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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,021
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
139
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199
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Ratings: 1,021 |  Reviews: 278
Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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 2GOOFY
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of user785335
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/21/11. Poured into tulip. Deep amber brown. Slight head but sticky lacing. Smells of cinnamon, chocolate and spice.
Very interesting flavor. Taste of chocolate, cinnamon, toasted coconut, malts, and spice. The heat kinda kicks in after a few sips.
Overall, a great brew and in par with the LOF series. Best chile beer I ever had.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Beaver13
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours dark reddiish brown with a smallish fizzy creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is awesome - sweet chocolate, cinnamon and chili spices (mole).

The flavor is sweet chocolate and cinnamon with a chili spice kick in the finish. There's a sublte vegetal note, that I don't recall in fresher samples. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, I really like this. It's a nice blend of chocolate, cinnamon and chili spice. It has good heat, but is not the standard chili beer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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 gford217
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours a

Smelll is full of cocoa powder and cinnamon, very sweet but with a light chile kick. Also some vanilla and an interesting underlying sugary sweetness. Very unique nose.

The taste is peppery up front with lots of sugar underneath - vanilla and cocoa adding to the complexity. The finish is a mix of ancho chile burn and cinnamon sweetness.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated and lively on the palate with the peppers mixing well with the sweetness.

I have to say, this is one of the best of the Lips of Faith series. Complex, spicy, drinkable and, most of all, extremely tasty. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split into two big snifters

Pours a dark dingy, cloudy brown with a small head and a fair amount of continuing carbonation. Smell is fruity, spicy and sweet. Some chocolate.

Taste is interesting. It keeps reminding me of something I can't quite identify. It's some spice that I can't name. My wife could tell me. Some chocolate, pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick. Overall, this is pretty good. I don't get much in the way of chili, though.

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Photo of Domvan
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dleiner
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notchucknorris
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color with a thin but long lasting tan head and some decent lacing.

S: Amazing! Smells like mole. Lots of cinnamon and unsweetened baking chocolate along with some brown sugar and chile spiciness.

T: A bit sweet and smooth upfront with some dark chocolate and a bit of earthiness. Then the peppers hit, but the taste never gets overwhelmingly hot. Leaves a lingering warmth on the tongue and a bit of a dryness on the finish. Biggest complaint is the thin mouthfeel. A great experiment and a pretty awesome result.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,021 ratings