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Brewed by Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Abbotsford, Australia
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 438   ABV: 14.6%
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Twas a sunny morn in min-2012 when we first laid our eyes upon the man - nay the myth! - sweet sweet Kissmeyer. Our hearts aflutter, filled with excitement and trepidation. We embarked on the journey of a lifetime to produce this here (N.B. Find better word for "whopper) of a beer. Some people say this mighty ale is so complex that complexity is not complex enough an adjective to describe it. Those people are us. Aged in ex-shiraz and pinot barrels for a rather long time


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ShaneJ (499) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Murky dark brown, minimal head, caramel, sherry/port, honey, quite alcoholic, sweet, some yeasty characters, slick, oily texture. Too much beer for me!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutnick (505) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2013
Dark murky grunge. Aroma is rich caramel, booze - port like. Taste is caramel, thick and full bodied. Very mild tang. Rich toffee finish. Palate is sticky. Great barleywine.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
Sour cherry malt aroma. Brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sour cheery malt flavour. Fizzy palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2013
I may have poured this one badly...looks like muddy water with no head. The aroma is a knock out, like a warm honey liquor. Strong cinnamon, milk chocolate and spices are detectable, but the alcohol is definately there, this beer scares me. The flavour is, damn good, not what I expected. First up you get a fantastic malt, brown sugar and warm honey. Then the tartness and what can only be described red tannins come through, like a thick Pinot or cab sauv. An epic journey this beer, I've never really liked barley wines before, but this one definately had convinced me otherwise. The finish is sweet and boozy, sipped like a nice port. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sevenlee (1300) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
Pours a very cloudy brown colour with a small white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, toastiness, raisins, honey, wine notes, oak, and all sorts of other goodies. Taste is high sweet leading to a sweet and alcoholic finish. Quite a heavy drinking beer but fantastic!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3219) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
No real head mild carbonation murky brown pour aromas rich toffee caramel brandy honey raisin dried fruit the flavours strong grape taste red wine the barrels influence two different tastes one rich one sharp both great for the ale rich honey caramel a dry note such a rich good bodied drink the finish best tastes the influences of the barrels is important so well done fruit tastes and rich malts dryness a really good barleywine

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2384) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2013
At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Muddy, dull and lifeless; chestnut brown in colour. There is booze in the nose but the thickness of the waft drowns it out completely. Plummy, musty, savoury fruit mince doused in thick, nutty praline dominates the heady aroma with nuances of garden loam, fresh, ripe figs, rice wine, fried enoki mushroom. Yeasty, oily and heady with boozy sherry giving so much warmth to the swallow but also encompassing the palate - this is the stuff of íAí level alcoholics kicking it oldschool. Toffee, praline and savoury dried fruits fill it out. It has a saltiness to it; balanced but not altogether a harmonious affair. Buttery, though I donít expect it is diacetyl. The barrel-aging offering little as it is heavy, muddy and yeast ridden. The presence of a cheap, fortified wine, I canít see this being a classic. Loose and rushed to be honest. Had high hopes. Not up to scratch! (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (983) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 1/6/2013. Pours a super murky brown with a small thin head. Has a powerful aroma of stewed fruit, plums, prunes, dates, raisins and more than a touch of booze. All of the aforementioned also feature in the flavour, along with a good dash of strawberry, some cherry, and a touch of honey. The palate is quite sticky and the carbonation low. Thereís certainly a distinct vinous, alcoholic character to it, but itís still quite easy to drink for a beer thatís 14.6%. A very interesting, rather impressive brew. Not really a typical barley wine - the closest reference point I can think of is Rochefort 10, but this is better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
330 ml bottle Not real pretty. Orange amber color, very hazy looking. Off white head that falls to a collar. Big juicy dark fruit nose. Strawberry jam, plumb, caramel, oak and wine. Barrel parts are quite soft but compliment well. Taste is strawberry and plumb jam with caramel. Not a lot of the barrel but vinous. Does not need the barrel as quit good own it's own. Big feel. Quite sticky. Low carbonation. Stupendous well hidden ABV. One of the best things to come out of Australia in several years ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielblake (18) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
Looks like french onion soup! Tastes like drinking liquefied, alcoholic raisins - turned up to 11. Delicious! A murky brown. Not much head or carbonation. Smells like raisins and dates and honeycomb. But mainly raisin. Sweetness & raisin hits the taste buds first, then gets a tiny bit tart & tastes more like plum, then alcohol burn and a little more sweetness lingers. But all in a good way. Well, maybe a little cloying in itís sweetness as the glass empties.


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