Action Figures & Their Beers - The spirit is willing

by Bill Cable
on 2020-11-11, 07:14:11

Last month Spoonwood Brewing Co. debut a brand new beer: Approximately Heaven.

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It's a chocolate raspberry milk stout that comes in at 4.2% ABV, so it's on the way, way weak side of Spoonwood's typical offerings; even weaker than their always-on-tap cream ale. I mean, it's Guinness-strength, and I enjoy myself some Guinness, but when I'm going to a brewpub I'm usually looking for something with a bit more kick.

So how's it taste? It starts out with a bit of a tart bite from the berries. That shortly turns to malty stoutyness, which then gets cut by the milk sugar. Now I'm gonna be honest here... I'm really not a fan of what lactose does to beer. It just gives it this back-of-the-tongue sourness that I don't find appealing at all. And I got that with every mouthful of this beer. That unpleasantness was followed by a nice, roasty finish, with a slight grittiness from the cocoa nibs. All-in-all, it was alright, but I probably wouldn't order it again. I just never have great experiences with milk sugar.

The action figure I chose to pair with Approximately Heaven was the Vintage Star Wars figure that's as close as you can get to the afterlife - Anakin Skywalker. Played by Sebastian Shaw in the pre-Special Edition version of Return of the Jedi, this Anakin figure was offered as a mail-away promotion part-way through the ROTJ line. Kenner placed stickers onto figures they had in their warehouses, and you could mail in proofs-of-purchase cut from the cards to get the figure. I've been looking for a ROTJ C-3PO with this Anakin offer sticker for over 20 years. You want to talk rapturous? Me tracking down one of those 3POs after all these years would put me on cloud 9, no doubt about it!

Drink this if you also like: Milk stouts





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