Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé

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BA SCORE
89
very good

934 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 107
Gots: 178 | 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 UrbanCaveman
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Your standard porter, pouring dark brown verging on black, and forming a decent-sized tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and some more chocolate, this aroma is like walking into a Godiva store. Well, except for the part where there's plenty of peppery spice hanging around as well. So a Godiva store when they're actively making some red chile dark chocolates.

Taste: I give New Belgium props for developing a layered taste profile in this beer. It opens with a rush of dark and sweet chocolate, before that fades back a little to let lactose and deeply roasted grains come through. Peppery spice abounds, most notably chipotle though other tones are discernible, and the spiciness builds as the beer level in the glass recedes. New flavors emerge as it goes, as cinnamon, vanilla, and black pepper all make appearances.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full, almost more stout than porter (as if there's a meaningful distinction between the two, I know, I know).

Overall: A darned good pepper porter. Would repeat.

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

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter during a bottle share. A truly unique porter. Poured a deep dark red brown with a creamy white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Nice lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, cocoa powder with hints of pepper spices. A little worried at the first sip that it might be awful. However, I am glad the aromas were misleading. Tastes of cocoa with a slight hint of roasted chilies. Cinnamon and vanilla. Rich dark roasted malts as well. The back end is mainly dark roasted malts with cocoa with the roasted chilies. Finishes both sweet and spicy. Great chile beer.

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.

Photo of Josbor11
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too hot, not enough chocolate, too thin, no aroma, just not good. Another drain pour from NB.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bomber in a snifter. This most unique porter pours a dense dark brown with some red highlights to the sides and a moderate off white head that dissipates to a thin ring and nice lacing. Nose of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and a peppery spice note....the nose lies when it comes to the flavors. Wow! Sweet cocoa and dark chocolate get comfy with roasted chilies and cinnamon. Rich malts abound with pepper coming through on the back with both black and roasted chilies. Still maintains a solid porter characteristic finishing sweet and spicy with a smooth mouth feel. Excellent! Begs for a steak or some delicious Mexican or even Indian cuisine.

Cheers!

Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours brown with light getting through; small off-white head that leaves little lacing and retention. The aromas are extremely faint and doesn't have a lot going on. Malts are there. Subtle chocolate notes with hints of spices, such as cinnamon. The spices are very faint in the nose, but come alive in the flavor department. The flavors are full of spices. Cinnamon and spicy peppers are vibrant. Black pepper is there. It's spicy, but definitely not over the top. The spice lingers in the finish. They nailed the heat aspect because it's enjoyable and doesn't diminish everything else that's going on. More cocoa malts. Some milk chocolate in the mix. Stays true to the porter style, but with a twist. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied; active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy drinking. It becomes even more enjoyable the more I drink it.

This is a unique brew. They nailed the spicy aspects. The spices aren't overwhelming, but they're clearly the star of the show. The flavors shine. I just wish it had a better nose. It's much better than my numeric score might indicate.

Photo of carlitos92
1.65/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This was a drain pour for me.

Bottom line: overly sweet, and too much cocoa. The chile heat was actually fine, and in fact welcome after the Bosco/Dr. Pepper beginning of the beer.

I've had "mole" themed beers before and loved them. I've had stouts brewed on cocoa nibs and chiles, and several of them are among my favorites. Unfortunately, there is nothing nuanced about this one, and it's probably the final nail in the coffin for me when it comes to New Belgium.

Photo of GregJ
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tasting glass at the homebrew demonstration.

A: Dark brown with a tan half finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Cocoa dominates, but what's that heat in the background? Pepper and cinnamon stir in the mix.

T: I was really afraid of this one because of the "mole" aspect. But the heat isn't overpowering. In fact, it's nicely subdued over the rich cocoa flavoring. Add in the cinnamon and this LOF is a winner.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: I intend to get a bomber of this superb brew. A great dessert beer and one to share with friends.

Photo of rickangabi
2.28/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Spicyness of peppers plays nicely into the warming 9% ABV of the beer. The beer is a bit thin for the variety of flavors presented. The nose reminisent of a spicy cinnamon cupcake. Overall the beer is on the sweet side. Cinnamon takes over the beer and the sweetness of the Ceylon (Mexican) cinnamon also plays into the sweetness of the beer.

Photo of gppittjk
3.09/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aftertaste killed this beer for me. I could taste the cinnamon/chili blend several hours and two meals later

Photo of leaddog
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a nut brown with two fingers of bubbly tan head.

Smell - roasted malts, cocoa nibs, chilies, hint of coffee bean, light hint of caramel.

Taste - Starts off with the roasted malts followed by the cocoa nibs, hint of coffee bean, hint of caramel, and the brew finishes with a pleasant spiciness from the chilies. You get a smokiness from the chipotle peppers.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering heat from the chilies.

Overall - A well executed chili beer. The roasted malts and cocoa nibs act as a nice supporting cast to the bold smokiness and heat from the peppers. Worth a go if your seeking some heat in your brew.

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.96/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice smooth stout. Not real heavy. Has a cinnamon flavor with some heat.

Photo of Csikic93
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got this as a gift. It was spicy on the backside and definitely a beer you sip on.

Photo of ProstMasterson
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The pepper is overwhelming, not as good as stones version

Photo of Celtics17
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent mouth feel. The chilies don't over the layers of flavor. Toffee, slight coffee, and mild chocolate comes in. The chilies give the perfect kick.

Photo of MtnSoup
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty outstanding balance of heat (via peppers) and cocoa. Just a perfect snowy weather beer.

Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Spokeasy Public House

A: Pours deep brown with a frothy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Sweet spice, almost cinnamon sugar like, a little chocolate, and a touch of earthy roasted malt.

T: Spice up front, cinnamon and peppers, followed with roasted malt, milk chocolate, and more peppery spice on the finish, but not overwhelming by any means.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice warmth on the finish, but still quite smooth.

O: I'm happy to see this one back again. Well done spice, very cool (I would say unique but this seems to be the trend now) but well done none the less.

Photo of sb3000
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I may be biased in this review. I had this brew GABF week in 2012 in NB's private tasting room. They served it with fresh, locally made Belgian waffles. (yes, the perfect pairing!) I got to meet many of their Brewers and spent most of a Friday sampling oddities along with Felix and Oscar from their oak foeders. The new release is still great! It pours a dark brown with red highlights. Great medium brown lacing. The aroma is chocolate, cinnamon, smoke and malt. The taste is very balanced and dry with a hint of vanilla. Very little heat. The chipotle peppers contribute smoke and the cinnamon punches up the round maltiness. Mouth feel is perfect, between a dry and oatmeal stout. There is a bread-like character to this beer. However, it doesn't scream Fat Tire yeast like some of their other brews like Ranger ect. Very little hop character. Bitterness seems to come more from the cinnamon than the hops. But my guess is it's hopped with low alpha english hops. The beer was out of production for several years. It tastes as good as I remember. I highly recommend it. I've attempted to recreate it on a home brew scale, but I always miss it slightly! Thank you, New Belgium, for bringing it back!

Photo of richj1970
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Best enjoyed by January 19, 2017.

A: Dark brown body with a ruby tint. 1/2 finger of off-white head with average retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Strongly of mole sauce. Cinnamon and pepper. Earthy cocoa. Dark chocolate. Very faint smoke. Vanilla.

T: Sweet, chocolatey mole notes open with a noticeable capsaicin burn that develops quickly. The cocoa and peppers are bold. Roasted malts pop up, but remain mostly in the background and help fill out the flavor profile. Semi-dry finish with lingering mole and pepper heat in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is light for 9% ABV, no doubt masked a bit by the peppers.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to medium body. Not quite as full on the palate as your typical porter, but not too much of a detractor.

O: This beer really nailed mole. Nice chocolate and pepper notes. Enjoyable amount of heat. Pretty unique for sure. Arguably the best LOF offering I've tasted.

Prost!

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

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 1/29/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, toast, cinnamon, chile pepper, and herbal/spice earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark fruit, dark/bready malt and chili/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, toast, cinnamon, chile pepper, and herbal/spice earthiness. Some light roast/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown sugar, cinnamon, chile pepper, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Chile pepper heat builds up as you finish the glass, but doesn’t get overbearing. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark fruit, dark/bready malt, and chile/spice flavors; with a great dark fruit/malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic chile spiced beer. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark fruit, dark/bready malt, and chile/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the the ABV with the moderate heat from the peppers. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Amedlin18
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 release drank in Feb 2015. Sweet then spicy. I'm a sucker for peppery or smoky porters, Mexican food and spicy foods, so that is part of my affinity. Very smooth and as good as I remember it from the last release a few years ago.

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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