Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - OCT 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is ugly. Hazy russet with mentions of amber with a thin ring of foam around the rim of the glass. Not very pleasant to look at.
It smells of cinnamon, dusty cocoa and chocolate. There’s also a big pinch of chipolte chili. When you taste it it is disarmingly cool and gives a good mouthful of slightly prickly carbonation and then the chili hits you: piquant and vibrant. The cocoa and cinnamon also make themselves known along with caramel and then stay there in a finish that just goes on... and on. Charming enough beer, just don’t look too closely into your glass.
TedE (1248) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Strong chocolate and chilli. Excellent, well balanced. Finish is long and hot.
GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I find it’s best to keep an open mind with pepper beers. They very likely won’t be as good as a traditional beer in absolute terms (at least as absolute as something like taste can be). This beer proves no different. Not to say this is a bad beer. I quite like it. But I still find these to be novelty beers. Good for conversation, but difficult, if not impossible, to make truly excellent. The beer pours a cloudy brown with a quickly receding tan head. The aroma starts with traditional bock aromas of caramel and malt then moving to cinnamon. Backing is a raw vegetable aroma that, if I didn’t know there were chilis in it, I would have considered a flaw. Flavor is complex with cinnamon, dark cocoa powder, and caramel. The beer finishes with a fair amount of heat from the chilis that warms from the middle of the tongue all the way to the stomach. Medium body and carbonation. The sweetness that typically lingers in a bock is tamed by the spicy heat in a delicate tango. A good pepper beer? Yes. But as alluded to earlier, I’d prefer a traditional bock.
beer-yum (1628) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2015 A chilli beer that manages to balance the headline spice with a hint of cinnamon? The overall effect is better than the parts (and expectations - as I’m usually not a fan of ’flavoured’ beers).
stuvetnz (9) - - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft from dodson street. Have driven past the brewery heaps of times, but never stopped in. Interesting spicy aroma. Pours with very little head, in a deep reddy brown. Instant chilli hit, that lingers for ages. Great sipping beer.
Lewyh (1) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2014 does not count
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Colour - looks like river water
Texture matches the colour
Definitely ranks with one of the worst beers I’ve ever bought. I certainly agree with another reviewer who wrote that he wishes this wasn’t the first beer he bought from this brewery.
finally, the labels says that it’s a Bock style on the side, but a Mexican style on the front. Unfortunately there are a lot of NZ brewers that aren’t cultured enough to know what the styles they list actually mean. If you’re going to buy an NZ beer, make it an IPA - it’s what we excel at (perhaps due to the fact NZ is a colonial country! :) ), though I wish we could make other styles as well as our IPAs.
Ole Mole is like a homebrew experiment gone wrong - I know this because I’ve made enough of them!
Don’t buy this beer. I signed up to this website just to share this message.
Cantabrian (1109) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting beer. It does taste like mole, which is good as it delivers what it promises, but it is also bad, as mole is not particularly nice. When I tried mole for the first time, I wish it had a lot more chocolate. Same for this beer. High on the chili, just too herbal chili. Very different concoction, muddy brown, interesting flavour, but the taste buds beg for more chocolate. I wish they fixed it, as it is a brave endeavour of the brewer.
trentacle (26) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Positives: Taste; Opacity; Taste; Mouthfeel; Taste; Label information; Tastes like no other
Negatives: Musty; Tacky picture on label
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle pours amber orange with slight tan head. Aroma is, cereal, bread. Taste is of churros and chilli. Aftertaste is of caramel and the chilli lingers. Nice and balanced
Travlr (24004) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Beervana. Hazy bright amber color, flat. Aroma of rich cocoa and pepper flesh. Taste is hot, sweet caramel. Given its name, I expected a bit more chocolate flavors. I would dial down the pepper flakes, increase the chocolate malt, and let the subtle pepper flavor melt with the chocolate.
NorthlandBrewr (11) - - AUG 9, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Really wish this wasn’t the first beer I had tried from this brewery. I have no doubt there others are better. But I really don’t care for this beer. I get no aroma or taste of chocolate, as other reviews have suggested. I do get pepper in the aroma but it’s quite sour, nearly like cheese. The beer is quite hazy and all I really get from the flavor is the spicy peppers. A spicy beer would have been nice in a much chocolatier beer with a touch of sweet. But I’m not getting any of that here.
The only thing I do like about the beer is the heat, but there is not enough going on here to compliment or balance it out.