BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) - BrewDog
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4.4/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
08-13-2010 15:33:58 | More by Tone
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
12oz bottle into a snifter - damn expensive at $15 a bottle.
A: Pours a dark cola out of the bottle and looks black in the glass. A small finger of head rises up and then fades back to a ring and leaves a small amount of lacing.
S: The nose is like many other excellent barrel aged stouts. Lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molassess, and vanilla. Also detected a slight smokiness in the background.
T: The taste begins with a smokey coffee flavor and then a vanilla sweetness on the finish. Chocolate/cocoa and a bit of molassess come in and out as the flavors change. This really reminds me of KBS with a lot more complexity and barrel flavor. Not really detecting much in the way of peat besides maybe a smokey flavor.
M: The feel is a bit creamy and slick but slightly on the thin side. Could be a bit thicker for a RIS.
D: At 10% this is far from drinkable but it's very good. I'm also marking this down due to price...sue me.
Not sure if I'll be attempting anymore of these Paradox. I'd probably reach for other beers instead of this one but it was worth the try. beers.
03-10-2010 03:04:58 | More by GregSVT
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
02-21-2010 04:46:44 | More by TMoney2591
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
Saved up some random tips for a couple weeks to afford this one. 14 dollar 330ml at Table and Vine in western mass. Pretty aggressive pour produces relatively little head, and the head fizzles out very quickly leaving a very thin ring. Nose consists of whiskey, malt, and some sweet fruits. The whiskey is nice, balanced well in the smell. Taste on this one is quite enjoyable. Big roasted malty flavor accompanied by a nice whiskey zing. I'm not necessarily a big whiskey fan but this is an excellent use of it. There are subtle hints of cocoa in the aftertaste. Carbonation is low but there and good. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I had hoped it would be but the whiskey warms the tongue. The alcohol is there, but in a modest sense. I enjoyed the beer from start to finish. This is a tasty RIS that I would suggest to anyone, but the price tag is a bit off-putting. Save your pennies and get this one. This inspires me to purchase the other Paradox releases.
08-22-2009 03:22:43 | More by atremains
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
05-14-2009 01:34:33 | More by IBUnit63
United Kingdom (England)
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
03-07-2010 23:44:50 | More by mike130
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
08-24-2010 23:46:54 | More by charlieos
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
02-10-2011 06:09:21 | More by brotherloco
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
06-23-2009 01:30:34 | More by hopdog
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
03-28-2010 14:20:44 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
09-18-2010 01:27:15 | More by Jesstyr
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-28-2009 01:47:46 | More by WesWes
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
10-21-2010 22:06:55 | More by jdhilt
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-29-2011 05:17:33 | More by Beerenauslese
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
01-01-2010 18:57:29 | More by Mora2000
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Beer is black, served in a snifter. When I hold it up to the light and look through the thinnest corner the beer appears clear and black. Its on cask and has no head or lacing. Carbonation is a mystery to me.
Aroma is bright and loud. Its pretty sweet smelling, like molasses. I can smell whiskey and some alcohol in there. It smells about what I expected but the volume has been turned up to 11 on this one. Yikes.
Beer is thick, coats my mouth, finishes dry and there's a roasty aftertaste. There is a lot going on with this beer but there is not a lot of connectivity to it. The second taste is dominated by sweetness and liquor flavors. The front of the palate is completely sugary and the back is dry and bitter from the roast. Its an interesting combination of flavors but overall its a little odd. I like everything but I don't like cheese on my Chinese food. Complex and difficult beer.
05-03-2010 18:03:49 | More by drabmuh
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
Had this one on cask at the Copper Mine 2nd Anniversary Party yesterday.
Appearance: Pours black with minimal crown and no lace.
Smell: Band aids and iodine (aka scotch!) over dark malt.
Taste: Same as nose.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and uninspired.
Drinkability: One and done for me.
11-07-2010 19:43:58 | More by koopa
3.86/5 rDev +3.2%
330ml bottle cellared for 3+ years and served in a snifter. bottled on 5/12/2009
Pours a very dark brown with almost no noticeable head. Smell is strong scotch-whiskey. extremely pleasant aroma to my personal senses. Taste is a bit less than the smell. Scotch up front with a tad of smoke/bitterness on the finish. Not too complex but fairly enjoyable for what it is. Lighter side of medium bodied (if you can believe it) with low (no) carbonation. Its very very easy to drink despite the high ABV. However, the extremely light body does not fit the style profile.
Overall this is a pretty enjoyable brew. The cellaring helped it out, but the body profile really hurts this one. Still, I'm glad to have tried it.
06-25-2013 02:04:10 | More by Axnjxn
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-18-2010 11:32:34 | More by CrazyDavros
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
Served from the bottle at room temp. Not sure why but thats what they told me when it was brought to me. Didn't bother me at all. I finished pouring the bottle into the snifter glass and looked it over. Black colored body, thin head retention not much lacing. The smell was boozy and roasted. The nose was full of barrel aged aromas and smoke. The flavor of the beer has a massive roasted taste and plenty of scotch in there left over from the barrels. The mouthfeel is full of heat, leaves an intense warmth down the chest as you drink it. Overall this beer was strong but if you take it in over a good amount of time, it's pretty good.
07-22-2011 04:33:24 | More by Knapp85
BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) from BrewDog
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