Our Dark Secret | Moylan's Brewery

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Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by 4000qtrap on 05-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of dalahodson
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of HopLuva
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lsummers
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
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?


That last question came out gross.

Try this!

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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Our Dark Secret from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 38 ratings