This is crazy…

It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and I am tasting and commenting on a beer. Honestly, I don’t often start drinking beer before dinner, but… Over the last couple days, the Northeast has been smothered by clouds of smoke from a bunch of huge wild fires in southern Quebec, which the prevailing SW winds were kind enough to blow our way… so everything has smelled and tasted like smoke, ash, etc. since the middle of the weekend… So I’ve got this beer which I am hoping will work as a “palate cleanser”, or at least a “fire-break”…
For the last several months a small brewery in Scotland has been making headlines by brewing… unconventional? eclectic? iconoclastic?… beers, including trying to brew the world’s strongest beer… Brewdog is hard to find, so when I saw the bottle of Paradox Smokehead on the shelf, I grabbed one. It’s described as an “Imperial Stout matured in Islay whisky casks.” Islay is the home of the most strongly peat-flavored single malt whiskys in Scotland, so I knew what to expect.
Yumm, in a word. Dark rich stout, at 10% abv, 70 IBU’s, with the most amazing smokiness, peat and iodine, phenolic and sweet at the same time… This is like something I would brew!

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