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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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270 Reviews

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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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Reviews: 270 | Hads: 974
Photo of cwguy5
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a Mother Earth globe with an aggressive pour.

A - clear, deep ruby/dark cherry color with one-finger, khaki head that settled quickly to a bubbly ring; only spotty lacing left on glass

S - ginger, cinnamon, squash, bran muffin, hint of peppers

T - big burst of squash-y pumpkin pie with light cocoa powder; pepper flavors start to form mid-way and become more present towards the finish; peppers are not spicy, but are clear

M - medium bodied with moderate, very fine carbonation; some mild bitterness along with a mild vegetable linger in the mouth; a warm, peppery sensation left in the back of the throat

O - fantastic and unique take on the chili beer. balanced between sweet/dry with obvious spice notes that are bright, without overpowering the beer. i am curious if the squash flavors that i am tasting comes from one of the peppers or if it is just the combination of all the ingredients. check this one out fo sho!

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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 Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter at Papago.

The color of a dark cherry — deep purple-brown, yet surprisingly clear. Half a finger of fuzzy tan head fizzles away after a while to nothing.

Cinnamon sticks, milk, mexican chocolate and a touch of peppers in the nose. It's like a spicy, chocolate horchata. Some tangy fruit in the background — orange, maybe?

An enticing flavor, with lots of chocolate. Peppers arrive in the form of heat in the back of the throat. A little vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon, some fruity tang. A blast of oak at the swallow blends with the other flavors. All the while, chile heat lingers.

Medium-light body, pinching medium carbonation, a tiny but of watery fizz. Peppery heat builds and builds, but never gets intolerable.

Cocoa Mole is one of the most unique beers I’ve tried in a while. Very interesting, and pretty tasty.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angelmonster for this one! Love the bottle art on it.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a very thin off-white head that has little retention, forming a ring on the top. Streaky, thin lacing forms.

S: The spices dominate here, it reminds me of churros, the fried Mexican dessert. Cinnamon sugar, a little cocoa, and faint peppers.

T: Some chocolate and caramel upfront, mixed with more cinnamon sugar in the middle. The peppers come out on the finish and give off a little bit of heat as the flavor lingers.

M: Medium bodied, rather smooth for a chili beer. Slight heat on the finish that lingers in the back of the throat.

O: Probably the best chili beer I have had to date. The level of heat is perfect and I really like the cinnamon aspect, it isn't muddled like other beers that use it.

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Photo of Philousa
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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...

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Photo of chocosushi
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Melbourne Bros. Stemmed Tulip
Tasted side by side with Chocolate Sombrero

A ~ Pours translucent cocoa brown with a red hue to it. Thin white head fizzles away quickly. We shined an LED through the beer & it a great Red color, with the light passing through, while chocolate sombrero was Opaque, & more of a mud color.

S ~ Cocoa Powder with an Oatmeal-like backbone...Cinnamon whispers through. Authentic Cocoa scents. Hints of Chile deep in the Nostrils.

T ~ Raw Cocoa, Cinnamon & Bold Chipotle smokiness with a lingering Guajillo & Ancho spiciness. Cinnamon reappears on the finish with slightly sweeter Chocolate notes.

M ~ No booze heat for the ABV. Tingly & Spicy with such a smooth & elegant expression of Chile peppers. Every Chile plays a note here, & you can really feel it on the palette.

D ~ Well Done! This really is one of the best Chile beers I have ever had. The expression of Chiles melds so well with the Cocoa & parallels the light cinnamon notes. Highly recommend. This outshined Chocolate Sombrero, & Clown Shoes is one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass at Billy Jack's in Harrisoburg, VA.

A - Pours an extremely dark amber color with a one finger nearly white head that dies quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S - Smells like rich cocoa, apple-cinnamon, and spicy chile powder.

T - Intensely sweet and spicy with the same flavors that were in the nose. The hot pepper spice becomes more apparent as I drink. The aftertaste is similar to a brown sugar cinnamon pop-tart. This is not at all a bad thing.

M - A medium-thick body and great carbonation. Maybe a bit chalky; I almost feel like I can feel the fine-ground cinnamon on my tongue. A little spicy on the finish and the strong flavors hide the alcohol well.

O - I couldn't resist trying this beer when I saw it on draft because I love spice and this is the number one beer of the style on this site. The flavors and aroma are powerful, but never out of hand. The spices really come out as it warms. If I see this beer again, I will definitely get it. Very different from other beers, but suits my tastes well and the high ABV is hidden.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split into pint glasses.

A: Dark brown with shades of gold and amber, mostly transparent, light head and head lacing.

S: Prominent cinnamon and cocoa, spices, chilies, hint of heat with a nice smoke component.

T: Nice...a wave of sweetness on the palette, vanilla and caramel, milk chocolate, lots of cinnamon! Good heat from the chilies...the chipotle is there in really small doses.

MF: A bit oily, medium body with medium carbonation...the peppers do coat your mouth a little.

O: Really enjoyable and drinkable (surprisingly), the alcohol stays underneath and the adjuncts are really flavorful and not overwhelming. The base beer seems to be an lighter in body (though still 9% abv) and that makes this beer unique and drinkable.

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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 TheTot
1.49/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a strange dark brown but see through like soda. Had a strange carbonation fizz that went away instantly leaving no head at all and no carbonation bubbles at all. The smell is of cinnamon and all spice, reminds me of an apple pie a lot. No cocoa smell at all. After a minor spillage incident we will get to the tasting. Very harsh on the tongue, and by that I mean the carbonation bubbles are very intense and unpleasant. Like the smell the taste is a lot like cinnamon and other spices but in an unflattering way. This might be my least favorite of the lips of faith series and may not be finishable. The mouthfeel is very light and unpleasant. I apologize for giving this beer such a bad review but I think there was a lot to be desired after drinking this beer.

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Photo of vkv822
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a dark brown, with amber-red hues and a foamy, bubbly off white head.

The aroma is of smokey chile, with a pleasant cocoa backing.

The taste is of cocoa and a touch of cinnamon upfront, and finishes with a pleasant, warming chile heat.

A full, creamy body with low carbonation.

A very nice beer, definitely brings some heat from the peppers but doesn't become too hot and maintains a nice balance with the cocoa.

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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 scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared at a tasting. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a clear burnt amber color with a finger of head that slowly faded into good collar that left soapy lace.
S: I get notes of cinnamon and chilies. The nose is spicy in both the hot way and chili way.
T: Spicy like the nose with flavors of chipotle and cocoa. This does taste a bit like mole actually. There is a little bit of pepper heat in the finish. The chilies add an interesting complexity.
M: Thin, low carbonation, greasy mouthfeel. Could use more bubbles.
O: Very interesting and unique beer. I thought it worked well but there’s no way I could drink a whole bottle of this.

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe, AZ.

A: Dark brown in the glass but a beautiful deep, brownish red when held up to light. A bit of lace and a bubbly ring of white foam around the edge. Foamy, quickly-fading off-white head when swirled around the glass.

S: Lightly roasted malt, cinnamon, fruity-holiday spice, chocolate. Awesome.

T: Fantastically unique. Fruity, malty, spicy. Complex yet simply delicious. Great stuff.

M: Smooth with tons of flavor. Easy to drink. Leaves a pleasant taste on the palate. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

O: An amazing beer. Great cold straight out of the tap or warm after some time sitting. The hype is real on this one. Easily the best Chile Beer I've had although it seems to fall into another style. New Belgium really knows how to brew these "Lips of Faith" beers. I would without hesitation order this again.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an opaque dark red when you hold it up to the light rather than dark brown as I was expecting. It produced very little white foam, which lingered around the edges of the pint glass leaving the middle hollow, vacant.

Smelled like cinnamon sticks. I tasted no alcohol even though the brew is 9%. This definitely tastes like Mexican hot chocolate due to the presence of cinnamon on the palate. I do not think it tasted like mole, per se, but I can see how there is a connection (many Mexican chocolate stores in Oaxaca also produce mole). I did not notice the chile until I had been drinking for a few minutes when I felt the faint, yet pleasant, chile burn in my throat. It was a little numbing, like a pain killer.

I enjoyed this. It was unusual and complex. It had a chocolate flavor different than what may be found in a stout, and in that sense the brewers took creativity to a new level.

This was not just a beer, it was an experience.

I’ll have another.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Pours a deep ruby brown with sand colored two finger head of small bubbles, which fades quickly. Lacing is epic, completely ringing the glass with each sip taken.

S – Wow. Strong aroma. Getting Baker’s chocolate, cinnamon, chiles. This literally smells like a good mole sauce that I get at my favorite Mexican restaurant. Nice.

T – Follows the nose almost precisely. Chocolate flavor is more of the “semi-sweet cocoa” variety. Mild to medium heat from the chiles, especially after about half the bottle or so. Cinnamon flavor also stands out. Hints of black pepper, and pine nuts. Lurking underneath all this is just enough bitterness to remind you that you are drinking a beer. Finishes with lingering heat and mild alcohol burn. Overall flavor profile is rich. Tasty.

M – Big and chewy. Mild carbonation, which works well since there’s already so much tingling on the tongue already.

O – This beer truly delivers what’s advertised; a mole infused beer. Milder chocolate and more chile heat than other “chocolate chili beers” that seem all the rage lately. For those not familiar with mole, this one may be a little brash and “hot”. For those who enjoy mole like myself, I would say you might find this beer a treat. I’m getting this again.

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

A: pours a deep brown with a small off white head that is quick to disappear
S: Smells very sweet on the nose with a lot of chocolate aroma and a little bit of pepper and some cinnamon
T: very chocolatey on the palate with cinnamon as well followed on by some peppery flavor. Not a lot of heat but there is some there and it gets bigger as the drink continues Aftertaste is more earthy chocolcate flavor with a bit of pepper
M: smooth and delicate on the palate, adequate carbonation. Pretty solid mouthfeel
O: It's kind of like drinking a chocolate covered chili pepper with some cinnamon on the top. I'm not too into chile beers but this one is pretty tasty

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Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

XicanoBeerRun shared this one.

Pours a murky dark amber/intense blood red color. There’s thin lacing and a few bubbles on it.
It has a distinct spicy aroma. From first sniff you know there’s some heat and a kick to this!
The cinnamon dominates, along with some cardamom and chile spicing.

I am guessing there’s chile ancho, maybe some cayenne? It’s the kind of chiles I’d mix into a bitter Mexican chocolate to give it a kick.

It has an interesting flavor. Very pronounced, very definite finish. It’s spicy, and the chile gives it a lot of heat on the finish. I don’t get any familiar mole seasonings, aside from the chile and cinnamon, however. The name might be somewhat of a misnomer if that’s what you’re expecting. Should there be almonds? Peanuts? More chocolate? It’s not a stout, and there’s not a defining roastiness which would be expected from a mole-inspired beer in my mind, but that doesn’t mean this is a bad brew. On the contrary I felt this was an interesting beer that grew on me as I sipped.

Note: Guajillo and ancho chiles used, no cayenne. I wasn’t entirely off.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent brown tinged/orange witha thumb of tan head. Great lacing & average head rentention

S: Faint chiles & a bit dark fruit, a bit of cinnamon

T: Chiles, ciinnamon, a touch of boozey figs &cooca powder up front. Chile heat as this warms, a touch of jammy fig, plus apricot & cherry as this warms, then cinnamon, plus a bit of dryness. Finishes with chile heat, candied apricot & cinnamon

MF: Light/medium bodied with firm carbonation, some sweetness balances the heat fairly nicely

I enjoyed this, one of the better chile beers I've tried & one of the better Lips offerings I had as well

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Photo of sjccmd
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark cola brown, nearly black. Red and amber highlights in the light. Small light tan head that fades quickly. Decent lacing though.

Cinnamon cookie aroma. Spices, vanilla, and graham cracker. Lots of earthy and sweet cocoa. Mexican hot chocolate with chiles in the background. Very sweet.

The taste almost mirrors the aroma but with dark fruits coming into play as well. Chiles still far in the background on the first sip, but heat begins to kick in with subsequent sips. It's quite sweet, but the peppers seem to keep it in check as if taking the place of hops...very interesting.

Pretty silky mouthfeel but with low carbonation. Could be better if there was more to deliver more of the flavors.

Very interesting beer. I'm a fan of this trend with chocolate beers that aren't stouts. You taste the actual chocolate more as opposed to roasted malts. The peppers don't seem to add much flavor, just heat, which isn't so exciting...still good though.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a garnet color with tight, quickly fading white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon and chocolate with a bit of chiles.

Tastes of the spices upfront filled out by the chiles and chocolate. Cinnamon hits first and gives a slight spiciness. Also gives a bit of dryness. Cocoa comes in next with a bit of sweetness to counter the cinnamon. A bit of toasted bread and brown sugar come through as well. The meatiness from the chiles abounds and really adds depth. Ends in a slight spice that gives a pleasant warming.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed this more as it warmed up and the chiles really came through. Goes perfectly with green chile burgers.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had myself a fiesta with a glass stein. This chile beer has amazing bottle artwork.

Appearance- A decently hard pour results in about two-fingers of a hazelnut colored foam.

The cap is just cluster-bubbles, loads of the little guys. You can hear the head fizz and crackle as they pop, the head receding slowly all the while. It leaves behind a few sheets of soapy lace.

The body does not suggest chile beer, being a really dark, ruddy-brown affair. Thin shafts of ruby glance through the glass as it is held up to the light.

Smell- Bready malts are most apparent immediately. Some chipotle chilies do sneak out, but it blends to the point of obscurity with the cinnamon. It also gives the impression of being earthy, no doubt the result of the chilies.

I have to say though, it is a soft nose. I would have been more impressed with more spicy punch coming out of this one.

Taste- The chile flavor blends at the front of the drink with the mild impression of cinnamon. The bread malt backbone builds through the mid-drink and threatens to snuff out the chile flavor.

Luckily, this passes and the strong earthy, and even slightly hot sensation of the chilies grow in the finish, along with some cocoa taking root at the corners of the tongue. This finish is pretty wonderful.

Overall, the cinnamon and drop of cocoa gives the entire proceedings a kiss of sweetness, while the chilies do a salsa across the taste buds, with the bread malt holding this little party all together.

Mouth feel- A medium body beer that ends up feeling lighter than that thanks to the slickness with which it slides over the tongue. I suppose it could be a little creamier, but I will settle for the care taken to make sure this one didn't get over-carbonated.

Overall- This is quite the fun and intriguing drinking experience. I do enjoy when a chile beer comes together, and New Belgium does a fine job with COCOA MOLE. Sorry, it just feels right to put this one in all caps.

If anything, I would re-brew this one with even more chile flavor, and I would make sure that bouquet was really seeping out of the glass. The cinnamon and cocoa are just right in my opinion, now just make it even more fun with a bigger impression of chilies. Enjoy!

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Photo of mscudder
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a fresh growler. Cheers to the local Craft Draught for carrying this rare brew!

A - Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Slight ruby gleam to it, overall nice looking brew.

S - Wow this is unique! Strong notes of cinnamon and some sweet cocoa. Little bit of spicy aroma coming from this one. Truly unique.

T - Complex flavors happening here. Starts with a strong bite of cinnamon and the spicy residue lasts throughout the duration of the flavors. In my opinion this is a tad overwhelming. There is also a smoked character that should be mentioned. It leaves the palette rather quickly, due to the spicy nature of the brew. It leaves a certain heat particularly at the end, which while nice, is not quite my forte. For the style, very impressive.

M - A medium body with perfect carbonation for the style (hell ya for the growler!). I feel the beer thins out as the spicy chiles take over. While I am not particularly familiar with this style, I feel this is a good example of how the mouth feel should be done.

O - Overall this is exceptional for the style. The ABV is masterfully hidden and one cannot dismiss the controlled complexity in this beer.

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Bailey's, served in a small nonic, Cocoa Mole is garnet with a small off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is spicy, cinnamon toast, fairly vibrant.

Taste is very complex. Big cinnamon toast crunch cereal vibe, kind bark, but with a nice heat on the back finish. This is by far the best example of this trend I've had.

Mouthfeel is dry, spicy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good for such a beer. I really like the sneakiness of the heat. The flavor is robust but not overwhelming. Dig it.

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