Well actually I started drinking beer before noon but I let the first one stretch into the afternoon and have been drinking slowly since.
Im going to start with what I am currently drinking. The Brewdog Paradox Speyside. It seems they do these in batches and the batch is hand written on the bottle along with the expiration date. I think mine is pretty new as it is not listed on the website yet. My batch number is 011 with a best before of 12/12/10.
The first thing i should mention about this beer is that it is expensive. I paid €5.99 for a 330ml bottle.
The second thing i should mention is the reason it is so expensive. This Imperial stout is Cask aged in a whiskey, or should I say Whisky (being Scotland of course) cask for about three months. The idea is that it will bring the aroma and flavour of the whisky into the beer.
I should point out that i am a Whiskey drinker and not so much a Whisky drinker, meaning that I love my Irish Whiskey and have limited experience with Scotch Whisky. My current scotch is a 15 year old Glenlivet and this as far as I know is a speyside Whisky. So if i compare this type of Whisky to the Paradox it actually does compare. I'm going to assume that Speyside whisky is not a strong peat smoked whisky like some others. I like the Glenlivet probably because it is closer to an Irish Whiskey than other ashtray tasting scotches so I like the taste of the Paradox because I can taste and smell the Whisky notes but it is not a very smoky beer. That is not to say I do not like a peated Whisky or Whiskey. In fact im a big fan of Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey.
Thirdly this stout is 10% making it the strongest beer I have tasted. This is wine territory. Wine is usually about the 14% mark but varies and can start out at 10% or sometimes less.
To be honest i need more than 1 bottle of this and I wish they provided it in 500ml bottles rather than 330ml bottles.
If i have any negative points about this beer then its the following.
There is no head on this beer, or at least the tiny head that formed was only a brief flicker of headiness before its spark expired from existence.
Treacle.... This is what this beer reminds me of. I am not comparing constancy, in fact the mouthfeel is light but heavier than some other stouts. I am just put in mind of a syrupy taste/feel in my mouth that my brain is telling me is like treacle.
I am not sure how many of these i could drink. At 10% im sure i would get pretty wasted in short order, however this Stout has the drinkability of a wine to me. One sip at a time as opposed to big mouthfuls.
Here is my conclusion of this beer. It is a conundrum. It tastes like a stout but is far more complex than your average stout. There are definite Whisky notes and it has a treacle sort of taste and feel. Like a whisky, I think this is a short drink so a little goes a long way.
I would prefer to have a glass of scotch for the whisky notes and a good roasted barley type stout like O' Haras but on certain occasions it might be nice to break out a brewdog.
It is an excellent stout, just not something i could drink a lot of myself.
Deuchars IPA is the second of the Caledonian Brewery beers I got. I honestly have trouble telling this apart from the Caledonian 80 i had last night. My first and only gripe about this beer is that as an IPA I would expect it to be a strong beer but this is only an average 4.4%. This means the beer is a bit like a light beer in the IPA market. It is not as strong as other IPA's. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I love a hoppy brew and this did not disappoint me. I might not actively seek this out again but it is something i will certainly consider trying again. Next time I will try the Caledonian 80 & Deuchars IPA side by side.
Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen is the next beer beer. There is a website but it seems to be in German only and I can not read German. This bottle conditioned wheat beer is an excellent one in my oppinion. It is sharper, more citrusy and stronger tasting than the Franziskaner & Paulaner I recently had. In fact I had a Franziskaner just before the Schofferhofer.
This is well worth checking out. I have read that you can get it cheap at Aldi so I will have to take a look some time.