Sunday Molé Stout
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,386
Ranked #3,334
4.11 | pDev: 8.76%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Sunday Molé StoutSunday Molé Stout
Notes: Sunday Molé Stout is an 11.3% ABV American Imperial Stout that captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molé – coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness.
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours dark brown, nearly black, and opaque. The head is minimal and subsides very quickly. No lacing.

Aromas are complex and varied. Coffee, chocolate (dark and light) cinnamon, anise, chili peppers, smoke, char, vanilla, root beer. As the brew warms, the booze comes out, but not in a bad way.

The brew is initially sweet and spicy on the tip of the tongue. Chocolate (cocoa, fudge, cake batter, and milk) and cinnamon with a touch of chili at the outset. Coffee and char in midstream, with some molasses, brown bread, and a touch of dark fruit (dried cherry especially) and more cola/root beer notes. Vanilla, anise, and earthy goodness with some warming but fairly well-hidden booze for the ABV at the finish.

The brew is a bit thin yet sticky for the style.

This is a tasty brew that would have benefited from a little more astringency, such as a little more coffee or roasted notes. It comes off a little bit sweet and sticky; although it hides its ABV remarkably well.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown so deep it looks black producing almost a full finger of short-lived, dense, mocha head that leaves a thin, small collar ring but no lace or surface cap. Clarity is low as bight light does not penetrate it deeply when shown into it in a dark room. If I use my imagination I can see ruby highlights. Tiny bubbles of effervescence rise and heavy particulates swirl on the fringes of this dark brew. Aroma is a deep Tootsie Roll/Hershey's Special Dark chocolate hybrid in a blend of roast, coffee, smoke, chili pepper and a spiciness unrelated to the pepper that must be the cinnamon. I can't detect any alcohol in the nose (this changes slightly as the brew warms). Taste is bittersweet and a little raw: reminiscent of dry, unsweetened cocoa powder held on the tongue blended with coffee, sugary dark fruit, sour/wild cherries, char/burnt bread, smoke, chili, cinnamon and alcohol, alcohol, alcohol. Did I mention alcohol on the pallet? The alcohol prominence is intense enough to be cloying and it's warmth wins the tug of war with the chilis. The chipotle peppers come through the most. This stuff has a bitter finish and aftertaste that has to be due to the alcohol and not any particular hop/s content. The bitterness declines to become almost sweet in the finish but reappears in the Tootsie Roll, dark fruit-like and spicy but short lived aftertaste which transitions rapidly to a slight, otherwise tasteless, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with low-medium carbonation, creamy but slightly slick and a little chewy with a grainy, prickly heat/spice on the tongue. With that said it is thin for the style. Neither complex nor balanced for an Imperial stout. The mouth is a deep let down after the promise of the nose which may be the highlight of this beer. I generally sing the praises of this brewery, but Sunday Mole Stout disappoints me.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a PAA glass, this beer pours out with a slick blackness; like the original. However, this one forms a pinky worth of caramel colored bubbles for a crown. They unfortunately don’t stick around too long and don’t leave any lacing in their disappearing act. 4

The nose brings fudgey chocolate mixing with slight peppers, cinnamon and even thick vanilla bean sweetness. Coffee does show through, with a little less sweetness than the original. 3.75

The taste follows the nose well. Brings a thick chocolate that’s reminiscent of a chocolate tootsie pop and then transitions into a pepper and cinnamon sprinkle.Slightly roasty coffee shows itself in near the end. Almost what I would imagine those Mexican candy suckers are like, the ones coated in the cinnamon or peppers. 3.75

The mouthfeel is reminiscent to the original in the fact that the carbonation is low and makes it feel still. Nowhere near the booziness in this though, and even with some slight pepper tingle, it seems a lot more approachable. 4

Overall, I enjoyed this more than the original. I thought it was more balanced and didn’t have the lingering alcohol hit as a distraction. 3.75

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Photo of Eddieeight
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black as night. Smell makes my nose tingle as the chili peppers are very forward. I’m also getting a little coffee aroma. Taste is a little heavy and is strong and bitter like dry cocoa. Coffee is also strong and tastes over roasted- very bitter and tastes a little burned. I am getting the peppers but not too strongly. Cinnamon which I love, is barely present although advertised on the bottle. Mouthfeel is medium thick with medium carbonation. Overall a little dry for my taste but a decent effort and I generally like weyerbacher beers.

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Photo of npolachek
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black with a brown head. Tastes like light roast coffee, Some creaminess, but not an unbelievable beer by any means. Drinkable, but nothing really special.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled/BB: Sep-21-2016/Sep-21-2018 (Consumed Mar-13-2019)

It is relatively disappointing looking with a brief tan head and otherwise nothing. Looks like bubblin' crude in a glass. The aroma is lightly smoky with roast peppers, rubber, fireball candy. The taste follows with chocolatey, gloppy, vaguely astringent, spicy-sweet with some coffee. It is fairly full-bodied with moderate carbonation, some astringency and a sweet finish. This is an all right beer. I don't get the need for mole beers and am further convinced that none of these people have actually had real, honest-to-god mole before. It would not make a good beer in my mind and additionally this doesn't taste like mole. It's weird. What's weirder is that despite all of that this is not a bad beer. Yes, it is messy from all of the layers, but it's got a nice chocolatey character and a little cinnamon spice left in it. I am actually glad it is a little old, as I think it has probably mellowed considerably. Anyway, the nose is a touch vegetal, the chile body is not my favorite, it is a little "brown"with flavor, but it did the job and I did continue to reach for another sip.


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Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-12-31 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle

A - Opaque black with a nice brown head and moderate lace

S - Espresso latte and light roast. Not real complex

T - Rich dark chocolate cake with some char and mild pepper. Delicious.

M - Creamy and lucisious

O - enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 09/08/16 (a bit of age on this one) poured into a snifter at room temperature.

Pours an essentially black, thin body, with a quick fizzy dark brown head that's gone before you can blink. Completely still on top.

Nose is dark chocolate, black coffee, and a chili pepper note. The nose reminds me so much of Founders Breakfast Stout is has that pepper aroma. Light hint of cinnamon spice, and an almost vanilla thing going on. No booze on the nose.

Palate is dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, and a dark fruit/cherry action. Doesn't drink anywhere near its 11.3% ABV. Getting a tiny bit of that chili pepper on the very back end, more so into the finish. There is a subtle sweetness, but not nearly enough to call this sweet. An even more subtle smoky bitterness in the finish. Edit: I just saw someone else mention Kaluha in their description. That is spot on. Huge coffee liqueur impression.

Mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout. Thin like a porter. I like a big stout to be syrupy and viscous. This is rather thin, but I won't knock it too much, because it's got big flavor. Carbonation is fizzy, but very very light, but it makes up for it in flavor.

Overall - I'm a little spoiled because I had Evil Twin Even More (Coco) Jesus last night, and that was killer. This is still very good. I'm glad the chili is just a nuance. They did the chili really well. Tucked in enough to not be offensive whatsoever, but juuusstt enough of it there to pick up on it, and it works well with the rest. If this, and FBS were the only stouts on the shelf, I would pick this one. I find it more enjoyable than Founders Breakfast, and it's almost double the ABV.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 9/28/17.

Pours opaque black with a quickly fizzling head of brown. Zero retention or lacing. Dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon and a hint of spice in the nose. Full bodied with an oily, slickish mouthfeel. Fudgy and boozy on the palate with dark chocolate, charred coffee, and Kahlua. Finishes with some heat and a hint of spice.

Great dessert beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim. The aroma is of chili peppers, coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon. I'm tasting coffee, chocolate, and chili peppers. The mouth is oily, thick, viscous with a gentle warmth from the chili peppers.

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Photo of jkblr
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 9/15/17 (9 months ago) poured into a wine glass at fridge temp 11.3% ABV. The beer pours pitch black with short lived light brown head. The head disappears completely within a couple minutes. The aroma is nice with chocolate first, followed by coffee, cinnamon and pepper as advertised. The taste is chocolate first, with some coffee and cinnamon, finished off with some mild pepper. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. Overall, very good and honest in branding. I would buy this in volume if I lived within Weyerbacher distribution.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Complex. spiced pepper, coffee, smoked malty, mole, cinnamon, cocoa with a boozy kick. Chipotle and sweet malt molasses nose. Black/brown hue, Opaque for the most part, not much head but sticky film on glass.Full body. Does have some heat in finish.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours motor oil black with out much of a head

Smell is coffee and chili oil

Taste follows the nose with some notable heat from the pepper. Pepper over came the cinnamon.

Moutfeel- Thick and oily with some heat

Overall good for what it is, but if you mind a little heat in your beer, I'd recommend Xocoveza which hides the heat better and ups the spices

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Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The almost black beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/8" dark tan head that disappears almost immediately leaving only a small ring foam on the sides and a few small patches on the surface. Early on, sipping creates some small specks of foam that soon disappear from the side of the glass.

The aromas Include some coffee and dark chocolate up front with some definite smokiness mingled in here as well.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the slightly smoky dark roasted malt up front. Both the coffee and the dark chocolate hold their own and are not overshadowed by the smoky dark roast bitterness. In addition to a bit of sweetness in here there is also some light spicy heat. The alcohol is well concealed with only a few hints of it in the flavor profile. (But there is no doubt it is in there when the bodily warmth begins to show.)

The mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly smooth with the very light carbonation. The reasonably long finish begins as the chocolate. coffee and smokiness recede into the background and move to the back of the palate. Next any sweetness disappears leaving the fairly dry, dark roast bitterness and just a light touch of chili spice and warmth to help close out the show. As things are ending a bit of smokiness joins back in.

This seems to me to be a moderately complex and well made American Imperial Stout that is dangerously drinkable in that the ABV only really shows in the effects it has on creating a feeling of alcohol warmth in the body. The chili spiciness is kept well under control so that there's no real burn but just a touch of warmth that characterizes a well made pot of Chili. That slightly spicy chili warmth works well with the dark roast bitterness and the smokiness that goes along with the chocolate and coffee flavors. While I expect to have this beer again it will be only as a occasional beer or something to explore with a few cheeses to test out which of the pairings works best for me.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged for a year to two year in the basement to mellow out, this beer definitely got better with some age.
Bottle on 9-15-2016.

Rich dark color with a nice, slightly heavy mouthfeel.

Taste showcases the flavors as noted on the label, including chocolate, chili heat, a dash of smoke, and sweetness.

Very good beer.

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Photo of drcaligari
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very rich, complex taste. Not a beer to simply be drank, but to savor its many characteristics. The aroma and taste wouldn’t alert the drinker to its heavier ABV, but the warmth in the back of your throat and the smile on your face will let you know.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBD 8/28/19. Pours pitch black. Head volume is normal. Retention and lacing are poor. The head totally collapsed in under 90 seconds with no lacing.

The nose is outstanding. Underneath is a wispy sweetness that is malt rather than caramel. Roast aspects are light coupled with a hint of dark bitter bakers chocolate. The coffee notes tend to waif over the others in an airy fashion. The spice aspects are light. As it warms, chocolate becomes more noticeable and caramel emerges.

Full bodied with a rich smooth texture that falls just short of creamy ( not a small feat for an 11.3% ABV ). The carbonation / body balance is world class due to its delicate balance of effervescence in support of mouthfeel. The middle lets the thickness coat the tongue then gently lifts it with a light prickle. The finish is finely bubbled and prickly.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. This one delivers as advertised. The spices deliver just a bit of heat that lingers after the finish. They are expertly balanced with a rich luscious middle sweetness that is malty with solid caramel notes. Coffee arrives first, in a slightly subdued fashion, that yields to the rich middle. Here chocolate reigns supreme until the heat arrives and fades into the finish. The finish is a slow fade where you can detect the cinnamon. That nice burn at the back of the throat lingers against a fading sweet back drop. Alcohol remains completely covered.

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Photo of MrRB
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesomely flavorful imperial stout. I love the creative concept of this beer – and more importantly, it totally work. Super deep brown with a noticeable red tinge. Cocoa and dried chili dominate the aromas with coffee and some baking spices in the background. Very rich and complex on the palate. Plenty of roasted malt balances out the alcohol and the sweetness. Subtle, smoky heat carries through to the finish. Very well made and very enjoyable. My one quibble: a touch thin, even given the high ABV, with minimal head and minimal retention. [on tap]

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black at the end of the SRM color index(44?), mocha colored head which quickly dissipates. Smells like raisins,toffee,chocolate, alcohol for sure. Taste is a musky,smoky dark chocolate, with some nice hops shining through. One caveat in my opinion is the consistency. They should have thrown some oats into the mash to give it some body, and head retention, and more creaminess. All Weyerbacher brews are on the thin side in my opinion. Even their high ABV offerings are amazingly thin. Overall this stout is unique and quite delicious. I wish it were a tad bit thicker. I usually never say that.

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Photo of JRed
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Opaque cola in body with a dark head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of coffee, cola, cinnamon, peppers, licorice, burnt brownies. Tastes of burnt brownie crust, coffee grinds, cinnamon, earth, little bit of black pepper, licorice, some dark fruit, and booze. Not enough body to support the flavor. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of ScadutoMoney
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the best spicy imperial stouts I've had. On draft at Cask Republic in Stamford, CT. Feel could be a tad more full/dense, otherwise a fantastic beer. If you see it, try it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and an aroma mostly of coffee and chocolate. Thick, sticky, heavy-bodied/slow-sipping beer with chocolate, coffee (almost java as hints of lactic qualities), some heat and booze, finishes dry and a real enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Act25
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Certain innovative beers deserve more than the BA average, even if slightly flawed, this Sunday Molé is one. Love it. Try 24.
a) Pours an opaque, viscous black body with only a half finger of dark tan head that leaves film islands and dotty bulleted lace. (Fruit and additives kill the head retention in beer).
s) Strong aromas of molé: dark chocolate, black beans, coffee roasted beans, grilled chilé, cinnamon, and roasted malts. A great sniffer in a snifter, let it warm to cask for full effect.
t) Upfront ample roasted malts with battle between chocolate, caramel and molasses sweetness, and chile pepper and cinnamon and spice. Along the way there's sweet dark chocolate, cold brew coffee, dark fresh roasted coffee beans, molé, salsa, and heat. The alcohol is fine for this beer as it's tempered by the gravity of the rich battling flavors.
f) Syrupy, full bodied, with low carbonation and a silky, wine-like, liquore-like finish that warms like tequila.
o) Nothing average here. Great last beer of the evening. Worth it as a sipper. Happy Christmas eve eve 2018.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew had a great, rich character that was well balanced and delicious. It had a full body and a fairly smooth finish, with fairly well hidden alcohol, so it was easy to drink.

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Photo of mschrei
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rather ordinary looking stout, nothing out of the ordinary – dark with brownish edges, nothing in the way of head retention or lacing. Smell is roasty malt with a cinnamon and peppery spiciness throughout, with background notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is a well-balanced mix of malt, peppers, cinnamon, chocolate, and a slight taste of vanilla. Very pleasant feel – mouth filling, not thin, not thick, not oily, not slick. While I would rate this lower than Bomb! in terms of a similar beer, it is still very tasty and I'm glad I found a four pack of it in my out of state travels.

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Sunday Molé Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 604 ratings