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Autumnal Molé Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Autumnal Molé StoutAutumnal Molé Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gtermi on 09-21-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of aliveguy17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Auracom
1.8/5  rDev -49.7%
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
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Mordhaus
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of KajII
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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 claspada
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown, almost black color with a medium sized light brown head of bubbly foam that recedes to leave some super sticky rings of lacing.

The aromas were a little lacking but were centered around dark and milk chocolate. As it warms you get some minimal chillies and a touch of cinnamon.

The tastes are an improvement on the aromas with more of a roasted maltiness, milk chocolate, mocha and toffee. The spicy chillies and cinnamon are more apparent as well in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium boided with medium carbonation. Finish was crisp, lightly spicy and bitter but overall quite smooth and clean.

Overall this was a nice treat and quite drinkable. For such a low ABV offering this packs a nice flavor that I bet was even more strong when it was first released in early Autumn. Not a beer I would want to have everyday or more than two in a sitting despite the low ABV but a fine offering and quite balanced overall for a spice/chile beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a medium fizzy light brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is nice mole spices - chocolate, cinnamon and chili.

The flavor is sweet chocolaty malts and cinnamon with a nice spicy chili kick in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a very nice mole beer - very similar to New Belgium's version, but maybe a step below.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, but when held to the light it's more clear than expected. A good bit of visible carbonation present. Forms a thin off-white head.

S: Dried chili pepper, and maybe some burnt cold coffee.

T: The chili flavor is prominent up front, but unlike so many chili beers, it's not really spicy. Then roasty coffee, and maybe some very dark cacao bitterness. Finishes with the chili flavors fighting with the roast bitterness at the end.

M: Thin body but an almost creamy mouthfeel. Reminds me of a milk stout in mouthfeel, though not as sweet to be sure. I'm going to give this beer the benefit of the doubt that this is the feel that was intended, rather than a big thick stout like so many other chili beers are. The alcohol is well-hidden, and there's a decent amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This isn't bad, especially for a style that often isn't my favorite. That said, I wouldn't seek out another.

Photo of bshotbox
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stout was something that I have never had before. It was like a chilly, spicy stout. I think they got the body just right for the spices, no so much for the stout category, seems more like a brown stout at most. I enjoyed it for its creativity but think it would be hard to keep going back to. I think it is worth recommending, if you haven't tried a beer like this it is worth the adventure!

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Autumnal Molé Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.