HonkeyBra (3516) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, rating from notes. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, mild chiles, some cinnamon, mild smoke. Flavor is similar, though less pronounced. Mild chile heat with some cinnamon. Bits of smoke, but mostly rich chocolate and coco flavor. Medium bodied with a somewhat oily texture. Average carbonation. Finishes on a lingering chocolate note.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had in a 5oz taster draft glass on site at Revolution. Only other location I know pouring it besides Rev is Handlebar. A very sweet stout that pours midnight black with dark brown, black bubbles on top that quickly dissipate. A great little number with a hint of spice on the finish.
BBB63 (6152) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Kedzie Taproom, served in tulip: Basically opaque with a nice creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has a lovely cinnamom toast vapour along with some chocolate, coffee, tobacco, leather and light grassy bittering hops. The chilies are light on the nose as slightly imparting a smoky character too. There is great balance on the palate with sweet malts, even-handed heat and spice with a touch of grassy and fruity hops. Earthy with some coffee notes as well leading towards a faint smoky finish. The mouth feel is oily and ashy. Mikey Likey, overall this was a darn good brew even if I wanted just a bit more heat and spice. Thank goodness I got mine before the keg blew. (Very similar to Ska Autumnal Mole Stout right down to the easy going ABV)
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Milwaukee location... Pours a deep oily stout black with less intense auburn edges and topped with a thin film of light khaki head reducing down to a thin ring... Aroma of chile pepper upfront with cocoa and chocolate backing things up to go along with a mild roast that meshes well with the gentle spice. A touch of cinammon and anise?... Flavors are more of the same with dried chiles without much warmth or heat, cinammon with bittersweet dark chocolate. Smooth semi-sweet with a light roasty finish. Just shy of medium bodied with adequate level of carbonation.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Revolution. Pours black with a dark tan head, reddish hue to it. Nose is char and cocoa, subdued earth. The peppers and cinnamon are lacking overall, which is a shame. The black malt notes are a bit too strong as well, overwhelming the chocolatey notes. On tasting, nice body. Chocolate fades in and out. Thankfully this isn’t sweet but it is also lacking the depth suggested by mole and the spice combination. If you’re going to do a mole stout, at least make it pop. Needs more of everything to really be great. Solid stout, if a bit too charred.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the Kedzie Ave Taproom (Chicago, IL). Pours a near black opaque pour, dark body, frothy nrown head atop dies to a good layer, laces well. Aromas are a good deal of cocoa, bakers dry bitter chocolate meets some sweeter slant. Touches of biscuit, black malts, and gentle coffee. Kiss of cinnamon, earthy pepper mellowness as it warms. Initial is medium bodied, good big cocoa presence, dry bitter bakers chocolate, roasty nibs, and earth. Mellow cinnamon, more cocoa, bit of mocha. Mellow cinnamon, toffee, and toast. Gentle pepper. Really, a ton of bitter dark chocolate as we turn the corner into the backend. Bitter, chocolate, mellow spice. More chocolate, nib, gentle toasty, creamy body. Really just a ton of chocolate here, the Mole element doesn’t come forward for me. Lots of chocolate, dry and bitter, bakers cocoa, roasty nib. Really chalky cocoa backend and finish linger on. A lot different than expected. A solid enough beer but underwhelming as far as the Mole element, just dashes of chile as it warms. Ok.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wife got me a growler of this. Pours black with a thin head. Aroma of spice and chocolate. Chilis aren’t overpowering there is only a little spice/heat. Nice flavor though.
Menkros (36) - - FEB 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours midnight black, smells chiles , taste is sweet and spicy. It's a sessionable stout. Very good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
mikem409 (1600) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the source. Pours deep black with thin off white head. Aroma is spice and chocolate. Taste is smoky roast with lingering heat.
madvike (2843) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler shared by jegross...thanks Jeff! - Pours deep and black with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, really pungent with a bit of baking spice and subtle chile spiciness. This is definitely the most chocolatey beer I’ve ever smelled, and not in a cloying way. It’s rich, dark, and decadent. Taste is the same--heavy on the chocolate, mellow spicing, and a real light chili heat that compliments the sweetness well. Really thick in the mouth with soft carbonation. I agree with drewbeerme’s review from below. 4 oz of this was quite enough for me--there was tons left in the growler but I had no desire to go back. One of those beers that scores well for what it is--a decadent treat meant for small quantities--but would score much worse in any other context.