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Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

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3.98/5
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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:
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Added by hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,162
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,018
pDev:
13.32%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
201
Trade:
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: almost no head on a hazy deep mahogany brown body.

S: cocoa, chicken broth, roasted malts, black peppers and light chili spice.

T: very complex and interesting with cocoa almost like home made chocolate milk with perfect degree of chili spice. the sweetness and spiciness is very well balanced.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: this beer is very interesting and complex. It is actually really nicely balanced and unique in a good way.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Random streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of cinnamon and other spices and Mexican hot chocolate. Absolutely fantastic smelling. Taste is of cinnamon and other spices, cocoa powder, and some slight chile flavors. There is a slight warming in the back of the throat from the chili after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer taste wise but exceptional in the smell.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sensational and different! pours a brown ale color with some good bubbling. smells outrageous. tons of cocoa powder in the nose, bits of cinnamon, and some smoked pepper vibe, pablano maybe. flavor is so balanced. cocoa powder up front, not sweet at all. then comes a little heat, but not in your face, ancho the bottle says would account for that smokey thing. good caramel and chocolate malt sweetness and richness. pleasant mouthfeel, works with this beer. medium bodied to fuller bodied, and a mildly spicy booze laced finish, especially as it warms up here. the cocoa is what is memorable for me here, i like this one a whole lot. way above my expectations!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, the latest special release from this brewery to make it north of the 49th.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fairly bubbly beige head, which leaves a wall of natural land-bridge lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel malt, green chili peppers, dry, chalky cocoa, spicy cinnamon, a soft mineral flintiness, faint dark orchard fruit, demarara sugar, and a whiff of wet smoke. The taste is bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt, a further toffee/sponge cake sweetness, a more laid-back green pepper spiciness, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of milky coffee, sugar in the raw, ethereal cinnamon, damp char, and a very subtle earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite low, even on the typically forgiving froth-o-meter, the body an adequate middleweight, and actually smooth, the chilies having a say, but they're as gentle as can be, which engenders a certain airy creaminess to boot. It finishes off-dry, and duly balanced between the spicy duad and complex malt.

I'm sure I've had molé at some point in my south of the border (again, the one along the 49th parallel) Mexican restaurant forays over the years, but my impression of it is more academic than anything. Anyways, Cocoa Molé does well by the textbook, and the tastebuds - spicy, but not too much, y'know, the heat deftly countered by a cocoa-driven malt sweetness. The only real question is that of the whereabouts of the 18-proof booze - I'll have to get back to y'all on that one.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Beachwood BBQ's Seal Beach location. Cost was $6.50.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of good cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent solid black.

Sm: Vanila, cocoa, cream, and spices - maybe cinnamon. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cocoa, spices (cinnamon), caramelized dark malts, and a resurgence of spices towards the finish. A bit simple, without layering. Not real subtle or complex. Nicely balanced. Decently built. Not unique or special, but enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not enough cream. Near perfect thickness.

Dr: The vanilla is wonderful. Very drinkable - especially for the ABV (which is well hidden). I'd buy a bottle of it. Otherwise, it's not extraordinary. Give it a try if you like the style. Pricey.

B-

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with copper edges in the light, revealing a good level of clarity. Topped with some light tan foam that deposits flecks around the edges.

Aroma has a Mexican hot chocolate impression of chocolate and cinnamon, there's an earthy hint of chiles, but not overt.

Taste is more chile forward, providing a tingle and mild heat that lingers on the palate into the aftertaste, balancing the front end chocolate sweetness. Medium bodied and creamy, well suited to the spicy chocolate flavors. Overall a pleasant and balanced beer that was easily shared. The chile heat is a little tame, especially in recent comparison to a similar local chile beer, End of Days from Pipeworks.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights; the head is modest and fades quickly, though it leaves a lot of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, with undertones of chile; smells like a Molé sauce and, as the beer warms, the tingly heat from the chile becomes more apparent

Taste: Unlike the aroma, the chile element dominates the flavor profile, bringing a smoked aspect along with the chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla providiing undertones; after the swallow, the heat really builds and becomes disconcerting

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a burning sensation in the gullet

Overall: An interesting beer, no doubt, but I would greatly prefer the smoked chile flavors to be handled with greater subtlety

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Photo of oline73
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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 zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone, Columbia, MO

A - Poured a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chilies and spice with a touch of roastiness.

T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and roastiness. The spices from the chilies are mild but nice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good chilie beer. I really like the roastiness to balance the chilies.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 1/29/2015. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, plum, fig, date, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, toast, cinnamon, chile pepper, and herbal/spice earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark fruit, dark/bready malt and chili/spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, toast, cinnamon, chile pepper, and herbal/spice earthiness. Some light roast/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown sugar, cinnamon, chile pepper, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Chile pepper heat builds up as you finish the glass, but doesn’t get overbearing. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark fruit, dark/bready malt, and chile/spice flavors; with a great dark fruit/malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic chile spiced beer. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark fruit, dark/bready malt, and chile/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the the ABV with the moderate heat from the peppers. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,018 ratings
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