Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

262 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 953
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 112
Gots: 182 | FT: 9
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Hops on Birch in Flagstaff, AZ. Pours nearly black with a small head that fades into medium lacing. I spent quite a bit of time looking at this beer before tasting it because it looked so damn beautiful. Smelled of cocoa obviously as well as upfront chile notes as well as minimal roasted malts and hops. Taste was AMAZING. Chocolate flavor, chile flavor, and some coffee notes as well. The spices added to the beer made my lips burn but in a good way. I had to drink this one slowly because of how delicious it was. The feel was on the smoother side with a bit of an acidic bite but that didn't detract from the greatness. Overall this is the best beer I've ever had by New Belgium. I highly recommend it. (725 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.69/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I only had a few sips of my husband's glass of Cocoa Mole beer, and I became instantly jealous that I hadn't ordered one either. It made my champagne cocktail just seem meh.

I've had other mole beers or chocolate-pepper beers, but this particular one has to be the best I've had. The cocoa flavor is dominant without being harsh or too malty. Then on the back end, you get a little bit of heat. But the beer is very smooth on the palate. As it warmed up, I started to taste some fruitier flavors - currants and raisins. The next time I see this beer on draft, I'm definitely going to get my own glass. (608 characters)

Photo of Buck89
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark ruby brown with a small tan head that dissipated quickly. Lots of cinnamon and spices on the nose with some dark malt. Taste is initially a tad bitter followed by plum, caramel and chocolate. A nice sparkle of heat at the end and on the finish seems just right - prominent but not overpowering. Better with each sip as it warms. (356 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Cocoa Mole pours a translucent black color with a small lacing tan head. There is a bold cinnamon aroma. The taste is big of the three peppers and packs a little heat, small smoked flavors and a hint of sweetness. Body is rather watery and light. (249 characters)

Photo of Awolter
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Had a great chocolate taste, with a small kick of chili peppers. It reminded me a lot of those "Firecracker" chocolate bars. (167 characters)

Photo of Jasonpossible
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful flavor, the spiciness is only felt on the back of the throat about 2 seconds after swallowing and it's not overpowering at all. Incredible achievement for this style. (176 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread and a touch of smoke, as well as aromas of dark chocolate and brown sugar. There are also tons of aromas of spices, such as cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. Smells absolutely inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! This is a really, really tasty beer! Lots of bready, roasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and chocolate, brown sugar-like sweetness, spices of cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. There’s a little nuttiness in there too. The chipotle and adobo hits you at the finish, right in the back of the throat, imparting a chili-like heat. Really, really, damn good flavors!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly effervescent, as there is only a touch of carbonation, which helps lift the chipotle and adobo flavors across the palate. With an ABV of 9%, there is only a slight hint of alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is really well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent beer! Lots of chocolate and spices, as well as some sweetness to counter all of the delicious chipotle and adobo. It’s one of the best Lips of Faith beers I’ve had from New Belgium. Highly recommended! (1,530 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super cheap $10 Howler (32oz) from Michigan Beer Growler Company.

Appearance: It looks like a porter. I know the style says chile beer, but it seems to have a porter base. This is a ruby/brown color that looks filtered. There's modest lacing, and virtually no head. Looks decent.

Smell: I guess it's automatic when something has a cinnamon chocolate smell -- this seems festive. Chocolate and cinnamon throughout. There's maybe a faint chile aroma underneath, but it's mostly the former, with a little roastiness in there as well.

Taste/feel: Firstly, the feel is too thin for me at 9%... this just has the flavor and ABV of a beer I'd think would have a bigger body. The flavor is just like the smell, with chocolate, cinnamon, and roastiness. The finish has a slight peppery flavor and burn, which is great, since many pepper beers I've had tend to only have one or the other.

Very nice beer -- well balanced for the style, and a joy all-around. I'd be happier if this were thickened up a bit, but that may also detract some of the chile character... so I'm torn. As others have said, this really isn't as good as Xocoveza by "Stone", but I wasn't expecting it to be. All-in-all, Cocoa Mole is an interesting beer that warrants your attention. (1,249 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best enjoyed by January 29, 2017.

Appearance: Pours blackish brown with some hints of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: Spicy and roasty dark malt driven aroma with big hints of peppers and chocolate. Big upfront scent of spices with some red chili peppers and cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, smoke, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Also some dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and cherry. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and roasty dark malt driven taste with lots of peppers and roasty chocolate. Big upfront taste of chili peppers along with some cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with roasty notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly chewy. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good take on a spiced Imperial Porter. Big taste of peppers that avoids becoming too hot. Good roasty malt notes. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Get_Lowell
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Dark brown, decent lacing
Smell: Mildly fragrant, herbal, chocolate, spice.
Taste: Very spicy, cocoa flavor doesn't really come together. Spice eventually overwhelms the palate.
Feel: Moderate mouthfeel, heat builds quickly.
Overall: Drinking this beer wasn't enjoyable, I left it without finishing. I think the heat is overwhelming and the flavors are underwhelming. (375 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of rich mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger aromas of cinnamon, chocolate/cocoa, and chiles. Lighter aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of spiced cocoa - cinnamon, chocolate, and chiles. Light amounts of spiciness mixed with a light to moderate amount of upfront sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of warming/heat from the chiles.

O: Very enjoyable with a moderate amount of complexity to the flavors and aromas. This beer has a great aroma and a pretty good flavor, one I would definitely get again. Approachable even for folks that do not enjoy a lot of heat/spiciness. (1,147 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT, 6FL.OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

It pours dark brown in color with ruby highlights. The head is light tan in color leaving little lacing.

It smells like cinnamon and sweet cocoa.

It starts out really sweet with cocoa. Then the cinnamon comes in with a fury. I didn't even pick up any pepper until about halfway through the bottle. It is just awfully sweet.

Medium mouthfeel. It is not a thick as I prefer.

This is more of a dessert beer. It tastes like a cinnamon brownie. Less sweetness and more pepper would steer this towards my wheelhouse. (560 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with some light seeping through,but not much. A trace of khaki head surrounds the rim and forms an island the size of a quarter in the middle. I smell bakers chocolate and chili peppers. The taste closely mirrors the aroma with a Mexican hot chocolate theme (but ice cold). Initially you get the spicy chocolate and then there's a gentle but firm burning on your taste buds. There's a warming to your throat and a spicy chocolate aftertaste. (466 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Very light colored more of a brown ale almost can see completely through it head was small and pure white

S: Cinnamon some nuttiness caramel

T: very cinnamon and a little nutmeg and maybe a clove quality. As it warms the peppers start to come out more and a little heat

M: very thin

O: it's ok the taste is more like that cereal Cinnamon Toasted it's not bad the peppers in this beer are light not in your face. I can't pick up any chocolate. It's not a bad beer and it tastes much better than it's appearance but it's not amazing either. I will give it a little edge just because I love peppers in beer (651 characters)

Photo of andrewkkeenan
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the 2012 (maybe 13?) batch of this beer. This time around, not as much. The older batch had real spicy character almost like a hint of habanero. The newer batch is not as good. Still very drinkable porter, (226 characters)

Photo of pweis909
2.79/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing. While I got cinnamon and cocoa in the aroma, there was also something like artificial chemical flavor in there. Not that they used something artificial, buy maybe something got extracted in disproportionate concentration to other things and just tasted, well, worse than it smelled, and not very good. While the base beer is supposedly porter, this porter could have benefited from more body and sweetness. There was a cayenne pepper-like burn to the finish, and I think some sweetness would have helped. If you took away the spices, this would be a poor porter, IMO. My 9 bucks could have been better spent. (623 characters)

Photo of Osseous
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. No head whatsoever. Black color with a slight cola appearance. Smell was fantastic - dark chocolate, cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste was incredible and rich. Basically tasted like quality ibarra - bitter and sweet with a kick of spice (cinnamon, paprika, white pepper, ancho) towards the finish. Body was well carbonated, and the spice left a noticeable heat over time. Overall, a fascinating beer with flavors and characteristics that surprisingly work tremendously well together in this dark beer. (525 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 21, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Medium to deep brown, very high clarity when held up to the light. A half inch of light tan bubbly head, low retention. Pours somewhat thin.

S – Sweet malt, with a cinnamon, horchata-like aroma leading the way. Chocolate and toffee malt aromas, with a very low impression of fruit. Perhaps some light, spicy hops, very low in the background.

T – Like Mexican hot chocolate, with cocoa/chocolate and cinnamon prominent, and then a warm, slightly biting peppery finish, like cayenne powder dancing down my throat. Sweet malt and a touch of earthy or spicy hops.

M – Fairly thin bodied, almost no heft to it, which is actually a plus as the lightness balances the intense flavors. Low carbonation, just slightly bubbly. Sweet up front, no real bitterness, then chile/pepper heat on the finish, strong.

O – One of the better chile/pepper beers I’ve sampled, as it really reads more as a spiced dessert than a “pepper beer.” Very well done. (1,009 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Big cinnamon coffee nose. Chocolate pie and black pepper on the palate. Smooth and quite creamy. Chile heat spikes a little initially and builds a steady momentum over time. Slight plum-like fruitiness. Medium body with a tinge of booze apparent. Fairly nice robust porter base with a refined peppery spice. Recommended for chile beer afficionados. (363 characters)

Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very unique beer with an interesting translucent brownish red hue. The nose is full of cinnamon and a hint of mace. The mouth feel was thin and dry. The flavor and finish make it a perfect desert beer. (205 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber to brown color. Cream colored head with some lacing. Cocoa, roasted nuts and pepper aroma. Rich milk chocolate up front. Mild chile pepper spice. Dark fruit malt flavor. Hint of brown sugar. Medium body. Slight tingle on the lips. Can hardly tell it's 9% abv. Good stuff. (282 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Lots of carbonation. This nearly looks like cola in a glass, just not quite as fizzy.

Sweet aroma. Lots of cinnamon.

Flavor is sweet up front, followed by lots of cinnamon and a slight chocolate touch. A mild pepper heat is noticed in my throat at the finish. The cinnamon leaves this beer pretty tasty in my opinion.

That carbonation I mentioned earlier all but leaves the glass entirely by them time I'm halfway through. (453 characters)

Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer poured somewhat opaque for a 9% abv porter. Light filters around the edges, adding a red hue to the beer.

Smell: I'm getting a vinous quality that is quickly overwhelmed by alcohol. A bit of dark chocolate and Chile heat comes through. Too much alcohol coming through.

Taste starts out with caramel. Sweetness is on the front end. Mid-palate a dark chocolate creeps in. It is pleasant, but unsubstantiated, as the beer is thin. It is like there is not enough substance to punch the flavor home.
The back end brings the heat in. Chile flavor and heat.

Mouth feel: this is the problem with this beer for me. It lacks substance and the thinness of the beer accentuates that.

Overall: I am big into large Chile stouts now, though I will not purchase this again. It is too thin and lacks flavor. The Chile and chocolate are there, as is a caramel sweetness in first sip. There is nothing to compliment these flavors, which bodes I'll for a larger (8% or so, and above) beer. It is too thin and their is no bold roasted dark grain flavor. Tasted more like a low IBU amber with chocolate and Chile flavors, which I would not of purchased. (1,148 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Oh yeah, the peppers are in this. Big peppery vegetal nose that works so well. Layers of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Caramel and roastiness underneath. Just as advertised.

4.0 T: Pepper flavor is the dominant flavor. The heat is minor and mainly manifests as a subtle afterburn. Again lots of chocolate and cocoa powder. Caramel with a light apple fruitiness. Well done.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a warming finish.

4.0 D: I really love chile beers. This is a market that needs expanded. This is a good one. (721 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent creamy off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is either an unusually light black or a dark brown.

The beer smell has strong Mexican chocolate notes with a very light chipotle pepper smell as well. The beer smell does not seem to have other notes since the cocoa and chocolate smells dominate the nose. Also, the cinnamon makes a strong appearance.

The beer taste is a bit different from the beer smell. The taste still has the strong cocoa note that is fairly sweet. The taste also has a Chipotle note and that the cinnamon note is fairly strong. The taste also has a light presentation of the roasted mats in the after taste but is pretty light to non-existent before then.

The beer is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. However, the beer also has a slight burn to it. It's not too hot but strong enough to add a little something to the beer.

Overall, a pretty decent chili beer with no regrets. I recommend sharing it with someone though because the cinnamon might get a little boring. (1,036 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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