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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Our exploration into the flavors of mole, the legendary sauce of central Mexico. Malty aroma and rich, cocoa-laden body laced with an invigorating tinge of dried chilies and coffee.

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Previous vintages have weighed in at 8.8% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4883) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 6/29/10

Aroma: The nose has notes of chocolate, some spice (pepper), chili, and a bit of earth
Appearance: This one pours a mostly clear dark mahogany color with a small beige head.
Flavor: The taste is malty, it has some sweetness with a strong spicy component.
Palate: Medium-bodied with a little bit of wateriness to it, average carbonation, and a long spicy finish.
Overall Impression: Overall, this is a pretty decent attempt at the peppery beer style. It isnít exactly a style that I would want to drink regularly, but Iím glad I tried this attempt at it. Decently well-made as well, but I donít really think I need 22 oz of this one again. I do like the idea though. Mole is an awesome sauce, and to try and make a mole beer is a pretty cool idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
(22oz bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of blutt59) Pours clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of chilies, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, ancho chilies, chocolate, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5849) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
(22oz bottle 2010 vintage thanks to blutt59) clear pale copper, white bubbles. Nose of cocoa, smoke, and sweet. Taste of burnt chocolate, smoke, bourbon, and alcohol. Well carbonated creamy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (5449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bomber brought back with me from Wisconsin - pours a medium reddish brown - very fizzy, but it fails to produce a head - kind of looks like cherry soda - aroma is boozy, rum-like - some notes of raw coffee beans, treacle, light chili pepper, peanut skins - tastes almost lager/doppelbock like up front - kind of thin bodied and flavored, allowing far too much of the alcohol to come become evident - flavor is lightly sugar sweet, with some innocuous fruity character, nuttiness, cookie dough - some very light and out of place coffee bean - moderate chili pepper spice arrives late, making the finish a hard to distinguish mix of peppery spice and alcohol burn - a very messy beer - they should have attempted this with a heftier, darker ale - I wasted trunk space dragging this 1100 miles back home - I should have just brought another bottle of GI Coffee BCS back with me, although I am fairly certain that I wonít like that beer either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11379) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
A copper brown ale with a thin moka head. A pleasant chocolate and light chile aroma, In mouth, a rather light chocolate malt, some nice fruity esters, some light peated notes. Quite nice. Bottle at Mondiale 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6055) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a clear red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the peppers with some earth, dirt and caramel malts. The flavor is fresh green peppers (jalapenos or serranos) with some coffee, chocolate, caramel and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The overall flavor of this beer is kind of a mess, but I liked it. Definitely an interesting idea from the brewers at New Holland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with an off-white head over a hazed amber-brown body. Aroma of chocolate, green peppers and cinnamon. Taste is sweet, peppery, vegital and chocolate. Peppery and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6268) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2010
bottle, almond brown pour with a fruity banana aroma, flavor has more of a green raw pepper taste than roasted, caramel , some smoke

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (8573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2010
On tap. Poured dark brown with a gray brown head that dissipated completely. Aroma had some sweet chocolate and caramel with a backing chili note. Flavor was similar with sweeter notes such as chocolate with a slight backing of chilies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zizzybalubba (1645) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
On tap at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC. Brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, mild chiles, and possibly just a hint of cumin. The flavor is chocolatey upfront with green pepper and jalapeno juice on the finish. Weird, interesting, and actually pretty good at first. I grew tired of this by the end of my glass but I applaud the effort and would have enjoyed a smaller glass.

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