Total Score: 5.55/10
Straight from Harrogate, the most harrowing of gates (???) in England comes Daleside’s Morocco Ale. First off – Daleside – I haven’t reviewed any of their beers yet… I’m genuinely surprised as I figured I had already tried all the low hanging fruit (i.e. beers) at Dan Murphy’s including the well-seen and noted Daleside Old Leg Over, apparently not. ANYWAY Morocco Ale drew my bionic million dollar eye first with its fancy heraldic label, then with the fact that it is a spiced Old Ale with some billion year old recipe that was developed by God or some todger in Cumbria, either way I was having at it.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: Hazy rich mahogany body; “beer gravy” as I like to call it, with a beige soap bubble head that reduces to a thin lace ring and storm cloud patterning on top. Not a fan of soap bubble heads – they lack the appeal of a nice thick protein-rich head, but it’s OK apart from that. 6/10.
S: The aroma is a collision between Vegemite™ (Marmite™ to my English readers, or Weird-Over-Salty-Yeast-Spread™ to my US readers) and dark fruits, specifically fig, prune and dark plum. It certainly is one opulent aroma. Preparing for gout now. 7/10.
T: Yep. Vegemite™, fig, prune and plum, with a really noticeable metallic twang in the finish – I can taste my mercury fillings now… I hate that taste. There is a slight port/brandy note as well but the overall flavour profile is lacking compared to other Old Ales such as Theakston Old Peculier or Olde Suffolk English Ale. Lacklustre, that’s it! 5/10.
M: Body is thin as well for an Old Ale, with the much expected light UK carbonation. Still, thin body, not good in an Old Ale. 6/10.
D: Well I was expecting so much more from this brew, I guess that’s what you get with bionic million dollar eye fuelled hype – disappointment. I even warmed it up a little to help release more flavour but couldn’t get past that metallic taste, what is that? Is it the result of an odd combination of spices in the wort creating that, or is it a result of the fermenter, I couldn’t put my finger on it. Hopefully Old Leg Over will be a better drop. 5/10.
Food match: You could almost spread this Vegemite™ flavoured Ale over some toasted white buttered bread and get your VM™ fix. Otherwise cheese platter yo.