Autumnal Mole Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
This can is an Austin Powers joke waiting to happen...(but, then again, I never liked those movies...) It pours a deep, murky black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, earthy peppers (complete with mild heat), roasted malts, light molasses, and brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with the peppers and cinnamon combining for a unique flavor combination, all whilst the roast dances fancily behind it all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice peppered stout, one that could probably stand to be year-round... Good times.
10-06-2012 04:47:00 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev +10.4%
liked this way better than the new belgium one. poured blackish brown, super dark, with almost no head. looks almost flat, but there is some depth to the color. smell is bitter bakers chocolate and cocoa powder, with just a hint of pepper. the flavor is that dusty cocoa up front, with a lot of smokey malt to balance it out. i feel no chili heat in this at all, which i like. the peppers provide just a subtle bit of flavor, nothing too drastic. the chocolate in the finish is also very nice, a little sweeter than on the front end. feel isnt as good as it could be. it needs some more carbonation to pep up its big body. that said though, this is a cool new beer from ska. i would like to make a pot of chili with it at some point. those flavors would be outstanding in there.
10-06-2012 01:11:03 | More by StonedTrippin
3.05/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
10-05-2012 02:14:02 | More by beer2day
3.03/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
10-04-2012 23:27:30 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
Seems cinnamon/pepper/chocolate beers are popping up everywhere these days.
Pours a standard dark brown color that's nearly black. Carbonation is heavy coming out of the can, but goes dead flat in seconds. The mouthfeel stays thick, but visually there's nothing going on after the first pour.
Cinnamon and roasted malts are big on the nose. Semi-sweet chocolate as well.
The flavor takes a slightly different turn. Roasted malts and a pretty potent smoky chili pepper notes come up big up front. Not as sweet as I would've expected. Darker chocolate comes in the middle, followed by a kiss of cinnamon. There's not really a "burn" but the finish fades out with pepper and cinnamon. Drier and more peppery than I would've figured.
I believe that Copper Kettle's Mexican Chocolate Stout is still the flag bearer for this "style" and this is one of the takes that's probably most like it. It's less spicy and much lighter on the cinnamon character, but it keeps that beer's drier and balanced philosophy.
Pretty solid and well crafted. A good beer for fans of chili beers as well as someone looking for something off the wall.
Kind of an oddball because it goes dead flat so quickly. The mouthfeel holds up, but the visual doesn't reflect that at all.
EDIT: Having had more of these, the peppers really are a little heavy in this one. They aren't adding heat, but they're compounding the roasted notes from the stout. It's really tasty at first, but after about 1/2 can (once it warms up), they grind on the palate a bit. I haven't had that with other beers like this.
10-04-2012 14:15:53 | More by Domingo
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured from a can into a Boulevard tulip.
Beer pours a dark brown, very opaque. Head was about 1/2", which quickly disappeared, not even leaving a wisp. Zero lacing.
Aroma is mostly cinnamon, with some roasted malt and chocolate.
Taste starts as cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malt and peppers. During the drink, the cinnamon is less dominant and the heat of the peppers takes over. Nice touch.
Mouthfeel is unusual. I'm known for being the taste test dummy at mexican restaurants, and would call the heat mild, most would say medium. The flavor and heat remains on the tongue and roof.
Overall, this beer is in my unusual but good category. I will buy it again and share with my friends. My only complaint is the lack of head, which also leaves the aroma weak. Give it a head that lasts and this beer would go from good to excellent.
10-04-2012 02:12:27 | More by KansasBeerLover
4.2/5 rDev +18%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The beer is a dark chocolate black, with cola brown around the edges in the light. The head in an espresso brown that quickly fades to a wisp, then nothing. No lacing whatsoever.
The beer smells of peppers, rich chocolate, roasted malts.
The taste is exceptional. A bit of heat from pepper coats the throat as I ponder the deeper flavors of rich chocolate, roasted malts, and cinnamon.
The mouthfeel is medium to light, with slight carbonation.
Overall, I love this. It's not spectacular to look at, looks like a Coke in a pint glass, but it has great pepper heat, chocolate, and spices as advertised. Great beer for Dia De Los Muertos. I'll be drinking it then for sure.
09-30-2012 18:54:51 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours black with a nice dark brown head. Head retention is not a strength for this one. Aroma is dominated by the cinnamon, underneath there is a touch of some roastiness, chocolate, and heat from the peppers. Flavor again started strong on the cinnamon, perhaps a touch too strong, but then in the rear there is some cocoa, something offering a little sweetness, some roastiness, and a hit of some bitterness in the finish.This isn't hot in any uncomfortable way, but there is definitely heat to it. I thought the mouthfeel on this was nice, medium bodied, a little creamy. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Not on par with Cocoa Mole (only other chile stout/porter I have tried) but I am glad to have been able grab a sixer of this.
09-30-2012 04:16:46 | More by denver10
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
Had to ding the appearance because while this beer started out with a huge head it was almost immediately gone. Dark black with a few bubbles at the surface. Aroma is cinnamon, cocoa, peppers, pretty good. Flavor follows suit but is really not robust enough and feels like it has a watery aftertaste. Both Cocoa Mole from New Belgium and Mexican Chocolate Stout from Copper Kettle are better beers, probably due to the body being thicker.
09-29-2012 19:17:54 | More by ArrogantB
2.95/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
09-29-2012 07:37:05 | More by sir-knifes-alot
4.23/5 rDev +18.8%
Mole Stout from Ska Brewery in Durango, CO.
Pours opaque black with an initial two finger mocha-colored head that quickly fades to nothing.
Hits of chocolate, roasted mild chilis, cinnamon, a tiny bitterness of hops, with something sweet and maybe yam flavored on the front, fading to malty sweetness with very light roasted chili aftertaste. Milk sugar gives it a bit of a milk stout element, but it doesn't have a dominant creamy flavor.
Extremely smooth and easy-drinking.
No lacing, no traces left on the glass at all, which is very unusual for any type of stout. Very mild as stouts go, and not at all a typical example of that category.
Comes in a six pack of 12oz cans. Would buy again.
09-29-2012 05:57:39 | More by johnmdaniels
3.63/5 rDev +2%
Poured nearly black except for some deep brown highlights when held up to the light,a half finger tannish colored head atop.Cinnamon and chile really stand out in the nose,a hint of vanilla and earth thrown in as well.Sweet chocolate and spices upfront on the palate,maybe a bit to sweet,charred chile flavors in a lingering after taste.It's a bit one sided with the cocoa and cinnamon-like flavors,I did like the little bit of char and spice in the finish though.
09-28-2012 18:09:21 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev +11%
Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. This pours a very dark brown approaching pitch black, with a small mocha head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of peppers, dark roasted malts. The feel is medium low carbonation. The taste is good, some roasted malts, a peppery finish, okay hops.
09-25-2012 03:33:44 | More by DavidST
Autumnal Mole Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
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