New Holland El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by GRPunk:
4.22/5 rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz. bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. The cap says "finish." I think I will, thank you.
A- A careful pour created a 1-finger, tan head. It dropped pretty quickly, settling to a nice lace that left good sticky spots on the glass. The body was clean and a deep red-brown (chestnut?) with moderate carbonation.
S- My first impression was of deep, rich chocolate with hints of spicy peppers and light roast coffee. The chocolate aroma starts the strongest, but warmth pulls the other components into balance. Chocolate bars become more powdered coacoa with warmth. I pick up some baking spices with a deeper inspection. At room temperature there was a hint of the higher ABV, otherwise well masked.
T- I've heard you shouldn't be able to pick out a single ingredient of a true mole. Let's see what this beer version has in store...
So good. Chocolate and peppers are the most prominant. Like the aroma, chocolate is the major player when the beer is at its coldest. Peppers step up with some warmth. Initial sweetness is cut by late heat. Background flavors consist of a spice mix and coffee. There's a smoky or charred quality to the peppers and something of brown sugar or caramel in the layers of sweetness.
M- Moderate carbonation and viscosity that suits the higher ABV. THe chillis make for a gentle burn that let you know they're there without overwhelming the senses. There's also a light, pleasant chalkyness that it tend to get from beers working with chocolate.
O- This is an awesome example of what a pepper beer can be. It brings a great flavor with gentle heat. It's not neutered, but not over the top either. It's VERY drinkable considering the ABV and chilli profile.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2011 00:27:21 | More by GRPunk
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3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A - Pours a murky dark amber with a one-finger off-white foamy head.
S - Light green chilles and caramel sweetness.
T - Flavor has a nice malty sweetness with a light green chile flavor coming through in the finish. The chocolate is very light and hard to detect.
M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
O - This was a decent beer, but probably wouldn't drink again.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2014 02:24:41 | More by TreyIsWilson
New Holland El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.