Brewed by Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Style: American Strong Ale
Abbotsford, Australia
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niksko (568) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2013
330ml bottle into a tulip. Cool label art as always.

Pours a dark almost opaque brown with a finger of white head that fades to a cap.

A very malt driven nose, with sweetness, some strawberry lollies, a touch of chocolate, some plum and brandy, just a hint of some floral hoppiness and a good dose of funkiness.

First sip is really impressive. Attack is sweet with some plum and brown sugar on the mid palate. Thereís also a bit of orange and grapefruit from the hops on the mid palate. Finish starts of sweet, but this gives way to a really lovely roasted toasted malt character, and really funky flavour with a bit of hop resin just for fun.

Beer is medium bodied, but the mouthfeel is slightly slick and oily.

This is a really weird and wonderful beer. Itís worthing drinking just for the crazy combination, but itís surprisingly complex and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9417) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle 33 cl at The Alehouse Project, Melbourne. On July 27, 2013.
As "Henry Fordís Girtsome Fjord Bulgo-Amercian India Brown Ale".
Clear deep ruby red color, brown head. SWeet, malty, hoppy, roasted scent, also alcohol. Sweet, malty, roasted taste. Roasted aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (1251) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
(Bottle) Very dark brown, essentially opaque, with thin tan head. Wonderful complex aroma: chocolate, malt, pine, stone fruit. Fairly full bodied with creaminess to carbonation. Taste is complex and full and doesnít align with any established style. The basic taste profile is a raisin / stone fruity start that develops into a chocolatey rich malty middle and on to a well hopped bitter finish. But thereís rather more than that going on. The hops are present throughout providing a clean bite for balance. There are good chocolate notes also in the long finish. Raisin flavours are present fairly consistently. The alcohol is quite well hidden but does provide some bite in the mid palate. Overall itís a bit confusing, but in an intriguing inspiring way - I always wanted another taste, and thatís really what counts. Clever brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
I love MoonDog beers! This one is one of my favorites, a Bulgo-American India Brown. The pour is impenetrable dark brown, almost porter brown, a creamy off white to brown sits on top. Just the aroma of this beer is enough to score it highly, everything is there like the name suggests, rich rich stone fruits and brown sugar, a fortified wine buzz, roasted malt and a nice hit of Belgium chocolate. At first the taste isn't a heavy hitting as most Belgium strong ales, it's almost a little fresh. That does not last long, the fruits, cherry, raisin hit you hard, a sherry soaked fruit cake. The strong dry hopping cuts through a lot of this, definate pine resins help with the fruit. The finish is thick and smooth, a Belgium like sweetness is left, but a nice roast and hop bitterness are a nice touch. Awesome beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1456) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
A genuine hit from a brewer whose experimental approach inevitably produces a few misses. This one works well. Kind of an amped-up brown ale. It was a gusher - bounded out of the bottle like a labrador after a stick. In the glass, a towering rocky head topped a muddy brown body. Inviting aroma of chocolate malt, grape juice, bubblegum, wine gums. Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel that complements the abv and flavours. Nice Belgian yeastiness, typical brown ale malt base and some untypical hop cut-through. Sweet but balanced by the Pacific hops. Pity about the name - trying a bit too hard to be "zany" and anyone zany usually deserves a good punch on the coupon. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sevenlee (1711) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is malt, coffee, chocolate, citrusy fruits and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a moderate bitter finish. Damn good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2013
This is a murky looking, ugly-arse beer. It is a mish-mash of styles that confuses and bemuses me. It smells of brown ale, chocolate malt and dates. It tastes like someone has mixed Trappist beer with Newcastle Brown Ale and then pumped up the alcohol and added a bit of hop to it. It is an ugly, ugly beer. If it were a woman, it would be Norah Batty from Last of the Summer Wine complete with wrinkled stockings. But it works somehow, although it shouldnít. This is beer adventurism taking it to the point that someone has to say, righto chaps, you slow down a bit or someone is going to get hurt. Youíve been told. I love the label though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (877) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2013
Lost a bit to the opening explosion. Another murky brown pour that threw a shedload of sediment that just seem to hang in suspension because the beer is so thick. Superb depth of flavours that linger on the palate. One of the best beers I have tried out of Oz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maris (1304) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 27/1/2013. Pours a murky cola colour with a biggish head that disappears quite quickly. Had a modest caramel malt aroma with a hint of dark fruit. The flavour follows suit, with some caramel sweetness, some prune and date, and a bit of chocolate and brown sugar. Couldnít detect any Belgian character to it at all. Finishes with medium to big slightly roasty bitterness. I found this to be ridiculously over-carbonated, which refused to settle down despite being left in the glass for ages. Even without the explosion of bubbles making it hard to down, it comes across as a bit pedestrian. Rather disappointing given the Moon Dog Love Tap I just downed previously was rather good. Perhaps one for a re-rate just in case it was a dud bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours Muddy, Black, Brown, Average Head, Creamy, Good Lacing, Head Lingers. Aromas of Citrus, Average Hops, Herbs, Pine, Perfume. Medium-lively carbonation, medium light body, soft chalky mouthfeel, clean and earthy. Lightly Sweet Finish.

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