Britain's most exciting new brewery barks again.
Brew Dog have been ageing stouts in whisky casks, and the results are spectacular. I won't bullshit you and pretend I'm a whisky connoisseur. I'm not, and I doubt I ever will be. Nevertheless, even I can pick out the flavours of Speyside, Islay and Invergordon in these 10% abv beers.
Collectively, they go by the name of Paradox. James and Martin haven't told me why, but I can think of one reason. They're fabulously smooth and gentle, yet offer a complexity that reminds me why I seek out this kind of stuff.
When you try them, expect cream and oak to compliment the roast flavours and warmth you'd expect from a strong stout. Give it a swirl in the glass and treat your nose to an aroma that offers a taster of the finest single malt. There are subtle differences in each of the different beers. Naturally, the Islay is gloriously peaty and smoky. The Invergordon was the most deceptively easy going, with vanilla particularly prominent. The Speyside seems to add a touch of orange.
I'm happy to endorse what the boys at Brew Dog are doing. They're producing potent but drinkable beers that demand respect. These aren't crass "extreme beers". To me, those are the fermented equivalent of Jodie Marsh. You'd be in there like a shot if the mood took you and no-one was looking - but you'd feel pretty wretched afterwards. Brew Dog's stouts are definitely saucy, but you could still take them home to meet you mum.
The Brew Dog website has an online purchasing facility, as well as information on the brewery, the beers and the men that make them. I've also reviewed their Riptide Stout and Hardcore IPA.