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Autumnal Molé Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 395
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of BigBry
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can (as pictured) brought back in a Make-Your-Own 6 pack from Denver.
Pours opaque black, with a foamy dark tan head. Foams slowly fades away, no lace.
Smell is of roasted malt and chili peppers, not super strong but its there for sure.
Taste is much the same, with good stout base of charred malt, cocoa or coffee are pretty light, then chili pepper at the end.
There is a mild amount of pepper heat that grows with each taste, but not so mush that it burns or becomes too overpowering.
Lower level of carbonation, slightly thin and not really creamy, medium bodied mouth feel.
Overall, this is a pretty good beer, delivers as expected without being over the top chili heat. (686 characters)

Photo of AlexThegreat2007
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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 (170 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty well a deep black, with quickly dissipating head and no lace to speak of.

Aroma: Enticing mix of chocolate roastiness and a light hint of something…peppery. It’s subtle, though, so don’t expect some kind of “chili beer” nonsense.

Taste: Sweet and oh-so-smooth, with plenty of toasty cocoa tones and, again, the undercurrent of chills. Nothing here is really in the neighborhood of “spicy”, but this is an easy to drink treat, and with the addition of milk lactose, a really smooth, creamy beverage.

More points to Ska for crafting a stout that stands out from the pack, and though it is experimental, this is easily the best of it’s kind I’ve ever had. Will enjoy again, yes! (716 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Something for cooler weather, and something to clean up dinner, a spicy stout. Out of a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

The ink black color is something to look at, though if you're expecting a head, look quick because is dissipates very quickly. The pleasant aroma tickles the nose is spicy hatch chiles and cocoa. It's delicious to say the least, not overspiced nor weak. In fact, it reminds me of a lighter Xocoveza, and those cinnamon, chile, and brown sugar notes really turn me on. It's in between light and medium bodied, and despite fuzzy carbonation, this is a beer that I will be looking forward to meeting again. (622 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of chocolate, cinnamon, toasted malt and faint chili pepper.

The taste is of dark chocolate, cinnamon and dark fruit sweetness.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised by this. Chocolate and cinnamon dominate the aroma and flavor with accents of dark fruit and chili pepper. Very good. (435 characters)

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. This beer is deep black, only slightly brighter around the edges. A frothy mocha head forms and then completely disappears almost immediately. I caught a ton of varied aroma on the pour, all of which were confirmed in the still glass: nice milk/dark chocolate balance, vanilla, cinnamon, and a hint of vegetal spiciness. The taste isn't as nice as the nose, but still contains some decent cocoa and a hint of the cinnamon. It's all corralled by the pepper spiciness, which feels higher in the balance than it should be. Everything tastes decent together, but I wish that more of the wonderful sweet spices contained in the nose were present in the taste. Body is light and slick, the pepper spiciness again keeps any of the sweetness from becoming overbearing. IMO, beers like this should lay the sweet flavors (milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon) on thick, balance them with dark chocolate/slight hop bitterness, and then use the spice as a tool to keep the finish dry and leave the imbiber wanting more. Mole stout seems a bit out of whack (compared to the Hunas/Abraxis's of the world, which really isn't fair), but for 9-12 per sixer and at an ABV that makes it sessionable within it's style, it's definitely worth checking out if you (like me) can't get enough of the Mexican hot chocolate stout trend. (1,344 characters)

Photo of Jaysauras
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Very very surprised by this beer after what I read on some of the reviews.

L: Enjoyed from a standard pint glass. Poured a deep opaque brown/black with very little if any head. Bit strange since most of the stouts I've had have almost an access of head to them. Not an overly impressive visual beer.

S: The smell that hits me right off the bat is chocolate malt with a little flash of red pepper. It's faint, but not faint enough that you don't recognize you are about to drink a chile beer. Nice aroma honestly, not overpowering, but good.

T: The taste is what got me. Peppers hit you right up front, not spicy, not hot, but you definitely can taste the presence. It settles into what I can only describe as a delicious blend of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The dark chocolate notes are extremely prevalent and it isn't sickeningly sweet like some stouts. The pepperiness to it is similar to that of a good red wine.

F: It definitely isn't a big tasting beer, a little bit thin and soft with a light bit of carbonation to it. What you would expect from a stout, maybe a little thinner than average.

O: Overall I am VERY impressed. Quite unique and enjoyable. I was sad to have missed out on Xocoveza, but this one was actually recommended to me by a Stone employee and I wasn't disappointed! (1,306 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

idunno... smells thin. looks.... just dark.... smell is thin, like a cheap-bar kind of smell.... taste is the same- cheap-bar kind of taste, with some chocolate and chile saving its ass..... not enough chile for me though.... I bought a six pack hoping this stuff is gonna be decent, but having my doubts.... another drink.... meh, i'm giving this stuff away..... (363 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 3/1/15.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon, and dried chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, cocoa nib, cinnamon, and chile pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earthy cocoa, cinnamon, and chile qualities all around.

Serving type: can. (612 characters)

Photo of Modernrickk
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells like molé
Tastes like molé

I love molé

But just looks damn ugly for a beer.. The head disappears right away

And the carbonation (good) is saving this beer from being terrible (188 characters)

Photo of hophead86
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

Great Stout , the aroma is awesome Mexican chocolate Cinnamon, nutmeg , dont get any alcohol in the nose .It taste even better . Overall a great brew actually but me a couple 6 packs to put away . (198 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottom of can says Best By 08 FEB 15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S- Cinnamon, nutmeg and a moderate chilie presence. Other notes include chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. Slight alcohol fume.

T- Nice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg in the front, chocolate and coffee in the middle and a hint of chilies in the aftertaste. Pretty sweet, which I like.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- This is quite nice. It's like a more easygoing Xocoveza. Thumbs up. (723 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

12 ounce can into a glass. Best by 8 Feb 2015.

Dark color, very little head, thinnish mouthfeel.

Aroma and taste are what matters, and that's where I like this beer quite a bit. It is a mild and balanced blend of typical roasted malts (typical for a stout), somewhat muted in this beer, together with the "mole" flavors of red chile peppers, cocoa, and cinnamon.

Now I love chiles, and I love them strong, so to me, this beer is pretty mild. There isn't much heat from the peppers, just a nice tang and flavor. The cocoa is clearly present, but you wouldn't call this a chocolate stout or a milk stout. I think the flavors go well together, but then, I do love chocolate moles!

If you are also a mole lover, you should give this stout a try. If you're wary of red chile flavors, give it a pass. (805 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black body with an initial thin head that fades to nearly nothing after a couple of minutes. Very mild roasted dark malts with muted peppery presence. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and soothing peppery flavors; a hint of anise. Rich, silky smooth body; heavy-weighted mouthfeel; lacks much carbonation.

A very rich tasting, pleasingly sensuous textured dark beer. The molé peppers are balanced just about right - subtle yet prominent enough to add depth and complexity to the rich sweetness of the malt grains. Like many chili pepper beers, the presence of a head is problematic as far as visual appeal goes, and the aroma is rather tame, but these minor quibbles shouldn't stop someone who wishes give their taste buds a treat. (731 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (587 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,903 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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. (1,351 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,308 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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! (673 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can (best by February 9, 2014) into a snifter.

A-The brew is pretty much black and opaque. The beer sits beneath a short-lived head of dirty brown foam. The head starts out at about one and one-half fingers, but fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

S-The malts give off a bit of roast, char and molasses up front. The chile spice is noticeable, as well. The chiles, combined with the roasted malts, give off a roasted/charred chile aroma. I also smell some cocoa and a hint of milky sweetness.

T-The taste is a bit lighter with less in the way of roasted/charred flavors. There is still a bit of molasses, but the chiles are more prominent with light, oily heat and a vegetal spice flavor that reminds me of chile flesh, i.e., what a pepper actually tastes like. I also get some cocoa powder and cinnamon.

M-The feel was on the light side for a stout with average carbonation.

O-I admit to having a soft spot for chile beers (stouts in particular) and I enjoyed this beer. It is a little harsh and disjointed at times, but it provides a good dose of chile aroma and flavor and decent complexity with the cinnamon and cocoa. The mouthfeel drags the score down a bit, but I would drink this again on a cool fall day like today without complaining. (1,263 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (1,331 characters)

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