Action Figures & Their Beers - Smashed

by Bill Cable
on 2020-11-18, 07:48:28

A few weeks back Spoonwood Brewing Co. released a new barrel-aged Scotch Ale they dubbed "Begbie". Image

Now I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE me some barrel-aged Spoonwood, so I was super excited to get my hands on this one. I was not disappointed! From their description: This rarely brewed Scotch Ale (8.5%) was aged 8 months in ex-bourbon/rye/maple barrels, before we added gallons of pure PA maple syrup. If that doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will.

This brew is pleasantly full-bodied and boozy. The maple syrup kicks you in the teeth immediately - you can even smell it. Gorgeous color. Very easy-drinking (thus dangerous). The after-taste is the same as the taste, just mellowed. It’s one note, but the note is awesome. If I had a gripe, it’d be the flavor is a bit too aggressive. Like "Wow, that’s REALLY boozy and mapley!"  But that’s a minor gripe. This is one of the best beers I've had from Spoonwood. Highly recommended!

This beer was obviously inspired by the Danny Boyle cult classic Trainspotting. I only saw Trainspotting for the first time a few years back when they released the sequel. My wife watched in when it first came out while she was in grad school with a group of her classmates, and told me there was a lot of gross and horrible stuff in it. So I never had much interest in seeing it myself. But the sequel trailers piqued my interest, so I added it to my Netflix queue back in 2017 and gave it a go. And I was blown away by it. It was just a brilliant. The way Boyle used music to drive emotion is some of the scenes was unreal. It's a masterpiece. If you can stomach some truly disturbing, horrifying stuff done by strung-out heroin junkies, I give this film my highest recommendation. (hey... seems like a theme here)

Now Begbie from Trainspotting was a hard, mean old bastard. Really, the worst of the worst. And while he'd have made for a great action figure, there was another actor who had a part in the film whom you Star Wars fans might recognize - one Ewan McGregor! Indeed, Trainspotting was young Obi-Wan's break-out role! Could there be a better figure to pair with this beer? I went with the Saga Collection Phantom Menace Obi-Wan, since the clean-shaven Obi looks a lot more like Renton from Trainspotting than the bearded, and the Saga Obi was a much nicer figure than the original 1999 figures.

Drink this if you also like: Barrel-aged anything, boozy beers, strong ales, anything I've recommended in the past is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees... damn them to hell. Can't they see a golden opportunity when they see it? Buy us, you fools! You already own our souls and all our money... buy US!!! This site uses Google Analytics. It does not collect or share any additional user data.
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