El Mole Ocho | New Holland Brewing Company

El Mole OchoEl Mole Ocho
419 Ratings
El Mole OchoEl Mole Ocho

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our exploration into the flavors of mole, the legendary sauce of central Mexico. Malty aroma and rich, cocoa-laden body laced with an invigorating tinge of dries chilies and coffee.

Added by alexgash on 04-04-2010

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Ratings: 419 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of jmdrpi
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, label indicates 2012 vintage.

appears a deep brown with ruby highlights. cream colored head, great retention and good lacing.

aroma is a bit subdued compared to the taste - just a bit of dark fruit and pepper. taste is smokey, tingly, burn of the chilies, a bit of roasty cocoa/coffee finish. a bit cloying after awhile. body on the thicker side, low carbonation.

overall - too much for one person - hard to drink the full 22 oz. maybe better as a smaller size.

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Photo of Steimie
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at NHB.

A: Rustic brown with some amber tinting at edges of glass. Minimal head due to water flush prior to pour.

S: A sweet and smokey smell. Good spicing to beer.

T: Good smokey and spicy flavors with complex malts and sweet caramel malts. Some hops come through.

M: Good taste and aftertaste. Warming and inviting.

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Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of boonejag75
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of 57md
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish-copper with a half finger of head the dissipated quickly. There is a faint touch of malt in the nose, that is all. A bit sour upfront combined with light chilli pepper heat on the finish. A nice effort, but finishing this offering was a tad difficult.

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Photo of bigmoose125
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of EL48823
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Etan
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a reddish mahogany with a small tan head.

S: Green chile in the nose; peppery and vegetal.

T: More mole-like in the taste. Dark chocolate, cocoa, green pepper, a bit of coffee roast in the finish, a little heat from the peppers.

M: Lively carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Interesting, but the aroma was quite unpleasant, and the taste wasn't much better. Not something I would try again, especially at this age.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from 2012 vintage. Into hotel tumbler.

A - about a finger of light cappuccino head that falls at a moderate pace. Body is a clear deep amber with a lot of red coming though.

S - Very sweet with lots of red pepper flake spice. Brown sugar and caramel. Also a slight sourness.

T - As far as hitting the mole flavor right on, this beer accomplishes that. So much spice in this like I'm eating Mexican candy. Not what I want out of a beer. Also tastes a little like some pumpkin beers. Coffee/chocolate flavors are present, naturally.

M - Very strong body that doesn't feel very thick, just a lot of carbonation or something. The scoville rating on this is not alarmingly high, but you can feel a little of the spice in the back of your mouth.

O - I guess the only thing I have to really compare this to is NB Cocoa Mole, which was excellent and much sweeter. This does a better job matching the flavor, but isn't as good of a beer to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010 pours a murky apricot with a pinky of khaki head. Stays murky, no head retention or lacing

S: Orchard fruit & figs

T: Follows the nose, woody hops, a touch of peppery spice & dryness up front. Slight coffee flavor as this warms, more pepper too. Finishes fruitty, dry, boozey with a spicy pepper flourish

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, decent balance

Would love to try this fresh I believe this would be a different beer. Interesting but nothing great in its current state...

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Photo of sammo
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium brown with excellent clarity and a half inch of a rocky, light tan head that leave lacing on the glass.

The coffee, cocoa and chilies peppers are the first thing you smell. The chile aroma isn't smoke how dried ones usually smell, there is the kind of green chilies impression but it's defiantly not like a fresh pepper. There a malt richness with almost no yeast character. There is a very low melanoidin in the background.

Malty and sweet with a touch of chile pepper flavor along with the heat that builds slightly and continues long into the finish. The heat is very mild. The coffee and cocoa flavors come into focus mid-palate. The flavor elements of cocoa, chile pepper, coffee and malt are all in balance until the the finish where the chilies and alcohol warm dominate.

It has a medium-full body with the low carbonation increasing the perception of weight on the palate. The alcohol give it some warmth and a slight solvent character towards the finish.

This enjoyable beer does a great job of reminding me of the flavors I taste in the first couple of bites of a mole sauces. This is a rich complex beer with that strikes a balance between the ingredients of cocoa, chile pepper, coffee and malt characteristics bringing those flavors together and makes them play nice.

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Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of PStriedl
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of harrylee773
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the new 2012 version for $6.99 at Beer Nutz in Verona. Now clocks in at 9.79%

A - Pours a very dark honey brown but is very clear. Very minimal head but I did get a 1/4 inch of mocha colored atop that quickly reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Smell is very mild I do get some mild cocoa powder, touch of coffee and very little spice in the nose which is pleasant and sweet smelling. Hope it's not too spicy.

T - I am actually quite impressed... for the first pour. It was advertised as being a straight up "mole" tasting beer. Starting off with sweet cocoa like powder then the spicy twang of pepper but incredibly integrated leaving little burn and then finishing with some mild coffee/sweet malts... But as it warmed (second pour) the grains got a bit harsh and the peppery spice got to me a tad. Still went down rather smooth.

M - Medium to heavy with so much going on I wasn't too surprised it overwhelmed me a tad.

Overall I may revisit again since it was one of the best beers I had by New Holland. Even better than the 2011 vintage of Dragons Milk. Worth trying if you like Mexican mole.

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Photo of Zaphog
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Mick-e-d
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. This gushed on me a bit, but isn't overcarbonated. This is the second time in as many days that a bottle has done this to me. Not sure what I'm doing wrong.

3.0 A: Clear deep mahogany brown color. Could only muster about a finger of tan head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Chilies give off a spicy vegetal vibe. Big hit of cocoa powder. Nutty and toasty. Grainy and sweet neutral maltiness. Coffee to round things out.

3.5 T: Tastes like it smells, but it doesn't impress quite as much. Solid chilie presence, which offers more of the taste than the spiciness. Not as much cocoa powder as the nose, but still quite noticeable. Nutty, toasty, grainy with coffee. This is much less malty than I was expecting, but I wouldn't go as far as to say this is dry.

3.5 M: Medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation and another dose of creaminess. Other than that, it's good enough here and super smooth.

3.5 D: I'm a sucker for these types of brews. This is a good one, but better ones exist. Still, worth a try.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

El Mole Ocho from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 419 ratings
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