Brewed by Daleside
Style: Traditional Ale
Harrogate, England


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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This is a very dark, rich and mysterious ale brewed to an ancient recipe dating back to Elizabethan times. Full bodied, malty with spicy overtones this complex beer is only brewed occasionally. Enjoy a bottle as the perfect end to a perfect meal.
The recipe for Morocco Ale is believed to date from Elizabethan times. Colonel John Grahme of Levens was a courtier to James II and the name Morocco Ale may have been associated with the dark Moors who came to the court when Catherine of Breganza married Charles II and brought Tangiers as part of her dowry.
Every May-time until 1877, the unique, dark, spiced Morocco Ale, matured for 21 years, was served at a great feast held in Levens Gardens. The guests were required to stand on one leg and empty in a draught a tall constable glass filled with Morocco whilst pledging to the ancient house "Luck to Levens whilst tKent flows"

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a deep mahogany with a nice creamy tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma is unique and interesting to say the least with notes of ginger, dates, toffee, star anise, liquorice, menthol, eucalyptus, wintergreen mint, herbal hops, and dusty yeast esters.

The flavor palate mostly followed suit with heavy spices on both the front and finish of the brew with a undertones of sweet malt somewhere in between. Very much in the Anchor Special Ale genre of spiced holiday beer even though this is not identified as a winter seasonal. Just enough spice to make you back away for a moment but not so much that you run away in fear. The mouth feel is dry, chalky, mineral and very woody like with such an overplay in spice. I honestly dig this beer much to my surprise. I will try it again to see if it is as good as first impressions make it out to be. (which reminds me, I still need to re-rate Traquair Jacobite Ale which is also a spicy brew that I did not care for the first two attempts at rating it).

This needs to be in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable category! Not for the faint of heart or palate.
Once again the admins were quick to make the change, THANKS!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (2928) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Nov 2009 - Dark Brown in colour with Reddish tinge. Very spicy; clove, nutmeg, etc. Malty; roast malts, toffee, caramel. Fruity (dark fruits). Hoppy. Spicy roast malty throughout. Dry spicy peppery finish. Rather unusual tasting beer. (2009-11)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mikljon (11) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 3, 2016
A gift from Bill S. Dark brown with thin head. Nose is raisin and plum pudding, cinnamon along with a bit of earthiness. Taste starts with burnt fruit, a little chocolate and roast malt in middle. Finishes dry and fruity (cherry and plum); bitter aftertaste. Syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation, tannic aftertaste. Very complex. I liked this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ealumann (3) - ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2016 does not count
Superb rich tasting dark ale. A hint of spiceness sumply makes you want more. Shame it isnt on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1278) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Clear deep red beer with a beige head. Malty scent. Flavour is mostly malty fruit, maybe apple, and then a sourness I cant place. Not overpowering though. Its a hearty, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (712) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
500ml bottle from Mainsgill Farm Shop. Dark, reddish in colour, creamy ran head. Malty berry aroma, taste is sweet berries, spice and a touch of aniseed. Very tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1703) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
En fin kompleks smag af maltene, der er flere noter af forskellige krydderier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdmmb (1801) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2015
Drunk from 50cl bottle bought at Bierhuis in Ossett. Enjoyable spiced dark brown ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5600) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2015
Bottled. The aroma has toffee, roast, laurel, ginger. Dark brown-black coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is light bitter, bit sweet, has quite some spice to it, light roast and some chcocolate. Light-medium bodied beer. ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23979) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
1st April 2015
A long overdue rate, this was a transition beer for me in to the craft beer world 10 years ago. Hazy dark amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry, mild fine carbonation. Sweetish malts, mild cinnamon, light floralness. Dry finish. Nicely joined up for a spice beer and pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tandembrauer (1357) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2015
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours brown and clear. Aroma of clover and other spice, roasted malt, caramel. Taste includes malt and some fruity notes, ginger?. Medium bodied, bitter-sweet finish.

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