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Shogun Assassin

  • Ice Sake Ale
  • Octane rating: 6.5%vol.
Shogun Assassin

"The greatest Samurai in the empire
When his katana cuts across the neck
A sound like wailing winter winds is heard
The Shogun means nothing to him
Lone Wolf and his Cub together forevermore
Walking the road of vengeance and rivers of blood
The eternal smoke of a kiseru embraces their souls."

Shogun Assassin

The Background Story

This genuine specialty beer is our tribute to the iconic Japanese feature film Shogun Assassin. We pay tribute to the imagery, the music and the storytelling but there is also a deeper layer we wish to unfold.

We at Macken Bryggeri all strive to push our boundaries, to challenge our preconceptions and to break on through to the other side. Humbly, but sternly, we let the lone wolf and cub lead us unto untrodden paths. What we will find there is not certain, and possibly irrelevant, as long as we stay true to our hearts and refuse to conform.

The fine prints

This beer is a tribute to the jidaigeki cult film Shogun Assassin (Kozure Ōkami) [1980] by Robert Houston. Based on Lone Wolf and Cub (子連れ狼) by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima.

The visual concept is inspired by the Utagawa school and their grand masters [19th century], particularly the masterwork of Utagawa Kuniyoshi [1797-1862] - the greatest Utagawa master.

The label was done on one of the finest and superior hand made washis (Japanese paper); Gampi Torinoko. The beautiful textures obtained with this soft and silky hand made washi are the greatest contributors to the integrity of this label and what makes it stand out among the rest labels from Macken Bryggeri.

The label features the main film characters; Lone Wolf (Ogami Itto) played by Tomisaburo Wakayama [1929-1992] and his Cub (Daigoro). It also depicts the Furukawa’s family crest; our Brewmaster’s surname, in replacement of the Tokugawa shogunate crest [1600-1868] as per the film.

The colour scheme is derived from the woodblock painting Mitsukuni defying the skeleton spectre invoked by Princess Takiyasha [1845] by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

The logo font is derived from the original logo of the film.


Flavour profile

Genuine specialty ale with a splendorous golden colour and silky mouthfeel. Fermented with sake yeast and partially frozen with Eisbock method. This beer has a delicate and elegant fruity and mineral flavour like a Katana's swing sound through the weightless wind. Banzai!

Formula

Rice: Koshihikari

Malts: Vienna, Carahell and Melanoidin

Bittering hops: Styrian Goldings Bobek

Aroma hops: Styrian Goldings Bobek

Dry-hopping: Styrian Goldings Bobek and Cascade

IBU: 34

Yeast: Sake yeast and ale yeast

Availability

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