The Moon Dog brewery is located in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Known for their experimental beers, their philosophy is that you can put pretty much anything into a beer, as long as it's delicious!
An 18.4% ABV Rye Imperial Stout that spent four months in rye whisky barrels from Tasmania’s Belgrove Distillery. A stupidly tasty melange of rich dark chocolate, molasses, hazelnuts and boozy rumminess.
Style: Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
The evolution of Moon Dog's first ever "core" beer reaches its third (or is that fourth) and possibly final stage. The beer that started out as a double lager at 7.1 percent ABV and that, in its first iteration, we likened to drinking hop goo, was initially brought down to a more repeatable 5.9 percent ABV when first bottled. From 2015, its draught incarnation has been turning out as an even more sessionable 5 percent ABV, thus appearing as many a crafty pub's happy hour offering. And, finally, Love Tap – now a "fun" lager rather than a double lager is a flat 5 across the board.
It's still very much a Moon Dog lager: prominent lime, kiwi fruit and lively citrus hops dominate. There's a touch of light, cracker like malt in there, but only taking time for a brief wave before the hops return, leaving a lingering, resinous bitterness. Smaller than its forefathers, yes, yet still bigger, hoppier and fruitier than your average bear.
Imperial Redskins Stout. With 6 different malts and almost 6000 Redskins this takes the meaning of a rich, sweet stout to a whole new level. The Redskins give the stout a thick texture and fruity nose while the malts create smooth velvety chocolate and coffee flavours.
Style: Imperial Stout
Moon Dog / Beer DeLuxe Splice of Heaven is ostensibly an IPA, albeit an IPA that’s been fruitified with pineapple to assist the hops in creating a suitably Splice-like tropical character, and then ice creamified too. This was achieved via the addition of lactose, the milk sugar usually only seen in sweet stouts to give them a creamy sweetness. The lactose does that here too, creating a combination with the fruit and beer that might – like many things that come out of Moon Dog – sound like it should be hideous. But – like many things that come out of Moon Dog – it works, being not only remarkably Splice-like but rather drinkable too.