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El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company

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395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 18
Gots: 28 | 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: 395 | Reviews: 159
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of HoposaurusRex
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.18/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

My first chile beer. Had this on draft at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Pours reddish brown with small white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of some chile peppers, tobasco, and a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is not pleasant. Tobasco sauce mixed with a mediocre amber ale, rather thick and sweet. But overall the chile overpowers. Really funky. Gave it a chance and drank most of the pint, but I got physically ill after drinking half of this one.

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3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Roy.

A: Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Very sparse and spotty lace.

N: Grainy malts, hints of chili as it warms. An unusual "antique" oak wood quality reminds me of varnish, in a good way.

T: Roasty with faint chocolate and chili. Trace coffee notes. Some faint and mild chili heat on the finish.

M: Medium body and low carbonation. 8% alcohol is evident. Wispy chili heat finish.

O: Wanting more chocolate and chili like a true Oaxacan mole. Interesting, but once is enough.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Careful – older bottles may be gushers – 2011 vintage. A dark red / light brown chestnut color. Crystal clear with multiple streams of bubbles rising to the small, light khaki/stone colored head that settles fairly quickly to a ring and leaves a few splotches of lace. Okay look for a higher abv brew.

S: Dark, rich, bock-like malty sweetness lead the nose followed by a good bit of basic nut brown beer smell. Faint touches of cocoa & chili. Ghost hints dark fruits & peppery alcohol. Not really as bold as I anticipated. Chili ( and cocoa too somehow) seems to have dropped off with age. Smells like a mildly interesting biggish brown. Still a fair bit going on a fair strength.

T: Sweetness is less dominant than in the aroma, but it still leads. Malty and nutty base gain a bit more depth. Cocoa gains only a little, but it also gets a ghost hint of roast at the end. No hops detected. And the peppers? Well, there is a bit of chili flavor and sí – es un poco picante. Especially the end and finish. I think some of the heat may be from alcohol, but other than that it is well disguised.

M: Medium to a bit full leaning body with carbonation under-matched and seeming a bit light for the heft. Just barely enough CO2. It has a sort of wet & flabby feel initially, but just a few sticky sugars, and it gets a touch drying mostly from abv. Good bit of warming & heat from both the chili and the alcohol.

D: Neat idea – very interesting and sort of “daring do” to try on a commercial endeavor. And they pull it off reasonably well. It has a pretty simple malt profile, but with enough umph to frame the beer well. And even aged it has a nice level of chili heat and a bit of flavor. I imagine it was more forward and bold when fresh, but even nearly a year old it is pretty good. A well done chili beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a foiled top, vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Red and clear, decent lacing

SMELL: Fresh chilies, toasted cocoa nibs, dired plums, toasted biscuits, yeast, mild esters

TASTE: Silky smooth, medium body, creamy, dark chocolate, mild chili peppers, faint pepper heat, caramel, mild tartness, dried grass, fruity alcohol, dry cocoa nib finish

Clearly a sipper here, one to savor. I'd suggest to cook and pair food obviously, even on its own it will garner some conversation. Long live extreme beer!!

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of samie85
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, dark reddish brown color with a finger of white head.

Smells of cocoa and some spicy herbal notes.

Big cocoa upfront with a hint of spice and finishes very alcoholic.

A little thin and very effervescent with a dry and hot finish.

Drinkability suffers from the hot alcohol notes and the disappointing mouthfeel.

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3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little bit of tan bubbles on top, but really no head. It is chestnut brown and lighter than a traditional mole sauce.
This has a good nose of roasted coffee, dark, bitter cocoa, and hints of chile peppers and spice.
Initially a sweet chocolate taste followed by roasty notes of baking chocolate and red chili peppers, also I'm tasting and guessing some dried anaheim, serrano, and/or charred poblano. There is also some smoke notes and vanilla and toffee hints.
I like this beer, it is smooth, albeit a bit sweet. It is not overpowering with chocolate or spicy peppers, like a well-balanced chicken mole should be. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a similarly comparable finish of spicy sweet.
This is the 2010 Vintage and I'm thinking it definitely helped the taste and flavor and subdued the sweet notes. After I pooped the cap, it said 'malty' on the inside. Quite fitting indeed.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jsanford
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a ruddy mahogany-brown with a dense ivory head that settles to a solid ring and wispy haze.
S - Nice aromas of caramel malt, toffee, cocoa powder, coffee beans, and dried chilies. Definitely reminds me of mole, but it's not the most inviting of beer aromas.
T - More sweet malt flavors of caramel and chocolate with a bit of spice and some pleasant chili warmth in the finish. I like chilies, I like mole, but I'm not a big fan of this beer. I think it's the malt base, a bit too sweet for my liking. If this had more of a Stout base I think I'd really enjoy it.
M - Slick, with a medium-full body and low carbonation.
O - I like the idea of a mole beer, but this didn't really do it for me. Too sweet, and not balanced enough.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin sliver of an off white head. Minimal lacing on the side of my snifter. A reddish tinge when held up to the light. The nose is nice- cocoa, chocolate, malt, caramel and chili. Very balanced, and very pleasant. The taste is similar to the nose profile, but the cocoa and chili really come through. Not quite as good as the nose, but still good. None of the 8% abv comes through. Feel is medium w/ little carbonation, and a little heat from the chili. I'd like a little more malt body in the feel. Overall, a good brew that has a couple flaws. Still, glad I got to try it. Cheers.

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
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