Mole Smoke | Surly Brewing Company

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68 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbutler1 on 02-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.27%
 
 
Wants:
11
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of SourNotes
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of I2uss
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of hjmayniac
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bad_shaver
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Surly’s Beer Hall. Served in a 10 oz. chalice.

Appearance: Color is jet black. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty, smokey, and spicy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of peppers, smoke, and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good hints of chocolate, smoke, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Big scent of the chili peppers along with some hints of cinnamon. Sweet molasses hints. Subtle scent of dark fruit with some cherry, fig, and prune. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Follows the nose with a nice blend of smokey malt and spices. Dark roasted malt with big notes of dark chocolate, smoke, toast, coffee, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Spicy taste of chili peppers that are strong but don’t overwhelm the roast flavors. Notes of cinnamon and some molasses sweetness. Subtle dark fruit undertones of cherry, prune, and fig. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, rich, and nicely spicy with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A really good variant of a good Baltic Porter. Just the right blend of spices into the dark malt flavors.

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Photo of LambicLion
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fargrow
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one at the Surly brewpub this weekend. My brother-in-law, being the responsible DD that he was, allowed me to finish most of the 10oz chalice he'd been given.

L: Coffee black with a half-inch khaki head that had fallen to a film by the time it was passed to me. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Great coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt notes in the nose, along with a bit of that smokiness. Just a suggestion of the hot pepper to come.

T: I enjoy smoked beers, but I've never been a huge fan of hot spice beers. This one definitely changed my mind. There's great coffee and chocolate notes up front that mingle wonderfully with the roasted malts. Just a touch of black licorice as the smokes starts to really kick in in the middle. The pepper asserts itself almost immediately and really dominates the back end...in a surprisingly superb way. Those hot peppers don't exactly dominate the taste--they really just compliment perfectly the rich coffee, chocolate, and smokey notes that are present.

F: Full-bodied, creamy, nicely-carbonated, and perfectly hot once the pepper kicks in. I was surprised at how easily this one drinks.

O: I had the chance to try a few of the beers in our short time at Surly. This is hands-down the best pepper-spiced beer I've ever had, and it's right up there with the best smoked beers I've ever had. I would definitely suggest seeking this one out, even if you're a little averse to smoked/hot-spiced beers.

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Photo of timfc
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BLB.

Served in a chalice with no head. Color is near black.

Aroma: Chile spice, hot, jalapeños, cinnamon, smoke and roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits.

Taste: Way more hotness here. Chile and jalapeños. Big spice. Cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, and smoked malts. Reminds me of hunaphus a bit. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a ton of hotness.

Overall, a really awesome variation of Smoke. I like it better. The heat is spot on. I am a big fan of spicy food so this was a nice treat.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a tan ring of carbonation around the edges.

Chocolate, leather, and tobacco aromas. Earthy. Vegetal.

Holy crap, they come strong with the pepper game. Lots of heat. Tobacco. Cinnamon. Chocolate. Vanilla. And smoke, duh. It's pretty deep.

Medium body and smooth. Low carbonation.

Not for the faint of heart. Very earthy and spicy. But I like it a lot. It really nails the mole. My only knock is the drinkability.

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Photo of Go4aBrew
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just what this beer lover needed. Keep up the great work SURLY!!!!

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Photo of KShophead
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: pour at the Surly brewpub yields one finger of tan head. Body is onyx black. Beautiful.

Smell: the smoky tones come through, a little chocolate, and a sense of the pepper heat.

Taste: the smoke and cocoa flavors come through immediately, and the the pepper heat kicks in - in triplicate. More heat than Habanero Sculpin. Simply exquisite.

Feel: well carbed, creamy, hot, smoky.

Overall: I like Smoke, and Mole Smoke whips Smoke's buttocks, IMHO. The smoke, cocoa, and peppery heat is a great combination. Rating = 4.25.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ramay86
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery:

Near black with a thick khaki cap.

Sweet cola on the nose, smokey pepper, molasses and licorice, burnt chocolate/creme brulee.

Awesome variation of the original. The flavors coexist so tastefully... chocolate and oily hot pepper, fudge, more heat... delicious. Right up my alley.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at new Surly Beer Hall during a Beer Safari to M/SP. Nice version of Smoke with chocolate/chili additions. Actually had a very nice "mole"-like character which blended well with the smoked malts. Chili infused beers are not my normal choice, but really enjoyed this one.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mole smoke pours a black color little head. Big spicey aroma hints of smoke. Taste is big smokey nice kick from peppers. Good body and feel. Overall very nice heat, not too much, mixes well with smoke.

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Mole Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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