Union Jack by Firestone Walker

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Union Jack by Firestone Walker is a 7.5% ABV World Class India Pale Ale.

Box Description:
An aggressively hopped West Coast-style IPA. Union Jack showcases exceptional dry hop character with stunning pineapple, citrus, and pine aromas on the nose accompanies by honey-like malt aromatics. Double dry hopping brings bold grapefruit, tangerine and citrus flavors.

==Introduction==
It really has been a couple of years since I tried this beer. One of the first IPAs during the time that I started doing beer reviews but unfortunately never got the chance to bring forth. When I bought this as part of the Firestone Winter Variety pack, I finally had the chance. I have mainly tried this one on tap which was epic and great but I have not gone back to it since developing a taste for a variety of IPAs. The fact that I am bringing this here to the site is an honor as I will finally take my time to dissect what many have called one of the finest in the west coast-style of IPAs. Cheers.

Aromas:
Citrus, floral grassy piney, grapefruit hops, tropical fruit mango, papaya, guava, kiwi, dragon fruit, honey dew melon, strawberry, honey on biscuit bread, tangerines, lemon peel, Stone fruit apricots, lychee, apples, caramel and vanilla.

Flavors:
Citrus, floral, grassy piney and grapefruit hops, tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, dragon fruit, strawberry, papaya, passion fruit, honey dew melon, biscuit bread, honey, tangerines, guava, lemon peel, Stone fruit apricot, peach, lychee, apples, kiwi, floral notes, mild dank garlicky flavors, and gummy bears.

Aftertaste:
Lots of tropics, citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, vanilla, honey, caramel, biscuit bread and grassy hops linger. No alcohol in the taste, easy to drink, somewhat creamy, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and a Clear Golden body.

Overall:
One of the finest and perfect examples of IPAs out there. The step below to the Double Jack still standing strong in the front of the many West coast IPAs that come close to it. The tropics in this are strong and is really one of the reason I really loved this beer. It isn’t all about tropical though as you do get some caramel notes and lots of that super hoppy west coast dankness. This is pretty much a commoners gold and if you haven’t tried this one, you are missing out because this one is very underrated and extremely awesome of IPAs

Anime Corner:
Saber from Fate/Stay night and an OC character by genzoman and zander-d from deviant art were brought forth in this pairing to bring forth a bit of what the Union Jack and what the UK is all about. Being inventors of the India Pale Ale style to make beer last through the travels as they were preserve with hops as a natural preservative for soldiers in their journeys. This was the best pairing to represent that about the origins of the IPA.

Sources:
http://genzoman.deviantart.com/art/Saber-Who-Dares-Wins-349352556

2013 Samichlaus Classic by Schloss/Castle Brewery Eggenberg in Austria

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Rating: 5/5

2013 Samichlaus Classic by Schloss/Castle Brewery Eggenberg in Austria is a 14% ABV World Class Doppelbock.

Label:
The World’s Most Extraordinary Beverage

Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish.

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Once holding the title of “World Strongest Beer”, this beer was the first time I had tasted anything above 12% ABV back in 2010.I had done a review on the Helles version of this beer but this is really the first time I bring this one here to brewerianimelogs. Why have I avoided it? I really don’t know as this beer is one of the greatest examples of its style. I think at some point I was mainly just reviewing for local beers and mainly for art. Either way, the good thing is that it is now here for the review. This beer can be found in many craft brew shops that sell imported beers. While it maybe a tad pricey, a 12oz of this is probably all you really need to just relax for the night. They do come in 22oz bottles now…so yeah!…Cheers!

2012 Bier Helles Review: https://brewerianimelogs.wordpress.com/2012/10/22/samichlaus-bier-helles-limited-editionby-brauerei-schloss-eggenberg/

Aromas:
Liquid dark fruit plums, prunes, raisins and figs, banana clove notes, maple syrup, brown sugar, dulce de leche caramel, pecan pie, toffee, butterscotch, biscuit bread, raisin bread pudding, stone fruits like apricots, peaches, melon, molasses and dark cherry yogurt.

Flavors:
Liquid dulce de leche caramel, pilocillo sugar cone, rich dark fruit prunes, plums, raisins, brown sugar, candied yams, candied peaches in maple syrup, toffee, raisin bread pudding, pecan pie, prailines, molasses, rye bread hints, biscuit bread, butterscotch, dark cherry yogurt, bananas, clove spice, stone fruits like apricots, melon, honey, apples, barley wheat bread and blackberry preserves on toast.

Aftertaste:
Brown sugar, dark fruits like dark cherry yogurt, banana hints,piloncillo and stone fruit linger linger. Partial Boozyness in the taste but mainly fruity sweet with no burn or detracting form the complex flavors. It really covers up the alcohol somehow. The beer has a sipping drinkability, syrup mouthfeel and a blood crimson deep amber but clear appearance. Hardly any head retention with a lot of alcohol leags.

Overall:
Perfect beer for it’s style. This beer makes me feel like Dracula. Its crimson appearance, the fact that it is brewed in a castle and comes in a creepy bottle with a potent rich complexity yet clear crimson amber appearance, whys shouldn’t it be the perfect beer for like Halloween or something. What is so special about December 6? I have no idea, but I do know I highly recommend this beer. It is damn insane! If you don’t like strong beers, keep away as you will be surprised by this magic potion.

Anime Corner:
Undead Norsgard original character by Genzoman of Deviantart.com was used in this pairing to pair with Samichlaus because I wanted to bring about the beer flavors, the history and creation of the beer and what it represents and the color of the label. As you can see, this beer was made in a castle in Austria, used to be the strongest in the world and the colors definitely compliment with the complexity and the strength of the character. While the character may or may not be evil, the whole thing I said about Dracula the beer being crimson deep blood amber red, well it does fit as well. Can you think of any thing else that pairs well about this piece?

Sources:
http://genzoman.deviantart.com/art/Norsgard-Undead-286579533

Chicken Killer by Santa Fe Brewing

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Chicken Killer by Santa Fe Brewing is a 10% ABV American BarleyWine.

Label:
Chicken Killer Barley Wine is the revolutionary beer that will someday define America’s unique Barley Wine style. Chicken Killer is brewed with twice the ingredients of the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s other products, and only half the usual amount of liquid is extracted from these ingredients. This makes one serious ale. At ten percent alcohol, Chicken Killer is actually as substantial as wine, but this is not to say that it is difficult to drink. On the contrary; be careful with this one. The flavors of the ale are at first as overwhelming as the intense Santa Fe sun. But in the same way our sun gives us the unrivaled brilliant colors of Santa Fe, the potency of Chicken Killer gives us the remarkable spectrum of flavors that can be found in no other ale, in no other city. Check out out website: www.santafebrewing.com
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Chicken Killer comes from New Mexico’s oldest microbrewery. A first time try for me which was provided to the site thanks to Aaron Mendiola of www.beermetaldude.com. This American style barleywine plans on changing the way people view barleywines and maybe unique to how it’s done in New Mexico. With this review, I hope I can showcase what their vision is. It is always nice to put great beers on the map or in this case, the internet for others to know about such beer treasures. Cheers!

Aromas:
Pecan pie flavors, dark fruit raisins, leather, brown sugar, dulce de leche caramel, plums, figs, capirotada raisin bread pudding, citrus, biscuit bread, butterscotch, cinnamon, hints of oak, dark cherry, earthy notes, clove spice, banana, old mango and hazelnut nectar.

Flavors:
Pecan pie, dulce de leche caramel, cinnamon, dark fruit raisins, plums, figs, rye bread, capirotada raisin bread pudding, earthy notes, leather, dark cherries, hints of oak, citrus, tangerine, mandarin preserves on biscuit bread, honey, green tea, peppery spices, bananas, clove spice, piloncillo sugar cone, old mango, strawberry, pitaya (Dragon fruit) and hints of chocolate.

Aftertaste:
Caramel, vanilla, dulce de leche, citrus, earthy hops and some tropic hints. No taste of alcohol in the flavor, a sipping drinkability yet you want to keep drinking, hazy to medium body and full mouth feel.

Overall:
This is a perfect barley wine. It is outstanding! It drinks more along the English Barley wine style so it is definitely sweeter and to some degree, the old ale style. While still maintaining the hop like flavors found in American Barleywines, it finds a way to mesh in the nice flavors I like from sweeter old ales and English Barleywines. Yes, give this one a try, it is great!

Anime Corner:
Carmen Serdan by Genzoman was chosen for this pairing because I wanted to pair the Mexican Revolution attire that was worn in those days as well as the label which shows the similar attire. Also, the fact that the beer tries to show that certain beers can be unique, in this case, barleywines, it goes to show hard the craft beer revolution is working to bring great flavors to the masses as well as inform them that beer can be more than just bitter yellow water. So, synonymously this beer is important to the brewery and so is the meaning. Cheers!

Sources:
Definietely check out Genzoman’s art and description about the artwork about the Mexican Revolution.
http://genzoman.deviantart.com/art/Carmen-Serdan-103601296