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Autumnal Molé Stout - Ska Brewing Co.

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Autumnal Molé StoutAutumnal Molé Stout

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 400
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 35.65%
Wants: 28
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 400
Photo of claspada
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of bshotbox
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of facundoCNB
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a reddish dark brown pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished.
smells spicy, yet sweet. cinnamon, cloves, chipotle peppers, chocolate, cedar

a sweet hit of spices up front (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves) followed by chipotle spicyness which isn't very strong. the sweet chocolate overtone makes this an excellent balanced beer.

medium body +, low carbonation with a nice warm feeling.

this is an excellent beer. i just wish it was a tad bit more carbonated, but other than that, loved it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on a near completely black body with little light getting through forming a red tinge.

S: chiles, chocolate, roasted malt and hint of vanilla.

T: the one is very complex. cola, cinnamon, grass, vanilla, chile, chocolate, smokey, roasted malts. This one is all over the place.

M: medium body, thin for what I was wanting/expecting and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this is a very disorganized beer. the parts are good however the sum of the parts are off.

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Photo of nickfl
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head disappears rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - Chocolate, smoke, chilies, and cinnamon with a touch of roasted grain.

T - Dark bread with a touch of cola up front. Some chocolate and sweet toffee in the middle. Finishes with lots of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and smoky chilies and a lingering heat.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - It sounds good, smells good, and the individual notes of the flavor profile are nice but it just doesn't come come together. It is kind of disjointed and the base beer just isn't big enough to deal with the spices. I would love to try an imperial version of this beer, but I don't really like it as it is.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & some lacing

S: Chocolate, vanilla, white pepper & slight smokeyness

T: Mocha, cayenne pepper, carob, vanilla, & faint woody hops up front, Firey pepper & cocoa as this warms. Finishes with vanilla/mocha sweetness, some white & serano pepper,plus just a bit of herbal bitterness mixing with some cola& coffee grounds flavor

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation,

A very good chile beer, wish I bought more than a sixer...

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, chillies and a touch of cinnamon. So good.

T - Just a good as the aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, spicy chillies and some cinnamon. Great balance of heat and sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good beer. It's not a sixer I'd want to session all night but one or two really hits the spot.

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Photo of EvanM
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer came essentially flat and tastes like someone pored a little stout into and old cola. It is somewhat interesting and does have some spice and heat but to me just not enough stout flavor to really qualify it as a stout. I usually love everything from SKA so I was really excited when I saw this in the store and did not hesitate to buy it. Really disappointing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a deep black color with a small tan head. Not much for lacing or retention.

Nose is laden with chipotle and ground ancho. But wait, there is more spice action to speak of...almost like a pumpkin pie type of spice aspect. It definitely fits with the mole...I really want to cook a chicken in this.

Taste shows some really nice pepper and spice blending. Masterful job Ska! The pie spices are just enough to be noticed and are right on par with the spicy, but not hot peppers. The stout aspects are not overlooked with a chocolaty twist and provide some much needed sweetness to keep things from getting too spice/pepper leaning. Despite the bold flavors this beer is quite drinkable. I am not usually a huge fan of chipotle beers, but I find this one to be a very well done (smoky) chile beer.

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Photo of hammondc
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Looks jet black, but is actually very dark ruby. Thin head that disappears quick.
S - Stong smoke to this one. For my South Tex friends, it is like roasted hatch chilis. Ground coffee in there too
T - Great. Good change from the run of the mill stouts. A bit of chocolate sweetness. Definite toastiness to it. The spice of the chills comes off the back.
M - A bit thin, actually. Very little carbonation.
O - Overall I like it a lot. I'd love to try it on draft. I'll keep it on hand for a change of pace in the cool weather.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one on a blog, thought it sounded interesting. Picked up a six pack when it came out. Can poured into a snifter.

A-Pours a very dark brown that appears black in the glass. It has only brown highlights on the edges of the glass and 1 finger of dark tan colored head that lingers for only a while then recedes to a very thin cap on top.

S- Light amount of chocolate, mixed with various spices. You can really smell the peppers in this one. They smell like ripe roasted red chile peppers, but it does not burn your nose. This one really opens up and turns spicier on the nose as it warms.

T- Follows nose well. Chile flavor is there with maybe a mild amount of heat. Rich chocolate and spices mixed with ripe roasted red chilies. Like I said, there seems to be a small amount of heat from the chile peppers, but the flames seem to be put out with the various rich spices and chocolate they used.

M- Medium body with a pleasant creaminess. Low amount of carbonation, almost seems non-existant.

O- Not a bad beer at all. Very unique. I think I enjoyed the Lips of Faith Cocoa Mole better. This one seems to have more of a stout character than the Lips of Faith. That being said....This one is still worth trying.

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Photo of obrike
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intrigued by the can, so I picked up a single at Round Rock Specs.

Poured a dark brown, not quite black into my 512 pint glass. Minimal head receeded quite quickly. Leaves absolutely no lace...almost looks like a cola.

Smells nice. Getting some fall spices...almost pumpkin beer spices...cinammon, nutmeg, cocoa. A bit of mild chili spice kicking in as well. I like it.

Taste follows suit. Getting the sweet spices upon first sip, followed by some of the peppers at the end...lingering on the throat. Interesting beer. A little thin, but again, this is actually officially labeled as a Chile Beer, not a Stout, so i won't ding it too much for mouthfeel. Roasted malt and chili bring an interesting flavor.

My first venture into Chili beer, I'd like to try a few more and compare to this one. This is certainly a unique style and I applaud Ska for brewing it.

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Photo of bens0n
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a really dark brown, almost opaque. Theres a a very miniscule amount of head that dissipates very quickly, eventually completely flattens out.

On the nose its a very well blended spicy Guac smell that reminds you of Mexican food, not really hot spicy peppers at all though. Its not a nostril singing pepper smell like most other peppered/chile beers I've tried.

Flavor wise its actually really smooth with a nice Mexican food flavor that I can't really seem to describe any other way. It's a pretty weak stout, its like a thicker dry stout, not much roasty/toasty going on, but the mexican food/guac flavor is amazingly well blended, most chile beers have a real spicy bite to them that layers inbetween sips. I feel like I'm eating chips with guacamole when I'm taking sips of this...

I snagged this beer wanting to try something new not knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised, this is a very well balanced beer that goes down nice and smooth, couldn't really session these though, more of a novelty beer.

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Photo of tut2528
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

shout out to fatbeats for this one! thanks man

A: pours with moderate viscosity, black as night with no transparency, minimal head formation that dissipates rather quickly leaving no film.

S: wow this is interesting and massively complex. at first I feel that it resembles the cologne/smell of an elderly man. but the more I analyze it I begin to pick up coffee grounds, smoke, strong tobacco, black pepper, cinnamon, cocoa and licorice. all are very much there and make them selves present

T: wow this is definitely a spice bomb. I pick up on a big cocoa backbone, black peppers, black licorice, a mild smokiness and a mixture of vegetables. the spiciness (meaning the heat) definitely kicks in during the finish and leaves a tingling on the lips

M: medium bodied, minimal carbonation, spicy feel on the palate.

O: this is my first chile beer, and I must say that I had no idea what to expect from this kind of brew. I was surprised on just how complex the aroma was of this brew and even in the taste. The spices really dominate the body along with a huge cocoa backbone and I feel that its a war between bold spiciness and sweet cocoa thus creating a slight imbalance. To be honest, I would not think of this as being a beer because of the immense spices.

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Photo of genitempo
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Terrible can art. ( Not trying to start on a bitter note, but Ska Brewing is not known for their crafty illustrations.) I let the beer sit in the can to warm up a bit and poured slowly into a pint glass. Decent poor with a dark creamy head that fizzled out quickly. The body was a dark chocolate with unrestrained carbonation rising. No lace with sipping.

S- Cocoa was the key player with undertones of some spice. Didn't smell "beery" in the least.

T- Definitely impressed with the flavor. Based on the smell, I assumed it would hit me up from with chocolate, but the spiciness was pivotal. Cleans away nicely with a hint of spiciness from the peppers on the back of the tongue.

MF - Unimpressed. Very thinned out and overly-carbonated.

O- Despite naming your brewery after a musical genre that everybody prays will never return, Ska Brewing shows its strength in this beer. With a solid ale like this, its always good to remember to never underestimate the potential of a Colorado microbrewery.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the coolest style of beers I've seen in a can to date.... let's see how it holds up to my favorite Mexican sauce. Appearance is a fizzy opaque brownish black. Head is non existent, as is any form of lacing. As I take a long deep smell, the first thing that comes to mind is Red Hots candy. This candy cinnamon quality remains at the forefront and basically dominates other notes. There's some mild dry cocoa in the background. The taste is similar. Candy cinnamon a la Big Red gum or Red Hot candy, plus dry cocoa, and a touch of roasty malt profile. The finish features more cinnamon and chocolate with the chili leaving almost zero heat. The mouth feel is a bit prickly with a medium body. Overall, this beer is enjoyable, but not amazing like I was hoping. New Belgium's Cocoa Mole pulled this off in a much better way. This brew feels like a novelty "candy" beer. Interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of McShane
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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.


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Photo of wedge
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of sombrasenelsol
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Autumnal Molé Stout from Ska Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.