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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) - BrewDog

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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017)BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IBUnit63 on 05-14-2009)
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Relatively recently at the Coppermine Pub's 2nd anniversary party (over a month ago), in North Arlington, NJ. Into a snifter, it poured a deep black with a thin brown head; very little retention or lacing, and expectedly no carbonation. Certainly very 'scotchy' in the nose; caramel and peat. For an American weaned on bourbon-barrel aged fare resulting in cherry/vanilla aromas, this was definitely a change of pace. The taste mirrored the nose, with no additional insight, save the fact that the alcohol content was VERY apparent, particularly in the finish. Thick, yet smooth due to the lack of carbonation. Very different yet good imperial stout, but I guess I've grown more accustomed and biased to bourbon barrel nuances.

donniecuffs, Dec 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of charlieos
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't help but compare this to bourbon county stout. In any case, having recently had sprinbank scotch, I have a unique perspective.

It poured a light espresso head which vanished. This was after I opened it on a cabinet handle (the hotel hasn't figured out that people open bottles with bottle openers. I'm in London). It is british beer, so its probably not going to be super carbonated anyway.

As soon as i cracked it open on said cabinet handle, the room smelled like springbank.

Two things strike me. One, the mouthfeel. Very light, for a 10% RIS. Pleasant. If you're looking for a big drippy affair, this isn't it, but its a nice sipper all the same. I could drink this more readily than raison d'etre

Taste- you can taste the springbank, I think. There's a hit of peat in there, it's smokier than a bourbon stout. Like a smoky scotch, it isn't necessarily heavy. There's a hint of oatmeal in the underlying stout, too.

Overall, I like it. Will it replace BCS as my favorite? No. But its a more drinkable, different animal. I feel like its a lighter stout base.

charlieos, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown-black with a small beige head. Smokey aroma with some oak and a little bit of vanilla. The flavor is lots of peat smoke. The vanilla that was in the flavor doesn't come through as much in the flavor. Medium-thick mouthfeel and light-medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2011, so it's well out of date. Given to me for my birthday 3 or 4 years ago - thanks bro! Stored in my garage since then; hopefully without suffering major deterioration. I thought it would be a suitable libation for my 900th review.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a small head of light brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of dark, fruity malt with strong whisky overtones. Notes of sherry, whisky, prunes, dried fruit, brown sugar, faint roasted malt, subtle spice and warming alcohol. Some initial metallic hints but these fade away. Seriously boozy and possibly somewhat oxidised, though this is hard to judge.

Tastes of roasted malt with a pronounced whisky character and a lingering, boozy finish. Notes of roasted grain, prunes, dried fruit, faint burnt notes, brown sugar/caramel, sherry, whisky, mild wood, a hint of smoke and a twinge of cardboard. A slightly hot, alcoholic quality upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and warm, but rather flat and insipid. Lacks carbonation and the body is watery. Aftertaste of dark malt and boozy whisky notes.

Decent but not mind-blowing. Perhaps I allowed this to sit around for too long. Looks OK - I didn't expect much head for a 10% brew. The aroma is intensely spirit-laden; whisky and sherry come across strongly but suggest a lack of depth. The flavour is more rounded, with roasted malt and whisky notes reaching an amicable accord. The body is unimpressive - should be thicker and more substantial for such a strong brew. Increased carbonation would also be nice. The sherry/cardboard notes imply a degree of oxidation, though it's difficult to know to what extent this has affected the brew (or whether such flavours were present to begin with). Overall it's an interesting effort, but I feel that the malt character is rather superficial and the beer as a whole misses it's mark. Glad I tried it but not an experience to be repeated.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +7%

Ajlvt, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, brown highlights, small fine head.
Nose shows a complex and balanced mix of roasted barley, dark chocolate, charred wood, sweet peat, oak, caramelised malt and soft alcohol. Whisky doesn't play a high part, unlike some of the other paradox beers. In fact, if you don't look for it you might miss it. Lovely aroma, really.
Upon tasting this beer you realised you've been deceived by the soft, inviting aroma. This is a powerful beer. Hugh flavours of peat, charred oak, cocoa and dark chocolate, hefty boozy, a fair whack of whisky, and loads of smoke! Too much untamed booze!
Body is very rich, alcohol is very warming, carbonation is soft and creamy.

CrazyDavros, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of devinoconnor
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

In a one-sentence summary, The BrewDog Springbank is a scotch hidden in a beer.

It's color is dark and rich brown.

It smells like a stout with additional straight alcohol added and that's about how it tastes.

Only for the serious stout lover. . . I'll avoid.

devinoconnor, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I went to Marty's today and there were quite a few BrewDog offerings I haven't seen before. This was one of them. I thought I'd pick it up and see what happens. At close to room temperature. BBD 3/31/2011. Light carbonation wisp from a pop of the cap...and into a Portsmouth snifter.

This one has a 1/3-finger head that goes quickly leaving a bunch of ginger colored wisps. Body is espresso dark and rather opaque. This really does look like a quintuple espresso. Lacing is nondescript - not a whole lot.

Wow - I get the Scotch texture and alcohol from the barrels but the vanilla expected is rather muted in place of more of a creamy dark coffee scent and a nice chunk of patent tannins. There's a dark leather component here - it's rather dry. The one beef is that the aroma diffuses quickly through the air and is left as a rather muted scent. After a while it actually comes around and the expected vanilla emerges but different - with a little coffee kick to it.

There's a $#!+load of Scotch in here - it's alost charred with a dry slate and patent malt - any hint of sweetness has left the building. OK, maybe a slight hint of creamy vanilla with sort of a coffee and cocoa mix is there but this is pretty damn dry. At first it's disjointed but after a few sips it starts syncing up. For style it's a little tight and maybe slightly dry but on a pure enjoyment perspective this is pretty &*(%ing good.

As with most BrewDog offerings there's a whole lot going on here. There's the booze from the heat and the Scotch barrel aging. A hint of sweetness emerges eventually with warmth. You have the dry characteristic that's predominant - maybe from the Scotch and some roasted patent tannins. Finish is a pleasant burn but it's consistent.

Seriously, this drinks really well. Still a little bit disjointed but so much more synchronized than a few earlier BrewDog offerings. It has the heat...by God the heat! However, it has a crazy mesh with the Scotch and the vanilla and it ends up being quite an enjoyable effort. I'm guessing this may benefit with a year or so in the cellar.

IBUnit63, May 14, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a dark, deep brown (almost black) color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, some whiskey, woody, eathy, and some roast. Tastes of whiskey, wood, chocolate, and roasty. Lighter alcohol in the finish but overall well hidden. Body a tad on the thinner side.

hopdog, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a little lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is molasses, smokey, hints of alcohol. Best by Mar 31, 2011. Try once. Expensive at $11.99 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a rich black-brown, does not allow light to penetrate its inner recesses, and hardly creates any head at all, settling instead for a bit of brown foam that dies off rapidly. The nose has notes of dark malts, a healthy dose of smoke, and a general woodiness. The taste emphasizes the wood and smoke a bit more than the nose, while letting some chocolate malts and pumpernickel crusts chime in as well. The body is surpringly light (somewhere in the middle of the medium range) and extremely smooth, like velvet sliding over silk. Despite the high ABV, this brew is decidedly tasty and drinkable.

TMoney2591, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of mike130
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, color, forming a small head that dissipates quite quickly. Leaves little lacing, and you can barely see any carbonation once it's poured.

Smells extremely woody, quite a lot of dark malts, loads of smokiness and a very whisky-like flavor. A bit of chocolatiness pokes through.

Tastes similarly to what it smells like - strong woodiness, loads of smokiness and a strong flavor of whisky. Reminds me a lot of the Tactical Nuclear Penguin but without the massive booze. Regardless, it has a strong alcoholic taste, but it's not unpleasant. It's a very tasty brew, quite unusual and unlike beer, but tastes damn good regardless.

There's a little carbonation when you're tasting this - quite a thick, strong mouthfeel. Very dense, and this reduces the drinkability, but it's a good brew regardless.

mike130, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of acidity/sourness, slight oatmeal, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of earthy/woodiness. Overall, good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Tone, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's following their BeerDog event the other day.

The beer pours a chocolate milk dud color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and impressive in this beer, with coffee, leather, chocolate and a considerable peaty aroma as well. Flavors replicate the nose, except their really is a considerable single malt scotch flavor to this beer. It really tastes likes an imperial stout blended with scotch (which is great, I suppose, if one is a big fan of single malt). Otherwise, I get some smokey flavors of chocolate, coffee and more leather. Mouthfeel is pretty good, though it's not quite as impressive as I was expecting given the cask conditioning. Nevertheless, this is a fairly full bodied stout, with the low carbonation lending something of a creamy consistency. Drinkability is not bad at all, though the intense scotch flavor detracts from it just a bit.

Interesting to try these different paradox stouts from Brewdog, though some are clearly better then others. I would have to call this one of the better one's.

John_M, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

nmann08, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Jesstyr
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this off the cask at Churchkey in DC, and its definitely a beer worth a shot, but doesnt live up to the use of one of my favorite scotches. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, perhaps a full black. Head is very thin, dark tan, and lingers throughout the drink. Nose is particularly peat smoky, really reminds me of a good scotch here. I get a good deal of barley and definitely the barrel.

Taste has a bit of smokiness, balanced with a subtle sweetness. Thick body, fully coats the mouth. A bit of chocolate in there too, really balances things out nicely. Hard to say this is really drinkable, perhaps as more of an after-dinner drink in smaller servings.

Jesstyr, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Bouleboubier, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of herman77
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Botled 5/12/09
A: Dark brown, almost black with a small light khaki head. Spotty lacing left behind.

S: Boozy, mainly whisky with a slight twang to it. A bit of roasted malt and honey like sweetness.

T: Much less scotch whisky on the palate, it is there and does add to the stout, but behind that is a pretty mediocre, at best, stout. Lots of coffee undertones, bittersweet bakers chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. Finishes a bit roasty with a bit of lingering alcohol.

M: Medium to lighter body. Very thin for the style. Moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty disappointed in this since I love Scotch and imperial stouts... It's got a really think mouthfeel, not the greatest nose and it's still pretty boozy and one dimensional.

herman77, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/8' tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a simplistic IS aroma of chocolate and patent malts. The whiskey character comes through well with this batch. It's mild with a boozy/earthy feel. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth chocolate malt flavor with a touch of patent malt earthiness in the finish. The whiskey cask adds a bit of vanilla and whiskey/bourban character to the taste. It's quite mild though, but adds enough to increase the complexity of what would be a pretty boring imperial stout. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty damn good beer. Again, the base product is a little above average, but the aging adds a nice complexity to the beer.

WesWes, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of fatmcb1
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter.

Pours black with dark brown edges. Leaves a finger and a half of khaki head that fades quickly.

Strong scent of oaky bourbon. Chocolate and sweet malt, as well.

Much less bourbon than in the nose. There are deeper chocolate and sweet caramel flavors here.

It is a bit thin for the style with light carbonation.

This beer starts off with a good smell, but has a fairly one dimensional taste. I would make it a bit creamier and add some complexity to the taste. Perhaps vanilla?

fatmcb1, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is a translucent dark brown/black. Poured to a half inch head produces lots of large round bubbles, which settle to a ring, with slight lacing.

Aromas of charred malt, chocolate, and Springbank single malt.

Taste is charred malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and Springbank whiskey. It is a bit sour and smokey (due to the Springbank).

Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a flat mouthfeel.

This is a good tasting stout, and the Springbank barrel aging adds to the taste. It is a bit light in mouthfeel for a stout. One to have as a late night sipper.

Beerenauslese, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Lovely85, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +7%

BeerHunter76, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is about as complex as I expected. I'm a big fan of single malt scotch, so the mingling of flavors is quite intriguing.

First off, the nose is a lot more Wee-Heavy than I was expecting. The sweet malt dominates the front of the smell, and there is definitely a barrel aged presence, the end of the draw reveals the scotch whiskey and alcohol notes.

The flavor brings on oaky vanilla tinged malt, sweet at first and then transitions to a dry single malt finish with a lingering taste of the malt. A really fantastic blend of beer and whiskey, but without the intense strength of a single malt.

A real treat of a beer, I'm looking forward to trying the other Paradox variations.

brotherloco, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +7%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.