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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

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
Sample from bottle at Glunz Beer Expo, April 5. Guess I could’ve been "first" if I didn’t have so many notes and so little time. Ah, well. It is brown ale colored in the glass. Nice bit of foam on top. Not getting much of a smell, as the sample’s pretty small. Taste does have some molé to it, but I’m not entirely crazy about the way the chiles were played in, though (I’m jealous, of course, because I made a molé porter once that placed pretty highly in competition. The molé are mild and a little chocolaty. But not much beer backup to it, and if there’s coffee too, it doesn’t help smooth the taste. Just comes across too harsh and bitter, and this from a lover of chile beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours medium brown color with tan head. Aromas of toasted malts, chocolate, chillis. Similar flavors with a hint of smokiness. Medium body with average carbonation. Not all that good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Helsdon (48) - - MAR 11, 2014
I was looking forward to the possibilities of a Mole beer, but this one fell rather flat for me. Poured a brown-amber, with a dense brown head. Looking forward to the complexity but only got the spicy chilli aromas, but not much else. Same for the beer. Spicy finish with a fairly base malt profile. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (3901) - Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Rated on 5-28-2010. This bottled beer pours a small head with a long retention, brown body, no visible carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is malty, chocolate, smoky, and chili. The taste is peppery, malty, chocolate, hint of coffee, rich, and chili. The palate is tingly with a warming sensation. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is worth trying and a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2200) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/11/2013. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, chili pepper, light coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chili pepper, light coffee, herbal, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Slight pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light coffee, light chili pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with light-moderate chili/coffee presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good chili beer. Good balance, robustness, complexity of malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2014
It poured an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of chili with light coffee and sweet malts. The taste was of toffee sweet malts, light chili pepper, and some mocha like coffee sweetness. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttroha (169) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Tap. Dark in color with white head. Aroma of hops and chillies. Taste of chocolate, chili and spices. A slight carbonation. Different but decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1418) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1425) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vyvvy (3603) - 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.

   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.

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