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Autumnal Mole Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

Autumnal Mole StoutAutumnal Mole Stout

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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%


Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gtermi on 09-21-2012)
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jrnichols

Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My wife brought this home for me a couple days ago. I had never seen it before. I'm usually not a big fan of chili beers, but I'm a huge fan of stouts.

A: Extremely dark and opaque. This is one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Even when holding it up in front of a light bulb, I see nothing. Has a well developed head with moderate retention. I just really enjoy looking at this beer!

S: The chili odor is noticable but mild, does not dominate like other chili beers. Coffee and possibly the slightest hint of cinnamon are also present. Enjoyably complex.

T: Mole Stout is a very appropriate name for this beer. The pepper is mild up front, with a rich, somewhat toasty cocoa finish. The pepper tingles the throat on the way down. Even without the pepper, it would hold it's own among other stouts.

M: The pepper gives it a very remarkable feel, tingling the mouth just the right amount.

O: I had a couple of these the other night and I thought it was a pretty good beer, but now that I'm able to sit down and taste it objectively (and sober) I'm realizing what a remarkable find this is. The most amazing part of it is the pepper, because of how subdued and mellow it is, blending perfectly with the chocolatey toastyness of the rest of the beer. I just can't get over it. Other pepper beers are all pepper, often ruining the palate for anything with a lighter flavor, but I could easily drink several of these with out getting tired of it and still be able to taste my food. Good job Ska!

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 03:03:23 | More by jrnichols
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A- Pours a deep brown body with a small light brown head that reduces to nothing. No lacing.

S- Wow, I'm really getting the peppers on the nose.. very unique like nothing I've smelled before. Cayenne peppers, CUMIN, sweet barbeque sauce.. in there are subtle stout aromas but the peppers dominate here. I like it.

T- light chocolate, hot peppers, coffee predominate, get some cinnamon and cocoa on the follow through

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a small snifter glass.

Pours as you would expect from a stout, being deep, black, and opaque. Also, not what you'd expect from a stout, as the head was a soda-type fizziness that quickly disappeared into nothingness. Granted, the can is a few months old now, so that may have played a role.

Nose is really unique, even among mole beers. There is a hint of cocoa and a whiff of pepper, but something else is here as well. It finally dawned on me... it's cumin! Chile beer? Now it's chile con carne beer! It's odd and unexpected, yet it seems to work.

Not sure that it works as well in the flavor, though. The cumin really comes to the front in the taste. Heavy spice that balances on the precipice of distraction. If there is cocoa in the flavor, it's hiding really well. Chile peppers are also way in the background, with only the tiniest bit of heat betraying their presence at all. The cumin flavor isn't overpowering, but it is predominant. The beer itself underneath all of this is a decent stout. They kept the usual stout roastiness out of the way, which was probably a good thing. That flavor would have clashed with everything else that's going on. Overall it isn't really a bad beer, but it seems out of whack just a bit. The cumin was novel, but borders on novelty. Then again, a mole stout *is* something of a novelty.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and that's a good thing, as anything more rich or coating would make the beer seem oily with the other flavors.

I tried this as the Great American Beer Festival, and was captured by the uniqueness of the cumin idea, enough so I bought a sixer after the fest. Now that some time has passed, what appealed to me about it then just doesn't hold up. It's worth trying if you're in to molé or chiles, and especially if you like the flavor of cumin. I can imagine this would be really interesting to cook with, as well.

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12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
Four Seasons liquors - Morris, IL

Mole stout is amazingly black. It's different than most stout though in that it seems to be matte black. Where light goes to die. A crackling beige head forms quickly and just as quickly disappears. When I say disappears I mean that there is zero foam within a minute of pouring.

The nose is interesting. It's mostly dominated by earthy pepper, in powder form. A little dusty cocoa is present intermingled with a background roastiness. There's not a lot of depth even with the spice additions. It seems that it's a little tired or muddled. Not bad but not great either.

Lactic sweetness mingles with some roastiness off the bat before the peppery bite takes over. Earthy pepper, cocoa powder, and faint cinnamon all play their roles with the pepper hitting hardest in the middle and fades through the finish. Again, there's nothing offensive here it just seems muddled and stale.

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Pour is slightly viscous, pitch black, not even holding up to a light can create any highlights. Small head of mocha with some retention. Lacing is fleeting but does appear during the drink.

Odd aroma, deep chocolate malt and roasted tones before the spices and chiles take over and make a vegetative smorgasbord. Beets, earth, rich cocoa powder, strong cinnamon and cumin, a really engaging spiced stout but I'm not sure I enjoy it.

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Autumnal Mole Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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