Skunkworks Double IPA (Cognac Barrel Aged) | Moon Dog Craft Brewery

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Skunkworks Double IPA (Cognac Barrel Aged)Skunkworks Double IPA (Cognac Barrel Aged)
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Skunkworks Double IPA (Cognac Barrel Aged)Skunkworks Double IPA (Cognac Barrel Aged)

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Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by smithflipper on 10-14-2011

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of misternebbie
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmashPants
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a typically unique Moon Dog Brewing label. Pretty awesome!

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden amber colour with a whopping 3-finger head that drops to a creamy half-finger. Great lacing - looks good. Some floaties on the final pour too.

Aroma: the aroma is a bit weak, but there are definite tropical fruits with grapefruit, pine and citrus hops.

Taste: the palate follows the aroma quite closely but is far stronger. There is also a definite vanilla / cognac flavour in the back, which is a nice change to the norm. Very nice.

Aftertaste: the oak flavours linger more strongly, with some hop bitterness over the top.

Mouth feel: just about perfect - mid-to-heavy in body with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: a great Double IPA, with the cognac barrel aging adding that extra factor needed to put it above the rest. The only detractor is the painfully high price, but hey. One every now and then won't hurt.

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Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of edonovan0
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of heygeebee
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger white fluffy head over a cloudy gold/bronze body.

Aromas of pine, citrus, grapefruit, mandarins, floral hops.

Taste is a complex hop sensation, lively floral hops and pine domainate a grapefruit laden malt backbone, and the hops are not too bitter. Some funk present, which builds. Alcohol (cognac? - no.... ) becomes noticeable thru warmth.

Nicely carbonated. Medium bodied and creamy.

Wonderful effort from the new guys. Akin to Bridge Roads India Saison in some ways.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a unique idea and right up my alley which pours a cloudy honey hue which leaves a two finger creamy head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing looks tasty,the smell is oak,cognac,brandy and sour funkiness,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of brandy,very light cognac,cherries,a touch of funkiness and finished with a alcoholic,herbal hoppy bitterness and overall i know this brew has copped alot of critisiscm but to be quite honest i like it i dont know if it is better with age but it really works and im a big fan of this and am going to stock up on it as it will age well cheers.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Local Provisions.

A - Pours cloudy dark orange. One finger light brown head. Good carbonation coming up. A film of retention was there with a spot of lace.

S - Light sourness, tropical fruits. Musty grape skins. Sweet alcohol and boozy pineapple.

T - That light sourness is there again. I'm assuming it's from the barrel. Tropical fruits are there as well. Citrus fruits. A little boozy as well. Neat.

M - Medium to strong carbonation and a medium to full body with a bitterness mixed with those musty barrel notes and dryness.

O/D - A very odd little beer. I've only had a few from Moon Dog, and they're always funky beers. This one seems to really have been taken over by the barrel. It's a cool beer with much more going on than is evident from the outset. I never wanted it to end so I could figure out everything that was happening here. A very creative beer and lovely to drink, yet I can't really find the Double IPA element in it. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle consumed from a tulip

Pours hazy rusty orange with a modest fizzy white head, not much retention either.

On the nose theres a huge amount of toffee apple (perhaps from the cognac barrel) and lots of passionfruit. I also get grand marnier and glace pineapple in a big jumbled up hoppy nose.

Really sweet on the palate - far too sweet for a DIPA, really unbalanced aswell. More glace fruit with the tiniest of peppery finishes. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is ok, feels like it could benefit from a little more carbonation.

2 out of 2 moondog disappointments for me, I'm running out of beers (and they're running out of kooky labels). Perhaps they should spend more money on flavour profile development and less on labels.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished amber colour, fairly dark. Head is quite a pale yellow, small visible bubbles with decent sticky lace. Looks quite nice, could use denser head for more retention.

Smells very floral, with a decent caramel malt and a lot of citric hops. Lemon sherbet and pine needle resin. Hints of lavender as well, it's a very nice tangy hop aroma with hints of resin just for a bit of grounding.

Taste has slightly less tang. Lots of malt, with rich earthy caramel dominating the front. Hops are notable from the mid, with resinous oils giving some grapefruit, a woody mushroom note and a touch of fresh bread on the very back. Feels slightly heavy, with a deficiency of lighter flavour hops and the dankness takes precedence, combined with a touch of boozey heat on the back. Not bad, though.

A bit hot and fairly dry on the feel. Body is alright, but it leaves me wanting.

Good hoppy beer, but not great. Some IPA palates make you fall in love; this one's more of a matesy relationship, and some character flaws get in the way of greater intimacy.

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Photo of spicelab
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle thanks to [email protected]

Following the widely discussed undercarbonation issues I gave this a really aggressive pour, and was pleasantly surprised to yield a 1.5 finger beige head atop a murky mud-brown body. Retention is solid, leaving a raised ring after it finally drops.

Smell is quite bizarre. Plenty of pine and candied citrus mixing with cognac characteristics of liquorice and slightly smoky oak, as well as some plasticy, medicinal notes sort of like wine gum sweets. Really unsure where I land in the overall assesment.

Less tropical hop character but relatively strong resinous pine presence. Loads of caramel malt, and the boozey, burnt plastic notes carry through and latch on to the oaky, vanilla cognac character. Again I don't know whether on balance it's a positive outcome.

Syrupy but not overly full for 9%. Plenty of carbonation in this instance and a coalescence of bitterness and booze heat.

Not convinced that cognac barrels and IPAs are a match made in heaven (stouts are far more appropriate in my view) but full marks to Moondog for giving it a whirl. Became a bit of a struggle to drink by the end.

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Photo of mulder1010
1.79/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330 ML poured into a bottle

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for picking this up for me

A-- How to put this nicely...UGLY looking beer. Poured a drity, muddy brown/orange/rust color. Just a thin, off white collar head that evolved into film. Any semblance of aggressive swirling got no more than a few extra gurgles of bubbles. Visible alcohol legs on the sides of the glass. Low to no carbonation showing.

S-- Orange marmalade, Pineapple, Pine, Honey, and rubbing alcohol. No barrel smell but that is OK. Just a soft nose.

T-- Cognac soaked pine and oak. Like the idea but not sure it works real well. Borderline flat quite honestly as just has no carbonation lift so really the heavy qualities shine more.

M-- Heavy and more heavy. Carbonation would do wonders for this. Lots of cognac and oak notes from the barrel. Bits of dull pineapple and citrus. Coganc barrel finish and do like that part. Not real hoppy or much really. Pretty lifeless.

O-- Some aspects work on this but the lack of carbonation pretty much ends this for me. Might be bottle variation as have seen a review that was flat as well. Will not hold it against Moon Dog though as they are at least trying.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle from The Local Bottlestore & Provisions, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

One of the worst coloured beers i have ever come across. It looks like a party prank. In the main it is a hazy, murky brown and a golden brown colour around the edges. The head is creamy and laces a little as it falls, but fall it certainly does, way to quick.

The smell is a total contrast. Initially there is a sweet fruit salad smell of mango and pineapple, followed by pine and then the cognac aroma melds in very well indeed. Late on is almost a medicinal hop aroma that is unusual, but good.

Taste is pine and plenty of it. The cognac doesn't have a huge impact other than to take some of the rough edges off the pine flavour that comes through, which is welcome.

Initially the mouthfeel is very bitter, front to back, start to finish. As it opens up, it relents a little to become more drinkable, while still being consistent throughout.

An interesting gimmick of ageing a DIPA in a Cognac barrel. It certainly works with the smell. There is plenty of space for this beer to improve, i hope it does. However as it presently stands, i wouldn't really go hunting another bottle.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a small fading head.
Nose shows pine, grapefruit and pineapple along with caramel. Also some booze, woody characters and faint cognac. The alcohol is a bit full on, the hops seem faded. Not too sure aging IPAs is the best idea.
Flavours are malt focussed, lots of caramel and rich sweet malt. Also craploads of booze and woody cognac notes. The hops are there, mainly resinous pine, but not at the forefront. Again, the booze is a bit too full on and the cognac seems to clash with the other flavours.
Body seems pretty thick.

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Photo of jbowers56
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Editing my old review:

First off, thanks heaps to Josh from Moondog for dropping off a bottle of this for me to try. That kind of move speaks volumes about a brewery and about a person and the kind of ethos they are trying to establish. Great commitment to quality and supporting a customer base. Good one, guys.

It still doesnt look wonderful, to be honest. At least it has a head and seems to lace the glass a little. Reasonably turbid, but that's ok.

Wow. This is a totally different beer. So engaging in terms of the aromas it offers. First and foremost, contrary to most people I have heard from, I'm getting heaps of cognac and the associated barrel smell. That mingles beautifully with a big old tropical, floral hop hit and some bright sweet malt. Nothing overly heavy or pudding like which is something I look for in an IIPA.

Weird thing to say, but great yeast choice. Something as characterless as US-05 I reckon would have left the elements less integrated. A nuanced sweetness comes from the malt base, integrated well with the cognac/liqueur like flavours. A nice hop presence (I'd like it to jump out even more, but that's maybe just me being used to drinking homebrew 2 hours after cold conditioning has finished). Overall, a much more classy beer than what I previously tried.

Mouthfeel is not quite perfect. It's certainly full enough, but even a touch more carbonation would be right for me. It's not an overly heavy beer, and I think the carbonation would make the sips more pleasant. Very personal though.

Great job guys, an exciting beer.


Looks pretty crap. Reasonably turbid - could certainly benefit from filtration or at the very least a longer cold crash. No head whatsoever.

A shedload going on with the smell. Rich caramel and apricot infuse with one another. Get some orange zest, resiny hops and certainly reminiscent of cognac. Big, ballsy nose that is very intruiging if not a little confusing.

I have to add here - this is not carbonated. Pretty poor form, in my opinion. It's their first bottled product, sure, but get that stuff sorted guys.

Taste is mostly dominated by early addition hop bitterness and big caramel malt flavours. In my opinion, the hop flavour would shine through if the carbonation was there, cleaning up some of the malt from the tongue. I do get the nice orange and citrus hop hit that is enhanced by the cognac elements. Reminiscent a little of Grand Marnier.

The mouthfeel was ok considering it was flat. Good viscosity that is helped by some definite resinous character.

Look, I'm a bit annoyed that this was not carbonated. This really should have been picked up in the brewery before releasing this. Have heard that some bottles are carbonated well though, so strange. I'd mark this lower than I have if I weren't so impressed by the concept of this brew. Has good potential. I'd like to see a brighter hop character coming from bigger late additions/dry hopping schedules.

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Photo of dgilks
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark copper colour with a creamy, smooth, yellowy tan head. Pretty good head retention.

Bright, citrussy aroma with great tropical fruit notes. Very light oak. A great DIPA.

Vibrant fruit dominates the palate with lots of bitter citrus, tropical fruit, lemon, mango and earthy hop notes. There's some good malt here too. The barrel is perceptible though whether I would pick it as Cognac is questionable. Nice though.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A great beer really. This shows off the type of DIPA that Australian breweries too often fail to make and the additional of the barrel adds depth without taking away from the beer. I can't wait to try more from Moon Dog.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer.

Pours a very deep and extremely cloudy amber orange colour, although with the amount of haze it's difficult to tell its true shade. On opening, there was very little carbonation hiss, and I was afraid it would pour completely flat, but after a little while, a very decent fine foam forms on the top, which leaves some sticky, but high-gravity patchy lace. Body is extremely heavy, and the carbonation is beautifully fine. It looks pretty damn awesome.

Nose is sharp and resinous, with crisp pine characters and the sharper end of the citrus hop spectrum. This is complemented with a boozy spiritous brandy aroma mellowed by some smooth vanilla and oak. The hop characters are what you expect, but the mellowness from the oak gives it a very interesting twist.

Taste is similar—the hop bitterness is strong and assertive as you'd expect, and in some senses give a pretty generic IPA hop character to the palate. But the oak gives a mellowness, and the subtle flashes of redolent boozy spirits give it a sharpness that indeed has nothing to do with the hops. Vanilla comes through on the back, along with a subtle bittersweet nutty character. Feel is light but smooth, with a touch of heat and sparkle.

Great first bottled release from Moon Dog. This is an extremely full flavoured brew that has enough twists to it to stop it being a generic DIPA (if there even is such a thing as a "generic" DIPA).

Keep doing it big and crazy, guys.

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Photo of smithflipper
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a thin head that recedes quickly.

Smells of fresh resinous hops. Marmalade and citrus fruits. Some pine. A caramel sweetness, and something I can't quite put my finger on.

Tastes as you'd expect. Plenty fruity, citrus resiny hops, followed by caramel malt flavours. The hop give a zippy bitterness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full and slick from all the hop resin.

Crazy big beer, I wish I could drink them all night, but it would damage me.

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Skunkworks Double IPA (Cognac Barrel Aged) from Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 18 ratings