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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: 1 | 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
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i probably should have started with the regular smoke. i am a big fan of baltic porter types, and i generally dont care for chili beers, so im not sure what i was thinking, but i got one anyway. its quite hot, and while it smells awesome, like just a hint of peppers in there with the smoke and lager yeast and coffee roasted malts and booze, the heat is awfully aggressive in the taste, and its a hindrance to my personal enjoyment of the beer. that said, its pretty darn well made, and this opinion is more personal than general. the heat is too much for me, spicy all the way down and at the expense of really lush chocolate notes and the otherwise dry finish on a pretty smoky brew. i like the fuller body and i love the layers of cocoa, milk chocolate, and dark bakers chocolate all woven together in a nice way. carbonation is there too. i never made it back around to the regular smoke, i wish i did. im sure i would love it, but this chili version, well clever and well done, is just far too hot for my own enjoyment. (1,025 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (283 characters)

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 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 kbutler1
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I gave this a 4.5 rating two years ago. I had this beer tonight at Grizzly's on tap and, while I love Surly Smoke, this was either too young or unbalanced. I tasted the fabulous baltic porter flavors and a bit of chocolate...but the pepper flavor and heat overwhelmed, instead of complemented, this beer's rich base beer. I was able to finish my taster. But at this pepoer intensity, this a sampler - not a drinker. Off the mark.

Look - Nice lace, solid beer, dark brown
Smell - Pleasant, rich malt
Taste - This would be a great beer if the pepper intensity was toned down 50%. I really like pepper/hot beers...but only want the best (I've been really burned).
Mouthfeel - Very pleasant. Creamy, flavorful...

Given my respect for Surly Smoke, I will definitely try another sample of this variant when I can. All the flavors were great, just the balance was off...IMO. (876 characters)

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 icefisherman
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)

Photo of ramay86
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (305 characters)

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