Total Score: 7.8/10
Moon Dog, those crazy SOB’s, have previously brewed this Redskins (lolly, candy to Yanks – not talking about my favourite NFL team here) infused Russian Imperial Stout. It must have been good, because they’ve bought it back for another round. I like Redskins (the lolly and the NFL team), so really this was an instabuy brew which showcases Moon Dog at their best: Making crazy experimental beers. Not like the wishy-washy version of Moon Dog that created the forgettable Mack Daddy – that was a bit of a fail. Moon Dog – please remain the crazy purveyors of experimental fermented alcoholic beverages that you are, don’t become yet another faceless entry-level craft brewer. PS: I miss Jumping the Shark (not a metaphor).
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Darkness in a glass – darker’n a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night. With a thin khaki ring where a head might reside had this beer not been rocking 8.8% ABV. Looks formidable, that’s how like my Stouts too. 8/10.
S: Raspberry notes from the Redskins mingles well with red coffee cherries, espresso and plum – along with hints of other dark fruits. Looking forward to this one – it’s got a bit of a forest fruits vibe going on. I guess that’s the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin’ itself down through the generations. Westward the wagons, across the sands of time until we – ah, look at me. I’m ramblin’ again*. 8/10.
T: The Redskins come through milder than expected – it’s a raspberry note throughout the palate, however I was expecting this to be overly sweet, which it isn’t. Pleasant surprise really – as some of the last big ABV beers I’ve encountered have been too sweet. Rounding out the flavours are: Plum, coffee, dark chocolate and yep – you guessed it: Plenty of Raspberries. Finish is long and dry. Aftertaste lingers with that Redskins flavour, good stuff. 8/10.
M: Mid to light, very watery given the ABV, thin carbonation, needs work here. 6/10.
D: Moon Dog at their best – doing crazy shit… who else would have imagined Redskins would actually work in a beer? They actually give off a Raspberry flavour that tastes less artificial than other brews that use real fruit flavouring… I don’t want to name names but I could if pressed. In any case this was a surprisingly enjoyable, if watery, RIS that I would try again. 8/10.
Food match: Venison and other game meats – I can almost taste the combination!
*Yeah I watched Big Lebowski again for the 18th time, what of it?!