Moor Beer Company

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English Old Ale
Ranked #75
Ranked #23,190
3.89 | pDev: 13.88%
Moor Beer Company
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 19 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 version, Tap at Moor, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a small tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - liquorice, dark fruits - plums, brown sugar. Taste - sweet, chocolate, dark fruits, dark sugar. Lovely strong old ale.

2016 version, Tap at Moor, Bristol - Pours black with a creamy medium tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - dark fruits, fermented apples, wine/spirit feel at the back. Taste - Sweet, creamy, dark stoned fruits, dark chocolate, wine backnotes, light alcoholic warmth at the end. Solid old ale.

2018 version, 330 ml can, aage in calavados barrels - Pours jet black with a small tanned head which quickly dissipates to a lace. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Dark fruits, berries, caramel, woody, oaky, roasted malts. Taste - Sweet, creamy, smooth, berry notes, roasted malts, light alacholic warmth at the back. Lovely well balanced old ale Best of the lot in the calvados barrels.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really dark brown color with beige head. Aroma has some old wood and dark fruits. Taste follows with old wood barrel, bitter earthy hops and some dark fruits. Not really bad but it's not good either.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flat, chocolate black, with no head at all. 3.5
Chocolate, apple, wood and spice nose. 4.25
Chocolate again, humus, fig, and grape skin. 4
Tea brack finish and brandy linger.
Medium, smooth, clingy. 4

Deep! The cider is there, as is the barrel. Puts some manners on the difficult style that is old ale. Probably still not worth Moor’s stupendous price tags, though. 4

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Photo of wl0307
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

“Old Ale aged in Somerset Cider Brandy Barrels, Vintage 2012”; coming in a 660ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned. BB /2014, served mildly chilled in a Gulden Draak’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a pitch black colour coming with a rather thin dark beige cap, topped with very mild carbonation.
S: rick dark chocolate mousse comes with a touch of black cherry skins, very mild notes of funky old oak barrels, a light alcoholic kick, richly malty with a mild touch of plummy fruity esters and flowery hops in the background. Given a very good swirl, the pronounced vanilla-ish dark fruity undertones prevails on top of lively musky grapey fruitiness and much deeper notes of chocolaty malts. Overall, the aroma is very deep with layers of aroma.
T: very smooth on the entry, the texture is almost lubricating-ly winey, presenting rich-flavoured but flat-textured dark malts, burned nuts, black dates, faint banana-oil-ish esters, and vanilla, etc., like an Imperial Stout endowed with an extra body; then the flavour leads towards a rather focused, spicy-chewy and dry-ish aftertaste not unlike the finish of a rich fruit brandy, with a slightly chewy and spiced mouthfeel to it. Only a wee touch of alc. is detected down the throat, otherwise the palate is generally ultra-smooth and… “quiet”.
M&O: as mentioned above, I find the mouthfeel slightly too smooth which could’ve benefited from a touch of fizz, but the spicy or lightly stimulating mouthfeel which stays throughout the drink does help to keep the palate interested. This fulsome oak-aged RIS comes across as a more robust offer than 8%abv. would lead one to expect, but all in all the drinkability is immense due to the spicy elements lent by the oak-ageing process, making this potentially heavy stout lighter in terms of body as well as on the palate. A very decent and lovely beer this is.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks gorgeous when being poured forming a quick mocha head which sadly disappears pretty quickly. Dark brown black with very fine lines of red at the bottom of the glass.Bubbles cling to the inside of the glass though they disappear quickly. Lovely alcoholic brandy rum brown sugar nose.
Molasses thick heavy treacley silky brown to black body. Thick, rich, more stouty than old ale with a chewy syruppy body. Heavy and intense needing balance.
Would have been great if there was some head retention. Still likeable but less than the sum of its parts. Probably should have saved it for Christmas. Probably should have split the 660ml bottle with 'Wild Thing' but its the price he paid for going to football.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a small light brown foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of black chocolate and caramelized marshmallow is quite unique and interesting. Taste is malt heavy with notes of lightly caramelized marshmallow with some black chocolate and some roasted malt. Body is about average with a light creamy texture with some good carbonation. Interesting beer that doesn’t really fit into one style in particular.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid chocolate fudge brown, with almost no head - but that's par for the course for the style. The smell is big on chocolate, but it's also got boatloads of cider brandy, like a nice, rich, apple-tinged truffle. The flavor is vinous and full of grapes, and there is a distinctly deep brandy character to it that matches the malts' espresso, licorice, chocolate, cola, and rum characters perfectly. There aren't a lot of beers out there where the barrel aging seems integral and not supplemental, but this is one of them. A wonderfully wintry, complex ale, with just enough carbonation to keep this on the drinkable side of rich.

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Fusion from Moor Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 19 ratings