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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead - BrewDog

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

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BA SCORE
83
good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 21.14%


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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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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Two Stone Pub in Newark, DE.

A-dark brown with a thin sticky tan head

S-very smokey. Smokey like charcoal smoke though, not bonfire. That's all I get. Strong scent

T-comes in with a warm taste of alcohol and burnt charcoal. All other flavors are more or less muted. Has a long lasting flavor. Very simple taste. Not exactly friendly.

M-low carbonation with an almost watery finish

O-out of the many smokey beers I've had, this is one of the most pointless. It's not even the right kind of smoke flavor. Tastes like an artificial fire rather than a natural one. On the other hand, it does remind me of a fine whiskey. I do like that aspect. Eh, not really worth a try I'd say.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 22:20:56 | More by AdamBear
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MeneerBeerSnob

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At Churchkey DC a cask poured into a snifter

A-Pours deep black with a thin finger of mocha colored head.

S-Scotch dominates the smell with hints of smoke and caramel.

T-Smooth and smoky scotch taste with notes of bitter coffee, caramel and malt.

M-Very little carbonation allows the smoky scotch envelop your taste buds.

O-Good stout, could be slightly more carbonated but the scotch flavor really brings it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 22:50:01 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
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BelgianBeerHog26

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate coloring

S - Oak, Peat, smokey, Carmel, chocolate in that order.

T - peat, and smoke dominates the front end taste with a smooth Carmel chocolate flavor following though at the very end.

M - very viscsous and full.

O - a fantastic beer, one of the best I have ever had. In the same category as rochefort 10.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 02:49:46 | More by BelgianBeerHog26
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Durge

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, you can say it's retired but it was on tap at The Cask Republic in New haven, CT last Friday though I suppose it was a different batch...whatever. It's a very dark mahogany black color with a chocolate colored head that spreads fairly thin and leaves fair lacing. The aroma is just mild whiskey, not sure I can identify much else. It’s good scotch whiskey in my estimation but hard to find the beer here...not complaining though. The taste astounds with creamy molasses malt blended nicely with the smoked peat and whiskey burn. And then there seems to be a bit of dry hoppiness that comingles with the scotch bite. Body is medium and the feel brings an odd hint of creaminess with an ultimately aqueous drinkability. Wild and tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 07:31:09 | More by Durge
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smokey! Had this on tap a little while ago. This beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was tan but very thin and eventually disappeared. The smell of the beer is very smokey and has a whiskey essence to it also. The taste was smokey but not salty, thankfully. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side sadly. Overall this beer was interesting. I was very glad to have glad to try it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 19:25:18 | More by Knapp85
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snifter on tap late night at the bookstore.

A- comes to me with a small cap of dark tan head on top of a pitch black brew.

S- smokehead is right. Char and smoke with almost burnt malts and some boozy hits. Touches of chocolate.

T- charred malts and smokey peat. Bakers chocolate and burnt brown sugar. Whiskey and a touch of anise.

M- on the fuller side of body with a light carb. Some heat lingers.

D- this is way more drinkable then I had expected. The base beer and the barrel play well together and make for a nice ride.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 21:04:05 | More by oglmcdgl
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wd40

New York

2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance consisted of a pitch black color with no head. Were there some foam or lace left on the glass I would have rated the beer higher. The smell had a distinct chemical/medicinal quality to it. A friend of mine smelled it and said it reminded him of turpentine! His wife said it smelled of nail polish. I smelled smoke with a generic chemical quality. The taste had a hint of underlying maltiness but was totally overpowered by what I imagine the ashes of a bonfire taste like. I understand the concept of incorporating smokiness into the beer, but it totally overpowered the taste. There was no subtle interplay between imperial stout and smoke, there was just smoke with a hint of some generic dark beer underneath. The mouthfeel was thin and watery, not thick and creamy like I would expect from an imperial stout. This is one of the very few beers I could not finish. I understand that it is a special beer, and I respect the concept of combining whiskey barrels with beer and imparting some of the flavor into the beer, but there should be some underlying imperial stout foundation in the taste and there's not. Maybe I got the bottom of the keg or something, but I can't recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 06:01:06 | More by wd40
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Rookwood Pub in Cincinnati. Not positive it was batch 15 but I'm about 95% that it is...

Appearance- Very dark with a thick brownish head that sticks with it for quite a while. Can barely even look at it without the smokiness already hitting me so..

Aroma- Campfire... earthy undertones with a hint of what I can only describe as motor oil... but not in a bad sense. Just potent and almost a bit overpowering

Taste- Deep dark roasted malt flavour with a surprisingly smooth smokiness considering the aroma. Can definitely taste the earthy/peat coming through and a hint of some hops are barely detectable. The alcohol is also quite apparent on this one which at 10% is no surprise.

Mouthfeel- A bit oily and thick for my taste. The slickness of it combined with the smell conjure up images of a car leaking thick black oil which is not the most appealing image.

Drinkability- One sip at a time... the beer mellows a bit after the first few drinks but the smokiness starts to stand out a bit too much. The perfect balance of flavours occurred about 5-10 sips in and by the time I could see the bottom of the snifter I was glad this was only a 10 oz pour.

Overall, very tasty but not quite the balance I would like to see... The complexity was surprising given how overpowering the smokiness is initially but in the end the smoke wins out and overpowers the other flavours leaving the beer lacking at the end...

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 15:16:48 | More by Urbancaver
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man, you really got to lik'em smokey. It's much like drinking a lit cigar.

A base beer that straddles the definitions of Stout and Scottish Ales lead to medium roast qualities of highly kilned malts, coffees, and caramel. These a absolutely swamped by the more earthy, peaty, dirty aromas and flavors of Scottish Ale proportions.

The whisky barrels bring on a thinning booze quality that kills the head and body. Those barrels also bring about a smoke flavor and smell that are as intimidating as intriquing. Very rich with smoke, tannin woods, Scotch whisky, and a tawny vinous quality just in case the beer lacked a bit of complexity otherwise.

Ester fruits of burnt currants, dates, prunes, and raisons also decorate the edges. No doubt this beer is as big and complex as they come. It's just so powerful on the whisky and smoke that the beer is difficult to drink even from the very first sip.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 19:16:13 | More by BEERchitect
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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

02-16-2014 09:09:12 | More by Flounder57
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77black_ships

Belgium

2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
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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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a glass, dark brown nearly black with a short tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: huge peat smoked malt, burnt charcoal, tobacco, acrid coal smoke

T: heavy smoke flavor abounds, sweet malt melds with peat smoke, whiskey, intense complexity of sweet caramel flavor, prune, raisin, all burnt in a coke oven

M: thick and oily, low carbonation

O: an excellent smoked stout with emphasis on peat smoke, alcohol well hidden

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 21:29:37 | More by M_C_Hampton
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KFBR392

Illinois

2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from 2008 or 2009. Best before date of 4/4/11.

Appearance: Pours with a light, traditional European imperial stout texture. No head on the pour at this point. Close to zero carbonation. Color is a dark red amber color which is only detectable when put to light. Pretty regular, not much to see here.

Smell: There really isn't much here. There is a spicy oak flavor from the whiskey casks. Some light malt accents and hints of cherry. Get a little bit of the alcohol. For the most part, everything is either subdued or absent at this point.

Taste: The front passes by without much of a peep. Malty sweetness leads to some earthy tones from the whiskey casks. Has the feeling of a cheap glass of scotch. A lot of oaky funk and some stale malt finishes this beer out. The smokey tones advertised are completely gone. Some interesting aspects to this beer, but overall disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palette and the funkiness of the beer at this point leave a semi dry finish.

Overall: I was disappointed by this one. I wish I would have read some of the reviews about how this one is holding up on here before I bought it. The malt character is seriously lacking. The whiskey oaky characteristics are the highlight of the beer, but have an odd flavor being the most prominent flavor. This one should have been drank two years ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:58:38 | More by KFBR392
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Ego

New Jersey

2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

batch 15 brewed 8/8/8

this was in the back of my ole cellar closet... brewed back in 2008... we'll see what has happened, given the strength etc you would think it should hold up, this hasn't seen daylight ever...

eyes...
pours with not much head at all, only a faint o-ring, legs apparent
nearly black with some ruby hues on the edges, not much else to detail here, pretty pedestrian

nose...
dry wood, faint whiskey, some smoke (like camp fire, not smoked meat), it smells very dry almost dusty

taste etc...
ashen with whiskey notes and some sweetness, some bitter chocolate notes, the ABV is slightly detectable, the ash flavor is really distracting here

verdict?
I suppose this one did not age well, I treated it with care but alas she has seen better days I am afraid...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 04:23:49 | More by Ego
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +6%
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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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Batch 015 Bottled on 04/15/09

Pours black with almost no head. Just a ring around edges of glass. This ring dissappears within about 90 seconds.

Smell is heavy with smoke, peat and formaldehyde. Frankly this smells like Gross anatomy lab and sterile gauze. Not pleasant.

Taste is smoke, rancid peat and formaldehyde. I couldn't bring myself to shit on it in my numerical review because I probably just don't understand its character, but I can't finish it.

Mouthfeel is watery and without carbonation.

Overall this was terrible. Maybe my palate just hasn't matured enough for something like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 00:16:35 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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templar316

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours thick and black with very little head, although it's still working on the sides. Hickory smoke and peat malt lazily dominate the aroma. There's alot of hint's to start bittery dryness, big malts then the smoke hits and all else disappears. The flavor is the same smooth easy malt then POW! Forest fire! Smoke in your clothes and you can never shake it. This is a beer crushed under the weight of it's ambition.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:22:11 | More by templar316
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with only a hint of a head, ending with a thin ring around the glass and occasional bubbles surfacing. Aroma is dominated by Scotch; whiskey and peat, smokey, with a hint of dark roasted malt in the background. Flavor follows with immediate Scotch whisky and smoke supported by sweet toasted malt. Finishes as a smoked beer should with a campfire smokiness, with wet wood and oak. The high ABV is well covered by the flavor. Medium bodied, a little light for an Imperial stout and the lack of carbonation detracts from the overall mouth feel. Still, the flavors are great for a smoked stout and this was an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 03:12:05 | More by LiquidAmber
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB appears to be 09/08/10.. or is that a 16? 10 seems early.

Beer is black. A vigorous pour results in a smallish, frothy tan head. Fades quickly to some bubbles.

Smoky, peaty. Smells like diluted Islay whisky.

Taste is quite smoky, along with a fair bit of oak. Some peat. The base beer doesn't seem to come through a lot. The standard stout flavours are muted. Some anise, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Smoke really takes over.

Body is very disappointing. Bizarrely thin, moderate carbonation. Does not work at all.

Overall, not impressed. Pretty weak stuff- and this comes from somebody who really likes Islay malts.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:18:44 | More by jrenihan
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am very excited to try this glass after my sublime tasting of Paradox Isle of Arran, which is essentially the same beer, just aged in smokey casks instead of barrels. The beer pours like the darkest night with a light, tan, half a fingers width head that bursts away swiftly to leave a sloppy ring round the glass reminiscent of curdled milk. This beer is all kinds of black and opaque though, much like the Isle of Arran, it looks lovely for a cask aged beer, with little to no carbonation present. The beer is also quite pungent, sending out wafts even as it sits across the table from me in a traditional pint glass (Batman style). The smell is thick and syrupy with chocolate like Isle of Arran’s, giving the nose a sticky sense but there is also a tremendous roasted wood smell and a very pungent heavy alcohol odor present that work their way into the smell as the glass levels out after agitation. This is nothing like a normal smoked ale smell by my account, instead reminding me more of flavored wood burning, or a smoker as salmon is being laid out on it, I am really intrigued by this smell. The beer’s taste follows suit with smoke overpowering the drink with a great heavy char flavor that is very much reminding me of burning hickory woodchips. This beer is very much a smoked salmon beer to me, with the hickory woodchip flavor lending to a saltier feel in the middle of the beer, and a ghost of that salt lingering in the aftertaste which are reminiscent of a salmon's brine. There is a slight sweet chocolate malt taste in the initial sip of this beer and some slight cloying alcohol bite, but these are swiftly eaten up by the wonderful smoked hickory wood flavor. This is definitely a sipping beer, meant for a lovely snifter and a light sipping evening more so than pub knock-backer and a get-fucked-up-night, though the beers 10% could definitely help you reach that state. Mouthfeel is again oozing, thick, and syrupy but the after taste is slick with saliva and tingling like you’ve just breathed in a campfire. The aftertaste is really heavy with the hickory campfire taste which is cool at first, but takes its time in leaving and gets a little heavy on the tongue. Overall, this is a very interesting experience as far as smoked beers go. I think this beer would pare really well with a Gouda cheese and some supple fish meat. This isn’t as good as the Isle of Arran variant of Paradox, but it is still a very intriguing beer that is especially worth a sip for smoked beer lovers and is also worth one for just beer lovers, especially since it is a retired beer. The crazy Scots have done it again! I’m happy to have tried it, but I don’t know if I will be going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:52:24 | More by Maxwell
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bvdubn

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer vigorously from 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. The beer is very black with a mocha colored head. I got about a quarter inch of head that that quickly dissipated into a thin layer on top with some lacing around the edges.
I smell lots of Whiskey initially but the smell changes to Robitussin as it warms.
My first sip was on the cooler side and was filled with Whiskey which was then immediately followed by wood. It is like chewing a charred wood. As it warmed I could no longer taste the whiskey and the smoke also started to subdue. I am getting roasted coffee bitterness and hints of toffee and caramel the longer the beer sits. It is now completely room temperature and this is where it tastes best. The bottle specifically says to serve at room temperature but I decided to chill to about 45 and then sample as it warmed.
The beer is a little thin with low carbonation which is just how I like my big stouts.
Batch 015 – Bottled 8/15/09
I couldn’t pass it up when I found it in a bottle shop and saw the bottled on date. It was good but certainly not the best stout I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 02:43:18 | More by bvdubn
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 bottle I've been waiting to crack since Christmas 2010. Bottle is dated 2009, split into pint glasses.

A: Not as dark as I had thought it would be, lots of transparent red visible.

S: Smoke, peat, oak, iodine, seaweed, salty seawater. Malt is buried for sure.

T: Very Islay-forward...saltwater and peat are dominant, hints of smoke, the whisky barrel characters are overwhelming the base stout at this point...there is still alcohol here too.

MF: Medium feel, thin, a bit of alcohol burn, fairly spot on carbonation, bubbles are visible but its a creamy lower carbonation mouthfeel.

O: Probably a must have for an Islay Scotch lover. Its a touch aggressive on the Scotch, and I say that delicately as a Scotch lover, though I prefer the Highlands and Speyside to Islay offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 19:09:16 | More by Scotchboy
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cavedave

New York

2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm assuming this is the correct page, Speyside wasn't denoted on chalkboard, this page reads retired, YMMV. From notes:

I am abandoning my usual l-s-t-m-o for this unique bird.

My motto for Brewdog: *Go much too far. Then go further*

The black intensity of this almost-still (forgiveable here as it is cask) snifter of wizard waste is its finest feature.

This beer is an upclose and personal tour for tongue and nose of the inner, most charred surfaces of a whiskey barrel is near as I can go to describe. Other elements are present in this over the top escapade, but it is the raw char which overpowers all. "The harsh heat of alcohol floating afire atop burning oak on my tongue," is what I have written in my short notes, but the memory this brings fleshes much too well.

If you have ever enjoyed licking the newly extinguished embers of a wood fire, this beer is for you. Also recommended for those seeking the ultimate excess in sharp flavor intensity. All others need not apply.

Serving type: cask

03-10-2012 22:09:34 | More by cavedave
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SLeffler27

New York

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black walnut with a short lived dense latte head that reaches one quarter inch. A viscous film and thin rings of lace form on the glass.

There is a distinct impression of cherry cough syrup, quickly followed by band-aids. While there is some smoke, I find none of the expected whisky. There is a clear scent of cigar left on my breath. This one is intriguing to say the least.

Pronounced flavors of charred wood upon opening are followed by whisky and baker’s chocolate. Roasted coffee bitterness carries long into a dry finish. There are odd flavors which I am attributing to the stated peat smoke.

A full body with smooth texture, light astringency, and prickly carbonation. Alcohol is prominent as expected.

Smokehead is probably served best with bold savory foods. It lacks the wow factor one would expect from the brand hype and price tag. While I’m glad to have tried it, but it is falling short for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 22:27:53 | More by SLeffler27
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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.