Thirsty Thursday: Moo Seasonal Stout

Thirsty Thursday: Moo Seasonal Stout

Thursday June 13, 2013 Written by james

On a tour of Moo's brewery just before it became operational, head brewer OJ was at his most animated when showing off the waste water treatment system.

This isn't to say he has any unpleasant foibles, more that he's a real technician when it comes to brewing – someone fascinated by the finest of details and determined to turn out clean, tight beers.

It explains why everything that comes out of the Tassie brewery tends to be so immaculate and of a consistency the big breweries would admire – even something as big and bold as the Seasonal Stout.

This annual release is a true Aussie craft beer classic: a silky yet intense affair that's rich with dark chocolate and roast coffee flavours and has a dry, bitter finish. It's been tagged the 'Velvet Sledgehammer' and with good reason: its smooth facade hides the eight-per-cent alcohol so well that you'll be on your back if you're not careful.

James Smith is the creator of Crafty Pint, an online guide to Aussie craft beer, and a founder of the annual Good Beer Week festival. He is rarely thirsty.