Brewery: Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Style: Barleywine – English
Other Notes: Malt – Maris Otter, CaraMunich T2 and CaraAroma. Hops – Fuggles. Yeast – English
Brewer Description: (from bottle) Barley Wine. Aged in whisky barrels from our mates STARWARD.
(from website) This is one for the history books! Brewed in our humble Duke Street brewery in Abbotsford before being loaded up and shipped off to our fancy new brewery in Chifley Drive Preston to be barrel aged and packed. The Duke of Chifley carries with it the flavour and history of Moon Dog. The Duke of Chifley is a big, boozy, barrel-aged barley wine that is deep burnt sienna in appearance. It’s been aged in fresh Starward Whisky barrels for over twelve months, which along with the base beer, creates an unbelievably delicious golden syrup-y flavour and aroma.
My rating: 4+
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.43
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3
Intro: A 650ml black waxed bottle, bottled on 25th January 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: A nice dark copper orange colour with a thin beige head that had decent retention while leaving some nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, dried dark fruit, figs, whisky.
Taste: Moderately sweet, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, whisky, with notes of dried dark fruit, and a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, with soft carbonation.
Overall: The sweetness is there, but not overly so, as it’s balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. Just a wonderful sipper with nice flavours.