Company info:
Matilda Bay Brewing Company
Dandenong South, V.I.C


Alcohol: 5.2%
Standard drinks: 1.4

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.30 AU

Label info: ‘The use of aromatic chocolate malt and chocolate wheat delivers an intense roasted caramel flavour, luscious rich toffee palate and mouth-filling maltiness. A refreshing sharpness in the mid palate is balanced by bold hop bitterness. Take the chill off it before serving with rich chocolate desserts.’

What the label really means: Sounds good – bring it!

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: By no means as good as Matilda Bay’s other classic label, Fat Yak, Dogbolter stands tall as a traditional style label that looks dignified and refined. Big strands of wheat swirl up to encircle the bold ‘Dogbolter’ lettering. The use of warm colours give the impression of a beer that is warming, comforting. But it’s also a tad boring.

I give it a label rating of 6.5 out of 10.

AROMA:  A delicious chocolate, nutty aroma.

Taste: GLASS – One sip and you’ll be hit with the chocolate and nutty tones referenced so clearly in the aroma. It’s good but it’s lacking a real punch. I take sip after sip hoping that more taste will suddenly emerge, but sadly it doesn’t. Dogbolter appears to taste  a tad watered down and a bit lack luster. I want more from this beer…I want meaty, chew through the flavour, smack to the chops, and I’m getting subtle sit-on-the-fence blah-ness. Look, it’s drinkable…it’s good but not great. I had such high hopes.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Sip from the bottle and you get a hint of just how good this beer really could be. It’s developed more depth, the flavour is stronger – there’s the nuttiness, there’s the chocolate swirls – intensified a tad. It’s almost there but not quite.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 7 out of 10.

Song of choice: Try this alongside The Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage

Accompanying food: Chocolate cake would suit this brew to a tee.

Best season to appreciate: Dogbolter would make for a good Winter warmer. Bring on the cold.

All-nighter beer? I suppose the positive aspect of this beer not being overly flavoursome is that it does make for a good session beer. It’s not heavy so yes, it would make for a good all-nighter.


  1. Mahalia Marvin says:

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  2. BargeDave says:

    I’ll try another Dogbolter this week but last one I had was just too sweet for my palette. Great choice of song, and what a week to choose it – RIP MCA.


    • Mason Hell-Cat says:

      Yes RIP MCA indeed…


      • BargeDave says:

        That video is one of the best examples of music videos of all time, too. It’s a rich genre, but that particular video is in my (and presumably many others) top handful. I’d say that, the White Stripes’ 7 Nation Army and the Late Show’s brilliant piss-take of REM’s Everybody Hurts are the best 3 music video’s ever. RIP Peter Brock too!


      • radiosnivins says:

        I was never a Beasties fan, but I know the pain of losing a musical idol. Stop me if I’ve told this story before, but when Rob Pilatus from Milli Vanilli karked it, I didn’t think I could go on, but I did, thanks to the 5.2% chocolatey support of Dogbolter. It’s a genuine nine out of ten’er. I won’t hear a bad word said about the stuff.


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