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Our Dark Secret - Moylan's Brewery

Our Dark Secret
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%


Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: 4000qtrap on 05-09-2013)
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lsummers

California

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown/black with a three finger light tan head. Fairly frothy and leaves some great lacing on the side.

Smells of piney, herbal, peppery hops with that common dark slightly burnt smokey grain note I expect from black ipa's. Lots of brown bread, toffee and nutty notes. Taste is nicely balanced with the nutty slightly burnt toffee and toasted wheat bread. Hops are very piney and peppery and mix nicely with the roasted grains and woody character.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I was expecting and mildly carbonated. Slightly dry which makes me want to try one more sip after the other.

Overall it's a fantastic black ipa. Very well balanced and subtle in all of the roasted, burnt, hop notes. This is way more drinkable than other black ipa's out there. I would love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:38:47 | More by lsummers
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CalixSanguinis

California

4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Is there a correlation between great taste and beers that include the word "dark" in their name? I think there may be...

O.D.S. by Moylan's is proof of this correlation. It's thick, tastes like coffee and chocolate and makes you want to savor every sip. I don't want to compare beers, as it cheapens the experience of trying something you've never had. That being said, Our Dark Secret has a taste similar to Strauss's Wreck Alley, although less sweet. This one's more bitter, which I love! It's hoppy and robust and I could barely taste the alcohol.

If you can find one of these, try it! Apparently, it was only brewed once, which is a very interesting marketing approach ...and by interesting, I mean ineffective. I usually try a beer only once, so this doesn't really affect me, but why play the game that way? Why act like a girl scout, teasing the customer with the offer of something delicious, only to become and remain completely unattainable afterwards?

Okay.

That last question came out gross.

Try this!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 06:18:29 | More by CalixSanguinis
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

So I had this on tap at the Local Taphouse as part of their 'Dark Side' makeover. I heard in passing that it was the version brewed at Moylan's but I'm not 100% sure. If I'm wrong please correct me, especially as, well I didn't like it that much.

Pours a red colour, fairly pale. Pale beige head, fairly thin with some decent lace. Looks nice, but pretty light.

Smells like an IPA. Fruity citra-esque hop notes with passionfruit, pulpy mango and orange peel. Decent hops but has no darkness at all.

Thin flavour. Hops are dominant throughout with passionfruit and citrus late. But not much malt or other flavours to balance. Bit of booze heat late, without the sweetness to match. Pretty unimpressive and thin and bland.

Thin mouthfeel. Really thin. For the ABV there's just no presence until the very back. Actually almost impressive how little body there is for the size.

Wow. Have no idea what went wrong here. So much pedigree. Just not showing through.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:28:39 | More by laituegonflable
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dalahodson

California

3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in a goblet nice dark cream head nice lacing on the glass. The color is coffee black. Mouth feel is sharp with full flavors. The taste is pine nuts burnt wood dark fruits and a nice bitter after taste. There is no strong alcohol in the after taste. One of the better black ipa styles.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 04:31:12 | More by dalahodson
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Salted Pig in Riverside, CA.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a much better citrus hop presence in the aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 21:48:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4000qtrap

Missouri

2.31/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a self-styled American black double IPA, collaboratively brewed with NØGNE Ø.

Serving: Draft

S: Overall, fairly weak intensity. Mostly pine, light chocolate.

T: Also lacked. Pine hop notes dominate, but its lackluster and not intense. Doesn't integrate well at all with the ever-so-slightly roasted malt character that makes this a black IPA.

Notes: Disappointing. Skip. I expected more from NØGNE Ø, who make some great beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 02:02:36 | More by 4000qtrap
Our Dark Secret from Moylan's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.