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Beer – #1034 – Moon Dog – Funky Miller’s Monkey Filler

Moon Dog beer  – this one is the Funky Miller’s Monkey Filler. ‘Strayan beer, at least they’re trying at this, and good in places.

Unexpected and awesome

Funky Miller’s Monkey Filler is a 650ml bottle of a beer that is 8.1% ABV, which would be around that  243 calories a serve things, and 45 IBU things are included.  Imperial stouts are usually found in the 50-80 IBU range.
Moon Dog Funky Miller’s Monkey Filler is brewed in the style that is is a  Stout – Imperial,  and is brewed by Moon Dog Craft Brewery who are in Abbotsford, Australia
Choc-Banana Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout.

Monkey funky

Unexpected and awesome, this Bourbon barrel aged bad boy is just like the man himself; smooth like chocolate, solidly bananas with a hint of nuts with the subtle vanilla of bourbon!

Malt: Ale, Chocolate, Brown, Carafa III, Medium Crystal, Roast Barley. Hops: Magnum. Yeast: English. Other: Chocolate, Banana, aged in Bourbon Barrels.
So, What could possibly go wrong? Many things of course, not only remembering the name of the beer, and then the style it is in.
Then there’s the trepidation of reading the description and wondering if you made a wise choice. Then there’s the music.
Anyway, when you open this you’d think it was a chocolate stout above anything else. The pour is the usual dark coloured beer, with a lovely full and decent head that seems very persistent. The chocolate note has moved away and given place to a steeped rich raisin fruit thing.
Quite sweet, and oddly bitter. There’s a quite a hint of bourbon in the mix too. But of Banana there is none. Weirdly.
Which puts me at a bit of a loss, because the app places where you rate the beers seems to indicate that a banana sensation awaits, meaning that this is either too cold, or it’s gone a bit troppo somewhere along the line twixt brewer and table.
I’m hoping it the cold.
It isn’t the cold.
Which makes it two beers from Moon Dog where the expectation wasn’t met by the delivery, known as the disappointment.
It’s fine being quirky and edgy, experimental and all art and hip with the labels and description but there is a gap, and it’s not just me. These beers don’t rate really highly on the various apps, there’s a few that really like them, a few that really don’t and a lot that think they’re just a bit meh.
A beer that’s put me in a bad mood, because this isn’t good. I can’t mark it less than a 7 though, that’s average enough,  perhaps that’s where you are aiming, the bulk over substance market where the 6’s and 7’s lurk for the masses not the discerning.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. This really doesn’t deliver anything like where it should and it really is quite dissapointing. I don’t like being unkind or cruel about beers and brewers, they’re people like me doing honest work for honest coins, but there’s a point where it’s pointless. I’ve given good coin for what I should expect to be a good beer, and I reminded of that adage that you skin a sheep once but fleece it many times.

I’m not standing in that queue to be fleeced anytime soon.  It’s a nice beer if you drink what’s in the glass, it’s just nothing like what’s on the label, I paid for what’s on the label.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill
  • Am I enjoying it? No, it’s a shambles
  • Would I have another? No, a beer that put me a bad mood is not a beer that I’d like again
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No. It’s just not very good, it’s hilarious name and artwork, and it’s outrageous label talk a good game but it comes up well short. Keep your friends don’t let them drink this.

Music for this: Cuz I Love You by Lizzo on The Spotify player

For a bit of gratuitous swearing and poor spelling. Also I read some outrageous quote that said something like “Lizzo thinks only musicians should be allowed to review music”  Stand by at the end for my review.

If you like your music pop, and artists who need profanity to make a rhyme or some otherwise really self-indulgent point then this is great. It’s nicely produced and inoffensive, and probably consigned to the remainders bin.  Other than that brilliant.


Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.


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