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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
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IBUnit63 on 05-14-2009)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

Photo of MikeSr619
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of csmiley
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

Photo of StonedRugger
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

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.

Photo of atremains
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DerBayer
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of johnnieoz
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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.

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.

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BrewDog Paradox Springbank (Batch 017) from BrewDog
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.