Moa Noir Dark Lager – Moa Brewing (Marlborough, New Zealand) 

Moa Noir Dark Lager (no longer in production) – Moa Brewing Company, 5% ABV – 750 ml., (Marlborough, New Zealand)

on the front-left label:

“Moa Noir is a traditionally brewed European style dark lager with an abundance of distinct aromas and flavours. Chocolate and richly roasted coffee beans dominate the senses with a full flavoured palate, giving Moa Noir a long smooth finish. A perfect beer for the changing of seasons.”

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Hefty quality bottle, aluminum foil wrapped, twisty steel cap, real cork. Pours dark cola brown with a smallish 1mm dissipating head, a thin micro layer of retention, scattered sporadic streams.

Nose: cocoa light roast grainy barley malt, toffee undertones. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, slight tanginess

Mid-palate: wet cork, background mild sour, (lvl-2-sweetness), grainy dry roasted barley malt,

Finish: mild coffee bean exhale, dry cocoa

Summary: There’s a bit of cork flavour as well a background sourish note that distracts from the roasted malt experience. Overall the body and dark notes are good, but it seems acidic notes aren’t quite in harmony. Decent, but not great.

Nood & Deugd – Brouwerij de Molen (Netherlands)

Nood & Deugd (Necessity & Virtue), 6.2% ABV – 35 IBUs, 33cl., (Bodegraven, Netherlands)

-It’s been over 4 years since I’ve had a Schwarzbier, the previous one being Kostritzer [C+].

Ingredients: water, pale, choc, cara and roasted barley malts, sladek and saaz bitter hops, yeast (bottom fermenting)

  • Style: Schwarzbier (German dark lager, more info @wiki)
  • Taste: Sweet creamy smooth roasted coffee/chocolate notes subtle stealth hops
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / West Vancouver
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 33cl., April 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: (cellared for 3 years). Their standard basic label, I like. Pours almost jet black with a large 1cm super long-lasting frothy head, sticky lacing, no visible activity.

Nose: caramelized roasted barley malts, hints of chocolate. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: creamy smooth, sharp crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), brown sugar sweet roasted barley malt, fruity light coffee,

Finish: light notes of chocolate, subtle hops mixed with roasted bitterness.

Summary: Super clean and smooth with zero sourness – all sweet roast counterbalanced with the hops to finish. The sugars get slightly cloying around 3/4 through and wishing there was a bit more aromatics in the mids to make it an [A].

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #8 – Dr. Funk Dunkel


Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #8

Dr. Funk Dunkel (Bavarian Dark Lager) – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Hustling his way through the mean streets of beertown, Doctor Funk, the grand uncle of dunkel, can smooth out any situation all by his sassy-as-molasses bad self. Let the good doctor prescribe a heavy dose of malts with this dark lager that’s good for what ails ya. Damn right.”

  • Style: Dunkel
  • Taste: Malt light cola molasses
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a small disappearing head, a thin fine layer of retention, scattered loose fast streams.

Nose: thick caramel malts, light roast, brown sugar, molasses (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness (MAIN) cola, caramel malts, molasses

Finish: burpy, airy, malty finish.

Summary: Decent, drinkable medium-bodied brew. Not much depth or “big” flavour. As with this style, low hop profile.

Sleeman Honey Brown Lager (Canada)


Sleeman Honey Brown Lager, 5.2% ABV – 341ml., (Guelph, Canada)

  • Style: Dark Lager
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile:  airy medium sweetness -> malt/caramel/brown sugar -> crisp/mild malty finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12/6pack, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours medium-dark copper brown with a smallish head, small CO2, clusters of active streams, sticky lacing. Light sweet malts on the nose. Drinks initially with airy medium 6/10-sweetness, sweet malts, mild brown sugar, light caramel, crisp finish with a mild malty finish. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, decent transitions, thinnish carry, decent drinkability. Overall slightly above average.