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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! - Moylan's Brewery

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Orange & Black Congrats Ale!Orange & Black Congrats Ale!

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80
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 17.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BigB415 on 03-27-2011)
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5/5  rDev +43.3%

LeapintoBeer, Sep 26, 2012
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jmbraxton, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

dougieboy, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, A disclaimer: I hate the Giants, I hope they never win another World Series as long as I live. Go Dodgers! But the recipe of this beer caught my fancy, here goes,

A: Pours black with a mild off white head, good retention, leaves spotty lace.

S: Great orange nose, mandarin like, almost candy esque. But a real nice floral fruity scent, some hops and charcoal on the back end.

T: Dark malt, light roast, with a real nice orange zest flavour. Fruity and tasty. Light hops.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, smooth and easy going. Not as big as one might think.

O: Good beer, hope they keep making this one, but hopefully no more Giants championships.

Halcyondays, Oct 18, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reveling in the WS victory of my hometown team (SF Giants), I saw this and had to buy, not only because it was from a great brewery and a celebration of my favorite team's WS victory, but also because it sounded amazing. Black ale brewed with oranges? Yum!

A: Black with a short mocha head.

S: Orange is there, but not dominant. It smells like a black ale, with lots of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt and coffee, as well as a citric, slightly floral hoppiness.

T: Orange is still not as present or fresh as I had hoped for, as those same roasty notes and dark fruits take center stage amidst the orange flavor and hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Delicious, though the fresh orange flavors and scents I was hoping for weren't there.

BierJager89, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a a scarlet-tinged mahogany with a finger of tan head. Okay lacing & a trace of head retention

S: Cocoa & orange notes, nose opens up as this warms

T: Cocoa & slight charred grain , a touch of orange up front. More orange & a touch of baker's chocolate as this warms, faint charred grain notes, mostly orange though & some dryness. Finishes with some Terry's Orange Biscuit notes & whispers of charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice balance, warming

I really enjoyed this, one the better Moylan's beers I've had in a while. This would work for me as a breakfast beer when a coffee beer seems too heavy

russpowell, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Phelps
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Tops.

Black and inky, with raspberry highlights and a thin soda fizz head of dark ginger that pops away after mere seconds.

Tastes and smells like those little chocolate oranges you got at Christmas. Molasses, sweet tangerine syrup, dark chocolate, hints of licorice. Smoothly blended.

Subdued notes of artificial orange soda. The flavor starts with sweet milk chocolate that becomes more bitter dark chocolate at the swallow. Flash of molasses tang before a clean finish.

Medium-high painful carbonation, with a soft, creamy medium body and not much fizz at all.

Tasty. A bit artificial-tasting, but good. Reminds me of Christmas morning.

Phelps, Aug 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Spaz7, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

marieow, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some distinct orange flavors on the finish. There is a mild roasty and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and an interesting combination of ingredients.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 24, 2012
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Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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AgentMunky, Jul 21, 2013
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EFR94, Oct 14, 2012
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jenray, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

IRONRakkasan, May 02, 2013
Photo of baronofthebrew
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I love the Giants, so I'm somewhat ashamed of how long it took me to discover this beer. And I didn't even discover it: some guys sitting behind us on closing day mentioned it. Maybe it's time to hang it up. Or maybe I should just get on with the review. I picked up a bomber at WF the other day and consumed it while watching the Rangers beat the Cardinals in a truly excellent Game 2.

A: Black ales have never, in my opinion, been the prettiest beers but this one pours a nice ruby brown with about a finger of tan head, most of which dissolved quickly. A bit lingered.

S: Molasses right off the bat, so to speak, with raisin and brown sugar/carmel notes following. I couldn't pick up the orange, so if it's there it's subtle. I found myself smelling it again and again.

T: Very roasty, verging on the porter-y and stout-y. The orange flavor is more noticeable, but it doesn't overpower. I've been drinking lots of pumpkin ales recently, and this shares certain spicy elements with them (Pumpkins are orange too. Maybe they did it on purpose.) Aftertaste is smoky, and heavy on dark chocolate and molasses.

M: Feel is absolutely where this beer falls short (strikes out -- or maybe a very Giants-like weak grounder to second). It's too light in the body to do the weighty flavors justice, especially considering it's relatively low ABV doesn't pick up any of the slack. Carbonation is moderate to low, which does help a bit as this beer would be unbearably watery otherwise.

O: I would absolutely drink this beer again, and plan to purchase a few bottles to share with my beer loving and baseball ignorant friends. If the beer had more presence and texture, it would definitely be a starter. As it is, it's a pinch hitter. Or a lefty specialist.

baronofthebrew, Oct 21, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always tend to pass over Moylans when I see it on the shelf. I don't quite know why, but for some reason this one caught my eye. Let's see how it goes. Purchased in Berkeley, CA, and brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep and relatively clear dark red colour, almost black until the hue is exposed to the light. Head is filmy and a little inconsistent, but forms in pleasant fine bubbles on the surface. Some patchy string-like lacing.

Nose is immediately pounded with jaffa characters of piquant, spicy orange and smooth grainy chocolate. Sharp, sweetly citric hop characters come through on a basis that is full of dark sweetness. It's hard to say it any other way. This smells like jaffas. It's excitingly different.

Taste is similar, with a pleasant dark chocolate and grain character leavened and cut with a rather sweet but slightly biting hop bitterness. The aroma still sticks around, lending the sensation of sweetness to the brew, even though the body itself is quite light and thin.

A very interesting brew. It misses some body, which is a bit of a shame, but otherwise it's a pretty decent ABA, with a lovely and dichotomous mixture of hops and sweet dark grain.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 27, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange & Black pours almost black with a tinge of dark brownish orange around the edges.

Smell: A perfect balance of subtle hop and roasted malt is complemented nicely by the lingering aroma of fresh peeled oranges.

Taste: Do not Fear the Beer! This is a very easy drinking brew with well integrated flavors of toast and milk chocolate, mellow hop bitterness, and a zest of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body that clears the pallet quickly leaving behind a slight bitterness from the roasted malts, hops, and orange peel.

Overall: Well played Moylan's. It's not as hoppy as I would like my Black Ales (or Black IPA or Cascadian Dark...take your pick) but the absence of some of the hops I was hoping for is supplemented by the great fresh orange aromas and flavors. Even as a Dodger fan I can appreciate this beer brewed to congratulate the SF Giants and will be having a few in the next couple of days as I watch the opening weekend of baseball.

Cheers!

BeerOnTheWall, Mar 30, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange & Black Congrats Ale! is as black as Brian Wilson's beard and has a head that's just as bushy. This tan, sponge-like specimen doesn't sink or split an inch - by the looks of it, it will stick around long after the inky, opaque liquid beneath finds its way to my belly.

Any given day in San Francisco you're likely to experience autumn, summer and spring weather, all within 24 hours; the one season it never seems to be here is winter and yet this beer, because it smells so reminiscent of those chocolate-covered oranges, reminds me explicitly of Christmas. Actually, the orange zest is almost redolent of clove and cardamon.

Indeed! The orange zest is definitely more savory than citrusy. In fact, the taste is almost pumpkin-y, like a pumpkin porter (an association owing to the pumpkin pie-like flavours of savory, spicy cardamon and clove). I'm tempted to say I taste something citrusy but, truth be told, there's enough smoky malt and burnt grain flavour to render that impossible.

The brewery calls this offering a 'Black Ale' but if you ask me it's far closer in character to a (spiced) stout. It has a roasty mouthfeel with an unusual amount of (almost nitro-tap quality) creaminess. The finish is bittersweet and smoky, almost woody, heavy enough so you feel full but enticing enough that you willfully ignore that fact. And hop bitterness is scant.

I found Orange & Black Congrats Ale! to be every bit as enjoyable a drink as it was crafty and cool an idea. I'm not sure it came together the way the brewery thought it might - then again, I'm not sure the brewery had anything particular in mind - but the spiced, orange chocolate thing worked for me. And if the Giants repeat: DOUBLE Orange & Black? Consider it, Moylan's!

biegaman, Jul 11, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like a porter with the roast malt and modest bitterness. Also tastes, as advertised, like orange and chocolate. Attractive dark brown color with some ruby highights, decent head and carbonation. Plenty of caramel and slightly scorched sugar. Orange flavor is not too strong, but doesn't come through too much in the aroma. A pleasant mouthful, low intensity. A nice alternative to regular Porters.

mactrail, Sep 08, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this in a market in St Helena while wine tasting in Napa Valley, Never saw or heard of it before.

Appearance: Dark brown in color much like a porter. Off white head, small amounts of carbonation and lacing. Clear, crisp, not mirky.

Smell: Earthy, musty tones of orange zest, not the ripe citrusy orange I expected. Whiffs of light roasted maltiness and instant coffee. Neither stand out much on their own. Very little hop presence on the nose.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Comes across as a orange zest infused Porter with a very mild hoppiness. As it warms, light amount of chocolate malts sneak in. Low in ABV, no alcohol presence on the tongue.

This is a different brew and i would recommend trying it if you run across it and care for the characteristics I've described. I would do it again, was kinda fun trying it and figuring it out. Not overwhelmed though. Cheers

Siggy125, Apr 16, 2011
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3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - Hop City Beer & Wine in Birmingham, Alabama.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a foamy, lasting, light beige head.

Smell: Roasty malts with a leaning note of chocolate boosted by an aroma of fruity orange-flavored confections. Well, this wasn't what I had anticipated when I purchased this one.

Taste: Roasted maltiness yielding tastes of chocolate and coffee, as well as a munch of licorice stick. Medium sweetness. Orange candy flavor, develops into a muted sip of orange liqueur. Maybe a hint of pine. Hop bitterness remains fairly subdued. Drying, lightly spicy finish with more of the citrus taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Goes a bit beyond medium carbonation.

Overall: I know they have those orange Tootsie pops with the Tootsie Roll stuffed inside, but, this was like a standard Tootsie Pop with the orange-flavored Tootsie Roll crammed within. Work with me on this one, guys. Please.

ChainGangGuy, May 26, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dont usually expect anything from this brewery but this is good. Not bad actually.

It tastes like a dark creamsicle would. It looks dark and orangey, its got some lace, some creaminess to the body. For 4 bucks id buy it if it were there. Not bad. The only other beer by them I like is their DIPA and Hopsickle.

GI-ants GI-ants

Murchmac, Apr 10, 2011
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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
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