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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2010
22oz. brown bomber served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a clear reddish brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma of chocolate, green pepper and chiles. Medium bodied. More chile peppers and chocolate in the flavor. Some vegetal green pepper. Bit of heat in the finish. Interesting beer, but a 12oz bottle would have been enough. Worth trying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Bottle pours light chocolate color with off white head. Aroma is interesting malt based, but is very underwhelming. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors are a mess. All over the place and simply does not taste good at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Brown color with a very small head. Weak pepper aroma and some sweet malt. An earthy, peppery flavor up front that is fairly subtle at first, then sticks around. Forever. And ever. Like 3-beers-later-burp-ever. Light smoke. Extremely slick and oily feeling. Possibly under-attenuated. Even though I havenít had a pepper beer that I thought was better than the base without the pepper, I like the thought behind this one. But I would never need more than 4 ounces.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2317) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Clear reddish black pour. Tiny white head. Aroma of candy, brown sugar, chocolate, bubblegum and coffee. Flavor of light chile, spice, chocolate, lactose, banana bread and circus peanut. Rich and tasty. Thin palate. Great job. Perhaps a touch too sweet tho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle. Deep red body, thin cream head. Nose of chiles and cocoa. Medium body with chocolate, carob, and licorice balanced by spicy chiles that pack modest heat; the beer is also vinous and warming. A curious maple syrup sweetness is also part of the flavor profile. Interesting beer, worth a purchase, but not something I would casually drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nsquishee (570) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Pour with little to no head and has a light cranberry-brown color. Smells pretty good- pungent malts, spicy, sweet..all at once. Upon first tasting, the spices and cocoa mix is quite apparent...actually quite shocking if youíre not ready for it. That spice quickly fades into a sweet, malty but still bitter. Not my cup of tea, but Iíll give a nod for the effort to do something new and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Bottle. So the guy at the beer shop warned me this was terrible, but Iím stubborn and the concept of a mole beer is so exciting that I pushed forward, spending the 8 bucks or whatever on the bottle. With low expectations I looked at the bottle and discovered that it was pretty translucent... this was not what I was looking for. I can see that mole in a stout might be interesting, but in something lighter???! Well... anyway, I finally manned up and poured the reddish brown stuff in a bottle (being sure to admire the light that pours through and the inch or so of head.) Aromas are chocolate, stale coffee, caramel malt and a little bit of an apple like fruitiness. So far, so good, I guess. First sip shows this might work better as a stout. Lots of sweetness... caramel, apple juice and chocolate with an herbal edge and a little bit of coffee. As it warms, the sweetness and herbal edge start to take over more. Iím not sure quite how I feel about it. Iím much happier that the guy at the store led me to believe I would be, but I still feel like this should be much better at the price.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Iím drinking this on tap at Ashleyís in Ann Arbor. I picked up the bottle at the store and hesitated... Maybe I should have gotten that bottle... This stuff is pretty great. I was handed a tulip glass with this georgeous transparent brown drink with a tiny ring of white around the top. The aroma lacked, unfortunatly, which immediatly concerned me, but then I dove in. Amazing! Tantalizing on the taste buds. The chilies and cocoa flavor are light, but just enough to make this a beautiful beverage. Subtle hints of coffee linger while the chilies play in my mouth. It finishes with a light body, and lingers just so. Beautiful beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle that pours a dark bruin body with a light off white ring of carbonation. Aroma is initially sweet with a light spicy chilly tone. Rich body with a modest etoh presence, chillies, some light coco dry chocolate malt tones, a mild coffee esk hints but more so chillies. Finish is dry with a chilies spiciness, pairs really well with the cilantro quesadillaís iím eating. Nice. In a way this reminds me of CCB just not quite as good, regardless of the comparison, this was very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16 (1182) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle. Aroma is malty sweet with some light tartness. Complex with a peppery spice and deeper chocolate richness. A transparent deep reddish brown with a thin off-white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Flavor is rich with notes of coffee and chocolate with a mildly hot spicy finish that presents itself on the back of the palate and mingles with a dry roast character. Full creamy mouth feel. Unique, and interesting.

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