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Autumnal Molé Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Autumnal Molé StoutAutumnal Molé Stout

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 400
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 35.65%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: gtermi on 09-21-2012

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Photo of Auracom
1.87/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Thanks Dan! 5 oz. poured into a C&B tulip on November 9th, 2012.

A - Thin for the style. Deep brown with very little frothy, tan head. Decent amount of alcohol legs.

S - The overall aroma does smell a bit like mole, but its not a particularly complex or big recipe. Cinnamon, light chocolate, coffee grounds, and a little roast.

T - Any promise of the smell is shot down. Light on every flavor here, which includes further cinnamon, dark chocolate, chipotle pepper, and espresso. A bit of dried, caky dirt.

M - Very thin, light body. Low carbonation. Semi dry finish. Feels incredibly watery.

D - Bleh. The feel is among the worst I've experienced in the style. Aroma had a bit of hope but nothing can save this one. Honest drainpour.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of off white foam that quickly settled to nearly nothing. Horrendous head retention.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight chile peppers. I get a bit of milk chocolate in the background. I get really no malt or malt aroma at all, really nothing resembling beer.

T: Slightly smoky chile peppers upfront with cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the bakcground. Though the flavors are nice, there are really no typical beer flavors at all in this beer.

M: Thin with very low carbonation.

O: A decent drink, but not a very good beer. I really can't taste anything outside of the chocolate, chiles, and spices.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
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

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Chile beer? More like a vegetable beer. It looks fantastic, but it's all down hill after the pour. the aroma is average at best and the flavor profile is muddled, erratic, and discombobulated. The level of foul vegetable is so pungent it drowns out any of the mole/chocolate notes. A friend of mine that tasted the beer described it as "burnt plants and gasoline in a can". I tend to agree.

Not one to bash beers, so I will just leave it there.

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Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Pit.

A - dark black with no head but fizzy bubbles like a soda

S - very faint nose, maybe some cinnamon

T - faint roasted malts, cola, faint chocolate, cinnamon

M - medium bodied but it's overcarbonated which thins it out a great deal

This was incredibly disappointing. It tastes like cola with cinnamon. There may be some more spice to this than just cinnamon but it gets buried under the intense cola flavor. I'll be avoiding this at all costs.

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Photo of EvanM
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came essentially flat and tastes like someone pored a little stout into and old cola. It is somewhat interesting and does have some spice and heat but to me just not enough stout flavor to really qualify it as a stout. I usually love everything from SKA so I was really excited when I saw this in the store and did not hesitate to buy it. Really disappointing.

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Photo of AlexThegreat2007
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting something more like spicy chocolate because of the smell it gives off but the taste was like a watered down chipotle stout.... I don't really recommend it

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with thin beige head, around the .65" range. Decent lacing on one side of the glass. Aroma, didn't really scream chile beer, it did have a strong spice cabinet, heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg more than anything else. Instead of cocao, it came off more like cola. The spice? Meh.

Taste followed in a similar vein to the aroma, not enough two row, too much spice rack shit. It was one of those beers that was unique for about 2 oz. Then every 2 oz. after that became more taxing, less enjoyable. Had too much carbonation too. You can tell in the mouthfeel that there are peppers there, and the flavor of them isn't too bad, they're just accompanied by too much other weird stuff that is distracting and a negative effect on the overall beer. Tastes like it has more alcohol than it does.

I would actually like this beer without the cinnamon, nutmeg and whatever. Stick with the basics in a chile beer. Chiles, chocolate, 2 row.

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Photo of sir-knifes-alot
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first time reviewing a beer. Given this is a new release and has a fair amount of (local) hype around it, I feel like this is a good beer for my first review.

Poured from a can into an Avery pint glass.

A: Dark, almost black with a little burgundy hew to hit. Poured with a slight head, mocha in color, and vanishes instantly

S: Very nice. roasted malts, coffee/dark chocolate, cinnamon, chillies and vanilla. Definitely the best part of this beer.

T: Disappointing. With such a nice aroma I had high hopes for the beer. Falls very flat, with the "pumpkin pie" spice taking over. Slight hint of the coffee/chocolate coming through at the end, and if it wasn't for that I'd think I was drinking a pumpkin beer.

M: Has none. No carbonation, and no viscosity...feels like a glass of water.

O: Extremely disappointed. A lot of locals were/are really looking forward to this, and, personally, I don't think it has lived up to the excitement. It doesn't scream mole (or stout for that matter) too me. Just tastes like someone poured a mediocre pumpkin beer into a very mediocre stout.

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Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cracked 10/4.
I got these literally fresh from the distributor. Went into the store at 4, came back with a BA bud at 9 and bam! They had appeared in the mix-6. Picked up 2 because the owner said he only scored a case and there has been some buzz about them.
The beer smells like a mix of mexican spices my canadian mother uses in her tacos at home. The head on it disappears rapidly however, and with my second of the two brews I attempted to aggitate the hell out of the head to no success.
The mouthfeel is of a porter or even a Rauchbier, nothing of a stout. It is too smooth and too light.
Overall the beers taste hits its goals, cinnamon comes through as well as some sort of cayan pepper like flavoring. It is not offsetting, but it is certainly not sessionable.

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Photo of beer2day
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with 1-finger of brown cream head. No retention and zero lace.

Caramel malt, cocoa, and a milky sweetness define the nose. Not unappealing, but not overly nice either. Cocoa lends a nice flavor, but the sweetness is a little much. Getting a hint of pepper.

Flavor is more cocoa, caramel, but the pepper gives a hint of cinnamon, at least at first. Pepper comes in at the very end and lends a bit of fire to the back of tongue.

Feel is very thin. I realize the abv is fairly low, but the feel is just too thin.

Overall, worth a shot if you like pepper. I'd pass on it if I saw it again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A tough act to follow after the Speedway Stout, I poured this beer from a twelve ounce can into a snifter. I had picked the can up earlier in the day as part of a mix-a-sixer at Whole Foods.

The beer is a dark brown/black in color with a khaki-colored head. Hues of light khaki appear on the edges of the beer when held near light. After pouring form the can, only a slight head emerged.

The smell immediately reminded me of many of the pumpkin beers I've had recently. There were dark, sweet and molasses-like malt aromas, but then chocolate showed up, followed by a sharp punch of spicy chile. There's something pungent and subdued about the aroma, as if I'm smelling it through a wet sponge or something, and this hurts the overall smell.

The taste is very similar to the aroma, both in good and bad ways. The chile provides a bit of kick and a unique, piquant bite and is a good complement to the chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark malt flavors, yet the odd, pumpkiny, subdued flavors at the finish affect the overall taste.

Just as the flavor is affected, so too is the mouthfeel, as this beer presents a challenge to the palate. Spiciness mixed with an odd pungency make this beer less smooth going down then one would like. In the end, it's an okay beer, but still one that can't hang with other, better spicy stouts.

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Photo of rawfish
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh how I miss this brewery since moving from CO. Can obtained as an extra from the ever generous MinorThreat.

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.

Deep cocoa powder and less chiles than expected. Spices dominate with a cinnamon and mild curry powder flavor the rest of the drink is taken up by chocolate sweetness and a really offputting tuber-like vegetative heavy hop presence. Chilies add a very slight heat on the back end.

Body is medium with adequate carbonation. There is no alcohol standing out, I would prefer the chilies to pop more instead o blending with the cinnamon and cocoa spice profile.

Nice Idea using the cocoa and chile but other breweries have done this before to greater success (New Belgium Cocoa Mole, Lost Abbey Mayan Judgement Day, etc.). Hops bring too much herbal and vegetative flavors while the spices and chilies should be more balanced. Taxing to the palate after a while.

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Photo of bark
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The colour is dark cold brown (50 EBC), the liquid is clear. There is no head, foam or lacing at all.

The dry smell is fruity-spicy with distinct hot notes of reserved chili fruits. Green peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger.

The taste is spicy, but not as hot as I ha expected. Mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. Behind the spices, I think I can discern a clean and dry stout with some burned malts. Some clean bitterness, some malt sourness. Cocoa and toffee. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing chili notes and some alcohol. Cola beans and a light spicy sweetness. The finish is warming with some lingering bitter flavours and sweet toffee flavours.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles sharp and short-lived. The liquid is light and a little dry.

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Photo of tut2528
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

shout out to fatbeats for this one! thanks man

A: pours with moderate viscosity, black as night with no transparency, minimal head formation that dissipates rather quickly leaving no film.

S: wow this is interesting and massively complex. at first I feel that it resembles the cologne/smell of an elderly man. but the more I analyze it I begin to pick up coffee grounds, smoke, strong tobacco, black pepper, cinnamon, cocoa and licorice. all are very much there and make them selves present

T: wow this is definitely a spice bomb. I pick up on a big cocoa backbone, black peppers, black licorice, a mild smokiness and a mixture of vegetables. the spiciness (meaning the heat) definitely kicks in during the finish and leaves a tingling on the lips

M: medium bodied, minimal carbonation, spicy feel on the palate.

O: this is my first chile beer, and I must say that I had no idea what to expect from this kind of brew. I was surprised on just how complex the aroma was of this brew and even in the taste. The spices really dominate the body along with a huge cocoa backbone and I feel that its a war between bold spiciness and sweet cocoa thus creating a slight imbalance. To be honest, I would not think of this as being a beer because of the immense spices.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a very dark cola with 1 1/2 finger dark tan head. A little less than average head retnetion and no lacing

S - Interesting. The spices and peppers hit you right up front. Its not hot smelling by any means. Maybe a little hint of chocolate in there. Oddly enought he aroma reminds me of season salt.

T - Not bad but not good. Slightly saltly. The chile is there but isnt hot at all. Like chocolate present. Again, the overall taste reminds me of season salt. The flavors just work well together for em

M - A light to medium body beer. Fairly creamy with a strange aftertaste

O - At least I can say I have tried it. Not gross but nothing I will ever want again!

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Photo of wedge
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Making an impulsive batch of chili on a brisk autumn evening. I figured this is as good a night as any to crack this.

Almost black in color with a sliver of chestnut across the bottom, capped by a nice creamy looking head that is there one second and completely gone the next. Aromas of cinnamon sweetness and semi-chocolaty malt, modest chili smoke, and fruity esters. A little more pepper character in the flavor. Cocoa sweetness, cola, spices. No real heat at all. Increased chocolate flavor as it warms up. Medium bodied and very lightly carbonated which takes some of the life out of it. If they get the carbonation fixed in future batches, this will definitely be better.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, almost black with a small reddish brown airy head that aggresivly dissipates rapidly - the sizzeling sound is LOUD. No lacings.

S: Roasted dark malts, somewhat sweet. Milk chocolate and faint coffee, but obviously also chili peppers.

T: Vanilla and dusty dry coffee along with grinded cocoa-beans. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Hard roasted malt. Some, not too obvious chili peppers.

M: Aftertaste lingers with dark malty sweetness along with some dry bitterness. Body is smooth and medium while no carbonation is noticable.

O: Not very exciting. Well crafted but a bit too modest for my taste.

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Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This seems fizzy enough at first pour but it does flatten out and end up as a spicy soup that is not so appetizing. The aroma is intriguing, kind of a Mexican cocoa with dark red chile powder. It's just dark and murky in appearance.

Some sweetness, roasted malt with a cocoa hint, and sharp red pepper tang. There is a modest chile heat after a few sips but it's not really hot. Very aromatic.

This is my least favorite of the usually delicious Ska stouts. Actually it could work with such interesting flavors. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter. Thanks, Cliff.

A: Black with a tiny foam head. No lacing.

S: Chili peppers dominate with cocoa lingering in the background. Perhaps some cumin, too.

T: Zesty with chili peppers, chocolate and attitude. Spices pop up and do the nasty with the tongue. A lingering pepery finish.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation.

O: Glad I tried it, but Chile beer is not one of my favorites. Too spicy for my taste.

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Photo of KajII
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a small (less than 1 finger) fizzy light brown head that was fully diminishing and had no lacing at all.

The aroma was of a roasted malt and a leathery doughy yeast with notes of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and a mild hint of chilis.

The taste was much like the aroma, lightly sweet and a tad malty with a touch of chocolate and molasses early on and then becoming very lightly bitter with a shot of coffee and a hard to notice hint of the chili peppers towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with a mildly bitter mocha coffee taste and a super light peppery feel at the very end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin watery texture and an almost mild carbonation.

Overall this brew was not what I expected from a Chili Stout. I am always leary about peppery beers, but this one was very tasty with just a light peppery presence. I can see myself having this again...


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Photo of cvm4
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours black, may'be a little thin, with a tan khaki head that pretty much dissipates to nothing.

S - The smell gives off a lot of spices and roasted malts. There's a bit of heat on the back of the smell.

T - The chilis hit you first, but it's not a punishing heat. Honestly, the chilis are may'be overpowering other flavors as I'm not getting much else besides roasted malts.

M - A bit thin bodied and medium carbonation.

O - Interesting, just not something for me.

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Photo of GMB
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A standard pour of Ska Brewing's Molé [sic?] Stout produces a jet-black, opaque body and about an inch of dark brown foam. The head neither lasts long nor leaves any traces behind. The body is opaque even when held up to against bright light, which means that the only way to judge the beer's carbonation quota is to observe the bubbles that pop on the surface. I count about 4 in 10 seconds. Will this beer feel too thick and heavy on the palate?

The nose comprises a bouquet of aromas typically appreciated in both stouts and dark mole sauces. Roasted dried chipotle peppers and dark-roast coffee dominate. They're complimented by easily appreciable fragrances of anise, cinnamon, roasted coffee beans, and smoke. Bottoms up!

The taste isn't as balanced as the nose. Roasted chili peppers overpower the other flavors. Stouts typically yield flavors of dried fruit and chocolate, both of which are found in some varieties of mole sauce. If they're contributing to the beer's flavor profile, I can't distinguish them.

The beer is certainly full on the palate, but it's also insufficiently carbonated. I failed to produce any foam in the last few sips.

Molé [sic?] Stout is as confusing as its misspelled name. It isn't a bad as a chili/spice beer, but both the spelling oddity and the beer's off-balanced flavors make me wonder if the brewers understand what mole is supposed to taste like. In the end, I'm glad I tried it, but won't revisit.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the coolest style of beers I've seen in a can to date.... let's see how it holds up to my favorite Mexican sauce. Appearance is a fizzy opaque brownish black. Head is non existent, as is any form of lacing. As I take a long deep smell, the first thing that comes to mind is Red Hots candy. This candy cinnamon quality remains at the forefront and basically dominates other notes. There's some mild dry cocoa in the background. The taste is similar. Candy cinnamon a la Big Red gum or Red Hot candy, plus dry cocoa, and a touch of roasty malt profile. The finish features more cinnamon and chocolate with the chili leaving almost zero heat. The mouth feel is a bit prickly with a medium body. Overall, this beer is enjoyable, but not amazing like I was hoping. New Belgium's Cocoa Mole pulled this off in a much better way. This brew feels like a novelty "candy" beer. Interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours black as coal with a very quick tan-brown head. Looks like burnt motor oil. Aroma is dark chocolate covered nuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, very dark roast barley, and bourbon. Taste follows the aroma and has a bittersweet chocolate tang finish. Not getting any of the chile. The boozy bourbon taste leads one to believe this is more than a 5.5% ABV. This reminds me of bourbon filled chocolates. Had this with a chicken mole burrito. Not very food friendly. Would be better with chocolate - Senior Murphy Chile Cream Chocolates to be exact!

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Autumnal Molé Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.