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New Holland El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | 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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bcm75

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-23-2014 01:59:30 | More by bcm75
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williahd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

02-20-2014 21:01:47 | More by williahd
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

02-17-2014 15:49:09 | More by sendbeer
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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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crashdavisinoh

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-15-2014 13:21:05 | More by crashdavisinoh
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jeffwright

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-15-2014 02:35:19 | More by jeffwright
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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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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

02-08-2014 18:26:37 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-06-2014 01:28:38 | More by cantfindme
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IPAdams

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

02-03-2014 01:48:19 | More by IPAdams
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VAcrossr

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-30-2014 01:21:50 | More by VAcrossr
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

01-27-2014 19:15:07 | More by Kenai4
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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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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15%

01-26-2014 02:06:11 | More by MichiganderHB
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-25-2014 18:32:52 | More by IPAchris
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AWB3

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-17-2014 16:10:03 | More by AWB3
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dsauter

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-15-2014 10:58:22 | More by dsauter
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-15-2014 05:17:51 | More by mattmarka1
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Disease

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

01-15-2014 03:58:46 | More by Disease
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Tracker83

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-12-2014 13:33:21 | More by Tracker83
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Mattyc88

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

01-09-2014 15:12:19 | More by Mattyc88
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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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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-31-2013 21:39:07 | More by sonofliberty2
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Archimetez

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-31-2013 00:25:52 | More by Archimetez
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TigerOwl

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12-30-2013 19:00:36 | More by TigerOwl
New Holland El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.