Firebird by Gigantic brewing

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Firebird by Gigantic brewing is a 6.1% ABV Smoked Hefeweizen.

Label:
Beer# 18 in the endless series of limited edition artist and artisan beers.
Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen
A refreshingly complex wheat beer. Aromas of clove and banana intermingle with the light smoke imparted from German malt kilned over beechwood fires.

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss”
-Douglas Adams
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A smoked hefeweizen? Never had such a thing but it sure does sound tasty. I got this one online on the bringonthebeer.com site. I have had Gigantic beers in the past and they really have some nice labels that pair awesomely with some of the anime art work. They do this in the name of beer and the arts, so to that, I say cheers!! Now let us see what this one is like.

Aromas:
Burnt sugar, grilled bananas, smokey campfire but doesn’t overwhelm the hefeweizen, sugar cream, oranges, citrus, coriander spice, brown sugar, waffle cone, biscuit bread, honey glazed ham, old orange, peppercorn and clove spice.

Flavors:
Smoked ham, grilled bananas, burnt sugar, clove spice, coriander spice, smokey campfire notes, old oranges, citrus, biscuit bread, brown sugar, honey, graham crackers, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bubblegum and BBQ.

Aftertaste:
Ending pretty dry at the end with a small bit of the smokey oak, banana and clove spice fading. No alcohol in the taste. Easy to moderate drinkability with a light to moderate mouthfeel.

Overall:
A very good hefeweizen if you enjoy hefeweizens and the smoked beer styles. If not, then this one you may not like. However, the way this is done, not one style over powers the other. It is pretty well balanced keeping the beer smoke and the sweetness in line. Definitely recommended if you can find it.

Anime Corner:
Youmu Konpaku from the Touhou series was used in reference to the beer label and the ashy smokey aspect of the beer that blends well with the hefeweizen style. The feather in the back of her sword suggests that she is the firebird referenced in the beer label itself. Any other things you can find from this beer that seem awesome?

Mrs. Stoutfire collaboration by The Bruery and Beachwood Brewing

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Mrs. Stoutfire collaboration by The Bruery and Beachwood Brewing is a 9.5% ABV Imperial Smoked Stout Aged on Wood Chips

Label: 
Smoked with three types of wood. Aged on three types of wood. Taste just how It should taste. Smoke Meets Oak.

Commercial Description (Ratebeer.com)
9.5% abv, best enjoyed within 2 years – This beer will see extremely limited distribution in Southern California. 

From The Bruery: 

“For our first local collaboration beer of 2013, we teamed up with our good friends at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA. We’ve worked with these folks on a number of small batch brews, beer dinners and general shenanigans for many years and it was really exciting to sit down and work on a full scale project with them for the first time. What we ended up with is an imperial smoked stout, but of course it wasn’t that simple. We smoked our own malt on the same smoker and with the same blend of three different woods that Beachwood uses for their award winning BBQ – apple, white oak and pecan. We then aged the beer on those same three types of wood. The resulting stout is hearty and wonderful, balancing the rich, meaty smokiness with the sweetness of the malt.”
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I’ve been to Beachwood brewing in Long Beach and they have some amazing upcoming beers. Even my friend Alex who is mainly a Heinekken lager drinker loved one of their lighter selections so much he was going to get a growler of it. I still need to go to the Bruery though. I have been lagging it thought. Coming soon, coming soon . Also, if you are member of Untappd, looking me up  [https://untappd.com/user/cloudx30]

Smoking Wood was to me one of the best Smoked beers I have ever had from the Bruery and possibly in general. This beer is made with different types of wood so it actually goes into different types of flavors and aromas all from the smokiness. Now this is different. Aromas start off with milk, bakers and dark chocolate, smoked oak, campfire wood, maple syrup, molasses, marshmallows, coffee notes, raisins, currants, hazelnut, pecans, dates, bourbon, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, earthy hops and a lot of different type of burnt wood. The flavors are of smoked wood, camp fire oak, bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, mocha, maple, beechwood, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, figs, currants, raisins, rich dark cherries, dark fruits, minor wine notes, molasses, roasted nuts like pecans, hazelnut, earthy hop notes, honey glazed ham, chocolate campfire smores with graham crackers and marshmallows and caramelized popcorn.This is a wickedly awesome smoked imperial stout. While it is not like Smoking wood in terms of the bourbon sweeter mix, the dark fruit and chocolate with different roasted notes makes up for it. It is still very good in its own way. People that do not like smoked beers, this one is one to try for sure. It is a great beer.