I’ve heard about Brew Dog for a while now; they’re famous (or infamous if you’re PeTA) for making the most expensive beer in the world. They took 12 bottles of a brew called “The End of History”, found 4 squirrels, 7 weasels and a hare (already dead), took the animals to a taxidermist, and packaged the $765/bottle beer one bottle per animal. It’s kind of a radical way to do beer, but kind of fun in its own way.
The guys at Brew Dog, from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, consider themselves progressive brewers, and their beers aren’t cheap. Because they seem to go for hoppy beers, I haven’t tried them much. They also have 32% and 41% offerings, which will likely never be available in Ohio. However, I saw a single bottle of their Paradox Islay and had to try it.
The Paradox series is their stout put into whisky barrels from various distilleries. The Islay series has used different distilleries including Bowmore and Ardbeg. I, unfortunately, didn’t realize this before last Saturday, and I didn’t get the batch number off the bottle to know which this was.
Anyway, I tried it. And I liked it. A lot.
it’s got a rich, malty stout base, and comes in with a touch of peat, but not overpowering. It’s not cheap, but I must have more. That’s the real test of a beer or ale or stout, or whisky for that matter. After you have some, do you feel you really want more? If not, try something else until you get that reaction. Then get more, in moderation!