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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
84
good

249 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 20.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of tillmac62
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/8/08 - so this one has had 6 years to mellow out - lol. Pours used motor oil black with just a hint of dark ruby. No head to speak of, but considering it's age, it is allowable. Wonderful nose of peat like smoke, oak and scotch. Underneath is some dark fruit (plum, fig). Medium body with no effervescence. The flavor profile is very intense, quite complex and surprisingly well balanced with all that is going on. It begins with an onslaught of peat like smoke over a rich caramel sweetness. As the smoke fades, oak characteristics are evident over an amazing burst of plum. The middle is where the scotch shines with that touch of smoke only it has. The finish is dry and just a touch sweet. A charred smoke like aftertaste lingers with just a hint of alcohol flavor. The alcohol coverage in this beer is amazing - just great scotch flavor with no grain alcohol astringency. An intense, flavorful brewing masterpiece that I wish I could have also had fresh.

tillmac62, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

zestar, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of soulcougher
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

soulcougher, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Pitch black pour with a micro-lacing ring that's barely visible, no carbonation.

S - Smoke and char that's faded, oak, and some whiskey.

T - Still pretty smoky for (5) years old. Smoke, peat, oak, more peat, some and a trace of whiskey. Not much whisky flavor but dominant smoke, oak, and peat.

M - Full medium body, silky, no carbonation.

O - Wish this had some carbonation but the lack of brings more of the flavors out so not such a bad thing.

jzeilinger, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of ricecracker420
3/5  rDev -18.9%

ricecracker420, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

spycow, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +8.1%

TX-Badger, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of slay
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

slay, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of pkalix
1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

on tap at Haven Gastropub Orange.... just tasted like "liquid Smoke", that crappy stuff you buy in the store.... terrible, I thought...

pkalix, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of HipCzech
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Serving Type: on cask at The Hay Merchant (Houston, TX), served in a snifter (2010 release)

Appearance: Deep obsidian. No head; a few lively, tan bubbles disperse quickly and leave minimal lacing.

Smell: Complex wood and peaty smoke, with some dark fruit and sweet malt.

Taste: Peaty smoke, oak, and peppery spice throughout against sweet, toffee malt.

Mouthfeel: Oily, medium body with almost no carbonation (though the complex flavors and aroma almost don't miss it).

Overall: Although the stout base is a bit thin, it keeps to the background and lets all the complex and satisfying character of the big Islay whisky shine through.

HipCzech, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of bshiban
4/5  rDev +8.1%

bshiban, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of pwogle
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

pwogle, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Liverocks
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Liverocks, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of kkdowning
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

kkdowning, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ejimhof, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Omnium
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.

Omnium, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

jwat, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

KVNBGRY, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

nickfl, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Lovely85, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of ali1987
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ali1987, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

kylehay2004, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of hops202
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!

hops202, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
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.

JamieDuncan, Mar 19, 2014
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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead from BrewDog
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