deyholla (7573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the Firkin at Happy Gnome Firkin Fest 2015. Pours a clear dark amber brown with a bubbly light brown head that dissipates quickly and nearly completely. Aroma has a nice smokiness with some sweet dark grains and a bit of spice. Flavor has more smoke coming through with a good amount of heat as well and a hint of sweetness and cinnamon in the finish.
Steve_0 (3159) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pour is deep brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Vanilla, cinnamon, some cocoa notes, smoky, caramel, and brown sugar aroma. Taste is nice cinnamon, pepper, smoky malt, cookie, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee with a touch of heat on the backend. Medium
body with soft carbonation. Really tasty - much better than the original.
ryanfolty (2009) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
March 26, 2015 - on tap at Surly. Black pour with limited head. Aroma was smoke, chocolate and spice. Taste started with the sweet chocolate, moves into a light smoke and finishes with a mild peppery heat that sits in your throat for a while. I am not a fan of most moles, but this was fantastic.
arnold931 (751) - Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Surly Tap Room. Pours black with tan head. Nose is chocolate and caramel with some pepper. Taste burns your throat.
Trev (1983) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, thin head.
Roasted grain, smoke and light cocoa aroma.
Smokey Flavour light coffee and bakers chocolate with a light pepper heat in the lingering finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
LamarBurton (376) - California, 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 (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 (5283) - 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 (1376) - 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.