Moo Brew Dark Ale | Moorilla Estate

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Moo Brew Dark AleMoo Brew Dark Ale

Brewed by:
Moorilla Estate

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by norwichboy on 10-18-2006

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: funky as! Great bottles, fantastic design, stylish label designs. Great!

Appearance: deep copper. Not as dark as I was expecting. The head is a bit thin too, at less than one finger. Unimpressive.

Aroma: combination of chocolate and caramel malts, with some light spices.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose. A reasonably standard combination of malts and spices. Not unpleasant, but not worth what I paid.

Aftertaste: quite dry and bitter finish from the cocoa.

Mouth feel: awful watery mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: if this is a good example of American Brown Ales, I think I'll avoid - I'm hoping that Moorilla Estate has simply got it wrong. Moo Brew Dark is like a decent brown ale but watered-down to make it more like a watery dark lager. And at AU$105 a case (2012), this is a dead-set joke.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dinkel
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Moo Brew Dark at the Sail & Anchor in Freo. It poured a deep mahogany with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is sweet bread. The taste is rich bread with hints of coffee and peat. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's decent and worth a shot.

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Photo of estilos30
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice change of pace after drinking lighter lagers for a week in Australia. This ale pours dark with a short, chunky head. Light and refreshing with nice roasty undertones, great mouthfeel. Very drinkable, had several throughout the night.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper pour, small chalky head. I've never seen such a contrast between the head and the actual beer.
Aroma is hop-centred: grapefruit and green/grassy notes. I'm guessing there was a fair whack of dry hopping. Some toasty/nutty/caramel notes are present in the background.
Flavour is more malt oriented: toasty, almost roasted, with some more nutty hints. Some green hops present. The mix of hoppy/roasted bitterness lingers. A bit thin.
Both body and carbonation are slightly lacking.
I was quite impressed with this, even if it is a bit thin.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of norwichboy
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is on tap in a few places in Hobart. This one was at the Lark's Distillery.

Poured into one of those stemmed lager glasses they seem fond of in Tasmania, it is a dark mahogany hue, with an avergage sized frothy head. The smell does not have the roasted malt aromas I'd expect, instead being more hoppy with some licorice (pleasant for a change). To taste it continues to be hops based without much roated malt characteristics.

I'm not sure what style to class this as, but I'm kicking myself that it's the one Moo Brew that you can't get in bottles, so this may be my only ever taste.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of joecast
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear deep copper/red in color. A bit lighter than many recent browns I've had. Thin lightly tanned head leaves a bit of lacing. Low to medium carbonation. Swirling the glass coaxes a decent sized froth to the beer.

Light honey and coffee/roast aromas. I remember this being much happier when I first tried it. Not much in the form of hops at all to start really. No dating on the bottle to check freshness.

Taste also missing the hop punch I remember. Still has a strong dark malt presence, a bit more than the color foreshadows. This dark malt combines with the hop bitterness to push it into harsh territory. Dry finish means little malt sweetness is left to balance it out.

Disappointed. When this beer first came out it really opened my eyes to the style. Not sure if this is an old bottle but the lack of hop flavor and aroma hurts badly. Will have to try it again soon and see if the chane was due to age or a shift in how the beer is made.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmageddon
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DocDownUnder
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml into a dimpled stein.

A- Ordinary brown color with a quickly dissipating khaki head (despite a hard pour),but there is residual lacing.

S- Nondescript bready malts, and a faint earthy spice

T-Shockingly strong dark roast, and almost tart and dry finish. This was not what I expected from the soft-ish nose, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Not as dense as the strong roast could handle, but sufficient for the style.

M- Almost crisp and refreshing carbonation (enhanced by the lingering tart roast flavor,and dry finish.

O-While not the best American style brown ale, this is a keeper on the lighter and less balanced end.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark reddish brown, in glass it is nearly black. Very short lived sandpaper brown color head. Swirl glass and head does come back. No bubbles on side or anything like that.

S-- Coffee, chocolate, cherry or stone fruit tones. Does have a bit of a watery smell to this.

T-- Roasted coffee, chocolate, some plum and cherry. Coffee taste is big and a bit overpowering. Very malty taste to this.

M-- Medium carbonation. Needs more of the fruit to come out. Feel like I am drinking an overdrawn watery espresso. Bitter in a lot of ways and not all that good.

D-- One is fine by me. This would actually be better if it was bigger. 5% is too small for this. If it was 8% and had more sweetness it would be fine. Too much coffee taste and not enough fruit again. I really like Brown Ales but this did not do much for me.

Moorilla is very expensive for the product they are putting out. A 4 pack for $20? Get real. The packaging and labeling, though excellent, do not justify it. Pale ale is good and worth drinking. Wheat is also decent. This is good but it is not exceptional and does not stand out real well.

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Photo of soju6
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: On tap- Served a deep mahogany color with a small tan head that fades quickly but leaves ample lacing til the end.

S: Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, bit of toffee and an earthy grain in the background.

T: Taste of toffee, dark chocolate, bit of coffee and roasted malt. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Solid medium body, smooth and quite creamy. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Worth a try.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: very dark brown ale with little light shining through with thin head that nearly disappers
s: roasted coffee smell
t: like an amber ale with coffee, bitter aftertaste
m: medium body with bitter aftertaste, almost flat, not particularly smooth
d: great looking bottle like moo brews other offerings, but have to admit this one didn't do too much for me as the coffee taste overpowered everything else going on here

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Westend Pumphouse in Hobart.

Pours a dark cola colour. Head is foamy, nice beige colour, retaining nicely. Looks great.

Smells pleasant. Dark, roasty with healthy notes of chocolate and dark caramel. Sweet, decently dark.

Taste has that slight sour note throughout, which casts a slight pall, but the pleasant flavours come through anyway. Chocolate notes, mild roast midway. Slightly spicy on the back. Mild overall but nice flavours. Actually the spice on the back is the winner. Dry, but revivifying in a big way.

Bit of carbonation, bit thin. But only a bit of both. Decent and it goes down.

Nice dark ale, well crafted with good flavours.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of travelguy
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another free sample from a rep for me to review - living the high life brah! This time from Moo Brew - look I wasn’t a fan of their Belgo, and their Hefeweizen that I previously tried had some funky problems going on (I’ve since had a sip of that one during a tasting and it was a perfectly fine Australian Hefe, aka not as good as a German one). Anyway fresh start for Moo Brew, as it is for any brewer when I try their new beers - I save my judgements for the column labelled ‘T’. So here goes with their Dark Ale (wish me luck or something else; say I win a million in a lotto I never entered, that would be nice, and interesting, yeah wish me that instead).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Almost opaque mahogany body with a thin half centimetre khaki head that is leaving some gnarly lace on the inside of the glass. Looks good, nice and dark without being oppressive. Head fades away to a wafer thin blanket. 7/10.

S: Brown sugar and thick molasses upfront pounding the nose with sweetness - which is all fine with me. Hint of milk chocolate... kinda reminds me of the molasses chew in the Whitman’s Sampler box - it’s a molasses/chocolate/malt extract bonanza (for better or worse). 8/10.

T: Yep, just as expected with brown sugar/molasses/chocolate/malt extract flavours coming through... but wait! What’s this?! A note of roasted coffee towards the finish: which is a light earthy and coffee bitter riposte. Not bad, flavours could use a wee bit of amping - and I am drinking this close to room temp too. The flavours are actually quite well placed, but dare I say it? This needs more sweetness and heft. Aside from that this is the best Moo Brew I’ve reviewed yet. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, more body would be nice as noted above, and a slightly gassy carbonation. 6/10.

D: I could easily imagine this as a 6.5% ABV knock out Dark Ale - one that is big, chewy and almost as sweet as a bottle of Leffe (pick any Leffe - they’re all sugar bombs). However what we have here is a lighter - wistful Dark Ale that doesn’t do a great deal to excite, or disappoint, this now long in tooth craft beer drinker [I’ve seen things and tasted stuff man!]. That said I can see this going down well with punters, and it’s probably a great deal fuller on tap, as all beers tend to be, so if I was in a pub I might give this another look in one day. 7/10.

Food match: *gone off to buy a Whitman’s Sampler box as that shit is G*

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Photo of Decko
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to give a lovely creamy dark head which stayed around. Nice deep coffe colour and sweet malty aromas. Really good balance of sweetness from the malt and a bit of a dry hoppy finish. This is the first Amercian style dark ale I've tried and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will look out for it again. Very distinguished looking bottle too.

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Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I firstly gotta say i love this breweries arty labels and this brew's ABV is 5.0% anyways on to the beer,this beer pours a deep red sherry hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger head with a nice frothy mound of lacing,the smell is feint stonefruit and toffee malts,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel for the style and has tastes of toffee,caramel,feint chocolate and some nice roasted malts that finishes with a little hop bitterness,quite a nice example of the style and although no standout i could easily drink more than one of these.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, appearance is everything isn't it?

The bottle is just great.... the pour is also just great. Pours a rich deep mahogany, and the cream head hangs around. What we want....

Aromas of toffee and malts.

Taste is where we start to get into average-ness. All the usual supects of a hoppy brown ale with toffee, caramel, but a slightly disjointed hop aftertaste. Not bad tho.

Mouthfeel good with active carbonation. Wouldn't like one of these flat as other reviewers have noted

Overall, not a bad beer, just not as good as it looks.

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Moo Brew Dark Ale from Moorilla Estate
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 34 ratings