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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Lots of cocoa but would need more chilies to truly taste like mole. Fruitiness seems more sweet cherry than chile pepper.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2013 vintage on New Year’s Eve. Pours a clear, flat mud brown with reddish hue. Aroma has green bell pepper (unfortunate note I get sometimes with coffee beers) and red pepper up front. Slightly cheesy nose with some masked caramel malt. Coffee comes out more in the flavor with plenty of spicy red pepper. Savory and spicy profile. Fairly thin body but a nice lingering red pepper quality. Better balanced than I expected with just enough chocolate malt to back up the spices.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours hazy mahogany with a small beige head. The aroma is fruity along with some sourness, cocoa, caramel and floral notes - odd. It has a medium / full body with fairly gently carbonation. The flavor begins with soured fruit, lavender, mild cocoa and syrupy sweetness. The finish has that weird sourness, sweet cloying syrup and fruitiness. This was not made for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
danstone13 (1) - - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
A - Immediately cocoa notes, with a strong kick of spice underneath. Very pleasant. Filled at The Beer Growler, served in a shaker. A - A darker brown with amber tint. Opaque, but clear. The head was chocolate shaded white, with a lower-than-moderate retention. T - Balanced sweet and acidic. The cocoa is the first immediate taste, which is rounded out by a more acidic note from the chilis, leaving a nice smoked cocoa and coffee flavor. Drinks like a spicy mocha, but sweeter that I would have expected. Very drinkable. Chilis mostly evident in the finish. P - Full bodied, but thin. The thinner nature of this brew suits the taste profile well, as a thicker texture would have made the flavor overbearing. Average carbonation and a long finish. This is a beer that really evolves in your mouth, from sweet into heavy into spicy. O - Very enjoyable on all accounts. The mouthfeel was pleasant and I think really captured the main notes of a mole. Taste was good, but not as complex as I would have expected. Cocoa seemed to overpower a bit, but I wasn’t complaining too much. Lower retention led to a syrupy flat taste as the drinking continued, but those first sips were nice.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Shared at GregFest 2013 from a brown bomber bottle into a nonic half pint glass, thanks Greg! But to be honest, cannot understand why this is so highly rated. Clear deep reddish brown colour with thin but persistent beige foam. Tomato and spicy smoked pepper paste in my beer? No thanks. I didn’t detect any cocoa or coffee. Unpleasant fusel alcohols. Heavy sticky sweet mouthfeel that wouldn’t stop. Next, please.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bomber->small tumbler. Dark brown with small tan head. Chocolate malt with an overpowering chili spice. Certainly a mole character, would very likely be better with an appropriate meal than on its own. Interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Definitely mole. Chocolate. Light body. Tastes very extracty. Sweet. Ok, but but great.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
akoeninger (491) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Coke colored with a fizzy head. Aroma is definitely peppery and chocolate. The taste hits you with the chili too much, so that it is prohibitive. I think this is a beer best served in small amounts, I was not able to finish the bomber. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (507) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Shared bomber; shaker glass. Chose this to drink Christmas night in front of the fireplace . . . to close out our third day without power after an ice storm. A not-attractive brown color. Chili was dominant on nose and first hit to the palate, but so much that it was bad. The roast coffee quickly kicks in to add more complexity. Then I wait for the ABV kick, but don't get one. Very thin smooth finish for 10.5 ABV.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Reddish brown pour had a small amount of fizzy carbonation, and formed a fleeting, and small head. The overall look was very similar to a glass of Coca Cola. The smell had a lot of cherry in it, along with the fruit were hints of chocolate. The taste showed off the chocolate a lot more than the smell. The dry fruit flavors (prune, raisins, dried cherries) were also there, and the chiles showed up strongest in the finish. Lots of complexity here, along with similarity to the Mexican sauce this beer was named after. Very soft in the mouth, with a velvety texture. Looking at the other reviews, this beer seems to me underrated to me.


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