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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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245 Ratings

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 20.6%
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 tabitha
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

tabitha, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

InspectorBob, May 29, 2013
Photo of Denoas
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Denoas, May 28, 2013
Photo of Ego
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...

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

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

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

Ego, May 27, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
4/5  rDev +8.4%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of guytyping
5/5  rDev +35.5%

guytyping, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Lare453
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Lare453, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of madnismo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

madnismo, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Blanco
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev +8.4%

woodchipper, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
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?

thecheapies, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
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.

TrappistJohnMD, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jlang2012, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of templar316
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.

templar316, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

beergorrilla, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Zaphog, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
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.

AdamBear, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of TXhomebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TXhomebrewer, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
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.

jrenihan, Sep 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Travisnin, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev +8.4%

cfh64, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jheezee, Aug 06, 2012
BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead from BrewDog
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