omega (703) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 18, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sadly I think this one has past its best before. Like all MD beers keep a glass handy as once opened be prepared for the secondary ferment to kick in. Carbonation once opened dissipates very quickly and leaves leaves clusters of something on the head - almost looks like someone was trying to poison my beer and it hadnít dissolved properly. A sour belgian yeast influence also dominates. Given that I am trying this beer a year after Xmas probably does not help the rating for this beer.
ShaneJ (541) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Dark mahogany brown, minimal head, spice, cloves, dried fruits, sweet treacle, alcohol warmth, bit syrupy. Ok.
ALLOVATE (2437) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A mental note I should have had brandished into my brain after the first Moon Dog beer I had tried was to give the bottled beer and oneís computer, notebook or even tacky old pair of jeans at least a 5 kilometre berth before the cap comes off. So an insurance claim for a new lap-top, the smell of boozy Christmas pudding all through the house and a hole in the ceiling where Iím sure the cap is somewhere lost. I might even have some beer left in the bottle to taste.
So at around 10įC and whatever was left into a snifter. All that pent up aggression is short-lived as it settles and almost lifeless and balding, muddy chestnut brown. The nose is predominately yeasty, phenolic and heady with peppery and woody spices over layers of treacle, golden syrup, sherry, higher alcohol and roasted carob. Quite thick, rich and sticky in the mouth. With what looks like the longest grain-bill ever used on a beer has resulted in a high amount of residual sugars. Iím guessing if tried a little warmer it would be overly cloying. Vinous and wine-like in the back with a restrained alcohol note and spicy, woody finish. Light touch of treacle and carob but it is mostly a pale caramel that comes through. Star anise, ginger powder and clove showing late and into swallow. The Belgian yeast funking this all up with good effect. I like it. Definitely a big mouthful of ale with some conditioning problems but a decent drop none-the-less. Just one bit of advice for olí Moon Dog. No priming before bottling, and if priming isnít used at all, just leave them in the tanks a wee bit longer! Now to clean up this mess... (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Pdubyah (404) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 8, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didnít get this at all. The alcohol is well muted, but the aroma is musty fruits, and the length of taste isnít there. Thereís also nothing stand out in the palate range, itís almost like there wasnít a range at all. Bit one dimensional, thin and lacking. I was expecting more a party and I got a home alone.
Maris (1000) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 330ml bottle on 22/5/2013. Lost a third of the bottle on removing the cap. Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a big head. Has a strong, acidic, spicy aroma. The flavour is indeed Christmassy, with caramel and toffee, stewed and dark fruit, and lots of spice, with a moderate bitterness at the back. the palate is quite creamy and the carbonation a tad too high. This is a bit of a mixed bag - it tastes much better than it smells and is over carbed, but is relatively interesting none the less.
highlandlad (1417) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The closest thing Iíve tasted to Christmas pudding in a glass. How you react to that prospect will depend a lot on how you feel about Christmas pud. Me, I reckon once a year is about right. Bit too rich and spicy for more. There are some priming issues with these guys - every Moon Dog Iíve had to date has been a gusher. Not a Vesuvius, hit-the-ceiling gusher, but a "Whoops there goes a 10th of the bottle" gusher. That aside, this one looked good in the glass - murky brown with a thin but enduring head. The aroma ticks a lot of boxes for a Christmas ale - cloves, candied ginger, allspice. Not surprising since theyíre added to the boil. First sip, and crikey this is Xmas pudding in a glass. Itís spicy, filling, nutty, with a lick of alcohol. Really nice creamy body. Warming finish. The spices became cloying by mid-bottle but Moon Dog are kicking some goals. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars. 2013)
mkel07 (3557) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Another great looking beer from those crazy guys at Moon Dog. Crackling light brown foam above a dark brown beer. Spice in the aroma with a strong port like flavour that hits all parts of the mouth. Would be great in front of a roaring fire but equally good in our tropical climate.
DeliriumT (361) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Licorice and spice aroma. Pours dark brown to black with minimal milk chocolate head. Flavour is rich sweet licorice
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maneliquor (3156) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours chestnut brown with a small, creamy yellow head. Nose shows the booze too much for my liking. What is there is pleasant though - floral hops, banana, cloves, dried and stewed fruits. Stewed fruits at the forefront of the taste with some nuttiness throughout. A rush of spice towards the end with a very long banana like finish. Creamy mouth feel and a little bit of heat from the booze. Really reminds me of those little banana lollies with its finish. Really cool stuff
gam (3283) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small head dark brown pour medium carbonation aromas spice port liquorice fruit yeast the flavours port wine liquorice cinnamon clove pepper brown sugar dried fruit lovely roasted touch maltiness crisp fruity dark tastes finish tastes really come out spice port yeasty goodness fruit crisp lovely aftertastes these sweet a lght bitter note really good to drink