Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,017 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:
1,017
Reviews:
277
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
136
Gots:
201
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,017 |  Reviews: 277
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 thedifferencemaker
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Greatly enjoyed this. Enjoyed the subtle heat. It's a little too cinnamony as it warms up.

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

Photo of aquazr1
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Crusher
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of docoman
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aussieyank
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of user785335
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of italianstallion
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cnagle28
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 510a
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 RBuckley73
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mole in a bottle. The heat sneaks up on you

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fredmugs
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dodgeriguez
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really captures the spirit of a good mole sweet and spicy

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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 BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mongrel
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of komsul
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NateSharpless
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cocoa Molé from New Belgium Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,017 ratings.
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