Cocoa Molé
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Chile Beer
4.03 | pDev: 13.15%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

September 26th, 2015 - In the same vein as Stone's famous Xocoveza, New Belgium has their Cocoa Mole, a deep and dark looking brew being served here at the Tour de Fat. The smell conjures images of childhood mornings snacking on the terrible tasting brown sugar Pop-Tarts matched with sweet grapes, and even a little clove spice. The body is thin but the carbonation compensates for the lack of gravity. I also note that the flavor is quite sweet, and finally delivers the Mexican chocolate kick in the aftertaste. Not bad for a beer sloshing around a festival.

Nov 01, 2019
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hughesst from Washington

4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review and I wanted to set my own standard. I distinctly remember Cocoa Mole as the best beer I've ever had. Perfect balance of sweetness and heat with a super smooth aftertaste. I wish it hadn't been retired.

Sep 17, 2018
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matcris from Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Brown almost ruby or tea like up to the light. Very quickly dissipating head, down to a ring. Nice looking level of carbonation when rocking the glass.
AROMA: Chile peppers right off the bat, caramel, slight chocolate, slight cinnamon.
TASTE: Cinnamon, immediately followed by mild chocolate and caramel. The peppers kick in towards the finish and adds some great flavor.
FEEL: Acidic, medium body, slightly chewy, dry on finish, but a little sticky at the same time.
OVERALL: A little disappointed in the aroma dept, however, the flavor more than makes up for it. I don't get any alcohol in the aroma or taste. The beer has great, but fairly mild building spiciness to it. Cinnamon more so in the taste than aroma. Just a pleasure to drink, will be picking up more.

Jun 10, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, unfortunately. I bought this over a year ago, if I recall correctly, and cellared it well. Served in large, broad wine glass. Very deep, semi-clear ruby or garnet color. Could pass for black when not in direct light. Creamy tan head is fine and frothy. Moderate retention only, though this could result from the liquid's surface area in this specific glass. Strongest aroma is cinnamon, followed by cocoa. Whiff deeper and you will feel the gentle burn of the chiles and a separate, distinct burn from the alcohol, and related sweetness. Cinnamon, sugar, and cocoa powder first to the palate, with chile pepper (could be any type in the middle heat range, really: jalapeño, cayenne, ancho, chipotle, etc.) suggestions, but not really burning until nearly the finish, and certainly the finish itself, and the aftertaste. A backdrop of very tame roastiness to earthiness throughout. Metallic around especially tip of tongue after it has lingered, but this reminds me of Big Red chewing gum, so probably just a cinnamon sensation. Booze sweetness as well, but not too ethanol-like, and not as much warmth as I honestly expected from this ABV, at least not much that can be separated by the senses from the spicy tingling of the peppers. Medium- to full-bodied, creamy and semi-smooth rather than syrupy or sticky as one might reasonably expect. Medium-levels of very fine, sloshy, and spritzy to sudsy carbonation, could be prickly/tingly too, but then maybe that's just the alcohol and spice I'm detecting. A fine treat, but not something I would drink on the regular. At least not without something more substantial to pair it with.

Feb 01, 2016
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zimm421 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked best enjoyed by 1/29/17. Pours a light brown that allows light through around the edges, making the outside appear amber in color. The head is foamy and tan. The nose is light chocolate and heavy spices. The taste is rather dull up front, mostly sweet malts and a touch of chocolate. The spices come through towards the end and linger through the finish and hang around for a while. Overall, it's an interesting beer, but one of the more lifeless examples. It could be the relative age of the beer, however it was stored in the fridge from the time of purchase, and was clearly before the "best by" date on the bottle.

Dec 31, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was saving my 100th review for the BCBS I bought on Black Friday, but this beer was so good that I couldn't hold back. A sort of premature ratulation, if you will.

Got a growler filled at the local bottle shop. Enjoyed all 32 oz.!

Very dark beer with a creamy head and good lacing. This beer was a lot like a great chocolate stout or porter with a peppery kick. Some cherry and cinnamon notes. The finish is spicy, and it lingers...and lingers...and lingers. I loved it.

Full bodied with little carbonation.

This beer was a lot of fun.

Dec 21, 2015
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jefewyatt from California

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Brother's Provisions.

The appearance is very dark, with a bit of a dark red hue when the light shines through. A modest amount of head that dissipates to a thin ring. Good lacing on the side of the glass.

A mild malty and spicy aroma. I can smell a bit of the coffee and something that smells sweet, almost fruity. Maybe cherries.

Tastes very chocolatey and a big hit of cinnamon. The cinnamon is a bit of a pleasant surprise. Can definitely taste some cherries in there. An assertively spicy aftertaste. A bit boozy on the finish. A very nice and flavorful beer.

Warm and spicy mouthfeel from the alcohol and the spices. Not a lot of carbonation or body, fairly light.

Overall, an interesting porter. Definitely does not have an abundant roasted quality that most porters have, but I enjoy the flavors and the spice quite a bit. I generally don't like spicy beers but this one does it very well. It's a very nice winter beer, it'll warm your throat and stomach right up while delivering a nice chocolate/cinnamon flavor.

Dec 08, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at brewhouse grille in Camp Hill, served chilled in a New Belgium goblet.

The color is dark almost black with translucent clarity and thin pale tan head with fine bead and decent retention. The smell is nice with a malt sweetness mixed with cinnamon-like aroma with mild yeast ester and toasted malt aroma. The feel is great with good base of toasted malt with moderate carbonation and moderate spice which is well balanced with some heat from the pepper in the finish.

The taste is very good with nice earthy cocoa flavor with a slight malt sweetness to keep it from tasting too dry with nutty yet also a slight spicy pepper taste in the middle w/ warming quality and cocoa flavor following with light cinnamon accent in the sem-dry finish. I love this mix of chile with cocoa and cinnamon I just wish it had a more substantial porter base. It is a very good beer, don't get me wrong the spice carries it for me, but basically a Chile beer with cinnamon and cocoa

Dec 02, 2015
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tfsimpkins from Florida

5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate-forward. Big caramel flavor and sweetness. Light cinnamon notes. Spicy on the finish. The burn lingers in the back of the throat. Wonderful Chile Beer with a solid Porter baseline.

Fellow Aadvocates seem to have a misconception of this beer. New Belgium states that it is a "Spiced Chocolate Porter". THIS IS NOT CONSIDERED A STOUT.

Helpful Tips:
1)Research style guidelines, Porters & Stouts specifically, and then research the differences.
2)Research Ales vs Lagers.

Oct 07, 2015
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L0ne from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From backlog. 22oz bottle, April 2015.

Dark brown pour with a small amount of light penetration. Chocolate, mild roast, some cinnamon, some malty sweetness, lingering heat.

Definitely an "ale" as opposed to a stout or porter. Light to medium bodied, slick feel and carbonation more like a brown ale. Think this flavor combo would come across much better in a heavier bodied style such as a stout.

Sep 11, 2015
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sittinggc from California

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draft from teardrop glass.

Look: Very dark.
Smell: Cinnamon and spice...mmm, love me some cinnamon.
Taste: Delicious. Lots of chocolate and cinnamon. Also get plenty of spiciness on the back end.
Feel: No too thin, but would definitely improve if it was a little thicker.

Overall: I have to say this beer is really good. Will definitely purchase another pour or bottle if I have the opportunity. This beer is reminiscent of Mexican Cake, which I this beer was a pleasant surprise. Definitely try this bad boy out if you can

Sep 02, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a New Belgium goblet glass.

Pours a dark, murky brown body, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, thin collar, no lacing. Smells of cinnamon and cocoa, a bit of espresso and vegetal pepper. Has a reasonable Huna-like smell actually, very pleasant. Flavour is not quite so complex, fair bit of cinnamon, cocoa, with a mild bit of heat. A bit of chocolate, minimal roast in the middle. Mouthfeel is thinner bodied, not quite so substantial, decent carbonation, finish is a mild-moderate peppery heat that sticks with you for a while. Overall, a decent Mexican style stout, but the body is a bit thin and it lacks the complexity and intensity of its contemporaries such as Abraxas, Hunahpu's, Mexican Cake et al.

Aug 28, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into tulip 24/8/15

A clear brown cola looking liquid, glows maroon when held to the light, two fingers of tan foam makes some noise as it quickly falls leaving no lace

S coco powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, faint peppers, some hard to place fruit, and something I just can't place, a spiced chocolate?

T almost has a strange herbal aspect going on, the peppers come out a little more, still has some spice I can't place, maybe a little hazelnut as it warms

M a little thin for the strength and color, mild pepper and booze heat, creams up a little, slick on the palate, with a spicy lingering finish

O sweet and spicy, decent beer but I think it would work better with a darker malt in a thicker brew, worth a try though for sure especially if you like peppers

not a bed beer for this chilly Summer evening but considering the price I doubt I'd buy a second bottle

Aug 25, 2015
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a ta head. The aroma is very complex. It leads with cinnamon, followed by dark chocolate, banana bread, and cream. The flavor is well blended and balanced. It is neither sweet nor spicy. I get cayenne and bell pepper flavors, as well a rich sweet bread flavor, and a nice dark chocolate flavor in the background. The mouthfeel is thinnish, but if it were thicker it may be unpleasant. This is a really well done lips of faith release.

Aug 23, 2015
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benzalman from California

3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Mostly tastes like a brown ale with a nice splash of heat at the end. Comes off a bit thin. Would love to see NBB re-work this into a stout with the same flavor profile.

Aug 20, 2015
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jwmxc from Tennessee

4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First Review on BA so here goes...

Bought a 22 oz bottle from a local liquor store in Nashville, poured into my Jolly Pumpkin snifter after refrigerating overnight. Best served by Jan 2017 on bottle, poured Aug 14th.

Awesome looking bottle, as well as idea for a beer. Foamy, creme colored head poured over the darker, amber colored porter. There's definitely a slight kick from the peppers, but it mixes well with the cocoa and reminds me a bit of a South American Guinness.

It smells great, strong and not anything like a lighter, cheaper ale. Feels like Cinco de Mayo with every sip. It was $11 for the 22oz bottle, so I probably won't be buying another bottle anytime soon, but it was definitely worth the experience. Cheers!

Aug 15, 2015
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Grant_Satterthwaite from Alaska

4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Hops on Birch in Flagstaff, AZ. Pours nearly black with a small head that fades into medium lacing. I spent quite a bit of time looking at this beer before tasting it because it looked so damn beautiful. Smelled of cocoa obviously as well as upfront chile notes as well as minimal roasted malts and hops. Taste was AMAZING. Chocolate flavor, chile flavor, and some coffee notes as well. The spices added to the beer made my lips burn but in a good way. I had to drink this one slowly because of how delicious it was. The feel was on the smoother side with a bit of an acidic bite but that didn't detract from the greatness. Overall this is the best beer I've ever had by New Belgium. I highly recommend it.

Aug 01, 2015
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I only had a few sips of my husband's glass of Cocoa Mole beer, and I became instantly jealous that I hadn't ordered one either. It made my champagne cocktail just seem meh.

I've had other mole beers or chocolate-pepper beers, but this particular one has to be the best I've had. The cocoa flavor is dominant without being harsh or too malty. Then on the back end, you get a little bit of heat. But the beer is very smooth on the palate. As it warmed up, I started to taste some fruitier flavors - currants and raisins. The next time I see this beer on draft, I'm definitely going to get my own glass.

Jul 26, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark ruby brown with a small tan head that dissipated quickly. Lots of cinnamon and spices on the nose with some dark malt. Taste is initially a tad bitter followed by plum, caramel and chocolate. A nice sparkle of heat at the end and on the finish seems just right - prominent but not overpowering. Better with each sip as it warms.

Jul 24, 2015
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Cocoa Mole pours a translucent black color with a small lacing tan head. There is a bold cinnamon aroma. The taste is big of the three peppers and packs a little heat, small smoked flavors and a hint of sweetness. Body is rather watery and light.

Jul 06, 2015
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Awolter from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Had a great chocolate taste, with a small kick of chili peppers. It reminded me a lot of those "Firecracker" chocolate bars.

Jun 27, 2015
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4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful flavor, the spiciness is only felt on the back of the throat about 2 seconds after swallowing and it's not overpowering at all. Incredible achievement for this style.

Jun 24, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread and a touch of smoke, as well as aromas of dark chocolate and brown sugar. There are also tons of aromas of spices, such as cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. Smells absolutely inviting and delicious!

Taste: Wow! This is a really, really tasty beer! Lots of bready, roasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and chocolate, brown sugar-like sweetness, spices of cinnamon, cumin, chipotles in adobo, chili powder, and all-spice. There’s a little nuttiness in there too. The chipotle and adobo hits you at the finish, right in the back of the throat, imparting a chili-like heat. Really, really, damn good flavors!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly effervescent, as there is only a touch of carbonation, which helps lift the chipotle and adobo flavors across the palate. With an ABV of 9%, there is only a slight hint of alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is really well masked.

Overall: This is an excellent, excellent beer! Lots of chocolate and spices, as well as some sweetness to counter all of the delicious chipotle and adobo. It’s one of the best Lips of Faith beers I’ve had from New Belgium. Highly recommended!

Jun 20, 2015
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super cheap $10 Howler (32oz) from Michigan Beer Growler Company.

Appearance: It looks like a porter. I know the style says chile beer, but it seems to have a porter base. This is a ruby/brown color that looks filtered. There's modest lacing, and virtually no head. Looks decent.

Smell: I guess it's automatic when something has a cinnamon chocolate smell -- this seems festive. Chocolate and cinnamon throughout. There's maybe a faint chile aroma underneath, but it's mostly the former, with a little roastiness in there as well.

Taste/feel: Firstly, the feel is too thin for me at 9%... this just has the flavor and ABV of a beer I'd think would have a bigger body. The flavor is just like the smell, with chocolate, cinnamon, and roastiness. The finish has a slight peppery flavor and burn, which is great, since many pepper beers I've had tend to only have one or the other.

Very nice beer -- well balanced for the style, and a joy all-around. I'd be happier if this were thickened up a bit, but that may also detract some of the chile character... so I'm torn. As others have said, this really isn't as good as Xocoveza by "Stone", but I wasn't expecting it to be. All-in-all, Cocoa Mole is an interesting beer that warrants your attention.

May 24, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best enjoyed by January 29, 2017.

Appearance: Pours blackish brown with some hints of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and about one finger of tan head that settles into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: Spicy and roasty dark malt driven aroma with big hints of peppers and chocolate. Big upfront scent of spices with some red chili peppers and cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, smoke, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet hints of brown sugar. Also some dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, and cherry. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and roasty dark malt driven taste with lots of peppers and roasty chocolate. Big upfront taste of chili peppers along with some cinnamon. Dark roasted barley malt with roasty notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, toast, biscuit, rye, and yeast. Sweet taste of brown sugar. Dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and fairly chewy. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good take on a spiced Imperial Porter. Big taste of peppers that avoids becoming too hot. Good roasty malt notes.

May 10, 2015
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