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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé

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BA SCORE
89
very good

605 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 605
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 15.11%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4 oz pour at Bottle Revolution. Big thanks to Ted!

Looks very murky brown, kind of reminds me of Sugar Plum Brown from CCB. Small head.

Smell isnt much to look at. Didnt realy get much out of it.

The taste is, well, wow. Initially, cinnamon dominates all the way. But actually the cinnamon fades leaving hints of malt and a touch of peppers. The heat comes in the back end near the end of the beer.

Outside of the pepper heat, the body is light, and it feels like a brown ale plus peppers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 18:47:40 | More by VncentLIFE
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $8.49. Dark brown color with a minimal head, looks red up against the light. Smells pretty good like cinnamon mostly and a hint of cocoa. Tastes like cocoa, cinnamon, and has the slightest bit of heat from the peppers, spicy. The alcohol was pretty well hidden but maybe that is the peppers masking it. This was a pretty nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:10:55 | More by ArrogantB
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sensational and different! pours a brown ale color with some good bubbling. smells outrageous. tons of cocoa powder in the nose, bits of cinnamon, and some smoked pepper vibe, pablano maybe. flavor is so balanced. cocoa powder up front, not sweet at all. then comes a little heat, but not in your face, ancho the bottle says would account for that smokey thing. good caramel and chocolate malt sweetness and richness. pleasant mouthfeel, works with this beer. medium bodied to fuller bodied, and a mildly spicy booze laced finish, especially as it warms up here. the cocoa is what is memorable for me here, i like this one a whole lot. way above my expectations!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:22:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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Intrik

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark rich mahogany brown with hues of red through the light. Accurate two-finger head with some nice lingering head retention.

Smell - Bitter chocolates with a sweet lingering end. I can feel a slight nice from the peppers along with the chocolate. Makes my nose slightly tingley.

Taste - So damn interesting! Almost feels like a brown ale on the beginning taste with a kick of spice from all the peppers. I'm not green when it comes to spicy food so it doesn't really linger bunch, but a few quick sips and it will remind you that they did put some nice peppers in this beer. Chocolate calms it down and sweetens up the beer immediatly.

Overall - Interesting beer! I would love to grab another few of these for Cinco de Mayo.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 02:07:15 | More by Intrik
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my first beer review - I love this beer so much that I had to weigh in! It is unique and delicious, one of the best that I've had. The pervasive flavors are cinnamon and chocolate, and there's a spiciness that gives you a gentle kick in the head between sips. I stocked up on it, the spicy/chocolate combo will go great with grilled food this summer. I have a few friends who "don't like beer", though they've enjoyed some of the things I've poured for them - this one will definitely be added to that playlist.
The Lips Of Faith series rarely disappoints, and this is another wonderful addition to their canon.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 22:09:13 | More by Cyclone8
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n2185

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin layer with no real lacing.

S: Nice mix of vanilla, nuts, creamy chocolate, and spice on the nose. There is also a sweet floral aroma to this beer.

T: Lots of vanilla and nutty flavors up front followed by creamy chocolate notes. The finish has a nice, spicy kick to it with notes of cayenne and cinnamon that leave a slight burn on the back of the throat.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, the spice gives it a nice kick that prevents it from being watery, though I could wish it were a bit creamier.

O: A good beer overall, that definitely reminds me of a mole sauce. It has a good amount of heat, though I could wish for more cocoa presence. Still, it's unique and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 22:01:12 | More by n2185
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to the cool label art on this one... having this on taco night. Poured into NB snifter.

A: pours cola colored with slightly tan head, not much retention, good amount of lacing, decent clarity

S: nose is very unique, honestly it smells like horchata... tons of cinnamon and cream, notes of vanilla, a faint hint of cayenne, cocoa is there but serves as more a supporting role to the spices

T: the taste basically matches the smell spot on, smooth and creamy, cinnamon and sugar along with sweet cream, some roasted cocoa is in there as well, finishes with a zing of cinnamon.

MF: body is somewhat thin, moderate carbonation

O: for what it is, this is an extremely well executed beer. It captures the Mexican culture, not only in the cool label art, but also in the balance of flavors. I am a big fan of mole and have tried other mole inspired beers and have been disappointed (see New Holland Mole Ocho)... this one has great balance and really works with that sweet and spicy combo. Well done New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 06:28:28 | More by homebrew311
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rtaps

California

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to UCLABrewN84 for opening this one

pours a dark brown with a khaki head with minimal retention.

plesant aroma here spicy, cinnamon and chipotle with coco like coffee

spice flavor allspice/nutmeg and a cinnamon hotness to it. with coco blended together well

light bodied and carbonated leaving the mouth dry

overall it was a very well made chile beer. the spice was there but didnt steal the show and didnt make it unenjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 05:10:03 | More by rtaps
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seedsofchaos

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:28:11 | More by seedsofchaos
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oberon

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the most interesting of the Lips of Faith beers I have had.Poured a deep mahogany brown with a thin tannish colored head atop.Smells of chocolate,vanilla bean,and cinnamon,to me like Mexican hot chocolate,really cool.A bunch of stuff going on on the palate with chocolate being predominant as well vanilla,cinnamon and chili comes into play at the back end providing a slow burn.A little light in the mouth but thats the only small drawback to the beer,it's the most interesting take on a chile beer I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 21:23:27 | More by oberon
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dogfish90

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle from Sunset Beer Co.

Appearance - Dark Brown in color with little to no head. Small head is caramel in color.

Smell - Heavy cinnamon/chocolate aroma mixed with chiles and various piney spices

Taste - Immediate and robust burst of Cinnamon/chocolate and french toastesque flavors as well as chile and spices.

Mouth Feel - Smooth with a caramel resin over your teefs.

IMO, this beer tastes exactly how it smells. It's a beautiful change to my everyday choices. I highly recommend Cocoa Mole for anyone that is up for something "different". I kinda don't want to finish this beer, i just want to keep smelling the beautiful aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 06:34:36 | More by dogfish90
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-30-2012
Freshness: Bottled 12-21-2011
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: New Belgium globe glass
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is a dark brown, like chestnut, with good clarity. Head is tan and a couple of fingers high. Lacing and head retention are fair.

Aromas are of chili peppers and chocolate, with some caramel and malty sweetness. Cinnamon and other spice aromas make for a complex nose.

Taste is both spicy and sweet, with milk chocolate up front and then some chili heat in the back. I also get some cinnamon flavor. Has a nice alcohol warming effect.

Smooth mouthfeel on a medium body. The finish is slightly sweet with some heat from the chilies.

Overall I though this was a very good chili beer, but not as good as some other chocolate chili beers I've had such as the Reunion and Vixen.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:30:01 | More by sommersb
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duckrabbitfan

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at The Busy Bee Cafe in Raleigh, NC

pours a deep mahogany with offwhite/beige head, some lacing, looks sexy.

smells exactly as advertised. very enticing. chocolate is there but the spices are more dominating

same with the taste. it's a really nice, slow burn, and the spices are just right.

this is a really unique brew. so glad to have gotten it on tap. had it again in the bottle and there was an appreciable difference as far as the burn and the spices are concerned. i think everything would be a 1/2 point lower if i were reviewing the bottle. just fyi.

(additionally, just for the sake of information, i followed this up with a terrapin 2010 gamma ray, also on tap at the busy bee, and it was probably the best/most unique 1-2 punch i've had in some time, if not ever.)

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 03:01:52 | More by duckrabbitfan
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jsanford

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a NB Globe

A - Pours a dark mahogany with a dense ivory head that settles to a thin ring and pillow of haze.
S - Deliciously unique aromas of Mexican hot chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, and chili peppers. As someone who eats a lot of mole...this smells exactly like mole. Amazing.
T - Taste is similarly mole-centric, with deep, complex flavors of bitter chocolate, cinnamon, chilis, and dark roasted malt. The chilis add little heat to the body of the brew, but definitely add up in the back of the throat after numerous sips.
M - Moderately creamy, with a medium body and fairly sharp carbonation. Body is nice for this type of beer, and the slightly high carbonation aids in keeping the chili character from getting unbearable.
O - A wonderfully unique beer that certainly evokes it's namesake. I'd love to see this become a yearly release, it's that good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:39:44 | More by jsanford
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ehammond1


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle

Thanks for opening this one, UCLABrewN84!

Dark brown body without a lot of visible carbonation activity. The beer eventually leaves spots of lace down the glass.

An incredibly unique aroma: decidedly Mexican coffee/chipotle peppers/rich, dark, chocolate mole, with enough roast to round out any sharp edges. Comes together very nicely.

The flavor is interesting, unusual, and delicious. The cinnamon and earthy spices are at the forefront, with bitter Mexican chocolate and coffee elements as well, with pepper heat lingering on the back of the throat after every swallow. Quite a unique drinking experience.

I suppose my only complaint would be with the mouthfeel, though I'd be nitpicking. Though there wasn't a lot of visible carbonation, it seemed, if anything, too carbonated in the mouth.

A unique, interesting, awesome chile beer. I'd recommend drinking this one fresh, as the chiles are vibrant and flavorful, though not overpowering or truly spicy in a classic sense.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:57:43 | More by ehammond1
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cinnamon and other spices and Mexican hot chocolate. Absolutely fantastic smelling. Taste is of cinnamon and other spices, cocoa powder, and some slight chile flavors. There is a slight warming in the back of the throat from the chili after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer taste wise but exceptional in the smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:19:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up tonight at Bier Thirty.. Pours with a short lasting tannish head... the brew is perfectly clear deep walnut brown.... no real head or lacing..

Nose is big cinnamon and some lesser spices... brown sugar and a good depth of cocoa.... smokey elements that build with chili notes...

Wow.... this one straddles a fine line between a borderline masterpiece and a top rate shit show... not sure yet... Poured at cellar temp and the cinnamon comes screaming... Mexican cocoa with vanilla and then a wallop of chili.. chipotle is obvious... roasty poblano essence... cinnamon begins again and follows out with some chili heat.. the cocoa lingers on a very dry finish..

Very nice... no doubt...

3.5/4/4.5/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 06:53:10 | More by JohnGalt1
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lokieman

Oklahoma

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Dark, golden brown with a 1/2 inch cocoa colored head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Smells of cinnamon and holiday spice. A little bit of chocolate coming through once I get past the cinnamon but smells like apple pie with a cocoa/chile backbone.

T: The first thing that hits you is cinnamon. This is a cinnamon bomb if I've ever had one. Very sweet (almost too sweet) and the chile is very subdued. The sweetness and cinnamon character of this beer overwhelms the chile flavor and all I really ended up getting from the chilies was a slight chile burn on the edges of my tongue. Not bad but kind of falling into the dessert beer category for me.

M: Is nice with a nice lingering coating left in the mouth. The viscosity of this beer might be my favorite aspect of this brew. Very nice dark belgian ale mouthfeel that is rich and creamy without being overwhelming.

O: I bought one to lay down for a while and see what happens. For me to enjoy this beer more the sweetness and cinnamon character need to tone down a bit. I'm hoping some age will accomplish this. I would say this is a sweeter, less refined and sloppier Vertical Epic. I didn't hate this beer and I didn't love it...it just kind of lands in the middle somewhere for me. For $9 a bomber it's not terribly expensive and I am curious to see what 6 months to a year will do for the one in my cellar. An interesting brew....

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 02:57:50 | More by lokieman
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Poured a dark caramel-brown with little head. The nose is distinctly cocoa powder and cinnamon. The flavor is very intricate. At first cocoa dominates. As I took a few more sips the spices began to come through. There is some cinnamon and nutmeg as well as some cayenne pepper that leaves a tingly spice in the finish. Just like a good mole sauce, there are more intricacies here than one can explain. This is a medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated beer.

This is an intricate, complex beer. The flavors are unique and enjoyable. The ABV is big but it's still drinkable. If you enjoy cocoa and spices, you'll love this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 21:08:54 | More by tdm168
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium to dark brown in color.

Cinnamon and chocolate notes on the nose.

Light carbonation and small amount of head.

***Here's what stood out.***
Chocolate and cinnamon on the front tongue. Pepper notes kick in on the back end for a warming finish.

Tastes similiar to a pumpkin beer but with more cinnamon and chocolate. The peppers warmed the gullet on the way down the windpipe.

Its something different, but a very drinkable beer. Like they mixed Cocoa puffs with light tabasco.

Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:22:44 | More by ucsbmullet
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a russet garnet color with a short lived finger of light tan head. Some light lacing.

S- this smells awesome. Sweet malts blend with spice, savory pepper, and subtle smokiness from the chipotle. There's also toasty characteristics and cocoa on the finish with a hint of cinnamon.

T- the cocoa and sweet toasty malt fleshes out in the beginning. Spice and cinnamon blends in the middle. Finishes with pepper flesh, subtle smoke and pepper seed heat on the finish.

MF- rich full mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- good drinkability if your a fan of peppers. If not it might not be for you. This would be one hell of a food beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:37:48 | More by Viciousknishs
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brew pours a ruby-hued mahogany with a quickly reducing greyish-colored head that stays at a faint ring with moderately dense lacing.

The nose is a huge blast of cinnamon toast crunch cereal with underlying complexities of cocoa powder (imparting an un-sweet chocolate vibe), the chilis (with a spice that tickles the nose and that typical muddled-chili aroma mixing leather, smoke, dried fruits and just a faint herbal aroma), faint coffee and dark bread.

Palate leads with a big, frothy mouthfeel and a coating of that chili character, again with the mix of leather/smoke/fruit/herb, joined by touches of chocolate and hints of caramel. Finishes with the bitterness and alcohol tucked into the chili heat, a sort of muddled mass of textures balancing out the sweetness, that warms the back of the throat and creeps down the esophagus with lingering spicy cinnamon/nutmeg tones.

Easily my favorite chili beer so far. Most that I've tasted had serious issues balancing the elements- too much spice, not enough bitterness, other adjuncts that clash with the chili flavor, etc. This one seems to hit all the marks, though, with its complexity and harmony.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 20:44:50 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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wedge

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Busy Bee

Dark ruby color with a fine, filmy head and a slim, creamy ring around the edges. Spotty lace. Warm cinnamon is prominent in the aroma…very much like apple crisp with increasing chocolate as it warms and only a faint hint of chilies. Cocoa, caramel, and spice are brought together in a smooth blend of flavors. Sweet, but not too sweet, vanilla and peppers providing some heat in the finish. Pretty damn tasty! Medium bodied and warming with fine carbonation. Very nice…

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 03:48:24 | More by wedge
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Jester King tulip.

Pours a dark, dusty cola-brown color with a thin head of khaki bubbles. Burnt orange sneaks in when Cocoa Mole is held to the light. The aroma smells of brown-sugared squash and a hefty dose of cinnamon spice. Slightly vegetal in the background with a dash of pepper heat, but the caramel & chocolate maltiness is sturdy enough to round out the aroma with sweetness. Unique--really nice so far.

Flavor is a bit one-dimensional up front with brown, sweet malts leading the way alongside a hint of cinnamon. However, the finish more than makes up for it as a lingering pepper heat sinks in and delivers a capsaicin "pop" that simmers on the back of the palate long after each sip. The heat isn't over-powering, though, as it balances out nicely the initial sweet/spicy flavors. Alcohol presence becomes more notable as Cocoa Mole warms. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and not too heavy, making this beer quite drinkable considering all that's going on inside it. Another solid Lips of Faith release from New Belgium--this one is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:15:11 | More by wagenvolks
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Merkur

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dark brown with a fair amount of tan head that dissappears quickly.

Beer smells mainly of the chiles, with a slight cinnamon smells as well. Also present in some sweet chocolate.

Taste follows the nose. Starts off very sweet of chocolate before giving way to a nice cinamon flavor. Beer finishes with a slight chile burn on the back of your throat. Tastes just like a Texas Sheetcake. Very sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel is nice, but a bit too carbonated.

Overall very unique taste. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:01:34 | More by Merkur
Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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