Thursday, January 24, 2013

January 24: BrewDog Paradox Aged in Glen Grant barrels is Clutch City

Big beer here! Big beeeer! Fittingly, my favorite show is on as I arrive home and I have a long awaited barrel aged brew waiting for me. Those devilish bastards at Brew Dog continue to produce bold beers and this is no exception. A 10% imperial stout aged in a former 1970 Glen Grant cask. It was an expensive bottle, but hopefully worth every penny. I’ve had many Bourbon Barrel brews but never one which spent time in whiskey. Glen Grant is a Speyside whiskey founded in 1840. Here is a flavor profile and a picture, which you’ll probably recognize the label.

Glen Grant 31yo 1970/2001 (45%, Samaroli, Sherry cask #1025)
Nose: Rich, polished and sherried. Taste: Smoky and quite extreme in the start, sweetening out in the fruity centre. Very chewy; nice tannins: 89 points - here is a malt that earns most points on the palate - a sherry monster, not for everybody.

This pours coal black and has an intense chocolate aroma, without much of a bitter roast flavor. It also has a relatively strong scotch whiskey smell but it’s not quite as intense as some of the bourbon-aged beers I recently tried. Can’t wait to see the difference between this and my recent bourbon sampling.
This is a dank beer, but a relatively thin body despite the beer’s complexity.  The scotch delivers a distinctly different taste than bourbon, it’s much airier, a little smoky, but it really smooths the chocolate and alcohol out. It really cuts out any heat from a relatively thin bodied beer, which is Clutch City

I’m pretty enamored with this. It’s different from what I’m used to, and that’s one of the many wonderful points of this blog. I had no interest in trying a scotch-barreled beer before I went searching for barrel-aged beer. I certainly wouldn’t pay $10+ price tag normally. More so, I’m not especially a huge scotch fan – bourbon, damn sure – but the scotch I leave up to Karl and David, who are well educated and passionate about the stuff. This beer has opened up a new world for me. Awesomeness prevails.

This Paradox is unique and extremely satisfying. Definitely a ‘dessert’ or special occasion beer. The high price tag, complexity and alcohol demands it to be a sipping beer. But jebus it delivers. For a special occasion, treat yourself. Barrel aging simply ads something extra to the beer you don’t find 90% of the time. Here, it’s not subtle in aroma or taste, but it ads the extra punch to get it over an A rating for me: A-

1 comment:

  1. David and I split a Hof ten Dormaal brew no. 7 a while back, which was a Belgian golden aged in Ardbeg barrels. Ardbeg is just about the peatiest, smokiest scotch out there and it was like drinking a boilermaker of Duvel and a shot of Scotch. Not for everyone, but quite interesting/fierce.