Fox Hat Bearded Mongrel 2021

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
100 IBU

Now in its third year, Fox Hat’s Bearded Mongrel continues to utilise parent company Bickford's resources, with the brewers ageing a Russian imperial stout once again in Bearded Lady bourbon barrels for several months. Originally launched at the 2019 Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival, the barrel-aged version of the Phat Mongrel and its bigger brother, the Full Mongrel has proved popular every year and, in 2021, it comes in a new look, bright yellow can.

The Bearded Mongrel is quite a measured stout, with balanced doses of multiple flavours and aromas not compromising any of the other elements. The pitch black beer pours with a thick chocolate head, with the bourbon riding high, coming in strong but not overpowering to add in a little sweetness before more subtle notes of vanilla, woody oak, milk chocolate and some roast creep in.

The mouthfeel is slick and a little oily, while a similar blend of flavours appear within the syrupy, viscid body. The roast appears right on the back palate with the 100 IBUs of bitterness and a little alcohol-derived warmth showing up late to remind you there's a little mongrel inside.

Matt King

Published May 17, 2021

Fox Hat Brewing

252 Blewitt Springs Road
McLaren Flat
SA 5171

1800 896 080
Open Hours

Seven days: 10am to 5pm


Tastings available through Beresford Tasting Room

Froth Town 2024 B 2
Gypsy Hub

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