Tuesday, December 8, 2009
BrewDog Paradox Speyside
Hello all, Amy and I are back in Panama City and back to work. I got a chance to open up one of the beers I bought in Charleston and thought I would share it with you.
BrewDog is a Scottish Craft brewery that has only been open since 2007. Wow, going international after a couple of years in very impressive. They take traditional beer styles and put their own little twist on them. For example, this is the brewery that makes an 'Imperial Mild Ale', which is a 3.5% ABV. Mild ale with 200 IBU's. If you are unaware of what an IBU is, it stands for International Bitterness Units and the human palate can only detect up to 80 or 90. This is also the same brewery that just released 'Tactical Nuclear Penguin', the world's strongest beer, at 32% ABV. To say the least, they are a very creative brewery.
This is a bottle of BrewDog 'Paradox, Speyside', Batch #5. The Paradox is their Imperial Stout series that is aged in a Scotch Malt whiskey Cask. There's that word again, cask, aka barrel. The other strange name, Speyside, is the name of the Scotch distillery in which they acquired the casks. I like stuff aged in barrels.
After our long journey back from the Carolinas, I needed a reward. I put this beer in the fridge and chilled it for about 15 minutes. I didn't want it to be ice cold so I could taste the beer. As I poured it into my little snifter, it was dark brown in color. I expected it to be pitch black because of the reputation of the brewery. The first smell was really great! Smells of dark malts, sweetness and scotch whiskey. My first taste was not overwhelmed by whiskey flavors, but chocolate and vanilla. I know, strange, but the scotch barrel flavors came at the end. I really enjoyed this beer and might buy another one, if I can find one. This was a Limited Release and was only brewed once.
Anyway, stay in touch, I think Chan's Wine World is doing their Christmas Beer tasting tomorrow, December,9. I will confirm that tonight.
Update: Christmas Beer Tasting is December 16, for those interested.