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Jumping The Shark - Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Jumping The Shark
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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.29%

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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  15.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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(Beer added by: ADZA on 10-04-2013)
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Reviews by danieelol:
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-23-2014 05:28:44 | More by danieelol
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3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375mL Bottle from Plonk in Fyshwick.

Sipped over 3 hours.

According to the label: A 'Cognac Barrel-Aged Truffled Imperial Stout' what a mouthful, I wonder what'll pull through flavour-wise?

A: An aggressive pour yields a large but immediately receding tanned head that settles to a very small layer atop a blackness with cola hues at the very edge. Decent lacing from what remains along with some impressive alcohol legs.

S: Cognac, the spirit really pushes forward on the nose. Vanilla (lending to the cognac aroma again). Roasted Walnuts. Smoky coffee (very hard for me to find). A large sweetness that lends itself towards a caramel but I can't be sure. Nice forward and rich dark fruits are also present (Prunes. Plums. Cherries). The alcohol interferes a bit too much in the nose, eager to sample with a good amount of age on it as there's some potential here.

T: Immediate fruity sweetness along with a solid burst of tart dark cherry (generally very port-like front). Followed shortly after with a bit of boring coffee and bitter chocolate; it brings along some acidity that may be related or just...there. Very tannic finish. Don't enjoy the alcohol either in the mouth or as it goes down; there's even a slight burn in the throat.

M: Medium-full body. I'm leaning towards calling the mouthfeel 'creamy' but the alcohol sort of cuts it straight out, I imagine Moon Dog were hoping the 'Truffled' portion of the beer would add creaminess? I don't see anywhere else it has impacted. Very dry, tannic finish. I'd like to describe it as Red Wine with a bit of a fizz, but that might be way off.

O: I think there were good intentions initially for this beer to be a big, rich, smooth, and deep brew with spirit/fortified wine qualities. It turned out to be a big mess (at least young). Age this brew but avoid young.

NOTE: Share with another; finishing this alone was...challenging.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 11:17:13 | More by Gasc0igne
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Alberta (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into chalice 9/3/14 from notes

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, noisy finger of foam sizzles out like pop but at over 15% that's about par for the course, lace just slides down the glass, some wide legs look neat, the second pour has a little retention but lace still just slides down to the liquid

S lots of cognac, some charred wood, faint smoke, chocolate covered cherries, chocolate syrup with a hint of fruity chocolate liqueur and just a hint of cinnamon, a little booze but all things considered I'd say its very well concealed

T some espresso and a little licorice, chocolate covered truffles, still heaps of charred cognac barrels, very intense stuff, plums and sugar coated raisins, so rich, you know its a big stout but I'd guess 11% tops

M not as thick as I'd guess, not quite creamy but stops short of foam, a little sticky on the lips but leaves the palate feeling oily, some heat and my lips feel it but my chest and head take the biggest hit

O well crafted monster, smells great and tastes awesome, quite intense with the cognac barrel working well for it

This one sparked a little interest on Moon Dog a brewery I'd never heard of up until now. It's a solid mega stout and although it would benefit from some age she's drinking well young

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:49:05 | More by wordemupg
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Inky black. This beer just absorbs light with oblivion seeming closer than anything else. Nice creamy, tan head. Great dark colour.

Hello alcohol. Big higher alcohol aromas with some chocolate underneath it. Maybe some cherry? Regrettably boozy.

This is better. Big sweet alcoholic stout. Creamy chocolate. Touches of roast. Good alcohol but it is very strong. Truffle? I'm not so sure.

Full body with moderately-low carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer but they have suffered from going so big that the alcohol kills the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 11:24:08 | More by dgilks
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3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown colour with fantastic reverse cascading head. Settles to decently thick crown. Pleasant looking.

Smells like permanent marker. Big methyl notes, inky and black, but enough softness on the end to make a sip not seem like suicide. I feel the Moon Dog guys would appreciate being labelled as 'just outside the realm of suicide' so I'll leave it at that.

Taste is similar, huge boozey flavour. More complexity, with bourbon vanilla notes and a touch of banana ester and benedictine. But yeah, that big inky flavour as well. Strong boozey notes, touch of raspberry and peach. Mostly big booze character. Interesting, slightly off-putting. I expect nothing less from Moon Dog.

Full, gets hugely boozey on the back, almost mouth tearing. Gets more intense as it goes on.

Odd, more than a bit off-putting but there's enough there to keep you interested at least. One certainly couldn't call this beer boring, or unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 11:12:49 | More by laituegonflable
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3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A huge beer to have on a sunny afternoon, this is what we did anyway. From a 375 (? I think) ml bottle shared amongst a few of us at the Vic on the Park during Sydney Craft Beer Week.

Pours extremely dark: languid and thick with a huge head of brown that is mostly filled with air, so it collapses after the initial agitation of the pour. Carbonation is fine, working through the thick body. Overall, it's a dangerous-looking beer.

Nose is sharp with dark, spicy and astringent characters right from the start. There's earthiness, and sweetness. I get caramel cinnamon buns, along with a solvent-like sharpness. There's perhaps a hint of the truffles to it, but not much: bigger is the booziness which seems to overwhelm everything.

Taste is little different: huge booziness permeates from front to back, leaving an inky solvent character that tastes to me exactly the way permanent markers smell. Aside from this, there's a hint of banana and a sharp shock of roast to remind you. The booziness perhaps settles a little as it's aerated and warmed, moving to a kinder kirsch character.

For the most part, the feel is burning with that boozy heat: almost feeling acidic in its intensity.

I don't get a lot from the truffles which seems like a bit of a shame, but it's huge and intense, there's no doubting that. I feel that it almost veers into territory where it's also stupid, unbalanced and deranged. And that's probably just what those nutjobs at Moon Dog wanted it to do.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:12:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

10-19-2013 11:16:31 | More by Caramere
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

10-15-2013 23:28:04 | More by Mendicant
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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thus is the 2013 edition and is a cognac barrel aged truffled imperial stout and $4000 worth of truffles were used in the beer too and pours a pitch black dark as night hue with a beautiful mocha laced two finger head and some tight lacing,the smell has alot going on in a good way It's a nice mix of all three elements with cognac,earthy truffles and a big dark chocolatey stout too it just smells tasty,mouthfeel is full bodied and just moderately carbonated almost perfect feel with tastes of dark chocolate firstly folowed by those earthy truffles,dark fruits and finished with a warm cognac booziness and overall such a unique beer where the truffles actually are a nice noticeable addition and all three elements shine and will age nicely cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 06:35:47 | More by ADZA
Jumping The Shark from Moon Dog Craft Brewery
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