Mole Smoke - Surly Brewing Company

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 47
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 2.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kbutler1 on 02-01-2011

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 47
Reviews by icefisherman:
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (442 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chitex78
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,199 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a tan ring of carbonation around the edges.

Chocolate, leather, and tobacco aromas. Earthy. Vegetal.

Holy crap, they come strong with the pepper game. Lots of heat. Tobacco. Cinnamon. Chocolate. Vanilla. And smoke, duh. It's pretty deep.

Medium body and smooth. Low carbonation.

Not for the faint of heart. Very earthy and spicy. But I like it a lot. It really nails the mole. My only knock is the drinkability. (438 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yulles
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pour at the Surly brewpub yields one finger of tan head. Body is onyx black. Beautiful.

Smell: the smoky tones come through, a little chocolate, and a sense of the pepper heat.

Taste: the smoke and cocoa flavors come through immediately, and the the pepper heat kicks in - in triplicate. More heat than Habanero Sculpin. Simply exquisite.

Feel: well carbed, creamy, hot, smoky.

Overall: I like Smoke, and Mole Smoke whips Smoke's buttocks, IMHO. The smoke, cocoa, and peppery heat is a great combination. Rating = 4.25. (537 characters)

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsaffert
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave2234
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one at the Surly brewpub this weekend. My brother-in-law, being the responsible DD that he was, allowed me to finish most of the 10oz chalice he'd been given.

L: Coffee black with a half-inch khaki head that had fallen to a film by the time it was passed to me. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Great coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt notes in the nose, along with a bit of that smokiness. Just a suggestion of the hot pepper to come.

T: I enjoy smoked beers, but I've never been a huge fan of hot spice beers. This one definitely changed my mind. There's great coffee and chocolate notes up front that mingle wonderfully with the roasted malts. Just a touch of black licorice as the smokes starts to really kick in in the middle. The pepper asserts itself almost immediately and really dominates the back end...in a surprisingly superb way. Those hot peppers don't exactly dominate the taste--they really just compliment perfectly the rich coffee, chocolate, and smokey notes that are present.

F: Full-bodied, creamy, nicely-carbonated, and perfectly hot once the pepper kicks in. I was surprised at how easily this one drinks.

O: I had the chance to try a few of the beers in our short time at Surly. This is hands-down the best pepper-spiced beer I've ever had, and it's right up there with the best smoked beers I've ever had. I would definitely suggest seeking this one out, even if you're a little averse to smoked/hot-spiced beers. (1,458 characters)

Photo of timfc
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SrMonkey
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Kark
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SourNotes
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Timotheus1
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheFizzinator
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TboneRN
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LambicLion
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Mole Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.