Cocoa Molé
New Belgium Brewing Company

Cocoa MoléCocoa Molé
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Style:
Chile Beer
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 13.12%
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,023
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  137
Gots
  199
SCORE
90
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Reviews by laituegonflable:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky red. Head disappoints with its volume but picks up with its lovely lacing. Off-white colour; looks heavy, not so massively impressive though.

Smells grainy, and a bit dark. Touch of smoke to it, but primarily sweet notes - oatmeal, brown sugar, touch of molasses. All pretty nice, but that smoke is wonderful in there and I wish it were the hero.

Taste is an intriguing one. Sweet, dark, bitter at times, also some of that smoke with woody notes as well. Brown sugar and cinnamon really own the palate though, in a big way. Touch of grape, vanilla and dark wood notes. Some smoke late, but it's also slightly bitter and spicy with pepper and galangal on the back. Interesting mix, I appreciate that it's not too sweet but still falls a bit short of the 'wow' mark.

Fluid, bit of thickness, quite a spicy bite at the end. Good.

A bit odd; nice notes throughout but if there was a sense of it being a perfect example of a style that would be nice. It's a little bit off-kilter stylistically: too sweet for some things and too spicy for others. Still, I quite enjoy it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber.

LOOK: Deep mahogany hue, tight lacing

SMELL: Fresh chilies, raw cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, candied fruit

TASTE: Sweet maltiness within, creamy fullish body, full chili flavor, mild pepper heat, cinnamon, treacle, figgy, spicy throughout, reserved hoppiness, finishes spicy

This is a lovely brew, well rounded with a perfect balance of chili to cocoa to spice and still stays a beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the most interesting of the Lips of Faith beers I have had.Poured a deep mahogany brown with a thin tannish colored head atop.Smells of chocolate,vanilla bean,and cinnamon,to me like Mexican hot chocolate,really cool.A bunch of stuff going on on the palate with chocolate being predominant as well vanilla,cinnamon and chili comes into play at the back end providing a slow burn.A little light in the mouth but thats the only small drawback to the beer,it's the most interesting take on a chile beer I have had.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Kicked up a short half inch head that quickly faded to a thin bubbly film. Very dark brown color.
Smell: Lots of cinnamon and sweet chocolate up front, and a slight pepper and faint alcohol aromas in the background.
Taste: A lot less cinnamon in the taste, and the heat from the peppers has become more dominant. There's some subtle chocolate and vanilla flavors as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, almost thin feeling.
Overall: Not sure about this one, I'm not the biggest chili beer fan. It's OK, but not up on a par with my all time favorite chile beer, Stone Xocoveza. Not sure if I'd seek this out again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark ruby-brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chili pepper, cinnamon, roasted chocolate malts, with a bit of bread.

T - Starts off with some chili pepper with some heat and some roasted chocolate malts. Through the middle, more spices come through with some cinnamon and a bit more heat from the peppers. The finish is a mix of heat from the peppers with some chocolate and cinnamon.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with hot, spicy, and chocolatey finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very unique combination of flavors but everything really comes together nicely. I really like the head level on this one.

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Photo of acbe
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jayhoppin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours brown with light getting through; small off-white head that leaves little lacing and retention. The aromas are extremely faint and doesn't have a lot going on. Malts are there. Subtle chocolate notes with hints of spices, such as cinnamon. The spices are very faint in the nose, but come alive in the flavor department. The flavors are full of spices. Cinnamon and spicy peppers are vibrant. Black pepper is there. It's spicy, but definitely not over the top. The spice lingers in the finish. They nailed the heat aspect because it's enjoyable and doesn't diminish everything else that's going on. More cocoa malts. Some milk chocolate in the mix. Stays true to the porter style, but with a twist. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied; active carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy drinking. It becomes even more enjoyable the more I drink it.

This is a unique brew. They nailed the spicy aspects. The spices aren't overwhelming, but they're clearly the star of the show. The flavors shine. I just wish it had a better nose. It's much better than my numeric score might indicate.

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Photo of ficklenicholas
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heavenly doesnt begin to describe!

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Photo of Piason
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Say hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa, and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers, but don’t fear the heat, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor, scents of cinnamon when poured will have a saying “idle for mole!”

Picked up a bottle when I saw it hit the shelves at Lukas Liquor. I wasn't aware this was out yet but had heard tidbits here and there sounds interesting to say the least.

Poured from updated bomber to NBB globe glass. The beer pours a thick amber brown with orange amber highlights when held to the light. A thick 1.5 finger cream color head with decent retention. Some lacing throughout. The aroma is very unique: cinnamon mixed with hints of chocolate and some pepper. Smells like my grandmother's cinnamon sugar cookies actually with some cocoa sprinkled in. The flavor is very much the same with an initial rush of sharp cinnamon immediately followed by the cocoa and caramel flavors. Mild bitterness. The peppers are most noticeable on the finish as you feel a little heat and a slight burn. Suddenly the heat fades and the cinnamon again mixes in. Quite complex and yet fairly smooth. Full bodied. Hides the alcohol well, I think most of the heat character is from the peppers. Overall, very happy to have tried it. Not a beer you'd want to pound all day but I enjoyed it. Would purchase again. It's nice that the chili isn't overwhelming as is often the case with so many brews made with chili, it settles in nicely with the cocoa, cinnamon, and caramel malts.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Heshan4G63
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ScottieD
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on November 6, 2015. Holy cinnamon!

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ljoreilly
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of APB
2/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of npachl
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Daniellobo
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A stimulating peppery brew with a rather sweet edge.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed bottle with imagery of the Mexican Day of the Death, banner-flags, skeletons holding the name of the brew. Side paragraph notes main ingredients, and intent. Shows 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Brown to dark brown pour, small bubbly head, moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malt, cinnamon, chocolate, hint of peppery spice...

T - Malty sense, with plenty of chocolate, peppers emerge but never overwhelm going back to the sweetness. Cinnamon and sugar, woven back into what at points almost feels like a crumbled cinnamon-sugar cake.

M - Medium to medium-light body with medium carbonation, and a nice long spicy finish, not too hot at all but pretty prominent, and balanced nicely by the hefty sweetness if one is into that edge. Alcohol is very well integrated and offers a hefty if smooth ride.

O - A nicely stimulating brew, something not that rounded in its rhythm but nothing off-putting.

Notes: Nice and pleasing brew. It does not deserve the praise it gets in some quarters but it is well worth the try.

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Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1023 ratings