Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Deep ruby in color, almost opaque until you hold it up to the light. At that point, there's lots of visible carbonation feeding a 1.5 finger off-white and bubbly head. It disapates slowly and sticks around for the whole drink. Lots of things going on with the aroma, with an intoxicating and aromatic spiciness that is of cinnamon, chocolate, and caramel with a touch of some chile pepper in the background. The combination is very interesting, at times remeniscent of (don't laugh) dog food with a certain mustiness, but once you delve into the nose a bit more, the spices come out at full blast. A bit bready in the malt to serve as an under the radar backbone of the aroma.
Rich flavors come out in the taste, full of spices like some sort of holiday seasonal with cinnamon and sprucy notes in the front. A smooth chocolatey and caramel middle makes for the maltiness and smooth mouthfeel. In the back the most interesting part of this beer makes itself known pretty emphatically: a definite spicy heat that can only be from a pretty sturdy usage of hot chile peppers. While it is definitely a key and prominent aspect of this beer, it is by no means overwhelming. It accents the other flavors almost flawlessly, making for a cinnamon-like burn while playing off the chocoate and caramel malts. It is its own flavor and yet it remains a part of the overall picture as it works its way across the palate in reverse. Nothing is very subtle in this beer, but nothing is quite overpowering either, a nice balance to have in these off-the-wall types of beers. I'm definitely surprised at how much heat made its way through the beer, aided, I'm sure, by the high ABV which has to be accenting this heat and possibly magnifying it slightly. The aftertaste is probably my only problem with this beer, tasting a bit like old, overcooked vegetables, possibly the chiles? It lingers on a little too long for my liking, but does make me want to take another sip, if only to dispel of this weird taste. The mouthfeel is smooth until the end, where the heat makes you forget about the mouthfeel for a minute. Maybe wouldn't have hurt from a bit more of a cleansing carbonation bite or tingle? It might help in removing that lingering aftertaste.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this beer. The fact that its so unique and interesting makes it easy to like for me, and I can get past the touch of heartburn the peppers are causing me. The drinkability is limited since the flavors are so unique but rich, but a perfect beer for sharing and examining its different attributes. Certainly not a beer for timid palates, but for those with a taste for the extreme and different, this is a perfect example. Definitely a conversation starter.
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2012 04:42:35 | More by chodinheaven
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2.68/5 rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Growler from Breeze In, Lemon Creek/Juneau, AK location.
Into a pint glass and a tulip.
A: light golden amber color. One finger white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and leaves the same sticky slightly coated looking lacing clingy to the sides of the glass
S: where's the chocolate? Huh? no where to be found no matter how much I let it warm, however, there is a slight cinnamon aroma trying to come through and its mainly coming through like an American Blonde Ale
T: a bland malty sort of cinnamon-ness; no aftertaste, and a quick dry finish trying to pummel my tastebuds
M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems ok for the "fruit/vegetable" style and yes, I realize this is a chocolate/chile beer, but am not getting as much as I had hoped for
O: God, I really hope I'm not becoming a beer critic here, but all I have to say is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and this is a growler fill, if it wasn't for the cinnamon, I'd say this is an American Blonde Ale in disguise, I most likely won't have this again and am now wondering about New Belgium - what are they up to these days? Really, guys? What is this?
Serving type: growler
04-12-2014 20:08:46 | More by BeerKangaroo
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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