Mornington Peninsula #tinnage004 Nitro Dog’s Bollocks

Total Score: 7.85/10 Caramel1Coriander1Nut1Nonicpint1

Australia’s first nitro charged can! AUSTRALIA’S! FIRST! NITRO! CHA! RGED! C! A! N! Well not [specifically] the one I’m drinking right now, but you get the idea. Hopefully Mornington will have started a wave that spreads across this country like Herpes, because I for one love it [nitro beers, not Herpes]. I’ve often glanced with jealousy across the globe to the UK and wondered “why can’t we nitro beers here in Australia” I mean sure we’ve got bigger problems, but: Nitro! How awesome are nitro beers?! Well most of them are crap, but that’s because of the beer inside – don’t blame the nitro! So here we are – I’m about to put some tasty Dog’s Bollocks in my mouth [bet you never thought that you would ever read that in a sentence – welcome to my gutter, pull up some puke].

Poured from a 330ml nitro-charged can into a nonic pint.

A: “The Nitro Pour: Vertically with Enthusiasm” produces a perfect 1 centimetre cream-coloured nitro head, however it just feels wrong agitating a beer on pouring this much… oh well if it works: do it. Body is a cloudy caramel amber, mmm. 9/10.

S: Sweet, nutty and malty notes come through on the nose – though it is difficult, as with most nitro beers, to pick up the aroma. Hints of macerated figs come through as well. Overall it’s a decent ESB aroma here and I’m looking forward to tucking in on this #tinnage. 7/10.

T: Oooo, this is tasty! Dog’s Bollocks hits the palate with sweet caramel malt, some nuttiness, a touch of dark fruits, and follows through to a slight herbal and floral hop bitterness in the finish. There is a touch of dryness as well. The flavours are well balanced and delightful. I was certainly expecting something salty given the name, but this is one tasty brew. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a tight, but as the drink warmed – decidedly flat carbonation. It’s not quite as good as a widget nitro can, but it does the job nonetheless. 8/10

D: Never before have I wanted to tuck into Dog’s Bollocks so badly, but there you go – hats off to Mornington for delivering well on Australia’s First Nitro Can™. Hey it’s not perfect, it has flaws, however it is a drink I would get again (at least while I can), and no doubt the nitro formula will be perfected here in Oz as more brewers get into it. For bringing this technology to the table we have Mornington to thank – thanks Mornington! 8/10.

Food match: Something pleasant… with pheasant – roast pheasant!

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