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El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

394 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alexgash on 04-04-2010

Our exploration into the flavors of mole, the legendary sauce of central Mexico. Malty aroma and rich, cocoa-laden body laced with an invigorating tinge of dries chilies and coffee.
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Ratings: 394 | Reviews: 159
Photo of JasonHaviland
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NoProblem
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I thought that this tasted medicinal.

Photo of mick303
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BColton1
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of braican
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dental
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3/5
Pours a clear, but very dark red-brown, with about a finger of tan head, which dissipates quickly. Can see a sparse amount of carbonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 4.5/5
Chocolate mole (earthy dark chocolate w/ a hint of spice and other flavors). Some alcohol flavor (10.5%) and a slight fruity/caramelized sugar aroma. Very unique smell for a beer. I am impressed and quite happy with the smell.

Taste - 3.75/5
Strong chocolate mole flavor up front, followed by some slight spiciness and some fruitiness, with a slight alcoholic aftertaste. Overall, the 10% is well masked behind the cocoa and spices. Not as good as the aroma, but still a decent taste. Extra points are always given by me for uniqueness/successful experimentation.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, crisp and smooth, medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. As I drink more and more, the spiciness begins to build up in my mouth, which I love.

Overall - 4/5

Photo of dheldman
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BranchDavidian
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PG2G
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Winston3737
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WckdVbz
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Pittsburgh Winter BeerFest.

Photo of schimschim
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ristaccia
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heerboth
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHODriver
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2014 vintage

A: poured into a snifter to a deep reddish brown topped by a small off white head that is quick to fade and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of chocolate and some chilies with something seemingly funky going on like maybe a hint of anise
T: taste is chilies, chocolate, a little coffee, a slight caramel malt sweetness and slightly smoky. swallow is more chocolate and chilies but it tastes off and bad.
M: this beer is on the heavier side of medium with slightly prickly carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Looked good, smelled not so good, I found it to taste not so good as well. good mouthfeel. Overall, not very good. It could be that I've never had good mole but at the same time I feel like this beer is underwhelming. I love the crap out of Xocoveza and some other offerings of a similar nature but this beer is just sad in comparison. the peppery flavor is there but nothing else supports it and the entire beer just seems to fall a little flat in the area of flavor.

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3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz 2013 bottle of this "Mexican Spiced Ale" (New Holland) served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours clear dark ruby-brown with a bubbly weak head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: wow, very peppery! Also a bit vegetal with hints of cocoa and brown bread. Alcohol i less obvious than expected for 10% ABV. Smells spicy and hot but ...

Flavor: the flavor is peppery but only mildly hot and moderately spicy. It tastes like a mix of dried and roasted peppers. A bit more sweet than bitter.

Feel: some heat and prickliness: hard to say how much is from the peppers and spices and what's from the high ABV.

O: a distinct beer that is worth trying as long as you don't completely object to chilies in your ale. Allowed to warm for about 15 minutes out of the refridgerator, it still improved with further warming.

Photo of Johnroby
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Off flavor to me. Not.good.

Photo of KAP72
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HirsuteHopslover
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.