New Holland El Mole Ocho - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.46/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – The beer is served a clear cherry reddish color with a small off white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is mainly of a cocoa and bready nature with the cocoa smell having a good level of a sweeter caramel aroma mixed within. Along with these aromas are some dark fruit smells as well as a little bit of a hot pepper/chili like smell and an almost medicine like boozy aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit flavor upfront, mostly of a cherry and plum, but also has some other flavors of a light chocolate and some caramel mixed within. As the taste advances, the chocolate flavors get stronger while the sweeter fruit flavors begin to fade. While the sweeter fruit fades it is replaced by some caramel, which maintains the sweetness up to the middle of the taste. This caramel however begins to fad while at the same time some coffee, more cocoa, and a little bit of chili comes to the tongue. The chili starts out quite light but gains strength as the flavor moves forward. Toward the end, some pepper flavors also join the tongue, and when combined with the chili, the lessened sweet flavors, the cocoa and the lighter coffee, end up leaving a moderately spicy, moderately sweet, and somewhat oddly flavored taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is rather light for a brew of nearly 10 % abv with a carbonation that consists of tons of tiny carbonation bubbles the tickle the tongue. The tiny carbonation bubbles are perfect for the taste profile balancing out and calming the chili that greets the tongue at the end. The thinner body is very nice as well, as with it subdues the chili, but still all while, compliments the fruit and sweeter flavors of the brew very nicely.
Overall – This was a very interesting brew. The mouthfeel, I must say, was done very well, nearly exactly what is right for the flavor profile. The flavor however, while overall it has nice individual components, all combined together it is not really something I found all that appealing. It was a very good one to give a try to, but nothing I would go back to again and again.
Serving type: on-tap
12-20-2013 02:06:02 | More by Darkmagus82
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
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Plenty clear with a translucency owing only to the darkness, it's a lovely mahogany or cherry wood brown-red, brilliant and fiery in its depths. The head, light brown, is compact, tight and solid. It manages close to one finger and shows good retention while depositing moderate spotting as it recedes.
Peppers come out in the nose, lots of flesh and skin with some heat. There's a certain fruity sweetness as well complemented by a dryer sort of cocoa. It goes drier with a not-quite-doughy malt to set against the sweetness while a strong note of yeast plays a hand underneath it all.
The taste follows suit, but the heat of the peppers really backs down and just sort of tickles a little. Cocoa also backs down against a sweetness that makes me think more of prunes than plums and maybe something like apricot. It's a little tangy as well. It gets fairly boozy, too, but doesn't build up and just sort of plays with everything else. It may have been 9.79%, but my bottle says 10.5%.
There's lots of smoothness with only a little crispness, but unvarying. It leans on the light side in the medium body. It's semi-sweet the whole way through, almost breaking toward semi-dry in the finish.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2013 14:45:53 | More by Brenden
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Okay, I guess that this beer reminds me slightly of a mole, but only because there are both chile and chocolate notes, but beyond that there is not much to evoke the complexity and depth a of a mole- far too thin and one-note (okay, two note). The chile heat is at the right level, but the chocolate is thin and watery, and there is no solid malt background to support anything, and no other spice notes to play off of the chile and chocolates. A nice idea for a beer, but needs some retooling.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 21:33:35 | More by Georgiabeer
3.41/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a regular ole pint glass.
A: This is one of the most gorgeous beers I've ever seen, color wise. Deep, profound red. I could have been fooled into thinking this was a lambrusco if the head color had been different. Very light, playful head, which keeps resurfacing through the glass. Almost no retention and some wispy lacing.
S: Red and green peppers, bready sweetness, burnt toast and red fruit jam, almost a Denver omelette breakfast plate feel. Crisp earth, like a freshly struck flint. Some black pepper, but the spice is clearly waiting in the wings.
T: The chile emerges here, in dried flake form, to start and to finish, leaving with a slight tartness. In between: Semi-dark chocolate. Dried apricots. A bit too sweet, but wraps itself in snuggly alcohol and leather. The heat is proper for authentic mole, but the sweetness, which is distinctly of the ripe stone fruit, rather than the chocolate, variety, is off.
M: Medium carbonation, but smoother than you'd guess, almost to the point of flatness. I don't think some additional carbonation would have hurt this beer. The sweetness expands the palate and pokes around the sides of the tongue before slipping down the back of the throat with the heat trailing.
O: I made the mistake of taking a couple too-large sips, and it wasn't pleasant, with all the sweetness and booze, but treat it properly and there are rewards to be had. I'll keep my Theobroma, but this is just fine.
Serving type: bottle
11-12-2013 16:00:52 | More by serotoninronin
New Holland El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.