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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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241 Ratings

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 20.81%
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 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%

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
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

ejimhof, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%

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
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

jwat, May 13, 2014
Photo of KVNBGRY
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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

Lovely85, Apr 27, 2014
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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%

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%

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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

bubseymour, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Maverickdp
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Maverickdp, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Flounder57, Feb 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Shagator, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

jaycar06, Nov 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Dicers, Nov 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2013
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