For fans of ales like Innis and Gunn, and Old Speckled Hen, here’s Ruby Da Dawg, from Red Truck Beer.
Named after Ruby, “da brewmasta” Sam Payne’s dog, this is a strong and very delicious ale. And with an alcohol content of 6.9 %, and a distinct flavour, this is certainly the sort of ale that can sneak up on you.
Red Truck calls Ruby Da Dawg an, “English Strong Ale, or English Old Ale.” Like other English ales, it boasts a bit more alcohol than standard beer, a malt flavouring, with just enough hops to balance it out. It’s a dark amber colour, with aromas of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and bourbon. The flavour is mostly of a caramel malt, and on the finish you’ll taste a bit of booze.
Ruby Da Dawg was aged in French oak barrels for three weeks, so it has an oak flavour not often found in beer. Again, if you like Innis and Gunn, another barrel aged beer, you’ll easily love this. Between the aroma, flavour, and finish, it’s a more complex beer, and it usually requires a few pints to properly analyze.
There are loads of pairings with this beer, like Chinese style pork, or Southern BBQ pork, so take a look at the Red Truck Beer website, to get some ideas. The Red Truck website also has a map of all the establishments serving their products.
So if you’re in the mood for something a tad stronger, and definitely delicious, try to tackle a couple of pints of Red Truck Beer’s Ruby Da Dawg.