Santa vs. Unicorn Barleywine by Pipeworks Brewing

Santa vs. Unicorn American Style Barleywine by Pipeworks Brewing, Chicago, Illinois

© 2015 popsonhops

Tasting:
Style: American Barleywine
ABV: 10.0%
Beer #: 870

Santa vs. Unicorn by Pipeworks

Santa vs Unicorn reminded me that one of my sons had read a number of books in a series called, “Who Would Win?”. In one book, the author would pit the likes of a Tyrannosaurus Rex vs Velociraptor and in another, a great white vs killer whale. It was a blow by blow breakdown of the fight highlighting each’s participant’s strengths and weaknesses. I remember asking my son who won the T-Rex vs velociraptor battle. When he said velociraptor, I was surprised until I learned that it was about a hundred of the chicken-sized dinosaurs that toppled the T-Rex.

I’m not sure it’s still on the air but I remember watching a show called Ultimate Warriors. The show had experts determine winners between two legendary fighting forces like Vikings vs Samurai. It would break down fighting styles and weapons of each force to speculate a winner. A really interesting series, until they jumped the shark by asking who would win, zombies or vampires?

I guess in the same vein, Pipeworks Brewing asks the same questions and seemingly pits all kinds against The Unicorn in a number of beers they produce. There was Ninja vs Unicorn and now there’s Santa vs. Unicorn. Frankly, I think the stealth, blade-wielding ninja would have no issue slaying either the magical, prancing variety unicorn or hard-charging, sharpened horn variety – but that’s just my two cents. Santa vs The Unicorn – interesting. Santa’s age and size might be a disadvantage, but he has tamed and harnessed reindeer and an army of elves. Possibly elves like those found in Lord of the Rings. Hmmm, let’s call the book author or Spike TV to settle the argument.

Funny, one sip I love Santa vs. Unicorn and then the next not so much. Certainly has the trademark caramel, brown sugar and the American variety hoppiness. I expected that my meter would run as either a steady improve or decline as I worked my way through a bottle. Santa vs. Unicorn is an enigma. One minute I love the boozy warmth and the next it becomes overpowering. Maybe the Santa part is the part I like and the Unicorn part not so much…a waffling 88 points.

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