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Really peaty and Smokey, chocolate, soy, oak, and char.

Taste: The Islay barrels put a lot of character on this beer. Smokey, peaty, leather, charred oak, etc. The beer has lost a lot of good characteristics from the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, soy, peat, low carbonation, tough to drink, full bodied, a little booze.

Overall: Tough beer to drink. Was looking forward yo this one, but it fell short. The scotch barrels were a match for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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jaycar06

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-29-2013 00:01:25 | More by jaycar06
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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Texas

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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77black_ships

Belgium

2.71/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Notes from early 2011: 33 cl. bottle@home: pitch black with brown head & sand-like sediment, smell is lots of peat, smoke & an oil refinery, taste is extreme, extreme, extreme,... amounts of peat (I am not exaggerating), down to the point that it is basically undrinkable, never thought that there could be too much peat in something but that is the case here, it is like eatng handfuls of peat, burned coffee, incinerated malts, a bag full of espresso bean, iodine & petroleum, body is like fuel, almost hard to tell whether this is good or horrible but drinkability is the worst I have ever come across, this is basically undrinkable, irregardless of whether you like it or not, flat, completely insane, this is engine fuel .

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 13:14:20 | More by 77black_ships
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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speak72

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

10-20-2013 14:35:06 | More by speak72
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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.