Orange & Black Congrats Ale! - Moylan's Brewery
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3.84/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-26-2014 04:29:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.18/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
02-04-2014 22:47:12 | More by BierJager89
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
06-14-2013 19:28:28 | More by ESPNman
4.06/5 rDev +16%
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
06-05-2013 06:15:27 | More by russpowell
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
Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
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