Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.)
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Maris (1450) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
foles (45) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
These guys mean business. I havenít tasted an Aussie beer at this level of complexity. This is big boy Belgian yeast character with a backdrop of quality hops and brown sugar ! Outstanding
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 bottle into trappist. Dark brown cola colour, thin head. Strong nutty/coffee aroma - quite pleasant. Bitter, tangy roasted elements. Leaves a lasting burnt taste to the palette.
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 21/10/2014 first time Iíve had to relate a beer because it has everything that was missing last time rated. This time round it is smooth, full flavoured, really pleasant chocolate toasty malty notes. Itís a great beer this time round. Wondering if th huge difference is because this one is tap not bottle? Very good and worth a re-rate
22/9/2012There are parts of this I enjoy others I really really donít. Its more than a wee bit thin for me. There is no head or carbonation it seems flat and even though there is a nice roasty malt, chocolate after taste it is missing that rich in depth roasty maltieness that is nice with a brown ale. Not sure what all the hops are contributing but not really getting it. The ABV is nice enough though, bought as a night cap and thats what it is doing.