Orange & Black Congrats Ale!
Moylan's Brewery

Orange & Black Congrats Ale!Orange & Black Congrats Ale!
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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #534
ABV:
6%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,365
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 16.1%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
92
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Moylan's Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
81
Good
Orange & Black Congrats Ale!Orange & Black Congrats Ale!
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by ESPNman:
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3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, mild tan head 1/5". Orange and chocolate malt smells.

Taste was the roasting of a stout, the brown malt of a brown ale, and some chocolate and orange notes.

Key to drinking this beer is doing it around Dodger fans.

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Photo of jack-ruby
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As a modestly ardent Phillies fan, I pledge to review this beer fairly (OK, so I have to admit I enjoyed watching the Giants play last season. And the Phillies played like they wanted to watch the World Series at home on a comfy couch and not from the dugout. So anyway).

Honestly, this is better as a cute gimmick than a great beer, though it's really not bad. But there is no particular reason, other than the Giants, for this beer to exist.

Pours a ruby black with a fluffy orangish head (so it does actually look like a Giants beer, whatever that may be). The head retention seems to be lousy, however, and it falls away to a sad little scum of bubbles quickly.

The aroma is spicy, with a lot of licorice and a top note of orange. The effect is quite candy-like.

The candy feel follows through on the flavor, with that heavy licorice backbone and a distinct orange that comes across like those candied "orange slices" you could get at 5-and-dime type stores. The orange passes quickly and the bitter, woody licorice takes over.

The mouthfeel has a little prickle, but the finish is rather flat and woody, with that licorice bite being the defining impression that lingers.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
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