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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
84
good

43 Ratings
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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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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

rudabegga9, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Ajlvt, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

nickfl, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Lovely85, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
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.

Axnjxn, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2011, so it's well out of date.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
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

nmann08, Apr 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Bouleboubier, Oct 29, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

bobv, Mar 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

DrNo, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

BeerHunter76, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of herman77
2.88/5  rDev -23%

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
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4/5  rDev +7%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -11%

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 Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
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.

brotherloco, Feb 10, 2011
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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.

Beerenauslese, Jan 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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
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2.6/5  rDev -30.5%

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 koopa
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.

koopa, Nov 07, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

AgentMunky, Oct 30, 2010
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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.

jdhilt, Oct 21, 2010
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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.

Jesstyr, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of charlieos
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.

charlieos, Aug 24, 2010
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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.