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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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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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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Sammy, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14%

ygtbsm94, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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
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 mactrail
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
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14%
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.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 12, 2012
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
Photo of GClarkage
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

GClarkage, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Zorro, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of biegaman
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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Beerandraiderfan, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev +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.

laituegonflable, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

ADZA, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +14.6%

AgentMunky, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -14%

tommyguz, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +14.6%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

atone315, Jun 07, 2012
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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
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