Mole Smoke | Surly Brewing Company

BA SCORE
4.09/5
68 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbutler1 on 02-01-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,814
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
68
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Texasfan549
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i probably should have started with the regular smoke. i am a big fan of baltic porter types, and i generally dont care for chili beers, so im not sure what i was thinking, but i got one anyway. its quite hot, and while it smells awesome, like just a hint of peppers in there with the smoke and lager yeast and coffee roasted malts and booze, the heat is awfully aggressive in the taste, and its a hindrance to my personal enjoyment of the beer. that said, its pretty darn well made, and this opinion is more personal than general. the heat is too much for me, spicy all the way down and at the expense of really lush chocolate notes and the otherwise dry finish on a pretty smoky brew. i like the fuller body and i love the layers of cocoa, milk chocolate, and dark bakers chocolate all woven together in a nice way. carbonation is there too. i never made it back around to the regular smoke, i wish i did. im sure i would love it, but this chili version, well clever and well done, is just far too hot for my own enjoyment.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 BillRoth
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of n2185
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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 morimech
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not all that spicy, just a little kick of heat. Paired very well with the delicious deconstructed tamale served in the brewhall restaurant. I would definitely pick this up if it were in cans.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Fargrow
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This just not my jam.

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Photo of einman
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josephwa
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NilocRellim
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown. Smells like a smokey mesquite pepper, green chili pepper, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and rich bitterness. Tastes like it smells, smokey green chili pepper, slight capsicum spiciness, toasty-bitterness that lingers.

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Photo of Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mole Smoke from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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