By Dylan Gonzalez
Brewery: Terrapin Beer Co.
Once in a while, you come across a beverage just a little more peculiar than the others and you have to try it. A new addition to my store, I decided to try Terrapin Beer Co.'s Moonray, a part of their Side Project series, a beer brewed with chocolate and orange.
Moonray pours a dark brownish, orange color. The body itself is very cloudy, almost muddy in appearance. The head is on the thinner side but it lasts for quite a long time after pouring. When I gave it sniff, I found very strong notes of orange peel and some chocolate, as well some coffee and malt.
The taste was where this beer really shined. The chocolate flavor was not as prominent as a stout, which was good, because this left plenty of room for the orange flavor to emerge. The two worked together really well, creating a very tasty mixture. There was also some malt present and mild toffee. On the palate, Moonray felt thick. Not as thick as a stout, but like a silky chocolate. I also noted little to no carbonation.
Overall, I really liked this beer. I would recommend it as an after meal sipper, something to enjoy nice and slow.
What to Drink This To:
Moonray seems fitting for the new Moon Knight book from Marvel Comics. Warren Ellis' take on the character has struck me as more interesting than flat out phenomenal, but interesting nonetheless. Rather than building towards a major climax, Ellis seems to be focusing on more interesting one-and-done issues. We know who Moon Knight is and there does not seem to be much changing to his personality. It reminds me of the Legends of the Dark Knight series, where the focus was not on a major change to Batman, but rather just telling a good Batman story.
And Ellis seems to moving towards just telling entertaining Moon Knight tales with some absolutely stellar artwork from Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire. So crack open a bottle of Moonray and enjoy it to the new (but still insane) Moon Knight.
Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world. He lives in a cave in New Jersey.
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