|Highest Rated||Hoppiness (83 / 100)
||Average score||72 / 100 (Very Good)|
|Lowest Rated||So'Hop (61 / 100)
61 / 100
660ml brown bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.
Pours indeed very pale, quite hazed with some yeast sediment and a very light body. Carbonation is very fine, staying powdery in the glass. Head doesn't form much, leaving only a smattering of fine film across the glass. Streaking lace.
Nose indeed bright and fresh with crisp hops. Sharp and herbal, with a very slight musk character, and some sweeter fruit-salad notes coming through, giving a bit of pineapple and apple. That's about it, but it's very pleasant.
Taste is extremely light, and lacking any body whatsoever. Slight clean herbal characters around the edge, but no sweetness and very little backing up the hop note. Crisp, extremely dry finish, with a lingering, strange hint of horseradish or wasabi. It gets into my sinuses very oddly.
Overall, it's very drinkable and dry. And this lends it a certain refreshing quality which is helpful. It just feels a bit empty
74 / 100
Moor's strange 660ml bottle, purchased from Oak Barrel in Sydney.
Pours pretty much uncarbonated (and didn't hiss when uncapping), and only forms some bubbling on the top due to surface tension, which this beer has in abundance, being pretty thick and heavy. Body is a hazed, tending towards murky orange. It looks very still and thick in the glass.
Nose is quite pleasant: bright, rounded, sweet fruits come through giving some tropical overtones. But this is punctured by an interestingly earthy fragrance—it's like a combination of fruity, tropical hops (perhaps like you'd find in NZ or Australia), and earthy, herbal English hops. It's an odd combination, because you'd almost always find some citrus or pine seeping into the mix in this sort of aroma, and I really don't get any of that at all.
Malt character is fairly well pronounced, but the woody, herbal hop notes take away from any true grain or wholesome character. It's very nice overall.
Taste is pretty nice too. Big, bold malt basis plants itself firmly in centre-stage, while all around it the hops provide the spectacle. Solid woody, almost peppery bitterness slides down the centre of the palate, while the tropical aromatics react with the slight boozy note to provide a heady penumbra to the flavour. Hop bitterness does build up on the back of the palate, which after a while means that there's this dichotomy from front to back: first you sense the big malt flavour, and then very quickly all you sense is hop bitterness. It's interesting.
It's pretty smooth with the lack of carbonation, but I'd like it to have a little. Even a fine tingle across the tongue would liven up parts of it, especially the back with the hop oils coating the tongue.
Overall, though, this is very good stuff. It manages to be big in many characteristics, but still finds balance amongst the different beasts that it brings forth. Some extra carbonation and it would be awesome.
Moor's standard strange 660ml bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars in Stanmore. Shared with Rich.
Pours a hazed, very pleasant bronze hue, with a decent body and good consistency of colour. Head forms a solid cap of off-white with yellow tinges that leaves streaks of fine leopard-spot lace. Carbonation is extremely fine. Looks very good.
Nose is laced with subtle smoke, giving a peppery overtone above a solid, slightly spicy basis that gives off a few estery notes of banana. There's a fluffy sweetness to it: not a truly solid maltiness, but an airy, whimsical quality that counteracts the stranger smoke and pepper characters. Not bad.
Taste is light and clean for the most part with a bite of bitterness at the back that has slight reminiscences of smoke, but perhaps not enough to make me think that the bitterness just comes from that source. Clean, slightly green finish with a slight vegetative bite and an aftertaste slapped with a dash of that pepper again. Pleasant enough.
Feel is light and I dare say slightly empty: a little more true roundness would help the body and perhaps broaden some of the characters it obviously wants to promote.
Overall, this is decent stuff, but I've had much better from Moor. This is still well crafted, but it didn't really do justice to the ingredients as much as it could have: perhaps I wanted it more extreme, and its restrained nature disappointed me a little.
81 / 100
500ml bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars in Stanmore.
Pours a deep, but thin black hue, with a full and rich head of mild pale brown, which works really well. The body is definitely light. For 4.7% ABV, it's not unsurprising. Overall though, it's got a good solid look to it.
Nose is awesome. Big spicy coffee hit mingled with a noticeable hop character that gives it an edgy, herbal tone that works beautifully with the fresh roasted tones from the beans. There's a solid malt behind it: roasty as well, but with enough sweetness to provide some basis. There's a hint of marshmallow and vanilla to it which is extremely pleasant. Overall, I love it—it's great stuff.
Taste is also good. Lighter in body, but with a persistence of roast and a slightly fruity tone to the coffee which gives some berry and stone fruit to the mix. It's a note which works against the straight, solid roast of the base, taking some of the edge off, and somehow softening it into a cohesive whole with the rest of the flavours. It's extremely well done.
Feel is very light: it actually works well enough, but perhaps only because the flavours are so well balanced.
Overall, though, this is yet another cracking beer from Moor. They have impressed me a huge amount with the few beers of theirs I've tried, and this is yet another data-point reinforcing what a fine brewery they are.
83 / 100
500ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill. Shared with Sam.
Pours a faintly hazed copper-tinged golden, with an initially firm but ultimately filmy head of clean white. Bubbling forms at the edges, forming larger specks amongst the fine coating. Lacing forms in streaks and specks. Body is pretty solid, and holds some tight, fine carbonation. Not bad all up.
Nose is lovely and sharp, with some direct, almost pointy citrus characters directly through the centre. It has a lovely greenness which suggests even some NZ hop character. Underpinning it is a mild husky grain character, which doesn't add a lot of sweetness, but provides a slight savoury basis. It's very pleasant.
Taste is also very good indeed. Brisk hops through the centre form the lynchpin, with a very clean, citric bitterness, tinged with a slightly green herbal character. Together they meld into a lovely pure hoppiness. Around the edges is just enough malt to provide some structure, and above are the lovely delicate aromatics, some rose, geranium and marzipan. It's genuinely lovely stuff, and a very beautiful IPA palate.
Feel is light and tingly, with the hops helped along their path by a fine carbonation.
Overall, I'm very impressed. I've had several beers from Moor now, and they are all solid. With this one, they've made the jump to excellent. Very good stuff indeed.
660ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.
Pours a rather light reddish hue, really I think too light for a porter, with a frothy head of pale beige. Bubbling forms the majority of the head, meaning it collapses in on itself after a while. Body is pretty light, carbonation races through it quite vivaciously. Overall, it looks a bit weak, to be honest.
It's up from here, fortunately. Pleasant nutty malt characters on the nose give a mildly roasted, flavoursome and wholesome character to the beer. Light sweetness comes through, some crumbly brown sugar and a suggestion of chewy toffee. Some light fragrant overtones give a suggestion of fruity coffee and snapped vegetables. Not bad.
Taste is light on sweetness, and very light in the feel, but there's some really lovely flavours providing the interest over the top of this, covering it up somewhat. Lots of nuttiness, mild caramel, macerated strawberry and a seedy fragrance, perhaps a little like caraway. There's a prickle of carbonation throughout, which is a most certain disappointment. The beer would be served beautifully by a smoother feel: even give us a gimmicky nitro-pour. A hand pump from a cask would be even better.
Overall, this is decent enough, but with flaws. The malt characters are constructed very nicely, and I really want to enjoy them in a better beer.
76 / 100
Oddly-sized 660ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.
Pours a deep purplish-brown (almost certainly psychosomatically purple due to the colouring on the label), with a filmy, beige head pocked with plenty of larger bubbles, forming something of a scum on the top of the beer. Carbonation is fine, but extremely minimal. Body is pretty heavy, but fluid. Looks decent enough.
Nose is deep and rich, with a port sweetness melded with some fine roasted coffee and plummy characters. There's certainly something boozy to it as well: almost a berry-heavy red wine. The sweet fragrance has a suggestion of yeast-genesis to it, which gives it almost a suggestion of a Belgian Strong Dark, or a Weizenbock. It's really quite fascinating stuff.
Taste drags it more back into less fragrant, less anarchic territory. Here there's more of a solid roasted character, and a relative lightness to the body. There are still hints of fragrant fruitiness: amaretto, marzipan, dried currants and halva around the edges, along with a slightly astringent bite towards the finish, which suggests more booze. It's really very pleasant stuff.
Overall, this is pretty interesting stuff. It has the roasted bite of a deep porter, but the fragrance and booziness of a slightly funky dark Belgian ale. The result? I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but it makes me intrigued enough to seek out more from Moor.