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Mole Smoke - Surly Brewing Company

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Mole Smoke
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbutler1 on 02-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by icefisherman:
Photo of icefisherman
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really pumped to get to try this beer. High hopes were not let down. Beautiful dark brow almost black, low tan head. Smells of cooking with chili peppers and some liquid smoke but not as sweet, not bad. The taste department this one cleaned up in. Wow spicy peppers a bit of cinimon and the smoky goodness. Thick on the tounge but not complaining. Drinks way to easy. The spicy kinda kicks in about half way thru but its still worth it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Surly’s Beer Hall. Served in a 10 oz. chalice.

Appearance: Color is jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty, smokey, and spicy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of peppers, smoke, and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good hints of chocolate, smoke, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Big scent of the chili peppers along with some hints of cinnamon. Sweet molasses hints. Subtle scent of dark fruit with some cherry, fig, and prune. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a nice blend of smokey malt and spices. Dark roasted malt with big notes of dark chocolate, smoke, toast, coffee, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Spicy taste of chili peppers that are strong but don’t overwhelm the roast flavors. Notes of cinnamon and some molasses sweetness. Subtle dark fruit undertones of cherry, prune, and fig. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, rich, and nicely spicy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A really good variant of a good Baltic Porter. Just the right blend of spices into the dark malt flavors.

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This just not my jam.

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BLB.

Served in a chalice with no head. Color is near black.

Aroma: Chile spice, hot, jalapeños, cinnamon, smoke and roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits.

Taste: Way more hotness here. Chile and jalapeños. Big spice. Cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, and smoked malts. Reminds me of hunaphus a bit. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a ton of hotness.

Overall, a really awesome variation of Smoke. I like it better. The heat is spot on. I am a big fan of spicy food so this was a nice treat.

Photo of BillRoth
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at new Surly Beer Hall during a Beer Safari to M/SP. Nice version of Smoke with chocolate/chili additions. Actually had a very nice "mole"-like character which blended well with the smoked malts. Chili infused beers are not my normal choice, but really enjoyed this one.

Photo of kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ramay86
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery:

Near black with a thick khaki cap.

Sweet cola on the nose, smokey pepper, molasses and licorice, burnt chocolate/creme brulee.

Awesome variation of the original. The flavors coexist so tastefully... chocolate and oily hot pepper, fudge, more heat... delicious. Right up my alley.

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Mole Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.