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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
The Autumnal Mole Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Mulato, Ancho and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2975) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2012
12 oz. can poured to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a lightly ruby highlighted, black/brown hue, with a rather fleeting layer of creamy, brownish tan head foam, and lacing that also disappeared quickly. If I didn’t know that this bartender is always very particular about glassware, I’d suspect a poorly cleaned glass. The aroma was earthy, peppery, herbal, a little woody, with some cocoa & dry coffee. Roastiness was present but well masked by the initial, stronger notes. The flavor proceeded to add some different components to up the complexity as spiciness, light sweetness, stone fruit, and a kind of berry lozenge taste. The body was medium+ and the carbonation was luckily subdued. A lively variety might have combined with the medium bitterness and pepperiness as a dart to the palate. As it was, they lingered well on the tongue, along with an oily texture, into the finish. Not that I would make a steady diet of this brew, but I liked it’s well crafted diversity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10319) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Can. Blackish with red edges. Peppers, chocolate, spice and toasted dark malts. A hint of spice as it warms. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4726) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Didn’t go in with the hugest expectation, but this one really surprised me in a very good way. Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has dark cocoa, roasted malt, fresh pepper spice, cinnamon, cream and vanilla - quite lovely overall. Medium / thin body with a modest amount of somewhat soft carbonation. The flavor starts with a nice blend of smooth roasted malt, cocoa nibs and phenolic spice. the finish some the light heat and meatiness of the peppers. There is a hint of the spices used, but I can’t point out exactly what is there except that it seems to show some cinnamon. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6245) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
canned, chocolate brown color with no head, dry cocoa, aroma, nice cinnamon and malty chocolate flavors, chipotles, warm finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4849) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
This beer was a big surprise. BIG Surprise. Pours a medium stout brown with a tan head. Nose is earthy peppers, some roasted malts, and cocoa with chocolate, and earthy spices. Flavor is earthy peppers right in the front with roast, cocoa, chocolate, and spices. Medium in body and lingering earthy spices in the finish. At 5.5% if this was around me, I would drink the hell out of this beer. Top-notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1661) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at Rockwell’s in Chicago, IL while waiting to pick up food. Very interesting and delicious. Appearance is pitch black, moderate thickness with a thin off white head. Aroma of cocoa, cinnamon, spices, and chocolate. Taste is rich with cocoa nibs and has a very very light touch of spice from the peppers. Great stuff, hope to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Can. Poured a pitch black color with a smaller tan head. Beer did leave plenty of lacing on the glass as it went. Aroma was milk chocolate, some funk and peppers. Initial flavor was that of a stout. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Finishes with the peppers. Light burn. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
12oz can. Poured pitch black. The aroma is pretty full and pulsing chili pepper and then with some modest malts in the background. The taste is much the same with solid chili pepperness and modest chili pepper heat. I can taste the skin of these here chili peppers. It tastes like they’re the green ones. It leaves a nice little peppery burn into the after taste. I liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2277) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 I don’t know if they’ve tweaked the recipe or it’s better on tap or what but this is much better than the already good can I had last year. Aroma of cinnamon and chilis. Tastes like molé. Delish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Pours black with a reddish hue aroma is roasty malts, mild coffe and chocolate cocoa powder, vegetal green aromas too taste is chocolate up front, then cinnamon and faint faint hints of chili...the finish is like a dark roast coffee i really like this sweet and spicy notes go well together if i have to be a critic i would say i was hoping for more heat anyway..still a good one eithher way

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