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 #42,465
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 16.1%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
92
From:
Moylan's Brewery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
81
Good
Orange & Black Congrats Ale!Orange & Black Congrats Ale!
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Reviews by MikeBogert53:
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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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3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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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3.49/5  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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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

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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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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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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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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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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Orange & Black Congrats Ale! from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 92 ratings