In all areas of life you need talented individuals that are willing to put their heads above their professional parapets and shout very loud. For example, John McEnroe’s rant of ‘you cannot be serious’ went along way to improving umpiring decisions in Tennis! Likewise the guys at BrewDog Brewery are shouting very loud about their flavoursome beers and deride the thirst-quenching ‘industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales’ that dominate our supermarket and pub shelves. They are on a crusade to push the beer flavour boundaries and to change the binge drinking culture of – ‘it has to be six pints of lager to be an enjoyable night out’! They have a simple mantra of drink better, but drink less.
They are continually proving with their bottled beer that beer can deliver the multilayered flavour complexity of a top-notch claret. To get this message across and to spread their beer flavour gospel further – they are opening their own BrewDog pubs at a speedy rate of hops! Will they change the way we buy and drink beer? Let’s hope so!
Their Tokyo Oak Aged Stout is an eighteen percenter that is not a ‘session’ stout, but one to be savoured and sipped slowly, 50ml will be enough for most drinkers. Each sip tantalises and pounds the tastebuds with a harmonious bitter sweet mix of Oatmeal Stout and Oloroso Sherry flavours. I recommend that you decant it into a decanter and drink it as you would a vintage port with cheese or fresh coffee. You don’t have to drink it at one sitting, the high alcohol (like Port & Sherry) enables it to be kept for several days in a stoppered decanter. Should you buy it or leave it on the shelf? If you are a beer aficionado – this Toko Stout is a must try!
Tokyo Oak Aged Stout, BrewDog Micro Brewery, Fraserburgh, Scotland, 330ml.
Punk IPA, BrewDog Micro Brewery, Fraserburgh, Scotland, Alc. 6%, 330ml. £1.29 – £1.39
Want a pale beer that delivers serious hoppy flavour – then this boutique beer will hit the hop spot!
Hops: Chinook, Ahtanum & Nelson Sauvin
Malts: Marris Otter Extra Pale Malt