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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 974
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 117
Gots: 197 | 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 seedsofchaos
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My local bottle shop just got this in tonight and a buddy and I decided to give it a go-around. I can definitely say, Cocoa Mole is like nothing else I've ever tried.

Cherry cola in color, Cocoa Mole pours with just a skimming of a head. Although dark, it has great clarity, active carbonation and highlights of ruby. The aroma is immediately sweet. This smells more like freshly baked cinnamon churros than a beer. Just a touch of cocoa and a touch of fresh sweet pepper but mostly sweet malts and cinnamon..

The bouquet isn't immediately echoed in the flavor as black pepper and alcohol are perceived first. Barleywine-esque malt sweetness comes in quickly on this full bodied brew. Definitely... Without a doubt... Spicy!! Cocoa Mole is so spicy, in fact, that it makes me feel as if I've just eaten a stuffed habenero and am on the verge of heartburn. Eventually, your palate gets used to the edge and a subtle chocolate begins to take its place among flavors of churro batter, cocoa and fresh peppers.

This is definitely a unique beer and, whereas I wouldn't be opposed to having another some time in the future, I wouldn't seek it out ever again. This is for sharing and sipping as the lingering spice can be quite unappealing at times. Different but not necessarily in a good way...

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Photo of Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown black in color. When held to the light it takes on a cola color with perhaps a hint of ruby. The head is off white and creamy smooth.

S: Definitely a lot of cocoa powder in the aroma, as well as cinnamon. There is also a good bit of chili in there. There is almost a little bit of a chocolate coke smell going on. A very interesting brew indeed.

T: A bit more spicy than I would have thought. At first you get a little bit of a cocoa powder taste, followed by spicy peppers. The peppers almost taste a bit roasted, perhaps it is the dark malts.

M: Fairly light in body, the carbonation is fairly active. The finish is a little dry, and of course there is a spice note that gives it a little burn in the back of the throat.

O: Overall I think it is a fairly interesting brew. I like the cocoa nibs, but the chillies seem a little one note. Something new, but not something I would buy again. It would be interesting to cook with.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chile beer, whooo!

This beer poured a medium bodied chestnut brown with amber highlights and a one finger soapy off white head. The nose features slightly sweet dark malts, toffee, light chocolate, cinnamon, and finishes with a slight pepper spice. I would prefer more pepper in the nose but it's decent. The flavors consist of a lot of dark malty sweetness, cinnamon, nutmeg, light cocoa, with ever so slight peppery spice. It's a little sweet and because of the spice profile with chocolate, kind of reminds me of the Midnight Sun's chocolate pumpkin porter, yet with a peppery spice. It's ok, I just wish there was more pepper, like a lot more. It drinks lighter than it poured and lighter than it looked. It's ok, I expected more, especially with high reviews.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Beachwood BBQ's Seal Beach location. Cost was $6.50.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Vanila, cocoa, cream, and spices - maybe cinnamon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cocoa, spices (cinnamon), caramelized dark malts, and a resurgence of spices towards the finish. A bit simple, without layering. Not real subtle or complex. Nicely balanced. Decently built. Not unique or special, but enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not enough cream. Near perfect thickness.

Dr: The vanilla is wonderful. Very drinkable - especially for the ABV (which is well hidden). I'd buy a bottle of it. Otherwise, it's not extraordinary. Give it a try if you like the style. Pricey.


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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A: Light brown with a beige frothy head.

S: Big cinnamon and chipotle notes. Light cocoa character. Smells like Hunahpu's light.

T: Lightly spicy peppers with cinnamon. Cocoa blends with earthy notes. Strong chipotle profile. Spicy cocoa finish.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer, definitely interesting, but I wouldn't drink more than four ounces of it.

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Photo of TeHStalker
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was actually a little bit disappointed with this beer from all the hype that I herd surrounding it. Brown and not as dark as I would have liked or expected with a tan head that quickly disappears. Smell gives off a lot of spice and some cocoa, mainly chile peppers actually quite pungent. The taste starts off full and a bit of a chocolaty malt but quickly is overshadowed by the spices. The spices are too overpowering and the balance between spices and chocolate are not very complementing, finished with a bit of cinnamon. Usually like spicy food but this beer was not for me. I guess I am more of a hop head in the making but I think that this beer is certainly different and worth trying. Others who I shared it with really liked it.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Light head tops a ruby-translucent beer. Dark brown. Pretty, with good lacing!

S: Musky, but not much. Chocolate and chile dust.

T: Disappointing...perhaps it's too old? Sort of flat, muted flavours, with an excellent spicy bite on the aftertaste that can't ameliorate the mediocre maintaste.

M: Spicy-smooth. Thin and flat.

O: An enjoyable experience, chock full of chocolate and peppery spices. Still, unremarkable and unrecommended.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a deep brown-mahogany color with a moderately thick head of two finger height. The brown tinted head has a moderate level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a milk chocolate flavor mixed with some spicy red pepper aromas. Along with these more dominant smells are some aromas of a caramel and smells of a dark fruit nature with the fruits being mainly of a raisin and plum smell. A strong aroma of cinnamon rounds out the smell creating a Mexican spiced milk chocolate bar aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a moderately sweeter chocolate flavor mixed with some lighter flavor of hot pepper. Upfront the sweetness is of a caramel and dark fruits, but these flavors later end up fading a bit as the taste moves on. While the sweeter flavors fade some, more pepper comes to the tongue and with this increase in pepper also comes some flavors of roasted malt and some stronger spice flavors of a cinnamon and a hit of coriander. In the end with the loss of sweet, the increase in the spice and heat, and with a little bit of a boozy taste hitting the tongue, one is left with a rather hot semi sweet Mexican spiced cocoa bar flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. For the rich cocoa mixed with the pepper it is a rather decent feel as it nicely accentuates the two all while not overwhelming the tongue with the spice or the richness of the taste.

Overall – An interesting one to try, but a little too peppery and spiced for my tastes. If you like chili spice and chocolate porters this may be for you, but if not you may not want to take this on.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a surprisingly clear dark mahogany color with a two finger light tan color head of decent lacing.

S: Cinnamon, chiles, chocolate...and tomato juice? If I didn't know better, this is slightly reminiscent of a spiced bloody mary. Not completely offputting, but not quite what I want in a beer.

T: Thankfully much better than the smell. There's a noticeable spiciness, not just from the chiles, but from the cinnamon notes. In that regard, it reminds me of a winter warmer - even the malt backbone is very winter warmer-esque. It doesn't seem very hot at first, but after a while the peppery sensation will build in the back of your throat (and later on the tongue), albeit not overly so. The chocolate notes also increase as one progresses through the drink. This is a beer that improves significantly after several sips, so one shouldn't write this one off after the first swig. It reminds me exactly what a chocolate-spiced mole sauce would taste like, so mission accomplished, New Belgium.

M: Slightly coarse bodied, with a medium body and a slightly numbing finish. It works for what this beer is trying to accomplish. Average carbonation.

O: I love beer, and I love hot food, but I'm not so sure about combining the two. Still, it's a complex, interesting experiment that's well worth a shot. Good stuff.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bomber into long-stemmed tulip. cool when the new LOF come to

A: almost a dark ruby, but slightly closer to the chestnut brown side. pretty clear. brownish tints to a white bubbly head. retention is reasonable as is the lacing.

S: very unique aroma. cinnamon, hot chocolate mix, a little bit of chili powder.

T: chocolate, cinnamon. ancho chilies. a lot of malt must have been used to provide some kind of backbone for all of these spices, however, because of all these spices i cant really spicy finish.

M: mild/average amount of carbonation. medium/full body.

D: this is a very unique brew, however this one isnt for me. chilies and chocolate make for a lot of flavor that is a too much for me. glad i tried, but on to the next LOF for this guy.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but ugly dark amber color topped with a somewhat frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chalky chocolate and cinnamon dominate the nose. First sip is just what the aroma predicted except with a tad less chocolate. There is a splash of some dark fruits present too but let there be no mistake the cinnamon and spice dominate the flavor. Mouthfeel is quite good as carbonation is spot on though the body falls easily on the thin side. The 9% ABV is super well hidden. Not bad…not great either.

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Photo of benzalman
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Mostly tastes like a brown ale with a nice splash of heat at the end. Comes off a bit thin. Would love to see NBB re-work this into a stout with the same flavor profile.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impulse buy from Hy-Vee Drugtown, their price was the highest I saw it at.

A super-dark, creamy beer with a moderate amount of dark foam. The aroma had bits of cocoa and toffee mixing in with a small amount of chille. The taste is where the spice comes out. The dark malty flavors appear first, them the chille starts to come out and gradually build as you drink to the point it is the dominant flavor. It's below jalapino for heat intensity. While it's good in small doses it was somewhat difficult to go through a whole bomber. Along with the cost it would be nice to have these available in regualr of half bottles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpette for grabbing this bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a SAVOR wine glass because my New Belgium globe goblet is packed. I'm glad I'll only be pulling these shenanigans for a few more days.

A: Pours a just-barely transparent dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades pretty quickly into a collar with some small bubbles. Just a few spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose brings forward a pretty good dose of cinnamon and chocolate with a touch of spice in the background. The chile peppers are noticed, but in the background. The cinnamon an cocoa blend is quite nice.

T: What I just said about the chiles being in the background changes completely in the flavor, when they are front and center, which is unfortunate, as they really drown out the other aspects of the beer.

M: Light-medium body with good carbonation and quite a bit of lingering spice. The heat isn't overbearing at all, but it is disproportionate to the other characteristics of the beer.

O: Not a bad beer by any means, but I think this would have been much better as a chocolate and spice beer with a bit of chile pepper rather than a beer that ends up focusing far too heavily on the chile.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Rich garnet/dark brown. Minimal head. Small dirty white collar. Spotty head. No lacing to speak of. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Delightful. Rich milk chocolate with a solid cocoa presence. Mild chile backing adds some smoky heat. Almost like a chipotle. Cinnamon and sugar. Some caramelized malts. No hops to speak of. Smells like mexican dessert. Bready and vaguely spicy. A nice balance of chocolate/cocoa and malts. A bit roasty. Straight up cinnamon and chile infused churro.

Taste: Chocolate and a slight chile spice. Some backing smoky elements. Sweet and bready. Churro magic going on. Some roasted malts. Very light, slightly earthy hop presence. Not a ton of heat from the peppers, but it's there. Some milky chocolate with a ton of cocoa. A bit too sweet on the finish. Loses something as it warms, becoming straight cinnamon sugar with some chile backing spiciness. Lingers with some heat. Cocoa. A bit of grass in the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to light carbonation. Clean other than the lingering hint of chile heat.

Overall: Bottled churro.

I'll say it again, this is a slightly spicy bottled churro. Loses something on the taste as it warms. Solid though.

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Photo of Glibber
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker color with mocha head. Minimal lacing. Very aromatic beer, with bitter chocolate, and some spice that I could not place. Had a decent alcohol bite, but the chocolate flavor was very apparent. I did not realize it was a chile beer until I started this reveiw. The gals I was with enjoyed this more than I did. I like the chocolate, but the alcohols at the back end were a little excessive- might have been the chile kick.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells sweet and mildly smoky fruity chile pepper scent. Chocolate and cinnamon scents.

Starts out sweet with a strong cinnamon and chocolate taste. Mild chest warming. Pepper heat is mild. Slight tobacco taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Interesting beer to try once, a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just got this in courtesy of scotchboy. Thanks a bunch buddy.

A: Looks like a very dark dopplebock for the base beer. A large zesty off white head fizzes up and then recedes.

S:Real slight hints of chili, slight raisin, and cinammon. Again it smells like a dopplebock, lots of rich dark malts- although it says ale. Chocolate comes through a bit.

T: This is in a class by itself, not a huge chili stout like Huna, not like drinking kerosene( ghost scorpion, ghost face killa). Rich chocolate malts, cinammon and a decent helping of caramel make up the base beer. A good chili pepper/cinammon warmth is present, not the accompanying vegetal flavor most have. Alcohol is hidden nicely. No hops to speak of.

M:It has a medium body. Slight heat in the throat, nothing crazy. The carbonation is fairly low for the amount of fizz this pour yielded.

O: It really excels in this class, real good chili beer. I may have thought this was gonna be a porter. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm just gonna ask for more biere de mars next time.

Thanks Daniel!

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, this one takes no prisoners. Huge flavors, peppery hot, and big alcohol. I like the mix of ancho, guajillo, and chipotle peppers. Starts out hot but breathes into a warm and smokey richness. The chocolate is what make it less than drinkable. Nose is mostly cocoa with a little vanilla. Seems like a lot of body to go with the tart taste. Give this points for cojones, though. You'll want to sip this to savor the burn, if that's your idea of a good time.

Wondering what to drink for Day of the Dead? 22 oz bottle from Olive Tree in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from malt and vine. I saw a short review in the NW beer magazine, so I needed to try it. I think it was 8$.

Well filtered dark ale, with tan head that holds.

Scent is light, a bit of malt.

Taste is roast, spice and malt. Cocoa, and coffee. Actually nice.

drinkability is fairly good. I would like this with dessert or rich food.

I would enjoy this again, especially if paired with chocolate and fruit.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of Mizorie
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the medium brown ale into a New Belgium Tulip glass. The little head on my pour dissapated quickly. The cinnamon & chocolate aroma was very forthcoming. The initial taste of cinnamon followed by the cocoa. While the beer was in it's cooler stage, I picked up a hint of the smokiness of the chipotle and a brief taste of the fresh guajilo chile taste with not much heat. the majority of the heat I got was from the cinnamon.

As the beer warmed, the cocoa notes became a bit more evident as did the heat from the chiles used. I picked up on more of the maltiness and less of the subtlies like the smoke flavors.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick fizzy tan head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was a dark brown with red edges.
s - cinnamon with a hint of pepper.
t - sweetness up front with a spicy finish. the cocoa comes out more as it warms while the pepper mellows making it much more drinkable and balanced.
m - medium and slick.
o - i was not impressed the first few sips but it grew on me as it warmed. i've had better beers in this style.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 12/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark somewhat hazy amber with a thin beige head. Very little retention. No lacing.

Aroma: Interesting. Cinnamon, spice, caramel, chocolate malt. Even some dark fruit thrown in there. Unique.

Taste: Shew. Where to start? Lots of spice up front. Cinnamon is very prominent. Chocolate malts. Dry powdered cocoa. Spicy chili and chipotle flavor on the back end. I think the cinnamon is little too strong though. Lots of interesting flavors. Definitely different.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Plenty of spice adds a little kick of heat (could also be the alcohol). Dry, and leaves an almost chalky feeling in your mouth, which makes you think of the powdered cocoa. Spicy kick on the finish.

Interesting offer from New Belgium. I enjoyed it for it's uniqueness and complexity but I think the cinnamon is a little too strong and that makes a bomber hard to finish. It's definitely the dominate flavor. Perhaps best suited sharing this one.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.