Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa MoléLips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,014
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
25.56%
 
 
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133
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200
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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Dark brown, decent lacing
Smell: Mildly fragrant, herbal, chocolate, spice.
Taste: Very spicy, cocoa flavor doesn't really come together. Spice eventually overwhelms the palate.
Feel: Moderate mouthfeel, heat builds quickly.
Overall: Drinking this beer wasn't enjoyable, I left it without finishing. I think the heat is overwhelming and the flavors are underwhelming.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of rich mahogany highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to slightly stronger aromas of cinnamon, chocolate/cocoa, and chiles. Lighter aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of spiced cocoa - cinnamon, chocolate, and chiles. Light amounts of spiciness mixed with a light to moderate amount of upfront sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of warming/heat from the chiles.

O: Very enjoyable with a moderate amount of complexity to the flavors and aromas. This beer has a great aroma and a pretty good flavor, one I would definitely get again. Approachable even for folks that do not enjoy a lot of heat/spiciness.

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

1 PINT, 6FL.OZ bottle
Served in a snifter

It pours dark brown in color with ruby highlights. The head is light tan in color leaving little lacing.

It smells like cinnamon and sweet cocoa.

It starts out really sweet with cocoa. Then the cinnamon comes in with a fury. I didn't even pick up any pepper until about halfway through the bottle. It is just awfully sweet.

Medium mouthfeel. It is not a thick as I prefer.

This is more of a dessert beer. It tastes like a cinnamon brownie. Less sweetness and more pepper would steer this towards my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with some light seeping through,but not much. A trace of khaki head surrounds the rim and forms an island the size of a quarter in the middle. I smell bakers chocolate and chili peppers. The taste closely mirrors the aroma with a Mexican hot chocolate theme (but ice cold). Initially you get the spicy chocolate and then there's a gentle but firm burning on your taste buds. There's a warming to your throat and a spicy chocolate aftertaste.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: Very light colored more of a brown ale almost can see completely through it head was small and pure white

S: Cinnamon some nuttiness caramel

T: very cinnamon and a little nutmeg and maybe a clove quality. As it warms the peppers start to come out more and a little heat

M: very thin

O: it's ok the taste is more like that cereal Cinnamon Toasted it's not bad the peppers in this beer are light not in your face. I can't pick up any chocolate. It's not a bad beer and it tastes much better than it's appearance but it's not amazing either. I will give it a little edge just because I love peppers in beer

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Photo of andrewkkeenan
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the 2012 (maybe 13?) batch of this beer. This time around, not as much. The older batch had real spicy character almost like a hint of habanero. The newer batch is not as good. Still very drinkable porter,

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Photo of pweis909
2.79/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing. While I got cinnamon and cocoa in the aroma, there was also something like artificial chemical flavor in there. Not that they used something artificial, buy maybe something got extracted in disproportionate concentration to other things and just tasted, well, worse than it smelled, and not very good. While the base beer is supposedly porter, this porter could have benefited from more body and sweetness. There was a cayenne pepper-like burn to the finish, and I think some sweetness would have helped. If you took away the spices, this would be a poor porter, IMO. My 9 bucks could have been better spent.

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Photo of Osseous
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wine glass. No head whatsoever. Black color with a slight cola appearance. Smell was fantastic - dark chocolate, cinnamon, and white pepper. Taste was incredible and rich. Basically tasted like quality ibarra - bitter and sweet with a kick of spice (cinnamon, paprika, white pepper, ancho) towards the finish. Body was well carbonated, and the spice left a noticeable heat over time. Overall, a fascinating beer with flavors and characteristics that surprisingly work tremendously well together in this dark beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 21, 2015

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Medium to deep brown, very high clarity when held up to the light. A half inch of light tan bubbly head, low retention. Pours somewhat thin.

S – Sweet malt, with a cinnamon, horchata-like aroma leading the way. Chocolate and toffee malt aromas, with a very low impression of fruit. Perhaps some light, spicy hops, very low in the background.

T – Like Mexican hot chocolate, with cocoa/chocolate and cinnamon prominent, and then a warm, slightly biting peppery finish, like cayenne powder dancing down my throat. Sweet malt and a touch of earthy or spicy hops.

M – Fairly thin bodied, almost no heft to it, which is actually a plus as the lightness balances the intense flavors. Low carbonation, just slightly bubbly. Sweet up front, no real bitterness, then chile/pepper heat on the finish, strong.

O – One of the better chile/pepper beers I’ve sampled, as it really reads more as a spiced dessert than a “pepper beer.” Very well done.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Big cinnamon coffee nose. Chocolate pie and black pepper on the palate. Smooth and quite creamy. Chile heat spikes a little initially and builds a steady momentum over time. Slight plum-like fruitiness. Medium body with a tinge of booze apparent. Fairly nice robust porter base with a refined peppery spice. Recommended for chile beer afficionados.

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very unique beer with an interesting translucent brownish red hue. The nose is full of cinnamon and a hint of mace. The mouth feel was thin and dry. The flavor and finish make it a perfect desert beer.

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Photo of bnes09
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber to brown color. Cream colored head with some lacing. Cocoa, roasted nuts and pepper aroma. Rich milk chocolate up front. Mild chile pepper spice. Dark fruit malt flavor. Hint of brown sugar. Medium body. Slight tingle on the lips. Can hardly tell it's 9% abv. Good stuff.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Lots of carbonation. This nearly looks like cola in a glass, just not quite as fizzy.

Sweet aroma. Lots of cinnamon.

Flavor is sweet up front, followed by lots of cinnamon and a slight chocolate touch. A mild pepper heat is noticed in my throat at the finish. The cinnamon leaves this beer pretty tasty in my opinion.

That carbonation I mentioned earlier all but leaves the glass entirely by them time I'm halfway through.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer poured somewhat opaque for a 9% abv porter. Light filters around the edges, adding a red hue to the beer.

Smell: I'm getting a vinous quality that is quickly overwhelmed by alcohol. A bit of dark chocolate and Chile heat comes through. Too much alcohol coming through.

Taste starts out with caramel. Sweetness is on the front end. Mid-palate a dark chocolate creeps in. It is pleasant, but unsubstantiated, as the beer is thin. It is like there is not enough substance to punch the flavor home.
The back end brings the heat in. Chile flavor and heat.

Mouth feel: this is the problem with this beer for me. It lacks substance and the thinness of the beer accentuates that.

Overall: I am big into large Chile stouts now, though I will not purchase this again. It is too thin and lacks flavor. The Chile and chocolate are there, as is a caramel sweetness in first sip. There is nothing to compliment these flavors, which bodes I'll for a larger (8% or so, and above) beer. It is too thin and their is no bold roasted dark grain flavor. Tasted more like a low IBU amber with chocolate and Chile flavors, which I would not of purchased.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Oh yeah, the peppers are in this. Big peppery vegetal nose that works so well. Layers of cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Caramel and roastiness underneath. Just as advertised.

4.0 T: Pepper flavor is the dominant flavor. The heat is minor and mainly manifests as a subtle afterburn. Again lots of chocolate and cocoa powder. Caramel with a light apple fruitiness. Well done.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a warming finish.

4.0 D: I really love chile beers. This is a market that needs expanded. This is a good one.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a decent creamy off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is either an unusually light black or a dark brown.

The beer smell has strong Mexican chocolate notes with a very light chipotle pepper smell as well. The beer smell does not seem to have other notes since the cocoa and chocolate smells dominate the nose. Also, the cinnamon makes a strong appearance.

The beer taste is a bit different from the beer smell. The taste still has the strong cocoa note that is fairly sweet. The taste also has a Chipotle note and that the cinnamon note is fairly strong. The taste also has a light presentation of the roasted mats in the after taste but is pretty light to non-existent before then.

The beer is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. However, the beer also has a slight burn to it. It's not too hot but strong enough to add a little something to the beer.

Overall, a pretty decent chili beer with no regrets. I recommend sharing it with someone though because the cinnamon might get a little boring.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a tulip-shaped porter/stout glass.

Lovely pale-white head and lacing. I'm a bit surprised by the thinner body and nut brown color of the liquid on the pour. Seems a bit thinner than I was expecting. No biggie though. It still looks delicious.

Heavy cinnamon and cream on the nose. A bit of a floral bouquet that accentuates the spice. Subtler notes of chocolate and vanilla. It's a nice aroma, but mellow and despite my best efforts I can't help but compare it to other similarly spiced beers that are much more potent.

The flavor reminds me of a spicy cocoa. Cocoa obviously, but also cinnamon and spicy chile flavor of the red variety. Finishes with dark chocolate and vanilla. Pretty tasty although I feel it may be a bit spice heavy where I wish for more chocolate.

It's got a good bite that might be a bit much for some lightweights. The heavier-carbonation and lighter body can almost resemble a soda. It's enjoyable but leaves a bit too be desired as far as thickness and creaminess.

Good stuff. Between the two more widely available chile/chocolate/cinnamon brews, I give the advantage to Xocoveza, but I enjoy this plenty.

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Photo of RogerWolfe
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another Lips of Faith winner!! Beautiful dark color with a cinnamon pepper smell smell. Lots of south of the border chocolate taste up front that lingers and eventually turns into a slow burn of pepper. Absolutely amazing!!

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Extremely dark brew; amongst the blackest I've ever seen. Nice head with good retention; little lacing.

Aroma leans heavily toward pumpkin spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), with chocolate and chile coming after. Intriguing, but a little artificial in presentation.

Flavor is a much better presentation overall. Chocolate malts and cocoa up front, immediately followed by cinnamon and chile. There's a very pleasant and noticeable heat, but never does it overpower. Lots of dry spice on the back-end (cinnamon in particular lingers).

Slick but overall kind of thin body; dry spicy finish; lingering chocolate on the aftertaste. Pepper heat lingers pleasantly.

This is an excellent spiced stout. It leans a little too heavily toward sweetness and cinnamon; I would like more of a strong base stout. Roasted malt is overwhelmed by sugar and spice. Tastes a little artificial in doses.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing take on a chili beer... Loaded with interesting flavors and aromas... Cinnamon and chilis dominate in both departments... No booze at all... Scary drinkable... 32 oz growler fill is perfect... Delicious and different...

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Dark body.

S- Spicy cinnamon.

T- Spicy and cinnamon, a bit of chocolate.

F- good, smooth carbonation.

O- Great Chile beer! Balanced spice.

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Photo of Foxybrau
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An interesting beer, but not something I would pick up again. The nose is cinnamon, nothing subtle about it, and quite nice. Taste is a letdown in that whatever cocoa is there (and it's not much) is quickly overcome by the chile. It starts with the flavor found in the skin if dried chile and finishes with spice, again not subtle. It actually packs some heat. Body is a bit thin, and the alcohol too is covered up by pepper. Not too much enjoyable here for me.

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Lips Of Faith - Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
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