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New Holland El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland El Mole OchoNew Holland El Mole Ocho

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BA SCORE
80
good

314 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17%


Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.79% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 04-04-2010)
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/11/2013. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, chili pepper, light coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chili pepper, light coffee, herbal, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Slight pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, raisin, plum, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light coffee, light chili pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with light-moderate chili/coffee presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good chili beer. Good balance, robustness, complexity of malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:56:59 | More by superspak
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've had other "mole" beers before, so perhaps that skewed what I thought of this beer.

Definitely got notes of chocolate and the chiles. With other mole beers, the chocolate taste would always over power any chile flavor - not that that's a bad thing. But the beer has a nice lightness to it, which was unexpected. But that could be perhaps the other mole beers I have had were Porters, so I was expecting this beer to be a bit heavier.

Not sure if I would drink this beer again, since I think I would have liked it to be heavier and taste more of the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:40:34 | More by iheartmyTHO
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SHolland

Florida

2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I feel i should be discussing one of my favorite beers for my first review, but unfortunately this is the first beer I have felt strongly enough about to actually write about.

A - Part of my disappointment was thinking this was a stout, not an herbed/spiced ale. However, once realizing what I had, I thought the appearance was decent. Nice medium-dark brown hue and a fine, light tan head with great retention. Seems a little thin for 10.5% abv (my bottle from 2013 says abv is higher than what is listed on this webapge), but I guess a mole isn't usually viscous either.

S - My first indication that I wouldn't care for this beer. Cocoa is definitely present but beyond overpowered by the smell of mildly spicy green chiles. Makes me think the taste will have a kick to it. Don't really get any coffee.

T - You know those chills you get when you taste something you dislike? That just happened. I feel like I just chugged a can of old el paso diced green chiles that were packed in a cocoa coffee water. Sweet. Slightest hint of heat in the finish. Alcohol is well masked. Note: flavor is getting slightly (slightly) better as it warms to room temp. But not pleasant.

M - Smooth, not quite silky. Appropriate for a mole of sorts.

Overall: Massively disappointed. Not sure I can finish it, and I NEVER dump beer. I can see where they were going for the mole, but it just did. not. work. Maybe this batch is different from past batches that were reviewed more positively?

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 03:45:10 | More by SHolland
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dakotaben

North Dakota

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was debating between the New Holland Honey High Gravity and this... I sort of wish I would have tried with the other. This is a decent beer and I love New Holland, but it just doesn't match why I hoped.

Appearance - a caramel, almost coffee, look. Nice tan head that was not too thick.

Smell - to me, it almost like a dark coco with a slight coffee smell.

Taste- Sweet, but this is where I definitely get the mexican chile flavor.

Mouthfeel - For as strong as the alcohol content is, it feels light and nice

Overall - It is better than ok, but the likelihood I would go out of my way to drink this one again is small, but decent beer from an awesome brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 03:07:21 | More by dakotaben
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance – The beer is served a clear cherry reddish color with a small off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is mainly of a cocoa and bready nature with the cocoa smell having a good level of a sweeter caramel aroma mixed within. Along with these aromas are some dark fruit smells as well as a little bit of a hot pepper/chili like smell and an almost medicine like boozy aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor upfront, mostly of a cherry and plum, but also has some other flavors of a light chocolate and some caramel mixed within. As the taste advances, the chocolate flavors get stronger while the sweeter fruit flavors begin to fade. While the sweeter fruit fades it is replaced by some caramel, which maintains the sweetness up to the middle of the taste. This caramel however begins to fad while at the same time some coffee, more cocoa, and a little bit of chili comes to the tongue. The chili starts out quite light but gains strength as the flavor moves forward. Toward the end, some pepper flavors also join the tongue, and when combined with the chili, the lessened sweet flavors, the cocoa and the lighter coffee, end up leaving a moderately spicy, moderately sweet, and somewhat oddly flavored taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is rather light for a brew of nearly 10 % abv with a carbonation that consists of tons of tiny carbonation bubbles the tickle the tongue. The tiny carbonation bubbles are perfect for the taste profile balancing out and calming the chili that greets the tongue at the end. The thinner body is very nice as well, as with it subdues the chili, but still all while, compliments the fruit and sweeter flavors of the brew very nicely.

Overall – This was a very interesting brew. The mouthfeel, I must say, was done very well, nearly exactly what is right for the flavor profile. The flavor however, while overall it has nice individual components, all combined together it is not really something I found all that appealing. It was a very good one to give a try to, but nothing I would go back to again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 02:06:02 | More by Darkmagus82
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish brown pour had a small amount of fizzy carbonation, and formed a fleeting, and small head. The overall look was very similar to a glass of Coca Cola. The smell had a lot of cherry in it, along with the fruit were hints of chocolate. The taste showed off the chocolate a lot more than the smell. The dry fruit flavors (prune, raisins, dried cherries) were also there, and the chiles showed up strongest in the finish. Lots of complexity here, along with similarity to the Mexican sauce this beer was named after. Very soft in the mouth, with a velvety texture. Looking at the other reviews, this beer seems to me underrated to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:15:37 | More by rajendra82
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Brenden

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Plenty clear with a translucency owing only to the darkness, it's a lovely mahogany or cherry wood brown-red, brilliant and fiery in its depths. The head, light brown, is compact, tight and solid. It manages close to one finger and shows good retention while depositing moderate spotting as it recedes.
Peppers come out in the nose, lots of flesh and skin with some heat. There's a certain fruity sweetness as well complemented by a dryer sort of cocoa. It goes drier with a not-quite-doughy malt to set against the sweetness while a strong note of yeast plays a hand underneath it all.
The taste follows suit, but the heat of the peppers really backs down and just sort of tickles a little. Cocoa also backs down against a sweetness that makes me think more of prunes than plums and maybe something like apricot. It's a little tangy as well. It gets fairly boozy, too, but doesn't build up and just sort of plays with everything else. It may have been 9.79%, but my bottle says 10.5%.
There's lots of smoothness with only a little crispness, but unvarying. It leans on the light side in the medium body. It's semi-sweet the whole way through, almost breaking toward semi-dry in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 14:45:53 | More by Brenden
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, I guess that this beer reminds me slightly of a mole, but only because there are both chile and chocolate notes, but beyond that there is not much to evoke the complexity and depth a of a mole- far too thin and one-note (okay, two note). The chile heat is at the right level, but the chocolate is thin and watery, and there is no solid malt background to support anything, and no other spice notes to play off of the chile and chocolates. A nice idea for a beer, but needs some retooling.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 21:33:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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serotoninronin

Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a regular ole pint glass.

A: This is one of the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen, color wise. Deep, profound red. I could have been fooled into thinking this was a lambrusco if the head color had been different. Very light, playful head, which keeps resurfacing through the glass. Almost no retention and some wispy lacing.

S: Red and green peppers, bready sweetness, burnt toast and red fruit jam, almost a Denver omelette breakfast plate feel. Crisp earth, like a freshly struck flint. Some black pepper, but the spice is clearly waiting in the wings.

T: The chile emerges here, in dried flake form, to start and to finish, leaving with a slight tartness. In between: Semi-dark chocolate. Dried apricots. A bit too sweet, but wraps itself in snuggly alcohol and leather. The heat is proper for authentic mole, but the sweetness, which is distinctly of the ripe stone fruit, rather than the chocolate, variety, is off.

M: Medium carbonation, but smoother than you'd guess, almost to the point of flatness. I don't think some additional carbonation would have hurt this beer. The sweetness expands the palate and pokes around the sides of the tongue before slipping down the back of the throat with the heat trailing.

O: I made the mistake of taking a couple too-large sips, and it wasn't pleasant, with all the sweetness and booze, but treat it properly and there are rewards to be had. I'll keep my Theobroma, but this is just fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 16:00:52 | More by serotoninronin
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bashiba

Iowa

3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber/brown with a thick and creamy tan head. Light lacing with mild retention.

The smell is sweet and caramely with a touch of rye bread and a light bit of pepper.

The flavor is a nice mix of malty sweetness with mild chili flavors coming through without any heat or hops to speak of. Has a heavy brown sugar flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a bit of warming.

Not a bad chili beer with the pepper only being a mild component to a big malty old ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:56:07 | More by bashiba
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MrPlayboy

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a vintage 2012 bottle on a whim because I was looking for something similar to Dogfish Head Theobroma. This was not the same but was a very nice version of cocoa chili beer.

Appearance: Dark reddish hue with a light almost white foam that settled quickly leaving a thin layer. Slight lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aromas coming from the tulip are complex and easily distinguishable. Chocolate brownies, chili pepper, sweet raisins, dried fruit, roasted malt, and brown sugar.

Taste: The flavors all come through big and bold. It doesn't leave you guessing as to what you are tasting. You get a lot of chocolate, some peppery chili spice, lots of dried fruit, and a hint of sweet molasses. This is almost too sweet. The fact that it is just under 10% ABV is disguised very well but I would almost like to have a little more of a boozy flavor. The sweetness is not balanced well and it either needs more spice or more hops to even things out. This is something that you can sip slowly but a whole 750ml bottle is a bit much in one sitting.

Mouthfeel: Bold and full-bodied. Light carbonation to carry it down the hatch.

Overall: El Mole Ocho is a unique experience. It is the most complex chili beer that I have ever had and I think I prefer it to Theobroma for its big and bold flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 19:13:45 | More by MrPlayboy
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2012. Glug-glugged into a pint glass.

Cloudy chestnut-colored brew. Looks like mulled black tea with a foam topper. The head subsided with some speed. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of ancho chilies and musty chocolate. Strange confluence of aromas produces whiffs of red apple, grape, and tart berry. A very fruity mole with toasted grain malts in the nose. Somewhat lager-y.

Oh man, too sweet. Way too sweet. Has a raisiny sweetness to it that is off-putting. A hint of spiciness that doesn't isolate itself amongst the fruit esters and sugar. The chocolate is muddled, too. Some dusty cocoa, but the mole is certainly not the feature here. I get dark fruits, light booze, and some toffee. Just a messy ale. Doesn't taste bad, but it needs more bitterness and less candi sugar.

While the alcohol is pretty well-hidden, but it's almost flat without carbonation and sticky sweet and syrupy in the body. Pretty difficult to drink.

What a bust. This beer falls into the steer clear category. If you're looking for something spicy and chocolatey, you won't find it here.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 04:29:06 | More by thecheapies
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bit lighter than expected. Rather than being a dark brown, it's closer to a dark iced tea. Fluffy beige head that has not settled a nanometer since the pour. Intense aroma of bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, and chiles. Big, big flavor with the chiles becoming more prominent. The chiles give this a distinct fruitiness, but I am not getting the heat I expected (and wanted) considering how much flavor there is. Mix of bitter chocolate and coffee give the back end a full, round taste and feel.

El Mole Ocho is part of New Holland's High Gravity Series, clocking in at 9.8% ABV. There is not even a hint of alcohol heat here.

Really digging on this beer. Daring flavors, velvety texture, great balance, and unique. My one complaint is that I would like more chile heat. But that's just nitpicking

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:35:59 | More by McNealc31
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Brown in color with an off white head that dissipates pretty quickly with no lacing.

Smell- Lots of coco with chocolate and some piney hops.

Taste- Wow all chocolate and coco. Not sweet though, like an unsweetened chocolate. This is a great flavor but after drinking half the bomber I was left wanting some kind of hop balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel with a pretty dry finish.

Overall- Very interesting and like nothing I've ever had before. My only real gripe is the lack of hop balance. Putting some bitter sweet hops in there to mix with the chocolate and coco flavors would have put this beer over the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 18:05:07 | More by BrownAleMale
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, label indicates 2012 vintage.

appears a deep brown with ruby highlights. cream colored head, great retention and good lacing.

aroma is a bit subdued compared to the taste - just a bit of dark fruit and pepper. taste is smokey, tingly, burn of the chilies, a bit of roasty cocoa/coffee finish. a bit cloying after awhile. body on the thicker side, low carbonation.

overall - too much for one person - hard to drink the full 22 oz. maybe better as a smaller size.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 02:09:57 | More by jmdrpi
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cagocubs

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at NHB.

A: Rustic brown with some amber tinting at edges of glass. Minimal head due to water flush prior to pour.

S: A sweet and smokey smell. Good spicing to beer.

T: Good smokey and spicy flavors with complex malts and sweet caramel malts. Some hops come through.

M: Good taste and aftertaste. Warming and inviting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 03:26:19 | More by cagocubs
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish-copper with a half finger of head the dissipated quickly. There is a faint touch of malt in the nose, that is all. A bit sour upfront combined with light chilli pepper heat on the finish. A nice effort, but finishing this offering was a tad difficult.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 03:25:07 | More by 57md
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Etan

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a small tan head.

S: Green chile in the nose; peppery and vegetal.

T: More mole-like in the taste. Dark chocolate, cocoa, green pepper, a bit of coffee roast in the finish, a little heat from the peppers.

M: Lively carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Interesting, but the aroma was quite unpleasant, and the taste wasn't much better. Not something I would try again, especially at this age.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 17:30:36 | More by Etan
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from 2012 vintage. Into hotel tumbler.

A - about a finger of light cappuccino head that falls at a moderate pace. Body is a clear deep amber with a lot of red coming though.

S - Very sweet with lots of red pepper flake spice. Brown sugar and caramel. Also a slight sourness.

T - As far as hitting the mole flavor right on, this beer accomplishes that. So much spice in this like I'm eating Mexican candy. Not what I want out of a beer. Also tastes a little like some pumpkin beers. Coffee/chocolate flavors are present, naturally.

M - Very strong body that doesn't feel very thick, just a lot of carbonation or something. The scoville rating on this is not alarmingly high, but you can feel a little of the spice in the back of your mouth.

O - I guess the only thing I have to really compare this to is NB Cocoa Mole, which was excellent and much sweeter. This does a better job matching the flavor, but isn't as good of a beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 22:36:51 | More by RuckusDu
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 pours a murky apricot with a pinky of khaki head. Stays murky, no head retention or lacing

S: Orchard fruit & figs

T: Follows the nose, woody hops, a touch of peppery spice & dryness up front. Slight coffee flavor as this warms, more pepper too. Finishes fruitty, dry, boozey with a spicy pepper flourish

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, decent balance

Would love to try this fresh I believe this would be a different beer. Interesting but nothing great in its current state...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:31:00 | More by russpowell
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MadScientist

New York

4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium brown with excellent clarity and a half inch of a rocky, light tan head that leave lacing on the glass.

The coffee, cocoa and chilies peppers are the first thing you smell. The chile aroma isn't smoke how dried ones usually smell, there is the kind of green chilies impression but it's defiantly not like a fresh pepper. There a malt richness with almost no yeast character. There is a very low melanoidin in the background.

Malty and sweet with a touch of chile pepper flavor along with the heat that builds slightly and continues long into the finish. The heat is very mild. The coffee and cocoa flavors come into focus mid-palate. The flavor elements of cocoa, chile pepper, coffee and malt are all in balance until the the finish where the chilies and alcohol warm dominate.

It has a medium-full body with the low carbonation increasing the perception of weight on the palate. The alcohol give it some warmth and a slight solvent character towards the finish.

This enjoyable beer does a great job of reminding me of the flavors I taste in the first couple of bites of a mole sauces. This is a rich complex beer with that strikes a balance between the ingredients of cocoa, chile pepper, coffee and malt characteristics bringing those flavors together and makes them play nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:07:48 | More by MadScientist
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the new 2012 version for $6.99 at Beer Nutz in Verona. Now clocks in at 9.79%

A - Pours a very dark honey brown but is very clear. Very minimal head but I did get a 1/4 inch of mocha colored atop that quickly reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Smell is very mild I do get some mild cocoa powder, touch of coffee and very little spice in the nose which is pleasant and sweet smelling. Hope it's not too spicy.

T - I am actually quite impressed... for the first pour. It was advertised as being a straight up "mole" tasting beer. Starting off with sweet cocoa like powder then the spicy twang of pepper but incredibly integrated leaving little burn and then finishing with some mild coffee/sweet malts... But as it warmed (second pour) the grains got a bit harsh and the peppery spice got to me a tad. Still went down rather smooth.

M - Medium to heavy with so much going on I wasn't too surprised it overwhelmed me a tad.

Overall I may revisit again since it was one of the best beers I had by New Holland. Even better than the 2011 vintage of Dragons Milk. Worth trying if you like Mexican mole.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:17:29 | More by DrDemento456
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. This gushed on me a bit, but isn't overcarbonated. This is the second time in as many days that a bottle has done this to me. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

3.0 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. Could only muster about a finger of tan head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Chilies give off a spicy vegetal vibe. Big hit of cocoa powder. Nutty and toasty. Grainy and sweet neutral maltiness. Coffee to round things out.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells, but it doesn't impress quite as much. Solid chilie presence, which offers more of the taste than the spiciness. Not as much cocoa powder as the nose, but still quite noticeable. Nutty, toasty, grainy with coffee. This is much less malty than I was expecting, but I wouldn't go as far as to say this is dry.

3.5 M: Medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation and another dose of creaminess. Other than that, it's good enough here and super smooth.

3.5 D: I'm a sucker for these types of brews. This is a good one, but better ones exist. Still, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 23:10:10 | More by DavoleBomb
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HoposaurusRex

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with half inch head that quickly dissipates. Thin layer of head remains through the end.

S: The nose on this beer is intense and invigorating. Spicy/smokey chile aromas are very prevalent. Slight hints of cocoa as well.

T: I was expecting this beer to pack a punch on the palate given its intense nose, but I was surprised by how subdued the chile flavors were. Chocolate and cinnamon notes right off the bat with a slight kick from the chipotle coming through in the finish. While sweet, this beer is in no way cloying. I would have enjoyed a bit more cocoa flavor as well as a bit more of a spicy kick in the finish.

M: A bit thinner than I anticipated. I was expecting (and hoping for) a more syrupy mouthfeel that could be cut by the spiciness of the chile. On the plus side, the chile as well as the alchohol do lend to a nice warming mouthfeel.

O: I have had a few spiced ales, some of which I have immensily enjoyed, others that I found to be complete flops. The more I drank of New Holland's El Mole Ocho the more I liked it. I feel that a good spiced ale can often serve as an excellent after dinner beer. However, this beer's more subdued, balanced, less syrupy nature makes it more fit to pair with a dish of spicy pulled pork or Mexican fare.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 05:21:15 | More by HoposaurusRex
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barczar

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear caramel brown with amber highlights and a solid beige head that settles into a layer of foam on the surface.

Fruity pepper, cocoa, and caramel malt dominate the aroma.

The fruity pepper carries into the flavor, slightly spicy but not overpowering, with cinnamon adding complexity and sweet malt and chocolate providing contrast.

Body is moderate work moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Interesting brew. Fruity pepper flavor dominated and was nicely accompanied by sweet chocolate and cinnamon. Wouldn't want a whole bomber, though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 01:20:04 | More by barczar
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New Holland El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
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