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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2873) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Tap: deep ruby & rustic red with a slightly off-khaki head that slowly settles to a thin layer of foam. Aroma contains light roast, vanilla, chili pepper spice, slight chipotle tones, & a back end touch of coffee grounds. Kind of all over the place, but not necessarily a bad thing. Taste has some sweet cocoa, a strange hint of tomato juice, fairly mild chipotle & chili pepper spices that start mid-palate & finish stronger. Not too hot, not even in the finish. Aftertaste has some mild vanilla, cocoa, & a touch of fading roast & spice. This beer wasn’t bad at all... I just wasn’t really vibing with it today. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it, but the flavors didn’t seem to harmonize like I wanted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (686) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2015
From bottle. Pours a dark opaque brown with red hues with a medium to large light brown head, fairly large bubbles. Nose is chocolate hot pepper, vegetable character, bread. Medium body, medium carbonation, sweet to start moving to the finish with just a tinge of heat. Finish is a lingering hot chocolate, with some vanilla. This is a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (508) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Tap at Butcher and the Boar. Aroma leans heavily on sugar and dark fruit with a dark chocolate note. Little bit of peat too. Deep plum in color too. Minimal head. Taste feels like a combination of a Belgian quad and a chocolate ale. Clean finish pulling sugar and maybe even toffee through at the end. A pleasant spicy characteristic keeps you in your toes. Feels like the type of beer that would come back to haunt you. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonshawn (516) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Tap at butcher and the boar. Big tulip. Plum with small white head. Roasted chocolate nose. Sweet roasted malt with solid hop taste. Sweet throughout but not too much. I enjoyed it mucho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_Fellini (702) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle to glass. Busted in the freezer, may not have been the most ideal tasting. Pours a mostly clear, light brownish reddish color with a thin light tan head. Slight toasted malts, chili, light chocolate in the aroma. Sweet, mildly spicy, but not overwhelming like some chili beers. A bit thin, but may have lost a little carbonation in the freezer disaster. Lingering chili and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2015
omber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of cocoa, fruitiness, chilies and light coffee. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, spice, chilies and light fruitiness with a smooth dry lingering spiced cocoa finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (2556) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2015
22 oz 2013 bottle of this "Mexican Spiced Ale" (New Holland) served in a Belgian snifter. Pours clear dark ruby-brown with a bubbly weak head. Minimal lacing. Aroma: wow, very peppery! Also a bit vegetal with hints of cocoa and brown bread. Alcohol i less obvious than expected for 10% ABV. Smells spicy and hot but ... Flavor: the flavor is peppery but only mildly hot and moderately spicy. It tastes like a mix of dried and roasted peppers. A bit more sweet than bitter. Feel: some heat and prickliness: hard to say how much is from the peppers and spices and what’s from the high ABV. O: a distinct beer that is worth trying as long as you don’t completely object to chilies in your ale. Allowed to warm for about 15 minutes out of the refridgerator, it still improved with further warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2159) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2015
On tap at peanut pub in Oskaloosa with nate suz lamont hakes rusty. .. Brown clear pour with kaki head.. sweet sugary taste..and aroma..good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2015
2013 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy brown from the bomber with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is chili pepper heavy with a nice cocoa back end. Taste is slightly more balanced worth cocoa and caramel coming out more, but big on the chili pepper still. Interesting, nice pepper that’s not overwhelming, no idea what type of style this supposed to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5355) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Dark copper, with a big frothy head. Smells like chocolate, bourbon, some green peppers. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, and some mild peppers. OK, I guess..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBear11D (350) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2015
22oz bottle poured into pint glass El Mole Ocho pours a very dark ruby red with a thick light tan head that lasts a good while. The aroma is molasses, chocolate and hot sauce. The flavor is chocolate and molasses. Overall this is a very intesting and pretty nice brew.

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