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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
81
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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 26
Gots: 19 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +19%

beercubus, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Zabkatista22, Oct 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

JRBecks, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of McShane
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very unique stout and not what you'd expect when you pick up a can. I can say that I've had two now and overall I'm impressed. This is Ska Brewing's first offering to their Seasonal line and like Ska does it hits you with something original. If you are thinking it'll be a Steel Toe Stout with peppers you have it all wrong. The best I can say is don't go in with expectations. Just let your self be ready for something new.

Smell is heavy on Ancho peppers. The taste is a combination of Hatch chillies and coffee. Stout is in the background of this beer but it's not a front line focus.

Taste was good. Not exceptional since I wasn't ready for the Hatch portion. it throws me a little still. That all being said, it's pleasant and I enjoyed it a great deal.

This is a much lighter beer than a stout would normally be. I think that's where some of the other reviews are getting their "cola" take. It's carbonated for sure but not so much that it takes away from the chillies focus and the ABV at 5.5% doesn't get in the way at all. In fact this is a perfect beer for their can series as you can take a 6 pack with you and enjoy the whole thing with out being knocked on your rear.

Overall it's a good chilli beer. If I had to compare it to anything I would compare it to Theobroma and Rogues Chipotle. It's definitely a unique beer that has Ska's signature all over it.

Thanks,

Steve McShane
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McShane, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Making an impulsive batch of chili on a brisk autumn evening. I figured this is as good a night as any to crack this.

Almost black in color with a sliver of chestnut across the bottom, capped by a nice creamy looking head that is there one second and completely gone the next. Aromas of cinnamon sweetness and semi-chocolaty malt, modest chili smoke, and fruity esters. A little more pepper character in the flavor. Cocoa sweetness, cola, spices. No real heat at all. Increased chocolate flavor as it warms up. Medium bodied and very lightly carbonated which takes some of the life out of it. If they get the carbonation fixed in future batches, this will definitely be better.

wedge, Oct 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

sgttibbs, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Pit.

A - dark black with no head but fizzy bubbles like a soda

S - very faint nose, maybe some cinnamon

T - faint roasted malts, cola, faint chocolate, cinnamon

M - medium bodied but it's overcarbonated which thins it out a great deal

This was incredibly disappointing. It tastes like cola with cinnamon. There may be some more spice to this than just cinnamon but it gets buried under the intense cola flavor. I'll be avoiding this at all costs.

tdm168, Oct 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

jak, Oct 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

JMBSH, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

BigLittleHokis, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +12%

MarkyMOD, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of sombrasenelsol
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Looks just like a glass of coke after pouring it, no foam, bubbles rise up and can't help but laugh about how much this looks like coke/coca-cola.

Smell- Lots of spicy/peppers smell, cocoa powder, if I was blind folded and didn't know what this was and I was asked to described the smell, I would not hesitate to say is 'Cocoa-Pebbles' cereal!

Taste- Feels like some wizard took a dark chocolate chip cookie and made it a drink, no fizz whatsoever, some spiciness to it, after awhile you forget you're actually drinking beer instead of a glass of chocolate milk that has a slight past due oak flavor to it. Almost no carbonation, very drinkable.

This beer had me going at first like OMG, then after several sips I quickly lost interest because it gets really flat, very light mouth feel, Don't get me wrong I do like it but only because I still can't believe the flavor and is really a beer that taste good but with almost no beer qualities as far as looks and mouth feel goes, very good stout to start a for those who are new to the darks.

sombrasenelsol, Oct 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

illini4x4, Oct 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Rmatuszak2, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 06, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

GTB, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

beer2day, Oct 05, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cracked 10/4.
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.

Ispeakforthetrees, Oct 05, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -58%

prisoner1572, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Domingo
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Domingo, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

KansasBeerLover, Oct 04, 2012
Autumnal Molé Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.