Winter Slayer by Arcade Brewery

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Winter Slayer by Arcade Brewery is a 9.1% ABV Oat Wine Style Ale

Label:
An Oat Ale That’s Got Your Back.

==Introduction==

I found this one along with the Mega Milk at www.wineandcheeseplace.com . This one intrigued me as well as the Mega Milk as they relate to video games in the craft beer world. The knight is reminiscent of fantasy and futuristic NES games or even Atari games. It seems more like a label for a video game. It is damn awesome so in this case, I chose it more because of the exclusivity since we don’t get any of their brews in California but also since it was a limited release. Let’s check out this bad ass beer, cheers!

Aromas:
Peppercorns, Stone fruit peaches, apricots, white grapes, wheat bread, biscuit bread, coriander, honey, vanilla, minor tropical hints of pineapple, dragon fruit notes, apples, marshmallows, graham crackers, herbal and floral hops, brown sugar, cinnamon, orange and lemon peels, butterscotch hints and banana hints.

Flavors:
White grapes, wheat, coriander notes, honey, vanilla, biscuit bread, raspberries, cherries, white raisins, stone fruit peaches, apricots, orange peel, lemon peel, cinnamon hints, banana hints, butterscotch, pineapple, dragon fruit notes, apples, marshmallows, graham crackers, almonds, floral and herbal hop hints, brown sugar, peppercorn spices, chardonay, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and melons.

Aftertaste:
Honey, grapes, granola bar, berries, orange peel, stone fruits, earthy notes and flowers. Slight alcohol in the taste, Light to medium golden body, moderate mouthfeel and moderate drinkability.

Overall:
A very good oat Wine reminiscent of the Blonde Barley wine or the Wheat wine ales I have had before. It interesting with quite the different complex flavors that you typically do not find in other beers but a special set of lighter Barleywines. Of the style, I like other ones, like oh I don’t know, The Bruery White Chocolate!! However, since it is a rare style, this one I enjoyed a lot and I highly recommend it.

Anime Corner:
Lucina from Fire Emblem was used in this pairing since I wanted a character that would pair well with the knight. The knight reminds me of several different things. Dragon Warrior for NES, the helmet reminds me of Vile from Megaman X but I get this feeling like Wizards and Warriors from NES too. Either way, the colors of the artwork fit this one perfectly. Lucina is the knight in this picture and she is a slayer. Also to go along with the left eye shining, she has a shining eye on her left eye that is in the game called the mark of Naga also known as the brand of Exalt.

Sources:
http://www.zerochan.net/full/1315296
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/283/7/9/ceroxide_s_commission_a_by_gashi_gashi-d6pknt8.png

Eight by Surly Brewing

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Eight by Surly Brewing is a 12%ABV Oat Wine Aged in High West Rye Whiskey Barrels.

Label:
get surly

“When it’s done” is a phrase we’ve used to describe release dates for our beers for many years. When you’re putting the beer first, it just makes sense. Our anniversary is technically in February, but this unique Oat Wine style ale needed to age in High West Rye Whiskey barrels until, well… until it’s done. Here’s to Eight great years, and we’ll all be celebrating soon in our all new Destination Brewery.

The idea behind our anniversary line-up of beers was to give Todd, Surly’s Head Brewer, free rein to use whatever ingredients and methods he wanted to brew the beer. This year’s bottle artwork is a one-of-a-kind illustration collaboration between Todd and local artist Josh “Jawsh” Lemke.

This beer was designed for barrel aging, so it’s been a great opportunity to work with our friends at High West Distillery® in Park City. Utah. Brewed with Golden Promise and Aromatic malt Oats, and Milk sugar fermented in stainless steel then aged in High West Rye Whiskey barrels, this golden hued Oat-Wine style ale summons notes of spicy vanilla marshmallow and aromas of honey and whiskey.

==Introduction==

Another awesome year has come for Surly brewing and the release of their long awaited Barley wine is now here. Every year, I await the release of their anniversary ale since trying the Surly 4. Some releases are greater than others but sometimes you have to dig deep online to find these obscure beers… or just go to france44.com and get them, I guess that’ll work. Anyways, this year they made an oatwine aged in Rye whiskey barrels. I have tried many barley wines, some wheat wines, but never an oatwine. So the fact that this one is barrel aged, I will try to find the original beer somehow but if not, at least I will let you know how this year’s Surly anniversary turns out. Come, join me into the abyss of flavor experience…

Aromas:
Marshmallow cream, chocolate smores, vanilla, oak, dulce de leche caramel, flan, custard, dark fruit raisins, cherries, white chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, bourbon, rye bread, rye whiskey, capirotada raisin bread pudding, Lechera sweetened condensed milk, bananas, clove spice, pumpkin spice, tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, piña colada hints, pecan pie, hazel nut, oatmeal cookies, Danish cookies, oranges, citrus, coriander spice, macadamia nuts, marzipan, burnt sugar, brown sugar and candi sugar.

Flavors:
Bourbon, Rye whiskey, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, oak, flan, custard, tobacco, leathery notes, sweetened condensed milk, oranges, coriander spice, mango, pineapple, dragon fruit, pears, apples, toasted coconut, piña colada hints, rich white chocolate, toffee, mild pumpkin spice, cinnamon, chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, Danish cookies, Tres Leches cake, marshmallow cream, bananas, clove spice, chocolate smores, butterscotch, rye bread, brown sugar, marzipan, hazelnut, burnt sugar, candi sugar hints, dark fruits like cherries, raisins, plums, biscuit bread, capirotada raisin bread pudding, pecan pie and almond joy chocolate.

Aftertaste:
Lingering dulce de lecher caramel, burnt sugar, white chocolate hints, citrus, mild piña colada hints , bananas, toasted coconut, rye whiskey, earthy notes and pecans. No alcohol in the taste despite the ABV, smooth, creamy and silky mouthfeel, sipping drinkability with some notes that makes this really easy to drink and a full golden brown full body.

Overall:
There is no surprise here. The moment I realized I really liked this one was right when this beer started to have some special tropical hints and white chocolate for some reason. I kept tasting white chocolate at times especially as it got warmer. I am not sure if that is part of the Oat wine or the combination of the that with the whiskey. What an amazing beer for their anniversary that they released. I really enjoyed this one. If you would like to obtain this one, I got it at france44.com where they are very limited and selling out very quick. So yes, I highly suggest you get this special anniversary ale.

Anime Corner:
Kaguya Ōtsutsuki from the Naruto series is one of the main antagonist from the series. She was brought here in this pairing for several reasons. Mainly for her great pairing with the label, the evil that she is flows great with Surly and the white chocolate aspect I kept getting from the beer. All the colors in this pairing show many of the flavor complexities that this one shows. Surly unleashed a special type of demon from it’s sealed state and now with her sweet onslaught of flavors, she will take back what was hers. Your lack of not trying this beer. She is all powerful, complex, sweet in appearance and flavor but overall, just evil!!

Sources:
http://rikamello.deviantart.com/art/Ohtsutsuki-Kaguya-478836486