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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 250   ABV: 8.34%
Volume 22. Sometimes things get a little weird when thereís a full moon. Floating into "Side Project 22" comes "Moonray" Chocolate Orange Weizenbock. Our rendition of this traditional style is clearly a hoax with the addition of cocoa nibs and orange peel for a greater depth of flavor. With its big malt presence and hint of banana from the yeast, this beer may just make you hotel at the moon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5725) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2015
Deep rich brown coloured body wiht a cola glow and a thinnish, single centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, bread, alcohol, caramel and a hint of oatmeal - relatively strong. Medium-bodied; Strong fruity flavours at first with some oranges, cherries and a touch of citrus coupled with a malt kick, some toasted malt and perhaps some specialty grains and a little bread and yeast finish, all with a light sweetness. Aftertaste shows quite a bit of complexity and more of a fruity sweetness akin to a fruit beer or even a wine cooler than anything else - but a nice flavour at the finish is interesting and doesnít really fit a style at all. Overall, a nice and rich beer with some interesting flavour profiles but no real defined style. Nice to try and not a bad option! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Logan Circle, P St NW), DC on 13-September-2014 for US$7,99 sampled at home in Washington on 16-April-2015 a few hours before leaving for the South.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from ABC. Hmmm....Aroma is weird. Chocolate notes are there with spices, piney hops, and a strange chemical aroma. Flavor wise, itís about the same. Cocoa, pine, lemon pine sol, sharp astringent flavors, bitter. I donít know it has hints of good things but they are overshadowed by the bad. Itís not horrible but my least favorite from Terrapin for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4336) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 22 oz bottle served at about 45F. Very dark clear orange-brown body covered by a bubbly tan head. limited lacing; good retention. Smells a bit off but probably just the mix of orange (peel?) and weizenbock with 8.3% ABV. Some milk chocolate too. Flavor is better but still a bit diappointing. Orange and chocolate are in prudent levels with an obvious weizenbock base, but donít gel as hoped. Also, a bit boozy (as is common for style). Feel: medium body with medium, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
The aroma has chocolate citrus and chemicals. The appearance is brown and flat. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall not to good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
samsmith33 (772) - - OCT 20, 2014
Appearance: cloudy brownish water, no head, floating sediment globules, fully suspended, not sinking. Aroma: sweet and sour, chocolate, prunes, yeast. Taste : strange combo. Chocolate is there, but obviously not strong like in a stout. Orange way in the back. Some yeasty belgian wang coming thru. Mostly i taste dark fruits, prune, fig, raisin. Feel: medium carb. A little " slimy/oily", but thin, so not disgusting. Late bite of alcohol. Not bad, but disappointing for Terrapin. A guess thatís why these are side projects.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HourGlass13 (626) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Pours a murky orange brown with a small tan head. There is some sediment floating in there very noticeable. Aroma is mostly orange with a little chocolate, and pine. Taste is also the orange up front with cocoa, and hints of pine. Earthy hop bitterness in there too. Slightly thick texture. Unusual, but grew on me after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bomber. Dark caramel with orange fringe. Thick foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, a bit of banana, clove and yeast. Taste is chocolate milk, banana, dark fruits. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with soft carb. I know this beer got crappy ratings, but I actually really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WVHouseofBeer (1026) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Eh I wasnít a fan of this one. Smells decently of chocolate and toasted malt. Flavors consist of chocolate and unnatural chemicals. This had no resemblance to a Weizen Bock. I love Terrapin but this beer just wasnít very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3167) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
It's got a nice sour start with a mild chocolate and orange oil while not being citrusy, it's weak on the palate and low carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Brown color, brown head. Not great. Metallic, dry, roasty, lightly bitter. A bit of chocolate I suppose. Not much orange. Meh.

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