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Autumnal Molé Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Autumnal Molé StoutAutumnal Molé Stout

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gtermi on 09-21-2012

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high mocha colored head that dissipated within 30 seconds, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of smokiness. Some hints of chili peppers become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of light roasted chocolate along with notes of nutmeg and hints of chili peppers.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very drinkable chili beer because the peppers aren't that prominent and don't contribute any heat to the taste.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of ironwill54
1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of profondo
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Dat
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mjohnson17
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of afluentturtle
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a dark brown/off black with a small amount of head. No lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, hint of vanilla, some chocolate, that's about it.

Taste: Non descript stout, chocolate hints, slightly woody. I can't taste any chile peppers at all.

Mouthfeel: Feels pretty light, smoot, not much carbonation. Very easy to drink and I would for sure drink this again of it was free.

Honestly wasn't that special, maybe it needs somthing to set it apart but for me it was just another dark beer. I couldn't find any chile peppers in this brew at all.

Photo of Jasonrm72
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black in color with some crimson red highlights visible at the edges of the glass. The beer has a thin (less than quarter finger) beige head that reduces to absolutely nothing. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of cinnamon with some lighter notes of chocolate and chilis.

T: Moderate flavors of dark malts, coffee, cinnamon, bittersweet dark chocolate, and some chilis. There is a light amount of bitterness and chili heat in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation.

O: Probably the easiest drinking beer I have tried in the Chile beer style and it has a nice complexity of flavors to it. Not something I would want to have multiple in a session but definitely an enjoyable beer.

Photo of dlello2
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rudy0908
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Maseitz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of beerborn
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Lethargy99
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of captainbearcat
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of aliveguy17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Auracom
1.87/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on the pour fades fast, most pepper beers do for me. The body is a dark brown, translucent near the edges.
the aroma is mostly dry chocolate with just a whisper of peppery spice, the pepper doesn't come through a whole lot.
The flavors have more of the pepper but it presents less as a hot heat and more as a soft accent that breaks the chocolate down and makes it dryer and powdered flavor, really adds a neat flavor without any heat. This one might be good for someone who normally doesn't like pepper beers.

I'd buy a 6er again.

3/c = average.

Photo of beersands
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is lovely dark brown, as you would expect in a stout, with the head retention of a glass of mineral water. I poured half of it aggressively and finally decided to shake up the rest in the bottle with my thumb on it to discover the head is a deep brown color. The foam that poured out dissipated in seconds, with an unprecedented alka-seltzer sound. I imagine the large amounts of powdered adjuncts are preventing the head from remaining.

S - Sweet chocolate and spice

T - The first thing that hits me is textbook high-end Mexican hot chocolate. I feel like someone's abuelita just handed me a glass that was sitting in the fridge for awhile. Dark chocolate with various spices and chile following quickly. Smokey pepper, cinnamon, and piloncillo. Its a shame there was no head retention, as this type of drink is typically served Frothy! The head retention was surely sacrificed to the gods of Smell and Flavor here. I will say it was a daring trade off. The last thing I taste is lingering dark bitter chocolate and some balancing sweetness.

M - Medium body. you can feel the powdered adjuncts, but they blend in well enough that it doesnt become irritating. The finish is light, with a slight slickness.

This is a hard one to rate for me. I believe this Chile Beer style primarily exists to provide the connoisier with a new experience. The smell and taste do that in spades. Its extremely difficult to get many of the fresh flavors this beer has to survive the brewing process and arrive on your palete. The mouthfeel and especially the appearance suffer, though. Overall I recommend it, but I feel the brewmaster(s) may have been able to get more head retention somehow. Maybe we could see this in a nitro can or nitro tap.

Photo of MarcWP
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Autumnal Molé Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.