Autumnal Mole Stout - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
A - Pours a very dark cola with 1 1/2 finger dark tan head. A little less than average head retnetion and no lacing
S - Interesting. The spices and peppers hit you right up front. Its not hot smelling by any means. Maybe a little hint of chocolate in there. Oddly enought he aroma reminds me of season salt.
T - Not bad but not good. Slightly saltly. The chile is there but isnt hot at all. Like chocolate present. Again, the overall taste reminds me of season salt. The flavors just work well together for em
M - A light to medium body beer. Fairly creamy with a strange aftertaste
O - At least I can say I have tried it. Not gross but nothing I will ever want again!
11-25-2013 22:45:38 | More by Goosehunter75
2.45/5 rDev -31.2%
Chile beer? More like a vegetable beer. It looks fantastic, but it's all down hill after the pour. the aroma is average at best and the flavor profile is muddled, erratic, and discombobulated. The level of foul vegetable is so pungent it drowns out any of the mole/chocolate notes. A friend of mine that tasted the beer described it as "burnt plants and gasoline in a can". I tend to agree.
Not one to bash beers, so I will just leave it there.
11-09-2013 04:59:19 | More by Bosoxfan20
3.31/5 rDev -7%
A - Pours black, may'be a little thin, with a tan khaki head that pretty much dissipates to nothing.
S - The smell gives off a lot of spices and roasted malts. There's a bit of heat on the back of the smell.
T - The chilis hit you first, but it's not a punishing heat. Honestly, the chilis are may'be overpowering other flavors as I'm not getting much else besides roasted malts.
M - A bit thin bodied and medium carbonation.
O - Interesting, just not something for me.
11-09-2013 03:12:14 | More by cvm4
3.75/5 rDev +5.3%
From a 12 oz can (best by February 9, 2014) into a snifter.
A-The brew is pretty much black and opaque. The beer sits beneath a short-lived head of dirty brown foam. The head starts out at about one and one-half fingers, but fades quickly and leaves no lacing.
S-The malts give off a bit of roast, char and molasses up front. The chile spice is noticeable, as well. The chiles, combined with the roasted malts, give off a roasted/charred chile aroma. I also smell some cocoa and a hint of milky sweetness.
T-The taste is a bit lighter with less in the way of roasted/charred flavors. There is still a bit of molasses, but the chiles are more prominent with light, oily heat and a vegetal spice flavor that reminds me of chile flesh, i.e., what a pepper actually tastes like. I also get some cocoa powder and cinnamon.
M-The feel was on the light side for a stout with average carbonation.
O-I admit to having a soft spot for chile beers (stouts in particular) and I enjoyed this beer. It is a little harsh and disjointed at times, but it provides a good dose of chile aroma and flavor and decent complexity with the cinnamon and cocoa. The mouthfeel drags the score down a bit, but I would drink this again on a cool fall day like today without complaining.
11-06-2013 04:17:27 | More by spoony
3.09/5 rDev -13.2%
A tough act to follow after the Speedway Stout, I poured this beer from a twelve ounce can into a snifter. I had picked the can up earlier in the day as part of a mix-a-sixer at Whole Foods.
The beer is a dark brown/black in color with a khaki-colored head. Hues of light khaki appear on the edges of the beer when held near light. After pouring form the can, only a slight head emerged.
The smell immediately reminded me of many of the pumpkin beers I've had recently. There were dark, sweet and molasses-like malt aromas, but then chocolate showed up, followed by a sharp punch of spicy chile. There's something pungent and subdued about the aroma, as if I'm smelling it through a wet sponge or something, and this hurts the overall smell.
The taste is very similar to the aroma, both in good and bad ways. The chile provides a bit of kick and a unique, piquant bite and is a good complement to the chocolate, coffee, caramel and dark malt flavors, yet the odd, pumpkiny, subdued flavors at the finish affect the overall taste.
Just as the flavor is affected, so too is the mouthfeel, as this beer presents a challenge to the palate. Spiciness mixed with an odd pungency make this beer less smooth going down then one would like. In the end, it's an okay beer, but still one that can't hang with other, better spicy stouts.
11-02-2013 04:41:23 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
A standard pour of Ska Brewing's Molé [sic?] Stout produces a jet-black, opaque body and about an inch of dark brown foam. The head neither lasts long nor leaves any traces behind. The body is opaque even when held up to against bright light, which means that the only way to judge the beer's carbonation quota is to observe the bubbles that pop on the surface. I count about 4 in 10 seconds. Will this beer feel too thick and heavy on the palate?
The nose comprises a bouquet of aromas typically appreciated in both stouts and dark mole sauces. Roasted dried chipotle peppers and dark-roast coffee dominate. They're complimented by easily appreciable fragrances of anise, cinnamon, roasted coffee beans, and smoke. Bottoms up!
The taste isn't as balanced as the nose. Roasted chili peppers overpower the other flavors. Stouts typically yield flavors of dried fruit and chocolate, both of which are found in some varieties of mole sauce. If they're contributing to the beer's flavor profile, I can't distinguish them.
The beer is certainly full on the palate, but it's also insufficiently carbonated. I failed to produce any foam in the last few sips.
Molé [sic?] Stout is as confusing as its misspelled name. It isn't a bad as a chili/spice beer, but both the spelling oddity and the beer's off-balanced flavors make me wonder if the brewers understand what mole is supposed to taste like. In the end, I'm glad I tried it, but won't revisit.
10-21-2013 18:52:49 | More by GMB
Autumnal Mole Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.