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Autumnal Molé Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Autumnal Molé StoutAutumnal Molé Stout

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: gtermi on 09-21-2012

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Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of chocolate, cinnamon, toasted malt and faint chili pepper.

The taste is of dark chocolate, cinnamon and dark fruit sweetness.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised by this. Chocolate and cinnamon dominate the aroma and flavor with accents of dark fruit and chili pepper. Very good.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. This beer is deep black, only slightly brighter around the edges. A frothy mocha head forms and then completely disappears almost immediately. I caught a ton of varied aroma on the pour, all of which were confirmed in the still glass: nice milk/dark chocolate balance, vanilla, cinnamon, and a hint of vegetal spiciness. The taste isn't as nice as the nose, but still contains some decent cocoa and a hint of the cinnamon. It's all corralled by the pepper spiciness, which feels higher in the balance than it should be. Everything tastes decent together, but I wish that more of the wonderful sweet spices contained in the nose were present in the taste. Body is light and slick, the pepper spiciness again keeps any of the sweetness from becoming overbearing. IMO, beers like this should lay the sweet flavors (milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon) on thick, balance them with dark chocolate/slight hop bitterness, and then use the spice as a tool to keep the finish dry and leave the imbiber wanting more. Mole stout seems a bit out of whack (compared to the Hunas/Abraxis's of the world, which really isn't fair), but for 9-12 per sixer and at an ABV that makes it sessionable within it's style, it's definitely worth checking out if you (like me) can't get enough of the Mexican hot chocolate stout trend.

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Very very surprised by this beer after what I read on some of the reviews.

L: Enjoyed from a standard pint glass. Poured a deep opaque brown/black with very little if any head. Bit strange since most of the stouts I've had have almost an access of head to them. Not an overly impressive visual beer.

S: The smell that hits me right off the bat is chocolate malt with a little flash of red pepper. It's faint, but not faint enough that you don't recognize you are about to drink a chile beer. Nice aroma honestly, not overpowering, but good.

T: The taste is what got me. Peppers hit you right up front, not spicy, not hot, but you definitely can taste the presence. It settles into what I can only describe as a delicious blend of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The dark chocolate notes are extremely prevalent and it isn't sickeningly sweet like some stouts. The pepperiness to it is similar to that of a good red wine.

F: It definitely isn't a big tasting beer, a little bit thin and soft with a light bit of carbonation to it. What you would expect from a stout, maybe a little thinner than average.

O: Overall I am VERY impressed. Quite unique and enjoyable. I was sad to have missed out on Xocoveza, but this one was actually recommended to me by a Stone employee and I wasn't disappointed!

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This seems fizzy enough at first pour but it does flatten out and end up as a spicy soup that is not so appetizing. The aroma is intriguing, kind of a Mexican cocoa with dark red chile powder. It's just dark and murky in appearance.

Some sweetness, roasted malt with a cocoa hint, and sharp red pepper tang. There is a modest chile heat after a few sips but it's not really hot. Very aromatic.

This is my least favorite of the usually delicious Ska stouts. Actually it could work with such interesting flavors. From the 12 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Autumnal Molé Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.