But it was too good to resist. On my birthday, I get to splurge. Not much mind you as I am still unemployed, but I certainly don’t feel bad about spending (or asking for) a 11.2oz beer that costs $11.50. Especially when it comes so highly recommended. This Paradox comes from Brew Dog’s Speyside batch, and it’s very different from the bourbon barrel stouts that I see in the states.
The bummer? I’m not exactly sure how. I don’t get much peat flavor but there is definitely something that is offsetting the rich dark malty flavors of coffee and chocolate. It probably is peat, and I’m just not well versed enough in flavor profiles to identify the manifestation of those flavors. Where the sweetness of bourbon tends to compliment coffee and chocolate, scotch seems to stand apart, as though I’m drinking two different liquids.
It’s a damn good beer, and I only wish I had more of it so I could pin down the little details that make it so interesting.