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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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314 Ratings
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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4.8/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, deep, red-brown color with an ivory head and pretty lacing. Aroma is a wonderful blend of earthy, dried chiles, and cocoa powder. Strong notes of cocoa are noticed immediately in flavor, followed by a brief hint of espresso, and a dried-chile heat in the end which lingers on the palate. Body is appropriately smooth (a burp after this stuff makes me wonder if I've just left a Mexican restaurant).

I think this is a must-try for any fan of southwestern food (mole sauce in particular) or experimental brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:03:07 | More by endincolorado
Photo of Katahdin


4.75/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite an interesting beer, not sure I've ever had anything similar. The aroma is very earthy like combination of bread and malts but the taste is very different from the aroma. taste has hints of Mexican Chile and Cayenne peppers but blends it with a lingering citrus flavor that balances out and ameliorates the spiciness so you get a smooth pleasant taste that lingers. Goes down very smooth especially for a big beer. Could drink this all night and not tire of it if it weren't for its big alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 18:32:20 | More by Katahdin
Photo of ModemMisuser


4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at NH. :)

Far too many "specialty" (flavored) beers either don't have the
taste of the thing they're supposed to, or it's too overpowering and/or "fake" tasting to be good.

Not this one. It tastes like it's made with mole, and it comes through very good. The beer-y notes are there in the background and make a good compliment to the mole.

If you're looking for something "different," give this one a try!

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 17:33:23 | More by ModemMisuser
Photo of MrPlayboy


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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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the CBC Chicago 2010 Rare Beer Tour at Small Bar Division Street.

A deep, ruby-colored brew with minimal head. Aroma of molasses and yeast, like a dark Belgian, with hints of cocoa and pepper.

Taste is deliciously balanced - rum raisins and molasses with cocoa, chile pepper, and sticky toffee. Sweet and sticky, this is a really enjoyable quaff alongside Small Bar's terrific chili.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 23:46:39 | More by RockyTopHeel
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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
Photo of cokes


4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-brown with a moderate beige dome which lasts a but and lays down some lace.
Caramel-chocolate confection nose, with a dash of earthy chili pepper within a sweeter vanilla latte sense of cream and coffee. Some rum-like, molasses-y booze as well. In other words, despite the peppers, this is very sweet and malty.
The mouth is glazed first with vanilla-tinged caramel. Some dark fruits venture in...date, fig, raisin... These are evaporated but the mocha java notion that comes next. Peppers begin around midway, and are sporadic. Light beams of fleshy, earthy, spiciness. It tails off towards brown sugar, molasses and anise, with lingering dark cocoa. Hopping is low, but brings a light grassy bitterness. Alcohol is not low, but not overinflated. Some Brandy or Rum notions appear just prior to the swallow.
Fullish bodied with a steady, minor carbonation. This should be cloying, but it's not, as the small amount of bubbles allow things to gather a bit, but ultimately wash them away.
I've had the bottle and tap versions, and I'd say the tap was a subtly but notable better. If your ready for a malt bomb, this is quite drinkable.
It's a bit refreshing to sampler a beer that is "flavor-oriented" and have it still taste like beer, with beer traits encompassing the intended flavor profile, and leaving the spices and adjuncts as auxiliary. This isn't marinade, it's still beer. And delicious beer. Maybe New Holland can send a rep to Southern Tier to show them how something like this can be pulled off deftly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 09:04:31 | More by cokes
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4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark deep reddish rosey brown and clear with a nearly purple tone to it in most light. A medium smallish capping of dark ivory foam lifts slightly for a bit then slips down to some hair thin strings of lace.

Aroma is soft and supple with a dark fruity waft that's more of a mix of things then a few things sticking out and dominating. It's purple grapey, pear, pruney, cranberry, darkly nutty, juicy sweet, and altogether not all that beery, but just barely has that caption of what could be considered more of something like a malt beverage?
That said I still like it as it reminds me of some of the English Browns and Old Ales out there.

Taste is moderately sweet, dark, and rounded in a complex medley of mixing flavors. Again, much like the smell, it has no real distinguishing flavors that stand out on their own. Like eating a Holiday fruit bread? Darkly sweet and semi bready with tiny nuances of prune, mango, and fig tang, ever so slight sourness of cranberry and dark grapes. Some pear and golden raisin sink in with bigger vanilla making an appearance late. A small tone of chocolate(cocoa), molasses, and more of the vanilla kind of wrap it all together into a warming rummy-like girth. Uniquely warm aand kind of spicy with a very low toned pepperyness.

Body is bold, smooth, darkly soft with tang and fruit juicyness and fairly girthy as it reaches into some warming booozyness of what I assume is a whole lot of malts. Has a certain low ended bite of carbonation upon midway that helps create some eagerness way in back of the palate.

Its a very good sipper with a whole lot of complexity to it. Subtle. Wholesome. Unique. Yum!
I quite liked it. Something to really sit back with and explore. Doppelbock meets English Barleywine spiced with milding chili peppers. New Holland has a winner here with its High Gravity Series. Looking forward to seeing what's next in this series...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 00:11:05 | More by tavernjef
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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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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
Photo of DIM


4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with dad and Eric. We all really enjoyed this, Eric in particular.

a: This was a clear, shiny coppery garnet color. It poured with a thin tan head.

s: This reminded me of a porter at first. Lots of gentle roast that brought cocoa and hints of coffee to mind. The chile was noticeable, but not overwhelming. Much more appealing than I thought it would be based on the description.

t: Really nice, I've never had anything like this! Lightly sweet up front with toasty cocoa that was a little nutty. Hints of coffee, very faintly bitter. The chile bite at the end was a near perfect compliment to this beer. I could have handled a sharper heat, but I probably wouldn't have liked it nearly as much. It tickled the tip of my tongue with a faint burning that cut the sweetness nicely.

m: Medium bodied with lightly fizzy carbonation and lingering pepper bite.

d: I bought this for novelty purposes not expecting to think much of it. What a pleasant surprise! Still, I'm glad I had help with the bomber. 22 ounces would have been a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:28:11 | More by DIM
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong with an overtone of quality coffee and hints of cocoa, cinnamon and licorice. It pours a luscious semi-transparent mahogany brown with an average light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Flavor is malty with tones of coffee, cinnamon, caramel and licorice and a hint of powdery chocolate. Texture is smooth as soymilk yet has a firm tingle and a bit of edginess, as well as a subtle alcohol bite. Worthy!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:10:19 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of KarlHungus


4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear dark brown color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into no lacing. This lacing pattern seems par for the course with chili beers. The aroma is of chili peppers, with a backing of cocoa, and a hint of coffee. However, for an 8% beer it is rather mild. The taste has considerably more cocoa and coffee than the aroma, with the chili present not overpowering anything during the sip. It comes out stronger in the finish, and leaves some nice, wanted heat. I really like this beers flavor. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very well done beer that I will certainly drink again. I really like how the chili is well integrated into the other aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:53:48 | More by KarlHungus
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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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4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland El Mole Ocho

So where does the name come from? Not the mole, I get that, but the ocho part... ? Ahh, OK, I see it's 8% abv. Hmm, it doesn't taste it. I guess the sweetness throws you off, but if you look for it, sure enough, it's there.

The appearance is interesting. It's got a cloudy russet brown body with golden-orange highlights beneath a short lived head of tan foam. I'd have thought the head would have lasted in a beer that's so rich (22˚Plato/barley wine sized), but OK, perhaps the oils from the cocoa have cut it down.

On to the cloudiness... how do you rate a beer like this? It's a mole beer, so it's OK by me... it's got to be cloudy right? If it wasn't it might look odd. The haze looks a bit like how I think of mole sauce, and I guess I like that.

What about the aroma? Well, it's got some cocoa and some light notes of pepper as well. That's nice. I get some fruit, caramel, and a distant note of creamy coffee as well. The chocolate makes it inviting, and the pepper leaves it interesting.

In the flavor the caramel/cocoa/nuttiness wins out but there's still a bit of fruit and a nice hint of pepper flavor, as well as a nice flicker of spicy heat (I'm not sure how much of that might be coming from alcohol). There's a definite kind of raisin, soft clove, and perhaps cinnamon flavor to it but I'm not sure if that's coming from the yeast, actual spices added to the boil, or just my imagination. It doesn't mention any spice on the label so I wonder if they're using Belgian yeast. I get some coffee in the finish, and that mild roastiness along with the spiciness (be it alcohol or pepper) helps to balance the sweetness of the malt.

In the mouth it's full-medium in body; and moderately zesty on the tongue (at least partially due to alcohol and/or spice).

Interesting... it's a nice "warmer", and it certainly qualifies as a sipper along with a good book, but I really do feel they're correct in stating that this would go well with food - not too much, mind you, but enough to pair and/or contrast the flavors. Or you can enjoy it on its own. Nicely done. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:06:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent crown of light tan head, but dissipates way too quickly. The body is brown/copper and has no haze.

In the aroma the malty cocoa aroma comes upfront, then a touch of vanilla, and in the end there's a kick of the chili.

Taste wise it's a vivid brew with a medly of flavors. Honey, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and chili in the end that lends this brew to it's spicy finish.

Feels medium to full in body, a little dry to the palate, and warms with a finish from the chili and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:46:23 | More by TheSarge
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich Ale with a distinct and nicely integrated Mole Poblano sense.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Simplistic label with the image of an old cooking pot over a brown background and yellow lettering. It is not awful but not particularly remarkable. Is this a new step away from the screen-printed big bottles? Hmmm... Back label offers a small narrative with the main intent and character of the brew, main characteristics, and food pairings. Notes vintage (2010), Plato (22), and Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown, with a fair head, moderate retention and lacing with some surface memory.

S - Nose is rather subdued, pleasing but plain. Overall it has a faint Belgian Dark Ale sense to it with hints of fruity caramel.

T - Here is where the brew shines with a difference. Great malty character, with a marked caramel sense early on that opens the door to chocolate and light coffee touches, fruity notes that leave room to a nice range of chillies towards the finish with a lightly spicy riding the sweet finish.

M - Medium-full body with light but adequately tuned carbonation. Creamy and smooth finish, held up by the spicy touch.

D - Pleasing and stimulating serving.

Notes: Nice ale pivoting on its mole character... If one likes that touch this is certainly quite the brew. The nose is a bit of a letdown but flavor and the overall experience of brew pick it up entirely.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 17:42:54 | More by Daniellobo
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gusher alert! Would have never guessed a beer like this would explode, and no reason that it should have (I didn't open it right after a 7.2 earthquake or anything), but it did. So be careful.

Not sure if the poor head stamina is a result of or linked to said gushing, but it fizzles and crackles quickly away. It's a dirty tanned white while it lasts, and the liquid is a rust-inflected brown, glowing and jewel-like. And looks like it'll be a thin beer, texturally. Looks like a danged root beer.

Nice aroma, a bit mellow, but then you don't want chilies setting your nose on fire, not in a beer anyway. They're there, but apparently excellently balanced by the cocoa, as both of those elements play out perfectly with, and against, one another. A lightly metallic/mineral smell, but in a clean way, not a bad way as is more often the case.

Taste-wise this is a remarkably balanced beer. It doesn't have great depth or complexity, but for what is happening here, it does the trick nicely. And let's cut right to the chase: hardly any beers made using chili (and of course, mole is a mixture of cocoa and chili) are that great. This one, if not great, is very very good. The chili is certainly present, but somewhere between subtle and well-behaved, while the cocoa side of the equation offers a sweet balance, but not too sweet. Always found mole to have a kind of comfort-food mellowness to it, despite a flash of heat, and that's exactly what is achieved here. Malt provides a perfectly soothing, semi-rich accompaniment to the main mole flavor, a bit of vanilla shows up, some fig and plum too, but that's really all there is to this beer. And that's not to say it's not good, because it is totally good, it's just uncomplicated while offering a strong personality.

The bubble texture/factor is great here; carbonation is certainly present but only in a softer, smoother way. Beer has a thinner texture, but in saying that I mean it feels positively buoyant, not hopelessly thin. Just a bit of stick and we have here a subtly sensational mouthfeel that went from a "meh" first impression to probably my favorite aspect of this beer after several more sips. I dunno, it just works perfectly for the flavors its carrying. Sue me.

I like that the 8.4% (that's what is says on this bottle, 2011 vintage) props up the chili heat, with neither facet overdoing it. This is a different and enjoyable beer that is more subtle than you might expect, and exhibits way more balance than most beers made with chili. Unique and enjoyable all the way.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 21:36:13 | More by Metalmonk
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle of this in Kentucky after trying it on draught at the Party Store. aroma has chilis and nuttiness, actually aroma smells like it is a sour. pours with a nice light brown head. nice dark brownish red in color taste is very interesting. Can't say I dont like it. It is very good. Not anything like I was imagining. Very smooth, very very smooth. taste of nuts and a hint of chocolate and coffee. has a wee bit of chili heat at the finish. Chili spice becomes more pronounced as it warms. I really like this. way to go new holland, way to push to somethign new, and come out so well!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 21:05:29 | More by crusian
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Pretty much like they say except there's a notable mineral characteristic. Poured with a nice off white head and lots of lace. Color is a clear mahoganey. Aroma is cocoa malt mineral and a little ripe dark fruit. Flavor is like nose but a hint of the spice added, but not as much as expected. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is decent and of medium lenght.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 04:46:50 | More by drpimento
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear red-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the peppers with some earth, dirt and caramel malts. The flavor is fresh green peppers (jalapenos or serranos) with some coffee, chocolate, caramel and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The overall flavor of this beer is kind of a mess, but I liked it. Definitely an interesting idea from the brewers at New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 01:09:14 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee colored with a creamy, mocha head that leaves some lace on the glass. Dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee in the aroma with some chile spice notes. Honey, dark chocolate and warm spice with a coffee like bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Smooth with high carbonation. A really nice and different brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 19:18:07 | More by biggred1
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours dark clear amber with a smallish white head that leaves some lace on the outside of the glass. Aroma is green jalapeno, bitter chocolate, and a lot of coffee. This is a very unique beer. Flavor starts of with some sweetness and cocoa and moves to jalapeno and then bitter coffee. All of these flavors are very well balanced to create a very unique and delicious beer. The body is fairly heavy and coating with pretty light carbonation and a long finish that is both spicy (jalapeno), and bitter (coffee).

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:42:25 | More by wedgie9
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and chipotle smoked peppers, with a little wheat bread.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and spicy smoked peppers, with roasted barley and a bit of copper. It had a spicy and roasty aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice and full body.
D: This was an interesting beer with well integrated molé characteristics to create a spicy brown ale. I enjoyed the scent and taste, and the body was nice too. The spice helped hide the alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. A bit of a novelty beer, but recommended to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 19:48:31 | More by Pencible
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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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New Holland El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
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