Orange & Black Congrats Ale! - Moylan's Brewery
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1.8/5 rDev -48.6%
Source/Serving: 22 oz bottle
S: Orange/tangerine oil, chocolate, coffee. Oranges have a stale quality (maybe it’s the mixing with the moderate hoppiness) and while not completely precise it kinda smells like oranges that came from a trash dumpster. If I smelled this orange character I wouldn't eat the fruit and I just don't think the burnt+orange character goes well together at all.
T: Again, the intention to bring orange and black together (The Giants colors and this beer celebrates them winning the 2011 World Series) doesn't make sense on a taste level. The orange character actually stands up against the substantial burnt/roasted character, but to get it up to those levels the orange flavor isn't very natural. Its slightly like orange pith (not too bad), but also like orange concentrate (bad). Part of it is that its too sweet overall. After that initial collision and both of those flavors somehow subside, and a tinkle of citrus hops show through but then the fake orange comes back with an awful vengeance to finish out the sip over a thin veil of clean roastiness that remains quite sweet. This is perhaps the worst orange quality, fake almost to the point of plastic. I don’t think its because 'fake' oranges were used per se, its more that to get the intense, clear orange intensity they wanted the flavors come off as 'concentrate' in a BAD way.
Notes: Go Giants, but let's not be so literal in the orange/black interpretation next time. Highly unique, but please don't copy it.
04-30-2011 05:40:47 | More by 4000qtrap
2.23/5 rDev -36.3%
Pours an inky black with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly in the tulip glass. Caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, and a hint of orange in the nose. The orange notes come easier when this beer warms up a bit. Mostly caramel flavor and bitter chocolate up front that moves into hazelnut and finishes with a thin toasty flavor. More chocolate flavor would be nice, but it feels watered down like coffee brewed at work. I get a little bit of the orange flavor in the end, but it's fleeting. I feel like this is an interesting black ale that missed its mark and ended up tasting too much like Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar. Moylan's gets some brownie points for making my burps taste like dark chocolate orange candy though.
08-16-2011 03:48:49 | More by Philousa
2.94/5 rDev -16%
Appearance - Pours a near black, deep ruby brown with a tan, 2 finger head. Fair retention, leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Lacing is spotty at best.
Smell - Predominant orange aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee sitting beneath.
Taste - Follows the nose - orange sweetness, backed by moderate chocolate notes and a very light coffee character. Very sweet. Almost cloying. No real bitterness to be found anywhere in this beer to give it proper balance.
Mouthfeel - Light in body. moderate carbonation. Probably thinner than it should be. Goes down smooth.
Overall - Brewed to honor the Champions, but this is clearly not cut from the same cloth. Almost no bitterness to be found. This is supposed to be hoppy? Yeah, no. As a beer in and of itself, it's average. As a 'Black IPA' it fails completely. I love the Giants, but this is no World Champion beer. Not even close.
04-08-2013 04:33:51 | More by TheSixthRing
2.98/5 rDev -14.9%
Thin off-white foam atop a clear mahogany brew. Orange peel asserts itself first and lingers on in the nose. Bittersweet chocolate and roasty malt presence. Low floral hops. Navel oranges, lavender mingling with a malty chocolate, medium bodied. Not a repeat purchase for me.
04-04-2011 00:03:34 | More by BrewerB
3/5 rDev -14.3%
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt, with a hint of cream. I don't get any of the orange zest in the aroma, but it comes through up front in the flavor. It is joined by some cream and roasted malt and chocolate. Even with all of this, something just doesn't work with this beer and I didn't really find it better than average. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-03-2012 03:12:55 | More by Mora2000
3.03/5 rDev -13.4%
The color is the best thing about this beer, a dark beer that has a slight amber tint. Some ok lacing as the head diminishes.
Smell isn't overly impressive, I do like the chocolate grains coming through, maybe it's my imagination but I swear I smell a hint of orange.
Taste is nice, very drinkable black ale, tastes like it might be under 5% not at 6. It has a hint of chocolate and orange. The grains come through a good bit with possibly some smokiness.
Mouthfeel is good, very light feeling with nice carbonation. If I were big into black ales this one might be sessionable.
Overall, I feel like if I skipped this one I wouldn't be missing much. I might not remember it. But it is a good beer, it just falls into the crowd.
06-16-2012 18:59:58 | More by lsummers
3.18/5 rDev -9.1%
A clear black colored ale with a small tan colored head.
Smells strongly of patent malt. Strong chocolate and toasted bread aroma. Smells fairly sweet with a mild coffee aroma.
Starts out sweet with a mild coffee flavor. Mild hop flavor but this tastes like a porter. Overall this is just average type ale.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall this is just an OK ale. I paid $6.99 for the bottle and I frankly don't think this was worth that much. Especially since I can get a far better Lagunitas seasonal for $2.99 to $3.99 for the same sized bottle.
02-07-2012 02:18:45 | More by Zorro
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
At Maple Sugar on tap. No aroma, mostly a black beer with a little head. dark but not black coloured body. No aroma, shwartzbier in that it was licorice, roasty taste but surprised not getting that in the aroma. A little citrus to complement it. Good idea, not necessarily well executed.
09-07-2011 18:25:02 | More by Sammy
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Pours a dark brown to black with a nice tan head. No lacing. Looks good.
S: nice blend of roasted malts and orange zest. Like one one of: those holiday chocolate covered oranges.
T: the orange flavor is taking over the malts. A bit too strong for me. Sweet and citrusy.
M: medium bodied and smooth. Easy drinking, clean but tasty finish.
O: not bad at all. Little too much orange for me, but smooth and somewhat tasty.
11-24-2011 20:24:52 | More by Infamous7100
Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
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