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BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead | BrewDog

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BA SCORE
3.69/5
Good
261 Ratings
BrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - SmokeheadBrewDog Paradox Smokehead (Batch 015) - Smokehead
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
261
pDev:
19.78%
Bros Score:
4.29
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours jet black. Aroma is wood is not attractive, its rather more like being in a wood store and not the freshest wood. Taste is medium. Not much in taste ratehr than a little whiskey. Finish is smoked peat.Sometimes some of the many attempts by Brewdog are overated.Boozy.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smokey! Had this on tap a little while ago. This beer poured out as a dark brown color. The head was tan but very thin and eventually disappeared. The smell of the beer is very smokey and has a whiskey essence to it also. The taste was smokey but not salty, thankfully. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side sadly. Overall this beer was interesting. I was very glad to have glad to try it on tap.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man, you really got to lik'em smokey. It's much like drinking a lit cigar.

A base beer that straddles the definitions of Stout and Scottish Ales lead to medium roast qualities of highly kilned malts, coffees, and caramel. These a absolutely swamped by the more earthy, peaty, dirty aromas and flavors of Scottish Ale proportions.

The whisky barrels bring on a thinning booze quality that kills the head and body. Those barrels also bring about a smoke flavor and smell that are as intimidating as intriquing. Very rich with smoke, tannin woods, Scotch whisky, and a tawny vinous quality just in case the beer lacked a bit of complexity otherwise.

Ester fruits of burnt currants, dates, prunes, and raisons also decorate the edges. No doubt this beer is as big and complex as they come. It's just so powerful on the whisky and smoke that the beer is difficult to drink even from the very first sip.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Cost was $11.99. Bottled on date: 04/15/2009. Batch 015, 10% ABV. Expectations are average; my love for the style is balanced by my disdain for Brewdog. The bottle was purchased from a reputable store in Orange County, California, and I'm certain it was stored properly.

Presentation Note: The pressure cap was a real beast to pry off; this assures me it didn't lose carbonation over the course of its near three years in the bottle.

A: Pours a quarter finger head of light cream, decent thickness, and awful retention (~14 seconds). Colour appears black at first, but upon closer inspection seems to be a very dark caramel-black. The high ABV helps explain the bad head, but I've seen it overcome before.

Sm: A downright strong aroma: heavy peat, bourbon/whisky notes, and heavy smoke. Complex, warm, and inviting. Rich and delightful.

T: Heavy on the peat, with a smokey finish. The body is rich but relaxed, and not too heavy on the palate. It doesn't beat you over the head. The whiskey is present as a tone throughout but is never horribly strong. All in all it's rather simple for an imperial stout, and structurally it feels very brief: the flavours are only present for a very small amount of time. I like what's there, but it needs to be stronger and feature more presence. It's imbalanced in this regard.

Mf: Extremely thin and fragile - to its detriment. Even a bit watery. It should be a heavy dry coarse beer, but it's smooth and wet. Awfully executed for an imperial stout. Nearly ruins the beer. What a shame.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and disappointing, largely on account of its brief flavour profile and terrible mouthfeel. Extremely overpriced. I don't know that the aging did it much good. I'd never have this again, even at a quarter of the price I paid for it. Another unsurprising overpriced disappointment from the gimmicky brewers over at Brewdog.

C-

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of oberon
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My second BrewDog ware I have tried,poured into a snifter a jet black,I mean no light showing thru this puppy,a thin almond colored head atop.Wow alot going on in the nose,some good,some not so good,bigtime smokey hard wood and peat mixed with molasses and light vanilla.The peat aromas are very strong,I have never in a beer came close to that aroma of peat and hardwood (alder?),quite intense.Holy smokes the flavors are as smoky as all get out!Intense hard wood smoke and peat flavors mixed with light caramel/vanilla sweetness,that sweetness doesnt hold up to the intense barrage of smoke and wood.This knocked me back a little I didnt expect to drink such a intense beer.I didnt like the flavors but it is original I have to say.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Style: whiskey cask aged imperial stout
Brewed by: Brewdog Ltd.
Location: Fraserburgh, Scotland, UK
Rating: 3.8
First had: bottle, special ordered from Scotland

Pours dark opaque brown to black with a tan head. Earthiness in the nose with scents of alcohol and whiskey. Tastes similar, with whiskey, earthiness, and smoked wood. Lots of character. Medium mouthfeel with a bit of filminess and a somewhat harsh aftertaste. Strong, but moderately drinkable.

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

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black forest cake with no highlights on this overcast late January morning. A modest escape of CO2 was followed by a slim slice of beige foam that is no longer completely covering the beer. Minimal lace makes it to the snifter. Not the best looking of the lot.

The aroma is three parts peaty Scotch whisky to one part roasted malty stout. It may be because the 'best by' date is a mere three months away, but this iteration doesn't seem as pungent as the others. More of the stout would have been nice.

Smokehead 015 brings it on the flavor front, as all of these Paradox brews do. This is my sixth one and all six have earned 4.0 for both flavor and drinkability. That makes sense since they only vary by the whisky that was previously in the cask.

Even though the Scotch used in this batch is unknown to me, it tastes like something from the Islay region. The beer has that classic phenolic, bandage-like, seaweedy character that some aficionados of the world's greatest spirit crave.

The stout plays a bigger role on the palate. Chocolate malt dominates, with hints of roasted coffee bean peaking in at the edges. The rest is all whisky, in a wonderfully balanced kind of way. Maybe it's age, but this is definitely not boozy beer.

Too bad the mouthfeel has taken a hit, although it's obvious that it was nowhere near Dark Lord thick and chewy to begin with. Enough bubbles have survived to keep things reasonably well-expanded, which helps keep the score at average.

This bottle of BrewDog Paradox Smokehead Batch 015 is more enjoyable than the final score will indicate. Time won't do it any favors, so if you're cellaring a bottle, crack the crown before warmer weather rolls around.

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Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with a best before date.

Off of a hard rousing pour comes a lightly crackling tan bubbly lace. The tiny bubble have some retention and the big ones that must have captured some fusel oil start popping right away. Peaty, charred wood, lemon oil, fusel alcohol and ripe plum on the nose. Slick and creamy on the palate with a very light carbonation. Big dry malt character tries to stay afloat as the wood and alcohol trait try and smack it down. Modest hopping here which is fine as it is not needed. Peat flavor throughout is lazily dominant letting both the charred wood and roasted malt flavors to come through. Big breath of alcohol though it never runs hot. Finishes with a sweet fusel alcohol, roasted grain and wood tannin ... obviously dry.

I am very impressed with this beer, the barrel qualities never overpower but are present throughout.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a nigh-obsidian with no true head to speak of. The nose kicks off with a healthy dose of smoke, with all else in the background, submissive: toasted malts, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of booze. The taste begins with the usual imperial stout flavors, like coffee, vanilla, and dark malts, but then the smoke kicks in, bringing an extra level of complexity to the proceedings. The smoke goes from BBQ grill to roasted bratwurst to a lighter caramel flavor. Though the body is sonewhat heavy, it is incredibly smooth. This helps keep the drinkability fairly high, despite the best efforts from the ABV and the smoke, which tries its best, in vain, to dominate the stage. Instead, a delightful complexity exists.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

'10 vintage.

Pours a deep, dark oily-looking black, with a small head that immediately dissipates into an oily film. No lacing.

Smells like scotch whiskey, roasted malt, and woodiness.

The taste is similar. Like scotch, this one has a lot of little complexities, especially at 4 years out. Slightly salty/briney, but only in a very subtle way, with some leather, wood, liquid smoke, scotch whiskey, chocolate, roasted malt. Quite nice, even if some of the flavors described above aren't ideal flavors.

The 4 years of aging has made this beer not boozy in the slighest. Medium bodied, very low carbonation with all the aging.

This one was nice, a good little diamond in the rough if you will, I never thought Brew Dog could make a balanced beer.

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Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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