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El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

156 Reviews
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Reviews: 156
Hads: 402
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 18
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of RuckusDu
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from 2012 vintage. Into hotel tumbler.

A - about a finger of light cappuccino head that falls at a moderate pace. Body is a clear deep amber with a lot of red coming though.

S - Very sweet with lots of red pepper flake spice. Brown sugar and caramel. Also a slight sourness.

T - As far as hitting the mole flavor right on, this beer accomplishes that. So much spice in this like I'm eating Mexican candy. Not what I want out of a beer. Also tastes a little like some pumpkin beers. Coffee/chocolate flavors are present, naturally.

M - Very strong body that doesn't feel very thick, just a lot of carbonation or something. The scoville rating on this is not alarmingly high, but you can feel a little of the spice in the back of your mouth.

O - I guess the only thing I have to really compare this to is NB Cocoa Mole, which was excellent and much sweeter. This does a better job matching the flavor, but isn't as good of a beer to drink. (954 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 pours a murky apricot with a pinky of khaki head. Stays murky, no head retention or lacing

S: Orchard fruit & figs

T: Follows the nose, woody hops, a touch of peppery spice & dryness up front. Slight coffee flavor as this warms, more pepper too. Finishes fruitty, dry, boozey with a spicy pepper flourish

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, decent balance

Would love to try this fresh I believe this would be a different beer. Interesting but nothing great in its current state... (500 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (1,295 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the new 2012 version for $6.99 at Beer Nutz in Verona. Now clocks in at 9.79%

A - Pours a very dark honey brown but is very clear. Very minimal head but I did get a 1/4 inch of mocha colored atop that quickly reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Smell is very mild I do get some mild cocoa powder, touch of coffee and very little spice in the nose which is pleasant and sweet smelling. Hope it's not too spicy.

T - I am actually quite impressed... for the first pour. It was advertised as being a straight up "mole" tasting beer. Starting off with sweet cocoa like powder then the spicy twang of pepper but incredibly integrated leaving little burn and then finishing with some mild coffee/sweet malts... But as it warmed (second pour) the grains got a bit harsh and the peppery spice got to me a tad. Still went down rather smooth.

M - Medium to heavy with so much going on I wasn't too surprised it overwhelmed me a tad.

Overall I may revisit again since it was one of the best beers I had by New Holland. Even better than the 2011 vintage of Dragons Milk. Worth trying if you like Mexican mole. (1,108 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. This gushed on me a bit, but isn't overcarbonated. This is the second time in as many days that a bottle has done this to me. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

3.0 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. Could only muster about a finger of tan head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Chilies give off a spicy vegetal vibe. Big hit of cocoa powder. Nutty and toasty. Grainy and sweet neutral maltiness. Coffee to round things out.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells, but it doesn't impress quite as much. Solid chilie presence, which offers more of the taste than the spiciness. Not as much cocoa powder as the nose, but still quite noticeable. Nutty, toasty, grainy with coffee. This is much less malty than I was expecting, but I wouldn't go as far as to say this is dry.

3.5 M: Medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation and another dose of creaminess. Other than that, it's good enough here and super smooth.

3.5 D: I'm a sucker for these types of brews. This is a good one, but better ones exist. Still, worth a try. (1,091 characters)

Photo of HoposaurusRex
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,283 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
2.18/5  rDev -39.1%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (1,824 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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!! (522 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of jsanford
2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this 22oz brown bottle at the new Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. Not a big fan of chilli beers, but the mole part had me intrigued. No freshness date, but the website says it's released every April, so I assume this is an April 2011 release, therefore making this bottle about 9 months old now. I assume the ocho part is for the 8% alcohol.

The pour wasn't much to look at. Reddish-brown in color but no head at all and very little lacing. A light tan rim floated on top, but nothing you could call a head.

Nice smell, although not that strong. I'm getting a pleasant chocolate and coffee aroma with a spicy smell from the chili peppers.

Malty and sweet from the chocolate, bit the coffee and hops add some bitterness to keep it in check. Thankfully the chili pepper is mild, so this is not a beer that will have your tongue begging for relief. It's just enough to give it some kick.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel that felt medium to full bodied. Carbonation is low.

Not a favorite, but not a bad effort either. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (2,547 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (2,115 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic, thanks Chad! Pours a clear copper color with a small cap of tan head. Not much for retention and lacing.

Nose has all the characteristics down...peanut butter, chocolate and anchos. Nice. There is also some caramel and pine nut aromas in there.

Interesting...tastes a bit like a tripel mixed with a chocolate bock with maybe a cinnamon disk thrown in. I like the smell, but the flavor doesnt really come together all that well for me. I could go with a bit more sweetness and less chile. (532 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to..drew for the sample.

Poured translucent brown with a minimal light brown head that left no lacing. Smell was lightly cocoa and mildly roasted malts. Taste was more or less a lightly carbonated chocolate with some lactose like elements. Maybe the best description is mildly carbonated chocolate cola that you used to be able to buy at Hy Vee stores in Iowa in the 80's. The body was a bit light. There may be a very mild spice that appears ..several.. minutes into the beverage. Noticeable mildly when exhaling. Overall..it's really nothing like the bottle would suggest. It's fairly light, very very mild spiced, mostly mildly chocolate beverge. (657 characters)

Photo of endincolorado
4.77/5  rDev +33.2%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: copperish color, maybe a brown ale base
smell: peppers noticable on the nose

taste: peppers can be tasted but not harsh, some heat on the back, but the body is missing in this beer

mouthfeel: light bodied?

drinkability: love pepper beers, this was a slight disappointment, good flavor, but needed more body. (322 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of New Holland's El Mole Ocho a couple weeks ago for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I tried this beer last year at The World Expo of Beer, I thought it was pretty good, but I was already a couple beers deep by the time I tried it, so I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try on a fresh palate. 2011 vintage, poured from a brown 22oz foiled brown bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks alright and it has a picture of what looks to be an old Mexican stone cooking pot that I assume is specifically made for cooking mole, I have never tried or made mole before so I don't really know for sure. It poured a a nice copper/caramel color with a fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end.

S- Well after giving this beer a smell I get a pretty robust and spicy aroma. The aroma starts off with a good amount of rich dark chocolate that quickly leads to a pretty dominating amount of spicy chilies. I also pick up a mix of some sweet dark fruits with no hops showing up in the aroma, chocolate and peppers are the major players here.

T- The taste of this beer is pretty damn similar to the aroma. Just like the aroma it's the rich dark chocolate and chili peppers that stick out the most. The chocolate is nice and rich and the chili peppers are high on pepper flavor and low on pepper spiciness, just how I like it. There is caramel like sweetness that is cut and balanced by the peppers. Not the most complex flavor, its pretty straight forward and it is what it claims to be.

M- Pretty smooth for having a little bit of warming pepper heat. It was on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slight bit of stickiness and a pretty light amount of carbonation that could be bumped up a notch or two.

Overall I thought this was a good beer, I was a little gun shy about pepper beers ever since I tried Original C Cave Creek Chili Beer but this beer wasn't nearly as spicy while still retaining a nice authentic chili pepper taste and the chocolate was dark, rich and represented well, those two different flavors went together pretty well. This beer had pretty good drinkability for what it is, the 8% alcohol was covered up pretty well by the chocolate and slightly warming chili's, I don't think I could take out the whole bomber but it's the perfect amount to split with someone else so I am glad I got my brother to help me drink this. What I liked most about this beer the flavor, the chocolate and chili's went together nicely and it wasn't overly spicy, pretty good balance. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad but it was little sticky and the carbonation was pretty low and could have been bumped up a couple notches. I wouldn't buy this beer regularly but it makes for a nice once in a while beer and I can only imagine that this beer would go good with some nice Mexican cuisine, I will have to test that out sometime. I would recommend giving this beer a try, don't let the fact that there are chili's in it scare you off, they offer a lot more flavor then heat and this might make a good entrance into the Chili Beer style. I am starting to really like some of New Holland's more experimental beers, they got a good knack at trying something a little different, so I think they should take more risks on more different beers like this one. So far this is the best beer I have had from the High Gravity Series, and the best chili beer I have had to date. Keep thinking out of the box every once in a while New Holland, you guys got some talent when it comes to some of these crazier beers. (3,594 characters)

Photo of nubz77
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had with some quesadillas.

At first pour there was some decent carbonation, basically right on par. The smell had hints of chocolate mostly, but wasn't tremendously strong. It was a murky brown color.

Upfront it delivers some nice chocolate flavor, and then hoppiness that feels out of place for this beer. The aftertaste is ok though, I got a sense of the chilis at the end. Average beer overall. (400 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
2.44/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. 2010 vintage. Purchased at Foodery (10th and Pine in Philly).

Pours still and muddy brown, a little reddish color, a hint of orange. No carbonation and super muddy. Aroma is oxidized to hell, smells like sticky malt extract, wood, dried chilies, and tree bark. Palate is flat and thick, viscous and sweet. Then things turn earthy, woody dry. I sort of get the chili peppers, but no coffee.

This beer was awful and I dumped out 3/4 of the bottle. Avoid. (487 characters)

El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.