Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2018
Orange zest-spiced "black ale" by Moylan's, older bomber from De Caigny. Irregularly lacing, pale yellowish beige, moussy, stable head over a misty, very dark nut brown beer with wine red hue - but blackish in general appearance. Weird aroma, initially dominated by something very polishing wax-like, fortunately retreating after a while to make room for impressions of candied orange peel and marmelade, cashew nuts, dry liquorice candy, strawberry jam, wet toast, chocolate bars, dried dates. Sweetish onset, clean with some fig compote and marmelade sweetness, light sourish touch probably hinting at infection (from the orange zest, no doubt), softish carbo, smooth and bit oily mouthfeel. Caramelly and lightly nutty malt sweet body with lingering infectitious sourishness next to upcoming orange peel aspects with more and more cocoa flavour towards the finish, yet not becoming outspokenly chocolatey. Ends a bit powdery, with still that sourishness persisting over a caramel candy maltiness; hops, which I expected to be very pronounced in what seems to be intended as a Cascadian dark ale, provide only lightly spicy bitterness but hardly any aroma. Weird beer, a dark ale with orange zest alright, but certainly not a black IPA - not even close to that. Which is unfortunate, since I like a good Cascadian every now and then. The main issue here, however, is that the orange zest must have lead to a mild bacterial infection, resulting in a weird waxy aroma and not very flattering sourishness, though the whole remains interesting and drinkable. Still, I expected a lot more from this... The_Osprey (9673) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
August 2016 - Bottle share on level 42, with thanks to Kenny. As ’Moylans Orange & Black Congrats Ale!’. Black with a red hue, foamy brown head. Aroma is earthy, orange, airy roasted malt. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is earthy, dusty, chocolate, touch of soap, orange, dry finish. (3.4) mR_fr0g (13985) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle shared on Level 42 15/08/2016. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. A dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a a loose tan head. Aroma is soapy, cedar wood, spicy orange, cinnamon. Flavour is composed of mineral, spicy citrus, orange, dried woody grains, woody tannin. Palate is semi sweet, highish carbonation, mineral, . Pretty unimpressed with this one. madmitch76 (26376) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2016
16th August 2016Holmen1 (6636) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2016
Level 42 Bottleshare. Almost opaque dark brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is airy, semi dry and has decent fine carbonation. Soft dark malts, trace of dark chocolate. Tangy orange, some orange peel. Soft finish. Seems more like a flavoured stout, lacks hop punch. It’s fine.
Fra fat på Cardinal (sesongåpning Mi2) aug-16: brunsvart med fint skum som varer. Aroma minner om appelsinsjokolade med en spiseskje kaffe. Sursyrlig smak med appelsin, ikke helt modne bringebær og snev av røstet malt. Den endte opp som kveldens eneste hvor meningene rundt bordet var nokså delte eller mellomfornøyde.
Borup (15942) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2016
Sample at DØE 2016. Dark brown to black colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, oranges, caramel, spice, licorice and coffee. teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle shared at the August Level 42 tasting. Thanks to Ken. It pours a clean brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is tangy woody roasty with bitter grass notes and wood. Taste is also tangy woody roasty with wood melon and lemon peel. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, OK Theydon_Bois (21429) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle split at Level 42, thanks to Kenny, 16/08/16.
Light black with a decent tan swirl.
Nose is cocoa powder, charr, light spice, earthy berry, light orange peel.
Taste comprises charr, brown bread, light soap dish, orange peel, light pine.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with earthy hop bitterness.
Average, a touch overly soapy.
Scopey (16234) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle care of Kenny. It pours darkest brown - black with a medium beige head. The aroma is rich roasted malt, charred wood, dark chocolate, orange peel, cocoa powder, earth and dirt. The taste is smooth, toasty, earthy roast, charred wood, cocoa, earthy, orange peel and earth with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Not a huge amount going on, but easy drinking.