Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Purchased at the Wine Source in Baltimore.
Bottled on 12/21/2011
22 oz. bottle
Label reads: "Say hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa and ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. But don't fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor. Scents of cinnamon when poured will have you saying 'ole for mole!'"
I had somewhat high expectations for this beer as my friend said that this was one of the best beers they have ever had in their life. Bold statement...
Pours a deep ruby chestnut color with excellent clarity. Tan head fizzes away at a moderately fast pace and leaves practically nothing on top. The body is very dark, deep dark brown with red highlights.
The aroma is exciting; definitely different than most beers. Chocolate is there with some spices. It has a creamy, "lactose" aroma to it. Smells sweet. If I didn't know there were peppers thrown in, I'm not sure I would be able to pull that aroma out. However, if you concentrate and when it is warm enough, you can get some of that pepper aroma.
Extremely flavorful beer! There is a burst of spicy pepper notes, cinnamon, ginger, clove, followed by a saccharin-sweet chocolate finish and a long, spicy heat from the peppers. This is one tasty beer! The one thing I would maybe change to improve upon would be that cocoa flavor. It truly is a bit too much and is oddly giving me the impression of artificial sweetener.
The beer is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. There is a lingering bite from the heat of the peppers.
Cocoa Mole is a "style bender" and a good one at that. Peppers, chocolate, spices...it's all mole, but could there be such a thing as Mole Beer? Overall, this would be a good food beer, otherwise it didn't do enough for me that I would drink it again on its own.
Pair it with something Mexican...mole (duh) burrito, peppered flank steak, churros.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2012 21:16:29 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A dark brown/blackish body (bad lighting where I had it) with one finger head that goes quick on top of a spicy, chili esque aroma though not too dominant as the chocolate is real strong in the aroma as well. Taste is mostly chocolate and chili but I found a good balance as the beer is a sweet heat, in other words the chilis don't just add a little spice to the chocolate and the chocolate isn't overpowered and letting the beer get too "hot". Chewey, bready, fuller bodied, some minor fruit notes that I can't really placed. Overall, just a really good beer.
Serving type: on-tap
12-18-2013 19:16:06 | More by clayrock81
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.