This is a throwback to my younger years. Redskins! You could spend $1 on the things and have a dentist cursing at you for the next year! Moon Dog Brewery have gone gone and sourced 5400 of said lollies and infused them in an imperial stout, an adventurous combo to say the least. It must have been a strange day in the sales department at Allen’s when they received such a large order of sweets from a brewery…
There’s nothing bright red about the beer to talk of, instead pouring a tick stout black, with a thin, off-white head. Worry not, the redskins come through on the nose with a cherry, sugary sweetness and some malt aromas. The flavour though, is where they really come out to play. There’s some coffee and chocolate flavours which are more or less standard to a stout. But there’s also a big cherry sweetness which rears it’s head. It’s great – for the first four sips. After that, it all becomes a bit too much for me, very sweet and rich. I finish it, but it’s not a completely enjoyable experience all the way to the bottom of the bottle.
I had a massive amount of anticipation for this imperial stout. Rekindling of the childhood in a beer? Perfect! But I’m unsure about it. The taste is all well and good for the first few sips, but it’s such a rich flavour that it becomes overwhelming after a while, and this was only from a 330mL stubby. This aside, it’s an interesting and very experimental brew, the type which I expect Moon Dog Brewery to produce again and again.
Drunk: from the bottle