Moon Dog / Skunkworks Cognac Barrel aged Double IPA 9.1% - 650ml Bottle
A hugely hop led beer with a twist, the twist being the time it spent in Cognac barrels. The hops are predominantly of a piney nature on the nose, while warming allows hints of vanilla and a touch of booze to come through. Once imbibed, the dense, cloudy amber beer delivers some caramel malt flavours but they play second fiddle to the resiny hops, which build to a citrus marmalade bitterness that's surprisingly inoffensive given the reported IBUs, and is given an added dimension by the barrel aeging. There's a spicy heat to it too. A beer it will be interesting to watch evolve.