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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - SmokeheadBrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Identical to Batch 010 as the casks were re-used.

Added by Onslow on 01-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paresis
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

We pop the top on a bottle, pouring into our three quarter sized snifters. It shows a deep molasses brown coloring. A third of the liquid is covered with fat, oily, soapy medium brown bubbles, but you can hardly classify this as a “head”. Lacing is spotty but present as you swirl the glass. Thick haze obscures clarity, while finite granules of sediment are suspended about the liquid like constellations in a winter night’s sky. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is intensely peaty, coming out of the bottle almost exactly as Smokehead scotch does; heavily metallic and wildly peaty. The nose otherwise fills with resinous moss, warming oak, heavy buttery diacetyls, heavy phenolic plastics, dark fruitiness of fig and sautéed apricot, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, dried black cherries, wet black and chocolate malts, acetone, perfumed florals, dusty ale yeastiness, and creamy sunscreen chemical bite. The taste, much like the nose, makes it hard to discern anything aside from the smoke. As it warms, however, the complexity increases, filling in with soy sauce, intense peatiness, blackened barley and raw coffee malts, café au lait, white sugars, blackcurrant tartness, vegemite, smoked honeyham meatiness, gentle floral hoppiness, steel, dirty denim, dryer sheet and laundry detergent chemicals, nectarine and agave syrups, and milk chocolate syrups. The body is thin, and the carbonation is on the light side. Each sip gives washed slurp and smack, and cream and froth is utterly absent. The mouth is left chalky and astringently dried, with a soft slimy film covering the entirety of the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and well hidden, and the beer sips rather slowly.

Overall, this was a curious beer. We obviously love beer, but our second love is scotch. We’ve had the supreme pleasure of being able to go through a bottle of Smokehead ourselves, and we can definitely say that this is one of the nicest impregnations of a beer with a specific spirit. Many barrel aged products taste like “bourbon”, but not as much like the specific variety they claim to come from. Here, there is no question. It is Smokehead through and through. You would never know that unless you’ve had this liquor, but the effect is there nonetheless. Unfortunately, the base beer does live up to the same quality as the barrel it was housed in. It is one-dimensional, and when it comes to mouthfeel, it is thin and meaningless. Ultimately, we wished a better beer shined through the smoke, but we’re happy to sample an all-Scottish product. Here’s to the next one, BrewDog, keep it weird.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tillmac62
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 8/8/08 - so this one has had 6 years to mellow out - lol. Pours used motor oil black with just a hint of dark ruby. No head to speak of, but considering it's age, it is allowable. Wonderful nose of peat like smoke, oak and scotch. Underneath is some dark fruit (plum, fig). Medium body with no effervescence. The flavor profile is very intense, quite complex and surprisingly well balanced with all that is going on. It begins with an onslaught of peat like smoke over a rich caramel sweetness. As the smoke fades, oak characteristics are evident over an amazing burst of plum. The middle is where the scotch shines with that touch of smoke only it has. The finish is dry and just a touch sweet. A charred smoke like aftertaste lingers with just a hint of alcohol flavor. The alcohol coverage in this beer is amazing - just great scotch flavor with no grain alcohol astringency. An intense, flavorful brewing masterpiece that I wish I could have also had fresh.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.69/5  rDev 0%

A - Pitch black pour with a micro-lacing ring that's barely visible, no carbonation.

S - Smoke and char that's faded, oak, and some whiskey.

T - Still pretty smoky for (5) years old. Smoke, peat, oak, more peat, some and a trace of whiskey. Not much whisky flavor but dominant smoke, oak, and peat.

M - Full medium body, silky, no carbonation.

O - Wish this had some carbonation but the lack of brings more of the flavors out so not such a bad thing.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

on tap at Haven Gastropub Orange.... just tasted like "liquid Smoke", that crappy stuff you buy in the store.... terrible, I thought...

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Serving Type: on cask at The Hay Merchant (Houston, TX), served in a snifter (2010 release)

Appearance: Deep obsidian. No head; a few lively, tan bubbles disperse quickly and leave minimal lacing.

Smell: Complex wood and peaty smoke, with some dark fruit and sweet malt.

Taste: Peaty smoke, oak, and peppery spice throughout against sweet, toffee malt.

Mouthfeel: Oily, medium body with almost no carbonation (though the complex flavors and aroma almost don't miss it).

Overall: Although the stout base is a bit thin, it keeps to the background and lets all the complex and satisfying character of the big Islay whisky shine through.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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