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: 949
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 6.8%
Wants: 111
Gots: 180 | 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 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 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 fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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! (1,018 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,624 characters)

Photo of Amedlin18
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (234 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having had other "hot spiced" beer, this one stands out in my opinion. Pours a very dark brown, wtih the spices coming to the forefront of the smell. The taste brings some warming heat, but there is also a sweetness that is present. The heat of the spice lasts well into the next sip. Overall a nice beer. (309 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tastes like a water-y Prairie Bomb!
transparent dark chestnut.
aroma is thin and "adjunct-like".... yes, really.
taste is almost "adjunct-like" but the level of flavor competes with that profile. definitely can taste some chile and it adds to the flavor profile. kind of chocolate-y. carbonation appears although there are no bubbles- could it be the heat from the chile? great beer but thin. (392 characters)

Photo of McThulhu
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter in color than your average porter imo, not that there's anything wrong with that!
Smells of caramel, chocolate, strong cinnamon, no discernable pepper nose.
Taste starts off with the cinnamon and Mexican spices, then eases into subtle pepper heat and mexican chocolate for the finish.
If you are like me, and have a weakness for authentic Mexican cuisine as well as a finely-crafted beer, this porter is a love letter to you. (434 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Dark brown, good head and lacing

Smell: Chiles, cocoa, dark fruit, cinnamon

Taste: Chiles, though not too much heat, cinnamon, cocoa, dark fruits, malts, brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, full body

Overall: An excellent beer, not quite as good as Victory at Sea Mole, but still excellent. A little sweeter than I think it should have been but otherwise great (383 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky red. Head disappoints with its volume but picks up with its lovely lacing. Off-white colour; looks heavy, not so massively impressive though.

Smells grainy, and a bit dark. Touch of smoke to it, but primarily sweet notes - oatmeal, brown sugar, touch of molasses. All pretty nice, but that smoke is wonderful in there and I wish it were the hero.

Taste is an intriguing one. Sweet, dark, bitter at times, also some of that smoke with woody notes as well. Brown sugar and cinnamon really own the palate though, in a big way. Touch of grape, vanilla and dark wood notes. Some smoke late, but it's also slightly bitter and spicy with pepper and galangal on the back. Interesting mix, I appreciate that it's not too sweet but still falls a bit short of the 'wow' mark.

Fluid, bit of thickness, quite a spicy bite at the end. Good.

A bit odd; nice notes throughout but if there was a sense of it being a perfect example of a style that would be nice. It's a little bit off-kilter stylistically: too sweet for some things and too spicy for others. Still, I quite enjoy it. (1,089 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 canucklehead
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer as it combined some heat with some cocoa and cinnamon. Everything works in this experiment as the heat backed the stout like beer and the spices added some sweetness. The Mexican flavour aspect is unique and very cool. I would love to get a bottle and pair it with some Mexican food. (308 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber.

LOOK: Deep mahogany hue, tight lacing

SMELL: Fresh chilies, raw cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, candied fruit

TASTE: Sweet maltiness within, creamy fullish body, full chili flavor, mild pepper heat, cinnamon, treacle, figgy, spicy throughout, reserved hoppiness, finishes spicy

This is a lovely brew, well rounded with a perfect balance of chili to cocoa to spice and still stays a beer. (408 characters)

Photo of TWStandley
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium tulip.

Poured a beautiful ruby/brown color with a fluffy beige head. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smelled of dark chocolate, cinnamon, paprika and port wine. Smell was incredibly complex and actually inviting, even with the spicy scents.

Taste, much like the smell, was amazingly complex. First you are hit with a sweet port-wine like flavor, followed by chocolate and cinnamon. It is only after you swallow and sit a moment that the chile flavors hit you. Quite delicious.

Mouthfeel was similar to that of a light stout. A bit creamy but not syrupy. Left a nice light burn on the back of your throat due to the chiles.

Overall I was really impressed by this beer. It was one that was sitting in my cellar looking at me for a while but I was never in the mood to try it. Finally broke it out and happy I did. Very complex, very unique. (871 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up one to two fingers' worth of head which is off-white with the slightest hint of a creamy beige. The body is incredibly interesting- maroon with hints of rose and purple which turns to a purplish rose when held up to the light. Translucent. Minor retention. Doesn't seem to be any lacing as of yet.

Nose- Mild cocoa, slightest hint of chiles (I might be able to drink this?). There are some fruity esters as well but I haven't pinned down the exact ones yet. Faint raisin maybe- mild grape is a better descriptor. Swirling reveals an aroma defined by chile. After some thought, raspberry seems to be the dominant fruit ester.

Taste- Rather thin to begin with. Then, a mild hit of peppers, followed by rounded cocoa. All of this is underlined by red grape and raisins. An aspect of Coca-Cola on the finish. Slight bitterness on the finish. Chile (which makes the tongue tingle) begins this while a mild cocoa bitterness ends it with the aforementioned fruit providing a constant for the flavor profile. Still a bit thin. Spicy for me means that this will spicy to almost no one. There's almost a rose/slight bubblegum to the esters. Some slight bitter chocolate appears on the finish. Dominant chocolate and some smoke would be perfect for this beer. Above average and I imagine it's solid for the style. Definitely has presence. Raspberry seems to the underlying ester that I couldn't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a proper amount of carbonation while the pepper makes your tongue tingle. Still a little thin though.

Drinkability- A little tough for me but I am not a good measuring stick. Four dollars for a 12 oz pour seems fair.

Overall- Above average to solid. Seems right for the style. I would suggest you try it if you're into chile beers but it might not be hot enough for you. Weaklings like myself should probably give it a pass. (1,884 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of nick_asian
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The bar I was at didn't have the best lighting, but it looked pretty dark with tannish head. Pretty good lacing going on as well.

S: A LOT of spicy cinnamon nutmeg going on here. Definitely picked up on the chocolate and some cacao. Good toast from the malts and a bit of carmel. Nice wood/smoke when settled.

T: Basically everything in the nose but a little bit of the wood/smoke is more present, but in a great balance.

M: Medium-full bodied. Very nice level of carbonation. Finish stays pretty much the same as you get in in the taste.

O: A great beer. I'll definitely be going back for more. (602 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,217 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 7/13/13

Appearance: Dark, rich garnet with some brown - mostly clear - pours with a decent sized off-white head - keeps a whispy cap - leaves some nice streaks of lacing that stick around for a while

Smell: Spicy, not in a hot way, but in a cinnamon way, with chilies and chocolate - cinnamon, some vague spiciness, and some fleshy, vegetal chilies - no chili heat detectable from the aroma - some sweet cocoa and semisweet chocolate - some caramel grains and malts

Taste: A nice mix of chocolate, chilies, and mild heat - straight-up cocoa, some semisweet chocolate, and some dark chocolate - green chilies, vegetal, with a mild but satisfactorily warming amount of heat - the heat builds, but it's quite nice - lightly smoky - some cinnamon, vanilla, and other spices - caramel and brown malt backbone - nicely balanced overall, with a really nice amount of heat

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, with a nice chili bite at the end

Overall: Delicious, delicious moles

This is quite an interesting chile-chocolate beer. It has some nice chile and chocolate flavors, but neither are extreme. I could probably drink a lot of this. I hope New Belgium makes more of this, especially when the East Coast brewery is up and running... (1,306 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-dark reddish brown with a thin light tan head

S-mix of cocoa and chili pepper, it's really the flavor more so than the heat. smooth scent, almost creamy. medium to good strength

T-comes in with a decent mix of cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chili heat. the taste of cocoa is weak but noticeable. the heat is pretty apparent, loss of the pepper flavor though unfortunately. quality is mediocre. after-taste is mostly the heat.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-it's a pretty decent chili beer. I've had few beers that can make a good cocoa/chili blend, but this is pretty close! i think they could've had a strong cocoa flavor while keeping some aspect of pepper flavor, though i'm glad the pepper was in the nose. (735 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 Lucho
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

shared with good friend chardlogic "rich" I have been sitting on this bottle for 2 years.

Appearance: Half finget head. not much lacing. translucent brown. nothing too crazy

Smell: Cinnamon Toast Crunch! that cinnamon hits you up front. then the peppers come in. well balanced with the sweet cinnamon.

Taste: Cinnamon up front but those peppers what want to fight back. then it finishes nice with some sweet chocolate then last taste is the heat of the peppers. not so much that you are not begging for another sip. I could this beer being too much early in its life. Its awesome now with the few years of age.

Overall: considering this is a brown ale and not a stout with peppers like huna or abraxas. This is an awesome beer. still has a few years on it if you want. who knows where it will go. (802 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber

A: Pours a dark brown body, translucent when held to light. Fizzy light brown head. Disappears quickly with no lacing on the glass.

S: Strong cocoa flavor. Spicy pepper aromas. Sweet malt and cinnamon.

T: More pepper than anything. The sweet and spice conflict - not good. Some chocolate and cinnamon.

M: High carbonation. A little dry. Medium Body.

O: Appreciate what it's trying to be, but not my cup of tea. (428 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Barleys (SC).
Brown with a trace of red; dark and clear, with a moderate size but rather durable head.

The feel is a bit thin but otherwise good.

The chilies are quite evident from start to finish and on into a lasting warming in my belly. A nice dose of cinnamon too, with everything in balance. That is, nothing so strong as to mask other ingredients, including a nice chocolate note. But be forewarned, this is one of the hottest (spicy) beers I've ever had. I've upped my rating in recognition of the contrast between mouth burn (low) and GI warming (moderate-high) from the chili peppers.

O: Much enjoyed and recommended. I hope to have this again, but would be hesitant to tackle a 22oz bomber by myself. (729 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)

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