mike5326 (1503) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Complex brew. Bit of everything spice earth roast. Ultra drinkable ale. New Holland did it again.
SPDickerman (1112) - Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear mahogany with a small tam head. Smells strongly of peppers. Taste is a little kiss of chocolate and some dried chili flavors. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, New Holland El Molť Ocho finishes with a subtle pepper spice.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a great beer. I really enjoy the strong chocolate taste plus the coffee. It did really taste more like Mexican chocolate. Nice looking and great tasting..
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a bit lighter than expected. Rather than being a dark brown, itís closer to a dark iced tea. Fluffy beige head that has not settled a nanometer since the pour. Intense aroma of bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, and chiles. Big, big flavor with the chiles becoming more prominent. The chiles give this a distinct fruitiness, but I am not getting the heat I expected (and wanted) considering how much flavor there is. Mix of bitter chocolate and coffee give the back end a full, round taste and feel.
El Mole Ocho is part of New Hollandís High Gravity Series, clocking in at 9.8% ABV. There is not even a hint of alcohol heat here.
Really digging on this beer. Daring flavors, velvety texture, great balance, and unique. My one complaint is that I would like more chile heat. But thatís just nitpicking
exile103 (3) - USA - JUL 1, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very deep red, very "Double Bastard-like" in color; crystal clear with minimal head.
Smell is difficult to identify and describe. Seems somewhat coffee like if I had to associate it to something.
Taste very much backs up the smell. Itís good, I just canít put my finger on it.
Overall, probably couldnít handle more than 1-2 glasses of this. Itís a speciality beer so I think thatís to be expected.
Another quality brew from New Holland; worth trying for sure.
Serving type: draft
A fine New Holland brew enjoyed at Beer Trappe in Lexington, KY.
Cybercat (4740) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is strong with an overtone of quality coffee and hints of cocoa, cinnamon and licorice. It pours a luscious semi-transparent mahogany brown with an average light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Flavor is malty with tones of coffee, cinnamon, caramel and licorice and a hint of powdery chocolate. Texture is smooth as soymilk yet has a firm tingle and a bit of edginess, as well as a subtle alcohol bite. Worthy!
tkrjukoff (4284) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apr 23, tap @ New Holland Brewpub, Holland. Pours black as night with a great shortlived ligt brown head leaving some lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, meaty, slighly sweet dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted, fruity and sligtly vanilla. Finishes bitter and sweet with a ouch of chocolate.
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I enjoyed this tremendously. Had a nice rounded malt, whiskey, dark fruit flavor to it. Incredibly easy to drink. Smelled wonderful, like a great big glass of cigars and brandy. A bit of pepper, too. A medium-long finish. Didnít have much of a head that I noticed. Good sipping.
maxwelldeux (4291) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small off-white head. Nose definitely has some chocolate elements to it with just a hint of the spiciness. Taste is roasty and slightly chocolatey and very inviting. Really tasty beer.
rajendra82 (1029) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.