Holy Mole | Mother's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This amber ale is mildly malty medium bodied, 5.5% ABV and inspired by the mole sauces of Mexico. Our amber ale has been aged on cocoa nibs, ancho, chipotle, pasilla peppers and cinnamon bark. The resulting beer is red to brown with a pronounced chocolate, nutty nose, with hint of cinnamon and fruity raisin even tobacco flavors from the dried and smoked peppers. Flavor starts chocolaty and ends with spice from the cinnamon and a touch of heat from the chiles. Enjoy with dinner or by itself!

Added by soju6 on 05-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Brewery. Pours a brown color with a small head and no lacing. Aroma of spice and cinnamon with bit of malt sweetness. Interesting flavor of cinnamon, spice and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness in the background with a fairly clean finish. Fairly medium body, smooth with a creamy texture and unique balance. Enjoyable seasonal/ special beer but not for more than one.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I'm really not sure which beer to review, the standout that it used to be on tap, or the shadow that they bottled.

I first had this about a year and a half ago at a beer festival the brewery attended. They brought a few special kegs, including their tap room only Holy Mole. That beer really changed my mind about the brewery and convinced me that they could make something different and really special. It was a fantastic spiced ale with a cocoa, a little pepper, and big hits of nutmeg and cinnamon. It was so good (I originally gave it about 4.25) that I tasted it two or three times and chatted with one of the brewers about how fantastic it would be to get a growler, pair with some fajitas, and move on to cheesecake for the big finale. But I never got that chance.

When the bottles came out, I was pumped. Until I tried it. It lost all the subtle (and not so subtle) spices, and went too much toward the standard pepper mole. Nothing bad, just strikingly average, but compared to what it used to be, I can't recommend it. Reminds me of some common beer knowledge, "The worst thing you can do to beer is bottle it." Maybe I shouldn't be so harsh; Mothers showed some flashes of brilliance with this originally, but they just really tripped up translating that flavor to the bottle. Maybe next time...

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut with a pinky of mocha colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Some spicy red pepper & pears

T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of cocoa & a touch of nuttyness up front. Spicy pepper, pears, flat cola & dryness mix as this warms. Finishes with spicyness, a touch of pear & brown sugar & figgy notes

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, thins out as it warms

This was interesting & drinkable, but not too mind-blowing. Give me Ska's spicy stout any day. Probably would pear nicely with food suggested on the label, doesn't really impress by itself

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3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darn it! What an odd beer.

The appearance is above average, the smell is fine...

Then you taste it. Hey that's not half ba.... wait... whut?

Downer of a finish when this medicinal peppery flair just dominates everything else. You can't get past it once you've reflected on the second half of that sip and it keeps eating away at you from there.

Certainly an "interesting" beer but if that's not the most assuring of attempts, you're right, it isn't.

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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy Mole is an amber/brown colored brew with a nose that is chocolaty and spicy, mainly cinnamon. The beer is very clean and leaves no lacing at all as you drink.

This beer has an interesting flavor profile that offers up some light roasted malt, chocolate, and spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a touch of coffee as well and some caramel notes. There is other spiciness present due to the addition of peppers to the brew and it makes for an interesting flavor combination.

Holy Mole is different from the typical beer, both in flavor and appearance. The ingredients used are not like those of most beers and they combine for a one-of-a-kind taste. I’m not too thrilled with the appearance- the beer is a little too clean for me and it almost looks like a glass of cola when poured. But the flavor is better than average and helps me overlook some of the other qualities.

I don’t think I have ever tasted a beer that was brewed with cocoa nibs and peppers, but with Holy Mole in my glass, now I can say I have. It’s yet another good product from Mother’s Brewing and one certainly deserving of a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight caramel malt, and a hint of spice (cinnamon?). Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is also a subtle heat from the peppers that presents itself after a few sips. Fits the style of an Herbed / Spiced Beer. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of spice, hint of hops, and a hint of pepper. Overall, decent aroma and blend, but the body is lacking in strength.

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3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rated this before from a bottle but had it on tap tonight and was much better than I remembered it being. Smooth with hints of chocolate that ends with a slight heat. Great with Mexican food!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Holy Mole from Mother's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 47 ratings