Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing
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District of Columbia
4.7/5 rDev +18.4%
Presently, this is the #1 Chile Beer here on BA by a country mile. As a matter of fact, I don't see any catching up to it for a long time.
Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.
A: This poured much darker than I was expecting: Imagine the darkest, burnt brown you can imagine without the beer being black. The head started out at about a finger, but then settled into a bunch of mocha colored clumps.
S: Wow.... This is VERY different!: Sort of a cross between spiced pulled pork and cinnamon apples. Have you ever been to IKEA? You know that distinct smell of furniture and Swedish snack bar, right? That is this brew in a nutshell.
T: I still got cinnamon apples, wood, cocoa, and more Mexican weirdness. The aftertaste I got more pine wood than anything. Still, the IKEA comparison is absolutely the perfect one to my mind. Maybe instead of pork (like I got on the nose), the brewer(s) at New Belgium were actually thinking Swedish meatballs. lol
M: I just burped a moment ago and it actually burned my throat. This brew is also spicy in the "hot" sense, which makes it multidimensional to my mind. The lacing was substantial and the cinnamon apple component lingered in a rather divine way.
O: This was one of the most memorable beers I've tasted in the last year or so. No flaws and not a trace of booze detected. I WILL try this beer again in the future... many more times.
02-19-2012 03:47:41 | More by Chaney
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Strong aroma has an overtone of cinnamon, plus fruity and cocoa notes and hints of malt and cloves. It pours a dark, warm, slightly hazy brown with a decent light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has a malty core and cinnamon, earthy, chocolate and - whoa! - hot spice notes. Smooth texture is a little creamy and fairly fizzy with needle-like stabs from the hot pepper and a powdery hint. A distinctive and unique brew that is most worthy if you like variety in your beers!
02-18-2012 18:06:41 | More by Cyberkedi
4.48/5 rDev +12.8%
22 oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe
A- Dark brown with a two finger off-white head. When it is held up to the light it is a deep ruby red.
S- Cinnamon! Cocoa, peppers, spices. Well balanced, reminds be of a sweet breakfast and a spicy dinner.
T- Follows that nose, again well balanced, nice heat from the peppers in the finish, 9% ABV is not noticeable at all.
M- Medium body, smooth, creamy.
O- This is a great beer that I find easy to drink, but I could see how the pepper heat could be a turn-off for some. I would compare this to something like a chocolate covered jalapeno, but not as hot. This has a great kick from the peppers but the taste is not driven by the peppers. Definitely will stock up on this.
02-17-2012 22:51:10 | More by larryi86
4.75/5 rDev +19.6%
22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
9% ABV, Bottled on 12/21/2011
A - Nearing the bordering of blackness, Cocoa Molé is a deep Spanish oak in color that's topped, briefly, by a light khaki head. Thin, wispy lace decorates the glass.
S - Immediately unique, Cocoa Molé offers a menagerie of spices blended together very nicely. I can only pick out cinnamon from the mass. Dry cocoa compliments as dense caramel malt backs it all up. A swirl brings out hints of warming alcohol and spicy chilies. Hints of molasses peek out following a swirl.
T - Deep and complex, Cocoa Molé starts with inviting milk chocolate and caramel malt flavors that slowly shift to a dry cocoa and one-of-a-kind spice blend driven by cinnamon. The icing on the cake is the lingering chipotle pepper heat on the finish that balances the unique flavor of this beer without flaw.
M - Cocoa Molé has a tempting velvet smooth and soft opening that effortlessly and seamlessly transforms to a dry, spicy heat. At first I wanted a little more spice heat to it, then quickly changed my tune, reassuring myself the balance of this beer is perfect.
O - New Belgium has created one of the most unique and memorable beers I've had in quite a while. Cocoa Molé captures the essence of "chili beer" almost perfectly. There isn't much, if anything at all, I'd change about this beer. From it's adorable sugar skulls through the completely hidden alcohol punch and sneaky spice heat to the smooth, supple chocolaty body, Cocoa Molé is a dangerously drinkable beer capable of incapacitating the burliest of men.
02-17-2012 03:22:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
This is one crazy interesting beer. It's the second chile beer I've tried, but by far the superior one.
It's a clear, dark (almost opaque) maple color with a cola-flavored head that quickly dissipates, probably due to the high ABV. It smells like cinnamon and bittersweet chocolate – kind of like Mexican hot chocolate if you've had it. It's very appealing.
The taste is complex and surprisingly drinkable. At the very front it's sweet, with the chocolate malts hitting right away. But as the beer sits in your mouth, you get more and more heat from the chipotle peppers.
This beer may very well ruin whatever meal you're eating it with, but it's an odd delicacy on its own. Sweet, spicy and smooth enough that you'll forget it's 9% ABV.
02-16-2012 07:28:35 | More by Dmart1223
4.48/5 rDev +12.8%
Bottled on 12-21-2011. Poured into a tulip glass
Red brown cola color, small head, small bubbles, some lacing on glass.
Wonderful smell - like biting into a piece of Belgium chocolate with a subtle spicy note (definitely recalls Mexican hot chocolate). complex - Some roasted toasted layers too.
Hit first w/ chocolate taste up front (though less in comparison to the smell) - some herbal and roasty flavors layer in their as well. Fruity alcohol ending, with a small lingering spiciness that heats up. Great taste, some what sweet but balanced with heat.
A bit slick, perfect amount of carbonation, plays well off spices.
Quite enjoyable - esp as a after dinner valentines treat. Wouldn't drink it every day. Unique, better than other spiced beers that I've had.
02-15-2012 05:12:44 | More by drewone
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 12/21/2011.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-brown body with a medium-small, ivory-hued head.
Smell: Aromatic cinnamon powder is fairly large in the nose, but it is not entirely dominating the other notes smelling of semi-sweet chocolate, sugar encrusted bread, vanilla bean, and deseeded peppers.
Taste: Plenty of ground cinnamon scattered over caramel and chocolate maltiness with a fair degree of sweet. Pinch of vanilla sugar. Slightly roasty but there's also a sugary bready quality present. Follows through with an earthy, very slight vegetal taste from the chiles with the heat slowly accumulating across the tongue aided by the alcohol. Sweetish, cinnamon-laced, slightly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Cocoa Mole is fairly good for a chile beer which can, if particularly one-note-ish (or even vaguely reminiscent of the nightmare-inducing Cave Creek Chili Beer), have a very limited appeal for me. So, again, good job, NB.
02-15-2012 04:50:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
02-15-2012 04:27:04 | More by mactrail
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours dark brown nearly opaque with some garnet red highlights. Forms a small half finger mocha head even after a vigorous pour. Poor retention that doesn't leave hint of lace on the glass.
Incredible nose! Sweet dark chocolate, very raw and earthy that melts into a deep caramel and crystal malt backbone. Very rich notes of brown sugar, raisins, plum, molasses and cinnamon. Maple finish with a breath of alcohol. One step from a sweetness overload but well done.
Chocolate malt in the forefront but not as complex here. The taste develops straight into a cinnamon like blast that escalates into a chili burn and peppery finish. Spiciness lingers on the finish with more gingerbread and spice. Very pleasant for a cold spring evening.
Alcohol very well hidden beneath the malts and spice. Chile burn mellows and warms though enhancing the sticky feel on the palate. Mellow carbonation and average body help the overall character.
A brilliant chile beer that really enhances the chile through the malt and spices. Feels like a winter warmer and a lighter take on a Belgian quad. Well crafted, I'm came away very satisfied with my purchase.
02-15-2012 03:31:02 | More by rawfish
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
A: Half-finger just off-white head, dark red-brown color, no lacing
S: Dark chocolates, spices, cinnamon, good smells
T: Chocolates, peppers, and spices, some of my favorite flavors, this is awesome for me
M: Nice feel, smooth, medium-bodied, good carbonation, touch of heat from peppers, bit of earthiness
O: Very good stuff, not too hot, I liked this a lot, something different and tasty, need to get some more
02-11-2012 08:16:05 | More by derkfromwi
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to UCLAbrewn84 for sharing this nice beer
Look: Brown and semi translucent with a 1/4 inch head and good retention
Smell: Cinnamon and a little chile spice
Taste: Cinnamon chocolate and chili heat
Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation
Overall: I am a fan of chile beers and I really enjoyed this one as well. I thought the cinnamon did over power the chili just a touch
02-11-2012 07:23:31 | More by DarthKostrizer
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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