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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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Reviews: 34
Hads: 85
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BigB415 on 03-27-2011

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 85
Photo of 4000qtrap
1.88/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

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. (1,505 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (715 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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. (912 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (275 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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. (483 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (732 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (544 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (287 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a modestly ardent Phillies fan, I pledge to review this beer fairly (OK, so I have to admit I enjoyed watching the Giants play last season. And the Phillies played like they wanted to watch the World Series at home on a comfy couch and not from the dugout. So anyway).

Honestly, this is better as a cute gimmick than a great beer, though it's really not bad. But there is no particular reason, other than the Giants, for this beer to exist.

Pours a ruby black with a fluffy orangish head (so it does actually look like a Giants beer, whatever that may be). The head retention seems to be lousy, however, and it falls away to a sad little scum of bubbles quickly.

The aroma is spicy, with a lot of licorice and a top note of orange. The effect is quite candy-like.

The candy feel follows through on the flavor, with that heavy licorice backbone and a distinct orange that comes across like those candied "orange slices" you could get at 5-and-dime type stores. The orange passes quickly and the bitter, woody licorice takes over.

The mouthfeel has a little prickle, but the finish is rather flat and woody, with that licorice bite being the defining impression that lingers. (1,181 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely to leave a kola beer hue with a two finger creamy head and sudsy lacing all over the place,the smell is basically dark cooking chocolate mixed with orange almost jaffa like with aromas of citrus,fresh dough and pine aswell,the mouthfeel is light bodied and to be honest too light for me it really doesnt do the tastes of dark chocolate,watery coffee,light citrus and light herbal hops any justice and unfortunately with the light body to it,it really does come across as a jaffa infused dark ale and even though its not the worst black ale out there i could think of alot better options before i chose this one and i wouldnt buy this one again cheers. (664 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown highlights and a small, off-white head.
Nose shows cocoa and chocolate with little else noticeable, although some roasted coffee is present later. Citrus is barely noticeable.
Flavours mainly focus on plain roasted malt, with some very faint coffee in the background. Again, very little citrus.
Body feels a bit watery.
Seems like a schwarzbier. (368 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (421 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought one of these out to visit elrogish at the cabin outside of Yakima. I'm tellin' ya, drink these w Dodgers fans, its an awesome experience watching them get all upset.

Brownish appearance, thin ring of head, beige. Nice orange peel aroma and cocao powder. Wouldn't be SF if you didn't smell some nuts.

Taste, kind of doesn't know whether it wants to be a stout or a sturdy brown ale, or is a mix of both, but ultimately, classification is of little import. Kind of a mix of that candy you buy in the bulk aisle at Winco foods. You get the cocao powder and chocolate mouthfeel, with a little bit of nuts and citrus orange mixed in.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked this up for me at her work a while ago.

Appearance- black color, thin head

Smell- licorice, caramel

Taste- licorice flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was pretty good. I would buy it again. Probably should buy some more (265 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a small tan head.

S: Starts off with a rather intense roast note. The transition is rather quick to brown sugar, licorice, and molasses. There is a mild coffee note along with earthy hops and some candied citrus.

T: Lots of roasted malt flavor, too. There is plenty of burnt sugar, licorice, and molasses. A very intense flavor of candied orange peels which gives a strange sweetness and flavor that I would compare to orange creamsicle.

M: Medium bodied with a sort of low carbonation.

O: I guess this is supposed to be a black IPA, but it was really anything but. (636 characters)

Photo of ESPNman
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar (it's what I have on hand right now)

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black. A rough pour results in only a thin film of head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Plenty of roastiness up front, with a considerable amount of chocolate and orange in there as well. Not much of a hop presence, but it does have a bit of a bitter herbal flower to the nose.

T - Like delicious victory. Seriously, though, this one has a real interesting flavor profile. The cocoa and orange remind me of one of those whack-and-unwrap chocolate oranges... but only this time in beer form. Some roast up front, an astringent bitterness throughout, and a orange flavor that isn't overwhelming or overly fake-tasting. Pretty solid stuff.

M - Good, lively carbonation. Finishes medium-dry and leaves your mouth feeling oddly clean. I think that's probably the citrus in the beer.

O - As an experimental "orange and black" beer goes, I'd call it a great success. It's not something that should be introduced into the regular rotation, but to celebrate the Giants' WS victory, this is a very fitting brew. (1,120 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark sultana-red colour, just flashes of colour up to the light. Head is beige, decent density, just a thin crown of bubbles left with spidery lace. Quite good.

Smell is plum-full of dark fruits. Nice roasty, unsweetened chocolate base to it and then shitloads of dried apple, prunes, dates, figs and cranberry. Kind of brandy edge and a good dose of nutmeg that adds a woodiness. Really rather pleasant; spicy and curranty.

Taste is disappointingly subdued. Pleasant notes are around but just not as distinct as on the nose. Sultanas, raisins and currants provide the majority with some prune sweetness and mild nutmeg spice on the mid. Hint of licorice towards the back without spice and finishes with a big cocoa-rich chocolate finish. Really overall just tastes like chocolate-covered licorice bullets. Not bad, could use some more pow!

Thin feel, really. Just feels empty most of the way through the palate with some drying sensations at times. Really could use more body.

A nice-flavoured beer, but it makes me want to put it through flavour boot camp: "You call yourself a craft beer, you weak, lilly-livered maggot?" Not because it's bad but because I feel it could use some tough love. (1,210 characters)

Photo of vince4953529
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at Hi-time, probably the first place around here first to get it.

This taste very much like a porter, with malty sweetness followed up some mellow hoppy taste. I could see this could either be a porter or a black IPA. There's also a faint kumquat taste, it's subtle but definitely noticeable.

Overall it's an interesting blend of flavors encompassed in a brew. (375 characters)

Photo of hophead4173
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Judging from reviews, and my experience, it must be widely different on draft rather than bottle(I had draft).
It pours pretty black on draft, with very little head retention. It looks and smells(and tastes) more like a cascadian/black ipa. With the exception of the obvious citrus nose. It has a nice roasted, malty front, with a fairly hoppy middle. The end finishes faintly of orange, but with the mouthfeel, and more I drank, it tasted more of orange juice. Which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. It was very interesting to say the least. Would I order another? Maybe. Ok, yes I just did. It's not bad, it actually would be a great homebrew. I do find it more enjoyable than almost EVERY other Moylans brew. Very creative. (725 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; August 2011
Arrives from the tap with a half-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color with perhaps a touch of burnt amber to it and it shows a clear, brown-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells like a pineapple Empanada for some reason; in fact it smells quite distinctly like this. The nose is quite fruity, but with lots of toasted pastry like aromatics along with a touch of burn brown sugar aromatics. Both the toasted pastry and the bright citrus fruitiness is so distinct here in the nose; I wasn’t expecting anything like this when I ordered this beer, but I am really digging the nose on this one.

Fairly light bodied up front, the start has some prickly carbonation, a roasted malty character that reminds me of toast and then a huge, almost artificial seeming orange-sicle candy like character to the finish; I say candy because it is so amplified as this beer is not sweet really. The finish also has some bitter roasted character to it a touch of cleaner hop bitterness, but really just a linger citrus oil note that you can almost feel on the palate. There is a lot of dark and roasted malt character in this beer (it has that wholesome deeply toasted, whole grain bread character I like to see as well as the ample roasted character)

An interesting beer, I really liked the aroma, though the flavor ended up being a bit too focused on the orange character to blow me away. Still this is quite a tasty beer. (1,515 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.8/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of Siggy125
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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 (899 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of BigB415
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from a town 30 minutes north of San Francisco we are quite proud of our city and when the baseball team wins the world series for the first time in 54 years we honor them by making a beer in their honor. This beer will be available on tap at the public house which is the bar/eatery attached to the Giants ballpark. They define the beer as a black ale with orange zest. I can taste the orange which is good because it gives it a sweet kick but not an overpowering one. I can't taste the hops since it seems that the orange zest is overpowering it but that's ok. I say this is a pretty solid effort and a nice beer. If you want something new from Moylans give it a try since they just added 3 new beers to a beer list that has been the same for a long time. (762 characters)

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