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.

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.

Asahi black 黒生 (Japan)

Asahi black 黒生, 5% ABV – 334ml, (Tokyo, Japan)


“Bottle & can: Pasteurised.
Ingredients: Dark roasted malt; hops; rice; maize; Asahi’s pure cultured yeast.
Japan’s favourite dark beer. Brewed in Osaka, Asahi Black is made from three different roasted malts. This gives it a rich, nutty flavour and makes it incredibly smooth-drinking. Unlike other, more bitter dark beers and stouts, it’s brewed in a process called bottom fermentation, which gives it a subtle, sweet edge and smooth 5% abv.”

  • Style: Dubbel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: bread/yeast -> malt/nut/coffee/licorice -> light-medium bitter watery finish
  • Where I got it: Liquor Depot/Barn @Lansdown Richmond
  • How much: $4, Summer 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yep
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark coffee black, small head, micro CO2. Thick malts (& raw fish!?) on the nose. Lots of bread and yeast up front, medium (5/10) sweetness, tastes of roasted malts, nuts, light coffee, and hints of licorice, ending with a lingering light-med bitter finish – with a slight watery backdrop. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, good drinkability.