Black Lung III Rum Barrel Aged Smokey Stout - Moon Dog Craft Brewery
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3.41/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle, funky Moon Dog-style craft label. Nice.
Appearance: pours a solid black in colour, no transluscence at all. A one-finger dark tan head pops up and hangs about for a minute before dropping to a thin cap. Minimal lacing.
Aroma: predominantly peat smoke with roast malt backing. A touch of brown sugar. There is also a wood-and-vanilla smoothness due to the barrel. Not much rum though, oddly.
Taste: the palate is completely dominated by the peat smoke, though this is probably mostly due to the fact that I am still coming to terms with smoke beers. The roast malts are a nice accompaniment.
Aftertaste: the smoke lingers, more tobacco than peat here. Some bitterness also. Something a bit floral hiding in the background also.
Mouth feel: a moderate feel with fairly mild carbonation. Considering the huge smoke note, I think the carbonation is just about right; too much more would make this virtually undrinkable.
Overall: while I am in no way a fan of smoked beers, I have to admit that this one is prettty well put together. It has a nice, wood-and-peat smoke up front with some tobacco after. Not worth the huge price, but only since it's not my prefered style.
04-20-2014 10:35:48 | More by SmashPants
3.96/5 rDev +11.9%
330ml brown bottle purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney. Shared with Rich.
Pours a deep, pleasant black-brown, with a filmy, inconsistent head of pale beige. No lacing, and very little body to the brew as a whole. Very fine carbonation though, which flies in the face of everything else. Pretty decent overall, despite some flaws.
Nose is great. Prominent smokiness above a solid roasted char basis. Peat becomes prominent, leaving a wavering contrail above a slightly fruity overtone as it passes by. I get a little plum and sugar-ferment cidery character coming through, which actually works rather well with the smoke and blackness. It's nice stuff.
Taste is smooth on the entry, with a clean, if slightly empty front palate, followed by a pronounced but balance smokiness and a hint of chocolate. Peat definietly comes through, leaving a searing inflection of salt, smoke and darkness across an otherwise mild palate. The smoke provides the buzz, but the base beer is very solid in itself.
Feel is fairly smooth, if a bit lightweight. No problems with it overall: a bigger beer would probably make the palate even more significant.
Overall, I'm impressed. This is one of the better Moon Dog beers I've sampled. I think I liked the second version slightly better than this one, but the Black Lung series is certainly one where the Dog boys are in their element. I look forward to Black Lung IV.
02-15-2014 08:32:54 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.29/5 rDev -7.1%
Pitch black like tar. Small tan head. Creamy but not long lasting.
Strong alcohol aroma. Some dark fruit. There is a touch of chocolate and roast but it is mostly alcohol which is a bit disappointing.
Again, this is a touch thin and alcoholic. Lacking complex malt character. There is a slightly chalkiness but that is about it.
Medium to medium-full body. Lowish carb. Lacking.
This really doesn't come together. There is some barrel character and the malt is covered in alcohol.
11-13-2013 09:23:41 | More by dgilks
3.43/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours black with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows peated malt, smoke, soft rum, roasted barley and soft coffee. The peat is pretty full0on.
Intense flavours, more peat and rum at the forefront with a heavy whack of roast malt and booze. Finishes hot.
Carbonation is all but flat, could really be higher.
09-25-2013 09:10:05 | More by CrazyDavros
3.03/5 rDev -14.4%
Thanks to Cassie for surprising me with this from her visit to Leura Cellars. Into a Portsmouth snifter.
Matt black with a yellowy beige head of form that recedes to a crown and laces a little but that falls away too soon.
Big whiff of rum straight up, then it fades away and the smoke takes control with the rum just breaking it up in the background. Not much of anything else really revealed.
Very smokey, more than i can remember the other two barrel variations to be. Less rum influence than i envisaged. Little bit at the back, however. At times you wonder what is underneath these two influences, but then you get a wave of dark chocolate that comes once and once only. So really three things going on, but they sort of do their own thing.
Thin for the ABV and what it is supposed to be and do. Lots of smoke, but in defence it doesn't get acrid at any time. Finish has the smoke being cut apart by a bit of the rum barrel.
Interesting beers to try, but i don't think this is the best of the 3 barrel treatments so far (out of bourbon, whisky and now rum). Yes, it's a smokey stout, but that seems to run a bit wild and the beer seems a bit out of whack. Hopefully with more attempts Moon Dog will create a real gem out of this series, but time will tell.
09-11-2013 10:45:25 | More by MrKennedy
2.96/5 rDev -16.4%
After being given some inspiration by one of my good fellow BAs I felt it was time to square the ledger somewhat which leads me here and I hope this is as good as rocky 3 as that was my favourite and it pours a colour reminiscent to used engine oil and with a full pour the head is only one finger and a outer rim of lacing,the smell is abit all over the shop with aromas of sour cherries,peated malts,the slightest touch of chocolate surrounded by a rum background,the mouthfeel is weak light bodied and almost at times watery with a touch too much carbonation and the tastes of predominantly dark chocolate malts,smokey peat,light cherry and roasty malts which are rounded out with the predominant abbey yeast just don't cut it compared to the last one number 2 and I never liked rocky 2 that much but loved 3 and didn't mind 4 so here's hoping they can rectify this one cheers.
08-15-2013 17:27:22 | More by ADZA
Black Lung III Rum Barrel Aged Smokey Stout from Moon Dog Craft Brewery
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