Dark Side Of The Moose (Ochr Tywyll Y Mws) | Purple Moose Brewery

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Dark Side Of The Moose (Ochr Tywyll Y Mws)Dark Side Of The Moose (Ochr Tywyll Y Mws)

Brewed by:
Purple Moose Brewery
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A delicious dark ale with a deep malt flavour from roasted barley and a fruity bitterness from Bramling Cross hops.

Dark Side of the Moose is now very popular and ideally suited to drinkers who have a tase for darker beers.

Added by BlackHaddock on 10-07-2009

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chestnut colour with a cream head. Aromas of roasted berries & malt. Tastes of toffee, biscuit, chocolate, spice & roasted berries. Medium body with a nice roasted finish.

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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle best before Oct 09, drank and reviewed 7th Oct 09 (whoops).

Made with Welsh mountain water and brought back from Wales by my wife after walking up Mount Snowden!

It is labelled as a dark bitter, so no guessing its colour: It is in fact a deep hamogany brown, clear, bright and flawless in appearance. An off-white head sat on top. The head did fall away but a lot of lacing held in the glass, so the beer was in good condition for this review.

Toffee apples and malts are in the smell, both more pronounced as the beer warmed.

A real malty flavour, add a blend of hops, some summer orchard fruits and you get a really interesting and flavoursome beer. The beer has a yeast presence too, but the maltiness holds fort over everything else.

I liked the feel and overall taste of this beer, glad my wife bought home a bottle, even if she paid 'through the nose for it!'. I have had this beer in cask form, but that was during a drinking mission in Shrewsbury, no reviewing can take place while out on such evenings, it's the law.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle from somewhere in Wales

Pours dark brown with off-white head with good retention that leaves several rings of patchy lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, some licorice.

Taste is roasted malt with some dried prunes, notes of licorice and noticeable hops with long lasting bittery aftertaste. Light-medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This beer seems to be a cross between a Porter and a Bitter, a very, very good and drinkable one.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gravity halfpint at the London Drinker festival. It was listed in the Porter & Stout category on the fest program, so I reviewed it as a Porter. The fact that here it's called a "dark bitter" would probably explain a couple of the complaints I had with it, so take that into consideration.

A: Deep, clear garnet body under a mini-mountain of tan froth. Great retention and lace for a gravity pour. Excellent.

S: Light coffee from the roasted malt, some dark fruit, and a touch of herbal hops. Rather fresh, but a little weak, too.

T: Smooth malt dominates, just as much bready as roasty. Coffee is faintly present, but not much at all. Some raisin and prune fruitiness shows up halfway through, and substantial hops close things out with dry bitterness. Ok.

M: Very creamy, frothy, lively medium body. Exciting for a cask ale.

O: The beer was good, but didn't live up to the epicness of its name. What beer could, though?


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3.65/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a clear, medium brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Some earthy malt and aromas of brown sugar and molasses. Moderately spicy, musty hops with a little bit of roasted character.

T - Light, bready malt up front with brown sugar and dark chocolate. More dark bread in the middle with mild molasses notes. The finish is full of toasted bread and dry caramel as well as moderate spicy hop flavor and light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Quite nice, the aroma is pleasant but the true malt character only comes out in the flavor. There is an excellent dark bread character that is complimented by the spicy hops. Very drinkable and quite complex for a beer of this strength.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Side Of The Moose (Ochr Tywyll Y Mws) from Purple Moose Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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