Autumnal Mole Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
02-26-2014 02:19:08 | More by jokelahoma
3.48/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
02-23-2014 01:00:28 | More by joe1510
3.18/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
12-20-2013 05:08:21 | More by rawfish
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-16-2013 18:57:01 | More by brewskifan55
Autumnal Mole Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.