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Your Guide to Australian Craft Beer / Tuesday 16 September 2014

Red Duck The Ox 2012 - Red Duck Brewery


Red Duck The Ox 2012

We’re unashamed fans of The Ox here at The Crafty Pint with a beer fridge that’s still home to a 2010 bottle (a gift from a very generous reader) and a few 2011’s too. In fact, we like it so much we put it on the Crafty Curates lineup during Good Beer Week last year. It’s Scott Wilson-Browne’s attempt to brew a beer like Three Floyds' legendary Dark Lord, uses only first runnings and requires a 22-hour brew day. We’ve only had a wee sample of the new one and it was instantly apparent there had been a little tweak. Turns out the level of roasted malt has been raised a tiny bit, and the level of crystal malt is down. As such, there’s a little more of a roasty, bitter chocolate edge to it and possibly slightly less of the engine oil like body, resulting in our declaration that it was “pretty sessionable for an imperial stout”. There’s much else to savour in its richly layered malty mass. There’s not a lot around though so if you want some, grab it now before we do.


Purvis Cellars
Press Cellars
Blackhearts & Sparrows
Swords Select
Olinda Cellars

Style: Imperial Stout
Strength: 9.4%


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