Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

261 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 950
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 112
Gots: 181 | 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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Utter blackness, with a sweet looking light tannish head, resting above.

Aroma: soft, sweet, and cinnamon-y. Love it.

Taste: Smooth, rich, and spice, with cinnamon first, and then, blam, the pepper comes. A fierce first hit, then mellow, …next sip, again, sweet cinnamon, hot pepper. A swift 2-step, a spicy tango. Chocolate malt lurks below, provides sufficient support, and delivers deliciousness. Pepper heat coasts smoothly overhead. Everything is in the pocket, here, everything is right on and groovy.

The peppers never really burn, just scorch a little. Taste lingers on the palate enough to make you remember it was there, and urge you into another sip and gulp.
And now, they all come together, the chocolate, the cinnamon, the hot spicy peppers, all at once. I'm halfway through the glass and the symphony is striking louder and stronger inside the mouth.

Damn, this is interesting. Better than any chili pepper beer I've ever had, and better than most chocolate beers I've known. An interesting drinking experience that doesn't over-do it in any way, just keeps everything together, balanced, and drinkable. Mmm, chocolate comes back, keeping pace with pepper heat. Yum. Another hit from the Lips of Faith. (1,223 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, the latest special release from this brewery to make it north of the 49th.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly beige head, which leaves a wall of natural land-bridge lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel malt, green chili peppers, dry, chalky cocoa, spicy cinnamon, a soft mineral flintiness, faint dark orchard fruit, demarara sugar, and a whiff of wet smoke. The taste is bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, a further toffee/sponge cake sweetness, a more laid-back green pepper spiciness, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of milky coffee, sugar in the raw, ethereal cinnamon, damp char, and a very subtle earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low, even on the typically forgiving froth-o-meter, the body an adequate middleweight, and actually smooth, the chilies having a say, but they're as gentle as can be, which engenders a certain airy creaminess to boot. It finishes off-dry, and duly balanced between the spicy duad and complex malt.

I'm sure I've had molé at some point in my south of the border (again, the one along the 49th parallel) Mexican restaurant forays over the years, but my impression of it is more academic than anything. Anyways, Cocoa Molé does well by the textbook, and the tastebuds - spicy, but not too much, y'know, the heat deftly countered by a cocoa-driven malt sweetness. The only real question is that of the whereabouts of the 18-proof booze - I'll have to get back to y'all on that one. (1,587 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, ruby when held up to the light, clear. One inch head that dissipates very quickly to next to nothing. Interesting spices in the aroma. Cinnamon and cardamom most prevalent. A little heat over a dark brown ale malt bill. Thin chocolate taste fades quickly to cinnamon and other spices I can't pin down. Heat sticks to the roof of the mouth and throat. It's a warming feeling, not too hot. Unlike most beers with heat, I seem to enjoy the spiciness in this one. Hides ABV well. Medium feel, dry finish due to the heat.

Despite my inclination to dislike this beer, I kinda like it. This is a salsa beer, but in the best way. I actually like heat in a beer! It's not overpowering, but it's there. Take a hint Ballast Point, be more subtle! Not something I'd like more than a couple times a year, this is definitely a good beer and worth trying. Now if we can get New Belgium to make horchata... (912 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cherry mahogany raisin color - looks more like the color of many barleywines. Carbonation is gentle but only because this was poured in a Duvel glass. This is a really odd pour because it has nice bubbly foam as it hits the glass but sounds like you're pouring a soft drink with lots of bubbles and dies down equally as quick with nothing left behind, not even a lacing ring.

S - Chile peppers, cocoa powder, and light smoke.

T - Toasted caramel malt hit the tip of the tongue immediately followed closely with dry cocoa powder and warm chile peppers. There's some dark fruit buried way down there also with some cinnamon as well. Leaves a lingering blend of light cinnamon and cocoa with a warm and light burn in the back of the throat.

M - Heavy medium body to heavy body, rich and creamy texture, and light carbonation.

O - This beer is a unique one with an odd combination that works. Something tells me I'll have all hell to pay tomorrow after it works through my system. (!!!) Looks like a glass of dead beer that's been sitting out all night, which is a downer, but not a deal killer. As the beer sat in the glass the chile burn faded somewhat. (1,168 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 stephenjmoore
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light to medium brown body with a very faint strand of bubbles around the rim.

S- Some hazelnut, cocoa, chocolate malt and a hint of pepper.

T- Faint malt and chocolate taste up front, with heat coming through at the end.

M- Surprisingly light bodied and very drinkable.

O- Interesting and different, drinkable and worth a try. (334 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Enjoying in the comforts of home. Pours a crystal clear dark ruby brown color with no particulates. One finger light grey-tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose: Cinnamon, cocoa, bread, honey, graham cracker, caramel. Smells almost exactly like a Cinnabon.

Taste: Sweet, with notes of cinnamon, clove, caramel, and cocoa. Light pepper bitterness that reveals a nice solid but manageable chile heat.

Sweetness fades to spices which fade to light bitterness which becomes chile spice. Very complex and fairly well-balanced trip of a beer. Never had anything like this. It's rather approachable, and the residual heat makes me want to cool my mouth down with another sip! Would never drink this on a regular basis but it's a fun spiced beer that is decently well put together. (803 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-30-2012
Freshness: Bottled 12-21-2011
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: New Belgium globe glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is a dark brown, like chestnut, with good clarity. Head is tan and a couple of fingers high. Lacing and head retention are fair.

Aromas are of chili peppers and chocolate, with some caramel and malty sweetness. Cinnamon and other spice aromas make for a complex nose.

Taste is both spicy and sweet, with milk chocolate up front and then some chili heat in the back. I also get some cinnamon flavor. Has a nice alcohol warming effect.

Smooth mouthfeel on a medium body. The finish is slightly sweet with some heat from the chilies.

Overall I though this was a very good chili beer, but not as good as some other chocolate chili beers I've had such as the Reunion and Vixen. (844 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brown amber glass shows clarity, struggles to hold even the hint of a halo. Looks pretty lifeless.

Smell: Not much here, a mild cinnamon with a light malt sweetness.

Taste: The cinnamon and clove are heavy and upfront, pretty much overwhelming all other flavors. A little chile heavy slowly fades after the shallow, actually burns a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, light prickly carbonation actually makes it a bit fizzy, long oily finish.

Overall: Was thinking more of a Chocolate Stout when I approached this, but this is very much a Chile beer. Hot peppers with a little cocoa powder to add depth, but no sweetness to cut the burn. Very spice driven, unusual flavor profile, thin; but glad to have a little diversity. (731 characters)

Photo of rtaps
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to UCLABrewN84 for opening this one

pours a dark brown with a khaki head with minimal retention.

plesant aroma here spicy, cinnamon and chipotle with coco like coffee

spice flavor allspice/nutmeg and a cinnamon hotness to it. with coco blended together well

light bodied and carbonated leaving the mouth dry

overall it was a very well made chile beer. the spice was there but didnt steal the show and didnt make it unenjoyable (439 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Dark body.

S- Spicy cinnamon.

T- Spicy and cinnamon, a bit of chocolate.

F- good, smooth carbonation.

O- Great Chile beer! Balanced spice. (150 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with dense two finger white head. Lasting retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Light roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Aroma of a basic porter. Faint spices become more apparent as it warmed.

T: Cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light chilies. The spices complement the chocolate nicely.

M: Medium body and fairly carbonated. A touch thin for my tastes.

O: A little disappointing aromas, but tasty brew. Easy drinking. (512 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark brown hue with a quarter inch blanket that left light lacing.

S - Aromas of light chocolate and chili. Appealing.

T - Taste is really nice with lots of chocolate and chili with nice barrel notes resulting in good vanilla and coconut flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad for a chili beer, would benefit from more carbonation though.

O - Overall this beer wasn't that bad but really could use a boost of appearance and aroma. (525 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with no real lacing.

S: Nice mix of vanilla, nuts, creamy chocolate, and spice on the nose. There is also a sweet floral aroma to this beer.

T: Lots of vanilla and nutty flavors up front followed by creamy chocolate notes. The finish has a nice, spicy kick to it with notes of cayenne and cinnamon that leave a slight burn on the back of the throat.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, the spice gives it a nice kick that prevents it from being watery, though I could wish it were a bit creamier.

O: A good beer overall, that definitely reminds me of a mole sauce. It has a good amount of heat, though I could wish for more cocoa presence. Still, it's unique and tasty. (776 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting beer, this one. Dark brown pour, looks black/reddish in the glass. Head is white, which surprised me a bit. I assumed it would be tan or some darker color than white. In addition the head was small, maybe a fingernail. Lacing was non existent

Nice aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and roasted malt. Cinnamon is quite strong, perhaps boosted a bit by the chili pepper.

Chocolate and cinnamon dominate. Hints of vanilla and caramel. It's a smooth taste albeit not very complex. Seems rich without the thickness. It is good

The feel is a touch thin. Carbonation is slight. The chili peppers give a bit of a burn on the end, very slight, but enough to notice and to break the richness of the flavors.

alcohol is well hidden (737 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The LoF series has been very hit or miss for me, and same with chile beers, so hopefully this is good. Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light fizzy barely covering head that fades pretty quickly, just a touch of lacing, maybe due to the abv, or possibly the chile, not sure, over a mostly clear cola brown colored beer with some mahogany light coming through.

Nose is interesting and kinda weird, there is some chile in the background, ancho or poblano like chile with a nice green chile aroma but doesn't seem much heat (at least from the aroma), as well as a weird chocolate aroma, cocoa that seems ot have been aged a bit too long, light creamy melted cocoa. Then some light cinnamon and hint of a nutty spicy like cardamom almost but not quite, as well as a biscuity like crusty bread crumbs almost like the edges of a pie or coffee cake. Under all that is some malts, caramel, molasses, some sweet brown malts.

Taste starts like hot cinnamon cocoa, a candy drink almost. Plenty of powdered fake cocoa mix like having a Swiss Miss hot chocolate, but there is plenty of cinnamon in there as well. Then heat kicks in, again not a ton but plenty to let you know it's there, as well as a green chile the ancho mostly, and some hot chiles, chipotle in the middle. Other light spices, again hint of an earthy nutty root like spice I can't really label, and light Xmas like spices but barely. Then malts kick in, some caramel, light molasses and biscuit again, hint of toffee, fair sweetness and other toasty brown malts. Light pie crust again, and coffee cake crumbs. In all that is a hint of booze warmth but that's mostly drowned out by the pepper heat. Finish is sticky and a bit syrupy, long lingering sweet caramel, molasses, some hot cocoa powder mixed to a thicker feel, some lingering heat from the peppers. The heat mostly dissipates fairly quickly, pops in to say hello, then goes back down below.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, plenty of pepper heat but not overbearing, lighter carbonation.

Overall pretty good, I like the pepper heat, it's a nice level that you def know it's there but doesn't destroy the beer, and even a light pepper flavor which is nice. The malts are nice as well, caramel mocha molasses, toasty bread crumbs, coffee cake, etc. I wasn't a huge fan of the cocoa as it tasted more like Swiss Miss hot cocoa powder rather than cocoa nibs and dark chocolate kinda taste. The cinnamon and other spices are interesting and a nice addition but I wish the cinnamon in particular was a little toned down. The lack of carbonation is probably the only real gripe I have. However, those are nit picking as this was a pretty good beer all around. (2,695 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1469th Review on BA
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12oz

@Eureka!Burger, Claremont, CA

App- When poured was a solid mix of browns and reds. Had a good depth of color in the glass. Nice dense center and the color flowed outward. A small 1 finger off white creamy head fell to a nice bit of cling and lace.

Smell- Was a bit let down with the nose on this one. Didnt pop with anything outstanding or layered. A small malt backbone with maybe some chili spice notes. I'm gonna chalk this up to being cold, but even at last smells on bottom of pour wasnt very aromatic.

Taste- Its a nice beer. Has a good amount of balance between the savory malts and the spicy chili spices. I got a bit of the chocolate first and even a touch of some darker plum flavors. The spice is not over the top and actually quite pleasant from a drinking standpoint, vs. say a GFK or Crime and Punishment.

Mouth- Its a solid creamy medium bodied beer with a paired creamy silky prickly medium carbonation. Had a residual spice flavor. Not much cocoa.

Drink- A tasty spiced beer. Nicely balanced and well flavored. Not a fast drinker, but a nice sipping beer to say the least. I'd have it again. (1,154 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to UCLAbrewn84 for sharing this nice beer

Look: Brown and semi translucent with a 1/4 inch head and good retention

Smell: Cinnamon and a little chile spice

Taste: Cinnamon chocolate and chili heat

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: I am a fan of chile beers and I really enjoyed this one as well. I thought the cinnamon did over power the chili just a touch (387 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola brown/black in color, with a short but sturdy cap of foam.
Aroma-Faint chili spice, toasted malt.
Taste-Cinnamon,chocolate malt, subtle chili pepper warmth, caramel. Subtle but complex lineup of flavors, easy drinking for the strength. (240 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 cjgiant
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:
Pours a little thin and a clear but dark auburn brown. Head is shockingly white atop the dark brew, foamy and leaving some lacing. Nose has some spice to it, nutmeg or similar earthy spice, along with some chile atop a toasted to burnt bread smell. Initially I got almost nothing, warmth helped.

Taste is unsweetened cocoa or chocolate, a deep earthy (like what I magine mud tastes like) flavor. I've not had much mole, but I can see it tasting like this. The chili pepper is almost unnoticeable in a cold beer, but comes out with warmth and actually builds nicely sip after sip. The one downside is the beer feels watery to me, the flavors more robust than the feel.

This grew in me as I sipped it, but overall wasn't my cup of tea. I appreciated it and it intrigued me, though. My girlfriend liked it, so I can see having another glass at another time for a change of pace. (893 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber, Nick's of Clinton

a: poured into a wide piraat chalice, a clear, deep mahogany brown in color, topped with a smattering of carbonation

s: caramel and chocolate malts form a base for notes of pure sweetened cocoa and roasted peppers - carries the smoky/sweet aroma representative of freshly toasted peppers - ancho, guajilo, and chipotle in this instance, mild cinnamon notes, mild to moderate spicy target hop aroma, it’s tough to pin down, but everything here comes together fantastically

m: lightly carbonated, medium-full with a sugar slickness

t: sweetened cocoa, caramel malts and some slight chocolate malts, and toasted peppers slip in together, smoky and dark sweet flavors with an enticing heat that builds past the finish to a strength relative to the time between sips, but never becomes hot - actually a bit of a tease, leaving me wanting more, it’s an interesting flavor set, but it doesn’t come together quite as well as on the nose, some alcohol on the back of the tongue, mild to moderate bitterness

o: a very interesting concept that i’d say was executed successfully, I’ve had decent pepper beers before, but in this case the play between pepper and chocolate adds an extra dimension of interest (1,236 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 GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish dark brown. Smells of cinnamon, malty, capsaicin and hot chocolate. Tastes peppery, light heat in the throat, malty, milk chocolate and astringence. Medium light body. Chocolate malt and chili heat in the aftertaste. (232 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.