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Cocoa Molé | New Belgium Brewing

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3.98/5
Very Good
1,018 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by hopfacebrew on 01-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,343
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,018
pDev:
13.32%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
199
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 1,018 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of drummermattie02
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of YvesB
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Says review optional but its not

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Photo of egrace84
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
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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Photo of ProstMasterson
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The pepper is overwhelming, not as good as stones version

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Photo of Get_Lowell
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Dark brown, decent lacing
Smell: Mildly fragrant, herbal, chocolate, spice.
Taste: Very spicy, cocoa flavor doesn't really come together. Spice eventually overwhelms the palate.
Feel: Moderate mouthfeel, heat builds quickly.
Overall: Drinking this beer wasn't enjoyable, I left it without finishing. I think the heat is overwhelming and the flavors are underwhelming.

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Photo of hiphopj5
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of eggmaggi
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of DimensionX
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of TicoCali
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Arborescence
2.77/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in room temperature.

Appearance: Very dark brown, but not quite black. Pours a head like soda, it recedes immediately -- disappointing.

Aroma: Cocoa and chili, some malt in the background. The spices are evident, the beer not so much!

Taste: Strong and spicy, but where are the beer characteristics? There are no hops evident, and the malt is very mild and on the background. Chipotle is present as a hot spiciness, but not too strong. The cocoa is perhaps dominant, although not like in a chocolate stout. It's clear that they used cocoa. Cinnamon is also clearly there. Alcohol tastes through as well, although not as much as you might think for a beer of such a high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Pretty bland, carbonated like soda, light to medium body.

Overall: Disappointing. I was excited an curious about this beer, but it fails to deliver. It's only the second beer from the Lips of Faith series that I've tried, but they've both been below average (the other one was Biere de Mars). Surprising, as I really like New Belgium's other beers. Anyway, this beer just doesn't taste like beer. It seems like an experiment gone wrong. The spices are nice, but given the strong spices, you'd need an equally robust beer to support them.

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Photo of pweis909
2.79/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing. While I got cinnamon and cocoa in the aroma, there was also something like artificial chemical flavor in there. Not that they used something artificial, buy maybe something got extracted in disproportionate concentration to other things and just tasted, well, worse than it smelled, and not very good. While the base beer is supposedly porter, this porter could have benefited from more body and sweetness. There was a cayenne pepper-like burn to the finish, and I think some sweetness would have helped. If you took away the spices, this would be a poor porter, IMO. My 9 bucks could have been better spent.

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Photo of StLThrash
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - Dark brown, with very minimal head that dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.

S - Not getting a lot here - a little bit of spice, a little cinnamon, not much of the chocolate or cocoa.

T & M - Very thin. Don't get much of a taste at all until the aftertaste where I get a hint of what this beer is supposedly all about. Fair carbonation, but very lacking and a disappointment.

Overall - I might have gotten a bad bottle, but this beer didn't live up to expectations. Not even close. Surprised given all of the other high ratings here. I might try on another occasion, but doubtful.

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Photo of david18
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on a recent visit to Todd English Pub in Las Vegas. I wasn't a huge fan of it. I found the atypical to beer elements to be too overpowering for the beer itself. I'm probably not the best person so listen to, as I see lots of good reviews but I could barely finish mine.

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Photo of pants678
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a stout, thick and black with quite a bit of action going on just after the pour. Frothy white head.

You can smell the chiles right oft.

Chocolate and chile but not peppery in the way I'd expect. The chocolate's pushed off in the details as the heat is up front. There's cinnamon but there's so much of an amalgamation here it's hard to point anything out. Seems muddled, never unravels--I wish there some something sweet here. No idea about hops on this one. Not really pushed to try it again.

Carbonated like a stout, feels sorta milky with a dry finish.

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Photo of BrutalSusan
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to pint glass.

Quickly diminishing head. Translucent brown in appearance. Strong cinnamon and baking spice flavor with a little pumpkin and a hint of salt on the finish. I feel like it needs more of a bittering hop presence. decent beer if you split three ways, a half pint is all i need. should be released in the fall. it would make for a nice after dinner drink. Not my thing, but an unusual beer that i am glad to have tried.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very colorful, Mariachi style graphics. Very fun look.

Sorry to say, but the pour is a murky brown pour that isn't appealing to the eye. Minimal head that fades quickly.

Smells strangely of Cocoa powder, molasses cookies, and a cold chicken sandwich! A bit confusing. Not unpleasant, just a little cold on the nose.

The taste is a swirling Uber-sweet flush of spice heat. Ayyyiiiiyyyiii. Man, that pungent sweet heat packs a wallop. I'm grabbing for a tortilla to knock back some of the heat. The heat doesn't dissapate but grows with each mouthful.

Found this a bit overwhelming. A snifter pour is a good serving size, anything else is masochism!

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
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 Josbor11
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too hot, not enough chocolate, too thin, no aroma, just not good. Another drain pour from NB.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap in a taster at Haven Gastropub in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin tan head. Little retention but laces quite well. Mahogany color with excellent clarity.

S- Cocoa and chili peppers, caramel. Nutty brown. Strange and spicy.

T- Extremely odd flavor. Spicy chilis and cocoa. Tastes musty and funky. Is actually somewhat spicy.

M- Very light feel with a strange dry, dusty flavor.

O- It's a weird beer. Not sure I would order it again.

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Photo of KnightRider
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Geuzedad
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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