1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) - BrewDog

Not Rated.
BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017)BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BrewDog visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

nmann08, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Knapp85, Jul 22, 2011
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 JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

nickfl, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  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.

drabmuh, May 03, 2010
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 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 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 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 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 Axnjxn
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Axnjxn, Jun 25, 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 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 AgentMunky
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

AgentMunky, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Exiled
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Exiled, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of koopa
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

koopa, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Lovely85
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Lovely85, Aug 02, 2013
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 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 bobv
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

bobv, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +7%

Rollzroyce21, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +7%

BeerHunter76, Dec 09, 2011
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 Bouleboubier
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Bouleboubier, Oct 29, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) from BrewDog
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.