Santa Vs. Unicorn | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Santa Vs. UnicornSanta Vs. Unicorn

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Father Christmas, Head Beardo, St. Nicholas Cage, a man of many names he may be, yet he has but one true foe... This Holiday Season, the Unicorn is back bearing his mantle of rainbowed chaos, and this time, it’s seasonal bitches. An Imperial Red Ale, American Style Barleywine or Red Double IPA call it what you will, grab one and get your Jollies while the holiday fight is on...

Added by emerge077 on 12-15-2012

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown in color with a thin deep tan head that retains nicely.

Smell is good there is a big amount of sweet toffee and rich malt aroma on the front end along with some dark fruit aromas of dates and fig. Butterscotch yeast aroma works well to blend the super sweet malt and fruit aroma.

Taste is good. There is a big malty sweetness accompanied by a semi sharp husky flavor and moderate bitterness. More faint flavors of dark fruit are near the end.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick, sticky , sweet, slightly dry and bitter. Big feel for a big beer

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #266 67 68 69 printed on the label, this is the 2013 release of this beer. I had it last year, but this is the first time I've had the entire bomber to myself. Definitely glad to see that this seasonal release from Pipeworks is back.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark ruddy mahogany / caramel colored body with just over a finger of fluffy creamy tan foam for a head.

S - Smell is big, beautiful, and hoppy. Citrus, pine needles, amber malt, brown bread, and that creaminess that I seem to pick up on in a lot of Pipeworks beers.

T - Taste follows the nose: big juicy citric grapefruit hops, pine needles, lemon, green apples, and then comes the caramel malt, cream, mild peppery rye, dirty herbal earthiness, and some alcohol warmth.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with a dry bitter hoppy finish. Sticky grapefruit, pine, and green apple lingering all over the place with this beast. Full bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful winter seasonal from Pipeworks; I will definitely continue to look forward to this beer every year. Supremely drinkable for being a 10.00% abv beer. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks Santa Vs. Unicorn ---4/5.

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Santa Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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