Autumnal Mole Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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2.48/5 rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
12 fl oz. can, with a best by date of 02/23/2013, so I am a little late to the party, but I'm not scared. Well, not too scared at least. I have already drank 4 cans out of the 6, and so far they were all gushers, so I'm expecting this one to explode also and pour ignorant amounts of foam.
Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.
A - It's official; it is impossible to pour this beer without spilling some of it and having splatter go flying all over. Impossible. Even a gentle pour generates a ridiculous three and a half fingers of fizzy bubbling mocha colored head. The short-lived head is the best looking thing about this beer while it lasts; it fizzles out immediately and leaves behind a flat looking body. Body is a dark brown / opaque black color, but still appears watery and thin. Looks more like a cola than it does a beer.
S - Smell is musty, yeasty, & carbonated. Some light coffee bean roast, chocolate, and chiles.
T - Body is over carbonated, tingly, metallic. Chile spice is hot and rough & grainy. Gives the beer a pervasive hotness which comes off too strong, drowns out the coffee and chocolate flavors, and leaves the beer feeling too spicy & feeling like it has more alcohol than it actually does.
M - Feel is crisp and carbonated. Again, this is more akin to a cola than it is a stout. Not a very heavy beer, just doesn't sit well with me. Hot, peppery aftertaste.
Overall, a failure of a beer from Ska Brewing Co. in my opinion. I can't really pick out a single thing I enjoy about this beer. Gushes foamy head everywhere, flat appearance, smells & tastes like a soda mixed with taco seasoning, with a pervasive chile presence. This isn't a stout, this is just a chile soda with some alcohol added. Avoid.
Ska Brewing Mole Stout ---2.5/5
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 19:38:53 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.84/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.
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
M- Thinn-ish. medium carbonation
Interesting stout. Easy drinker, pretty unique especially on the nose. I'd drink it again
Serving type: can
03-31-2014 01:26:32 | More by gcamparone
3.5/5 rDev -2%
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.
Serving type: can
02-26-2014 02:19:08 | More by jokelahoma
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
The body has a moderate weight with a bit of slickness. There seems to be some chalkiness involved. The spices leave a touch of bitterness and the finish eventually dries up. Pepper leaves a long aftertaste.
I can't say that I'm very impressed with Ska's Mole Stout. I like the idea but the execution is lacking. The spices seem stale and there isn't much to the base stout. I can't say I'd buy this one again.
Serving type: can
02-23-2014 01:00:28 | More by joe1510
Autumnal Mole Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.