ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 12/21/2011.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-brown body with a medium-small, ivory-hued head.
Smell: Aromatic cinnamon powder is fairly large in the nose, but it is not entirely dominating the other notes smelling of semi-sweet chocolate, sugar encrusted bread, vanilla bean, and deseeded peppers.
Taste: Plenty of ground cinnamon scattered over caramel and chocolate maltiness with a fair degree of sweet. Pinch of vanilla sugar. Slightly roasty but there’s also a sugary bready quality present. Follows through with an earthy, very slight vegetal taste from the chiles with the heat slowly accumulating across the tongue aided by the alcohol. Sweetish, cinnamon-laced, slightly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Cocoa Mole is fairly good for a chile beer which can, if particularly one-note-ish (or even vaguely reminiscent of the nightmare-inducing Cave Creek Chili Beer), have a very limited appeal for me. So, again, good job, NB.
mixmasterob (879) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with an off white head. Aroma was full of milk chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon and other spices. Flavors were rich cocoa, a lactose sweetness, light roast and a lingering peppery finish. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with light carbonation. Overall this was rather well balanced and executed nicely. I was really digging the heat in the finish.
Sledutah (4115) - Utah, USA - FEB 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at NB @ DIA
Appearance: Clear brown with a big beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Chocolate, mole and spices
Taste: Chocolate, caramel, mole and spices
Not a fan of mole, so I wan’t expecting much.
MarinaMarket (209) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful spice and malt aroma from the neck. Pours dark amber, looking like an old ale with a nice off-white head. Aroma is a complex blend spices, malt, chocolate, cinnamon, peppers. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, herbal, and chilis. medium mouthfeel with nice legs and a LOT of flavor staying power. This beer would be superb to cook with as well, like maybe for fresh oysters. Very nicely done specialty brew! tasted from the bottle @ 60F.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Alchemy. Tastes great, but the finish of the spice and pepper is too much for me.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville, IL. Pours a deep, dark brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, tannish beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is spicy with a rich, creamy chocolate malt backing. Slightly spicy peppers with a good amount of caramel, some cinnamon, a touch of sweet bread, a hint of fruit esters, and a very light heat. Flavor is really nice. Rich and smooth chocolate malt backing with a cinnamon, chile pepper spiciness. Tastes like a Mole sauce. A touch of bread, a light smokey heat, some earth, and a rich caramel. Finishes a bit dry with a very rich, smokey and chocolate maltiness with a solid chile pepper heat and light earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, creamy, somewhat silky body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really impressive beer. Rich and smooth, chocolate spiced malts with a nice peppery heat. Tastes like an authentic Mole sauce. This was highly enjoyable.
onceblind (3673) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rackhouse. Clear dark dark brownish amber, no real head to speak of. Nose of cinnamon, light chocolate, and an aroma like Popsicle stick. Flavor is nice sweet but with a gently pleasant burn. Cinnamon, cocoa, burnt toffee...melding into a modest peppery heat, finishing with a Mexican chocolate sweetness that still has that peppery heat lingering behind. Not shabby.
ReggieDunlap (2927) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has chocolate and notable mild pepper. Flavor has chocolate, a bit of caramel and cinnamon, with a perfect amount of peppery flavor and heat in the end...damn tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a chocolate peppery finish that leaves some lingering heat.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was really not a fan of this one. Transparent brown pour. Spices galore. Chilies, cocoa, and cinnamon. Like a Mexican hot chocolate. It’s done well, but I couldn’t have a whole glass of it.
newbrewguy (145) - Mechanicsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark raisiney color, with little to no head. With a strong spice cocoa aroma. Definitely an out of the ordinary brew, but has really good aroma, an odd mixture of flavors, from malt, and spice to sweet raisins with cocoa. Very good brew if you like different, just keep an open mind.