Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,018 Ratings
Cocoa MoléCocoa Molé
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,018
Reviews:
277
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
201
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,018 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of Awolter
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of jimmygord
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having had other "hot spiced" beer, this one stands out in my opinion. Pours a very dark brown, wtih the spices coming to the forefront of the smell. The taste brings some warming heat, but there is also a sweetness that is present. The heat of the spice lasts well into the next sip. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of tridge85
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of homebrew311
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to the cool label art on this one... having this on taco night. Poured into NB snifter.

A: pours cola colored with slightly tan head, not much retention, good amount of lacing, decent clarity

S: nose is very unique, honestly it smells like horchata... tons of cinnamon and cream, notes of vanilla, a faint hint of cayenne, cocoa is there but serves as more a supporting role to the spices

T: the taste basically matches the smell spot on, smooth and creamy, cinnamon and sugar along with sweet cream, some roasted cocoa is in there as well, finishes with a zing of cinnamon.

MF: body is somewhat thin, moderate carbonation

O: for what it is, this is an extremely well executed beer. It captures the Mexican culture, not only in the cool label art, but also in the balance of flavors. I am a big fan of mole and have tried other mole inspired beers and have been disappointed (see New Holland Mole Ocho)... this one has great balance and really works with that sweet and spicy combo. Well done New Belgium.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Egroo
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WMitty
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dustin22martin
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Ruby-brown color with a 2-finger white bubbly head that recedes very quickly with only a ring around the liquid’s edge that remains. No lacing. Lots of bubbles.

S - This smells terrific. Cinnamon is very apparent, as is the chocolate, with a subtle underlying chile pepper aroma. Smells sweet and spicy.

T - Follows the nose very well. Sweet cocoa and hot cinnamon show up first. As the chocolate fades and the cinnamon lingers, a smooth smokiness sets in. It ends with a great spicy finish from the chile peppers. As you take more sips, the spiciness builds and builds. Very nice.

F - Medium-bodied with nice carbonation, hot and tingling mouthfeel, and a dry and spicy finish. Cocoa, cinnamon, smoke, and spice linger for a while. A hot, but pleasant, throat warming and tingling sensation from the spice.

O - This was a very tasty and unique beer. New Belgium follows through on exactly what they advertised: an ale with cocoa and spices. I was a little skeptical from the appearance, as this basically had no head, but the rest of beer delivered. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more Lips of Faith beers and some different chile beers.

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Photo of castelli1981
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

What a great flavor!! Definitely feel a little heat after. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Ryno3031
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zaphodchak
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy tan head-- large and retained a bit, rich ruby body and awesome thick lace.

Rich nose, dry, dusty cocoa of sorts. Maybe some earth (I guess mole; I'm just not familiar enough to say for sure).

Full taste with lots of cocoa and pleasant, but not overbearing chile. Relatively light-bodied, but not watery. Not super rich, but lots of flavor without being too thick. Really fantastic-- on the same par with New Holland Mole Ocho, but in a different way. In fairness, it's a bit like powdered hot chocolate with cayenne, but in the best possible way, I promise.

Pretty standard, relatively bright, but not exceptional.

This is awesome and would pair well with pork, barbecue, etc. I may have to pick up some more of this...

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a clean reddish brown pour with a small amount of off-white head, great retention. smells of cinnamon, cocoa, raisins, slightly spicy with a lot of sweet malt notes.
oh my! a wonderful cinnamon spice taste up front with a burning feeling in the throat. notes of chocolate, brown sugar, nutmeg... can't really tell what actual pepper this is, but the spicyness is pretty much blending in with the alcohol content and causing a subtle up front, followed by raspy burning sensation in the throat. medium body, nice and creamy, moderate carbonation.

i haven't ventured much into this style... i believe this is my third chile beer, though it is also the best one i've had. i hope my experimental chipotle stout comes out this good!

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Photo of briandaube
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a deep garnet brown amber. One finger light brown head that slowly dissipates into a film and ring around the glas. Slight lacing. Aroma of Mexican chocolate, spicy and aromatic and very faint malt. Flavor is excellent, a blend of chocolate, cinnamon, and dark malt with the chili hotness slowly building up to a hot, spicy, roasty, sweet malt and chocolate finish. Wow. Medium bodied with constant carbonation. The flavor progression and balance of flavor element is very well done. The Mexican chocolate flavor is spot-on. This is the best chili beer I've tasted.

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Photo of oline73
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours an almost opaque dark amber/mahogany color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: This beer smells really good. Chocolate notes with cinnamon and some chile pepper. Sweet malt and some dark fruit.

Taste: Like the smell. This is a fairly sweet beer. I'm getting some chocolate along with some cinnamon. The finish is where the hot pepper hear shows up. The heat enhances the other flavors and doesn't overpower them.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the syrupy side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry/chalky finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer. It promised mole and it keeps that promise. I would definitely have more given the chance.

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Photo of dogfish90
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle from Sunset Beer Co.

Appearance - Dark Brown in color with little to no head. Small head is caramel in color.

Smell - Heavy cinnamon/chocolate aroma mixed with chiles and various piney spices

Taste - Immediate and robust burst of Cinnamon/chocolate and french toastesque flavors as well as chile and spices.

Mouth Feel - Smooth with a caramel resin over your teefs.

IMO, this beer tastes exactly how it smells. It's a beautiful change to my everyday choices. I highly recommend Cocoa Mole for anyone that is up for something "different". I kinda don't want to finish this beer, i just want to keep smelling the beautiful aroma.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at Jay's in town, poured in pint glass and shared with SingingTheNews today on a rainy Saturday.

A: Autumn red brown, it's dark, but holding it to the light reveals its true color. One finger head that quickly fades, very light brown colored.

S: Cocoa, peppers, roasted malt that has a hint of sweetness to it, smoke, some cinnamon hints at the finish.

M: Thin, watery body.

T: Cinnamon, heat, peppers, spicy chili, chipotle, a hint of caramel at the finish

O: I really like this beer, after the first bomber I went and picked up another. Hope to see this again in the future. The complex flavors + the spicyness of the brew are a great combo.

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Photo of McThulhu
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter in color than your average porter imo, not that there's anything wrong with that!
Smells of caramel, chocolate, strong cinnamon, no discernable pepper nose.
Taste starts off with the cinnamon and Mexican spices, then eases into subtle pepper heat and mexican chocolate for the finish.
If you are like me, and have a weakness for authentic Mexican cuisine as well as a finely-crafted beer, this porter is a love letter to you.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a standard U.S. bomber(22ounces) poured into a 22 ounce pilzner glass.
A - dark brown with luxurious two finger head that leaves lots of lacing. Head retention is very long.
S - cocoa powder and cinammon sweetness aggressively attacks my nose.
T - Holy Shit. It's like a liquid spicy sweet Christmas ginger snap. Overwhelming. Enough said.
M - nicely carbonated liquified ginger snaps with an extra dose of burn to make sure you don't forget the peppers are there.
D - a slow drinker with some heavy duty action going on.
A very interesting and very different beer that definitely lives up to its' style.
Enjoyable once a year, I'd say.
I'm giving it a 4.5 overall for its' uniqueness. I hope they make it a year or two from now, preferably at Christmas.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemochas
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave1999
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has cinnamon, chocolate and some spicy chile on the finish.

To me this tastes more like brown ale than a porter.

Very tasty beer, wouldn't mind a bit more body though.

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Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
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