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:
135
Gots:
201
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,017 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of acbe
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Dark with thin brown head. Subtle spice and chocolate aroma. Taste is subtle too, cocoa, malt, and hint of spice. Very nice.

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

Photo of GPHarris
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick fizzy tan head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was a dark brown with red edges.
s - cinnamon with a hint of pepper.
t - sweetness up front with a spicy finish. the cocoa comes out more as it warms while the pepper mellows making it much more drinkable and balanced.
m - medium and slick.
o - i was not impressed the first few sips but it grew on me as it warmed. i've had better beers in this style.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 12/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark somewhat hazy amber with a thin beige head. Very little retention. No lacing.

Aroma: Interesting. Cinnamon, spice, caramel, chocolate malt. Even some dark fruit thrown in there. Unique.

Taste: Shew. Where to start? Lots of spice up front. Cinnamon is very prominent. Chocolate malts. Dry powdered cocoa. Spicy chili and chipotle flavor on the back end. I think the cinnamon is little too strong though. Lots of interesting flavors. Definitely different.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Plenty of spice adds a little kick of heat (could also be the alcohol). Dry, and leaves an almost chalky feeling in your mouth, which makes you think of the powdered cocoa. Spicy kick on the finish.

Interesting offer from New Belgium. I enjoyed it for it's uniqueness and complexity but I think the cinnamon is a little too strong and that makes a bomber hard to finish. It's definitely the dominate flavor. Perhaps best suited sharing this one.

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Photo of bigleague
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review this is the #1 Chile beer on the "Top Beers - Chile Beer" list. Beer poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe glass, it is called planning ahead, look it up. Also at the time of this review, this is the #89 beer on the "Top Beers - New" list, the ever changing beer. This beer was very cinnamon forward and spicy on a dry finish, it was fine but 22 ounces of it was a lot.

Beer is brown and clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, low retention, low lacing, looks fine.

Aroma is mildly chili pepper and cinnamon, cinnamon wins.

Beer is light in body, dry on the finish, all of the chili flavor comes in the finish, it is mildly hot, the forward of the beer almost tastes like chai with a little clove and a lot of cinnamon flavors, it was fine but I won't have it again.

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Photo of Herky21
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a fresh 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Almost no head, which dissipated quickly with no lacing. Even on a strong 2nd pour straight into the bottom, just a quick 2 finger head which dissipated to nothing in about 5 seconds. Looked like a flat coke.
S: Very nice and complex, you can smell the cinnamon, caramel malts and chocolate aromas.
T: Very interesting, I don't have a lot of chile beer experience, but this one is nice. Cinnamon is pretty dominant in the front of each sip, then you have a biscuity maple caramel malt base. Only on the finish do you get the ping of the chiles. Very cool. Not overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden.
M: This where it lost if for me. Very flat and thin in the mouth, almost no mouth carbonation. A better level of fermentation / carbonation and a little more body and this beer would be amazing.

I will probably try this once more to see if the other bottle is fresher. Interesting taste and aroma, but weak mouthfeel and appearance put me off.

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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 amalburg
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGB
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dayvcrocket
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickfl
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark-brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - Coco powder, chili powder, and cinnamon with some toffee malts in the background. Smells like a spice cabinet.

T - Sweet malt with some caramel syrup flavor up front. Lots of spicy character comes out in the middle with notes of chocolate, clove, cinnamon, allspice, and myriad other spices. Finishes sweet with more spices, coco, and caramel.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Really interesting, this is unbalanced and weirdly milk chocolate like, but not undrinkable. It would best be described as similar to Mexican hot chocolate.

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

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

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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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 artoolemomo
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up one to two fingers' worth of head which is off-white with the slightest hint of a creamy beige. The body is incredibly interesting- maroon with hints of rose and purple which turns to a purplish rose when held up to the light. Translucent. Minor retention. Doesn't seem to be any lacing as of yet.

Nose- Mild cocoa, slightest hint of chiles (I might be able to drink this?). There are some fruity esters as well but I haven't pinned down the exact ones yet. Faint raisin maybe- mild grape is a better descriptor. Swirling reveals an aroma defined by chile. After some thought, raspberry seems to be the dominant fruit ester.

Taste- Rather thin to begin with. Then, a mild hit of peppers, followed by rounded cocoa. All of this is underlined by red grape and raisins. An aspect of Coca-Cola on the finish. Slight bitterness on the finish. Chile (which makes the tongue tingle) begins this while a mild cocoa bitterness ends it with the aforementioned fruit providing a constant for the flavor profile. Still a bit thin. Spicy for me means that this will spicy to almost no one. There's almost a rose/slight bubblegum to the esters. Some slight bitter chocolate appears on the finish. Dominant chocolate and some smoke would be perfect for this beer. Above average and I imagine it's solid for the style. Definitely has presence. Raspberry seems to the underlying ester that I couldn't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a proper amount of carbonation while the pepper makes your tongue tingle. Still a little thin though.

Drinkability- A little tough for me but I am not a good measuring stick. Four dollars for a 12 oz pour seems fair.

Overall- Above average to solid. Seems right for the style. I would suggest you try it if you're into chile beers but it might not be hot enough for you. Weaklings like myself should probably give it a pass.

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

650ml bottle poured into tulip 24/8/15

A clear brown cola looking liquid, glows maroon when held to the light, two fingers of tan foam makes some noise as it quickly falls leaving no lace

S coco powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, faint peppers, some hard to place fruit, and something I just can't place, a spiced chocolate?

T almost has a strange herbal aspect going on, the peppers come out a little more, still has some spice I can't place, maybe a little hazelnut as it warms

M a little thin for the strength and color, mild pepper and booze heat, creams up a little, slick on the palate, with a spicy lingering finish

O sweet and spicy, decent beer but I think it would work better with a darker malt in a thicker brew, worth a try though for sure especially if you like peppers

not a bed beer for this chilly Summer evening but considering the price I doubt I'd buy a second bottle

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Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of HuaiDan
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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