CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Winterfest 11. From notes. I liked this beer...for the first sip. Then the chili peppers just got to be too much for me (I like spicy things, so thats not what it was...more the flavor that I didn’t like) Smells a lot like mexican hot chocolate, with bit chocolate notes, lots of cinnamon, and burnt sugar sweetness. Tastes much the same, but the peppers really kick in here. Warming down the throat and can feel it enter the stomach. A few sips were enough...just too many flavors going on that end up clashing a bit. I would love to see this with just the cacao and cinnamon.
arminjewell (5992) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winterfest ’11. Pours deep black with thin tan head, aroma has notes of cinnamon, chocolate, smoke, and some vanilla. Taste is crazy, notes of chocolate and cinnamon, leading into building heat from the pepper that lasts nicely. Thick finish. While an interesting beer and really tastes like mole, it is too much for a whole glass. Glad I could taste it though!
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on cask at the Minnesota Winterfest 2011, in St Paul, MN. Pours a semi-dark brown colored brew with an average beige head that slowly dissipates to a cream top. Aroma of roasted dark malt, cinnamon, green pepper, some smoked bacon and a hint of anise. Taste is more spicy than its aroma. Though the Surly smoked Baltic Porter is in the background, more spicy cinnamon, chutney, green pepper and a hint of vanilla are well established. Finish is slightly metallic, more spice with a lingering pepper aftertaste. An interesting take on a Surly festival craft beer.
islay (1054) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The eighth beer I sampled at Winterfest 2011 in St. Paul on 2-4-11. Approximately 2 oz. pour. Listed as “Mole’ Smoke” (with an apostrophe). Pours a dark brown with a small amount of sable head. Peppery, spicy, and minty. Coffee and dark chocolate. Chemically taste. Spicy finish. A rare near-miss for me from Surly.
aburns (2) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Little too much Cinnamon flavor, as it overwhelms. The beer is pretty good, with a slow heat that builds.
With more heat behind it, this could be an amazing cooking ingredient.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Served at Cafe 28 on 1/31/11 by Todd Haug himself for the celebration of 5 years of business. Poured into a snifter a dark black/brown color with a nice 2 finger tan head. The nose is just a smack in the face of aromas including; chocolate, spice, cinnamon, anise, and pepper. All of the aromas also have an underlying smoke note but not overpowering by any means. Medium mouthfeel. The taste again is pretty in your face with a smooth chocolate start followed with a building spiciness that leaves a slight burn at the end. Not sure if it is the spice or the alcohol that causes the burn at the end though. A great sipper but not sure how much of this I could drink without getting severe heartburn! This is one of those specialty beers that really defies a true category. Glad I got to try.