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:
139
Gots:
201
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,018 |  Reviews: 277
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cherry mahogany raisin color - looks more like the color of many barleywines. Carbonation is gentle but only because this was poured in a Duvel glass. This is a really odd pour because it has nice bubbly foam as it hits the glass but sounds like you're pouring a soft drink with lots of bubbles and dies down equally as quick with nothing left behind, not even a lacing ring.

S - Chile peppers, cocoa powder, and light smoke.

T - Toasted caramel malt hit the tip of the tongue immediately followed closely with dry cocoa powder and warm chile peppers. There's some dark fruit buried way down there also with some cinnamon as well. Leaves a lingering blend of light cinnamon and cocoa with a warm and light burn in the back of the throat.

M - Heavy medium body to heavy body, rich and creamy texture, and light carbonation.

O - This beer is a unique one with an odd combination that works. Something tells me I'll have all hell to pay tomorrow after it works through my system. (!!!) Looks like a glass of dead beer that's been sitting out all night, which is a downer, but not a deal killer. As the beer sat in the glass the chile burn faded somewhat.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't this sound a lot like "guacamole"? On-tap at New Belgium itself, on to the beer:

Going to the darker side, this chile beer is dark brown colored with stringy lace. At points, it looks like it's black. The nose is what I would expect from a Mexican hot chocolate; good doses of choocolate, chile peppers, and a light smokiness all complimenting each other and not overly dominate. If you're not a fan of spicy stuff, there may be a chance you like the beginging of how Cocoa Molé goes, with its sweet and rich hot chocolate-like flavor. But then you're on your own, as the spice starts to work in, and is especially most intense in the aftertaste. That said, I wouldn't say the spicy heat is over the top as it can be in some beers. The beer is medium bodied, and it's somewhat balanced considering what it is, which helps the beer get down.

I like this. Finding a good spicy beer on the open market is not something you come across everyday, so pick it up if you're into something new.

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Photo of Dope
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 02/26/12

A: A nice dark amber/brown pour. Good-sized soda-like tan head. Very fizzy, fades fairly quickly. No real sign of lacing, maybe a dot here and there at best.

S: A bunch of cinnamon with some cocoa mixed in. A touch of vegetal chile pepper but barely there. There is however, some discernible heat from the chiles.

T: Up front there is some chile pepper flavor with some caramel. Turns into cinnamon and then the chile heat joins it. Cocoa strong in the middle but strongest in the finish where it almost stands alone briefly. Nice strong bite from the chile peppers in the middle and through the finish, but nothing obnoxious or overpowering. Goes quite nicely with the bitter cocoa and sweet caramel in fact. A bit of smoky heat lingers between sips (chipotle?). This is unbelievably good.

M: Medium bodied, decent carbonation seems to heighten the chile heat a bit.

O: This is one hell of a chile beer. Great combination of chile heat, bitter cocoa and caramel to sweeten it all up. Very drinkable and well balanced. Easily the best crafted chile beer I've had. By a long shot.

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Photo of pathead
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to tulip.

A - Medium brown; very slightly translucent. A small amount of cream coloured head formed on the pour and immediately disappeared.

S - Roast, spice and spicy chillies. Not much chocolate at all in the nose.

T - Roast, chocolate and chillies with a bit of a kick. Some cinnamon is present in the finish. The chillies completely dominate and drown out the other elements of the beer. I couldn't get through more than a few sips of this one.

M - Light body. Moderate to high carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TicoCali
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade poured into a dogfish head chalice.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark brown hue with a quarter inch blanket that left light lacing.

S - Aromas of light chocolate and chili. Appealing.

T - Taste is really nice with lots of chocolate and chili with nice barrel notes resulting in good vanilla and coconut flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is not bad for a chili beer, would benefit from more carbonation though.

O - Overall this beer wasn't that bad but really could use a boost of appearance and aroma.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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