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New Holland El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +41.6%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
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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.

endincolorado, Nov 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

bodiddle, Sep 10, 2012
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.

Katahdin, Jun 09, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

harrylee773, Jun 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

xmorgan, Nov 03, 2013
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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!

ModemMisuser, Jul 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Fallingonwater10, Jan 28, 2012
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.

MrPlayboy, Jan 20, 2013
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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.

RockyTopHeel, Apr 11, 2010
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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.

MadScientist, Jun 23, 2012
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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.

cokes, May 27, 2010
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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...

tavernjef, Jun 02, 2010
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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

McNealc31, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

KG710, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

swetsastonic, Oct 14, 2012
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FEUO, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

dmorgan310, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

RichH55, May 25, 2012
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New Holland El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.