BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) - BrewDog

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 47
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IBUnit63 on 05-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of devinoconnor
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of MikeSr619
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on cask last night and from the smell of it you could tell right away it was going to be a "hot" beer. The pour was dark and thick with no head at all on it. The taste was good but all I kept thinking was that it tasted more like a liquor then a real good beer. I would have it again but it would be more for sipping and tasting between other beers. (365 characters)

Photo of herman77
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of bobv
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle given to me at a beer bar in Stowe. Last one they had. It was chilled so I let it warm.

A:
Almost black, poured hard and fast, head was gone in an instant!
Very light head that stayed on the edge of the Chimay glass for a little while.

S: Stout nose with Scotch that didn't stay for too long. Bananas, cat pee (yes!)

T: Slight Scotch and stout.

M: Very, very thin.

O: Damn, I was hoping for more than this, just like their Macallan, way too thin. (459 characters)

Photo of StonedRugger
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was at The Pub in Beavercreek, OH and saw that a BrewDog beer was offered on Cask so I ordered. Paradox Springbank was/is the current offering as of this review.

The 10oz snifter was produced with a headless black liquid in it. Very little light made it through the glass if any. I did not know what style this beer was prior to ordering though the appearance narrowed it down.

The smell was bittersweet and did not help narrow down what the style was.

My reaction to my first sip was, "How much alcohol is in this?" Because it was a cask serving at room temp the alcohol was up front in all of its 10% though I swear it was more. I really could net get around the alcohol in the beer to find more subtle flavors. It was substantial enough to have a noticeable warming effect.

The mouthfeel did not help me narrow down the style any either. It was pretty thin. I had had a bottle of Founder's Breakfast before going out and a Young's Double Chocolate (Nitro) before this beer. A stout moutfeel it did not have.

Drinkability was not good. I passed the glass around the table and no one would take more than one sip. I finished it only because I knew I probably paid $6-8 for it. Knowing now that Paradox Springbank is supposed to be a Russian imperial stout answers some questions, but the particular cask The Pub has needed to sit for a few years. On the bright side, it is a rotating cask. (1,396 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
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? (519 characters)

Photo of johnnieoz
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Same best before date as noted previously, 3/31/11.

A: Smallish head on a dark, but not impenetrable, brew. A little light shines through on the edge, revealing maroon hues. There is a touch of lacing on the Burgundy glass.

S: Nice barrel-induced aromas: Scotch, vanilla, wood.

T: A tasty if subdued imperial stout, which is very dominated by the Springbank barrel it was aged in. There are some coffee and burnt malt flavors, but they are mild in comparison to other RISes. I am pairing this with dark Italian chocolate (Amedei from Tuscany) and this helps offset the extreme whiskey notes.

M: This feels thinner than expected. While the carbonation is low, this is fine for the style. The finish is dry.

D: The 10% abv is only vaguely noticeable, Paradox 17 works well as a sipper. (791 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (2,029 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not my favourite style but SIGNIFICANTLY better than the hyped Stone IRS (which tatses like off cream soda so no surprises there)

Beautiful tar colour but thin lacing / no head

It has that slightly cream soda smell but luckily none of the aftertaste of Stone IRS. I also smell/taste chocolate and coffee.

OK but not great in all and you start feeling the alcohol. This with dry coating and aftertaste makes this not a great beer (439 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass.

A: Oh-so-dark brown, with a fizzy tan head that sticks around the edges for ages.

S: Chocolate malts, vanilla/molasses overtones, and an alcoholic base. A small whiff of peat is probably just my wishful thinking.

T: Much lighter than expected. As recommended, I poured this at room temperature, but I'm not sure it did the beer any favours. The weakly carbonated body isn't very robust, nor is the flavour. Bitter chocolate dominates the taste until the end, when a glimmer of whisky shines through. Honestly, I expected more whisky character from six months in the barrel. I know and like Springbank, but I can only detect its presence right around the edges. Following a welcome warmth, the aftertaste is dry, pleasantly bitter, slightly smoky, and of medium duration.

M: Thin, but what is present is good.

D: Not the best effort, and not recommended at room temperature (next time I'll try around 50 degrees Fahrenheit). But still, an enjoyable experience. I think I will try other bottlings of the Paradox to see if I can find a batch more suited to my tastes. Springbank whisky is recommended, but its charm has not passed on to its namesake stout. (1,203 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled December 5, 2009... Pulled this one from the dustiest corner of the closet and popped it in the fridge a week or so ago. Despite losing some carbonation, this beer was otherwise pretty tasty. A lot of dark chocolate, cocoa and oaky notes. Aroma was a little subdued and it was easy to tell that five plus years had taken the edge (and hotness) off this beer. Still, quite drinkable and very enjoyable. (414 characters)

Photo of Exiled
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz Bottle)

Thanks to Mora2000 for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown almost black with little to no head. Smell is caramel malt, oak, vanilla, and peat smoke. Taste is caramel malt, smoke, and peaty scotch. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall, its good but not my favorite. (288 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (637 characters)

Photo of csmiley
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color is almost black. Just a hint of brown can be seen on the edges of the glass. The mocha head tops out at about one finger deep and shows really good retention. After a few minutes, the head recedes leaving a healthy amount of lacing. Good job in this respect.

S - Lots of scotch type heat comes through in the nose. Normally in that amount it would be a turn off but it works here. Big smokey aromas absolutely dominate the beginning into the middle. Some bittersweet chocolate is present and stays mainly in the background. Very medicinal overall.

T - Scotch permeates all through this beer. At this point, it is getting to b a bit much. Bittersweet chocolate is evident pretty quick and gets followed by smoke and roasted malts. Coffee comes in midway. It's finished off with hints of cherry and you guessed it...alcohol. Not bad. That is about all that can be said.

M - Medium bodied with a very light carbonation. Finish is very warm and dry, hanging out on the palate for quite a while.

D - Drinkability is good. It's a sipper that should be served on the warm side. Keep that in mind and you'll enjoy this brew to it's potential. This one is not my favorite Paradox but it is still pretty good. The heat comes too close to getting out of hand throughout. Other than that, everything else works out. (1,319 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (288 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (715 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (896 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Jesstyr
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (671 characters)

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