Autumnal Molé Stout | Ska Brewing Co.

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Autumnal Molé StoutAutumnal Molé Stout

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of hophead86
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

Great Stout , the aroma is awesome Mexican chocolate Cinnamon, nutmeg , dont get any alcohol in the nose .It taste even better . Overall a great brew actually but me a couple 6 packs to put away .

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Photo of jrnichols
4.49/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My wife brought this home for me a couple days ago. I had never seen it before. I'm usually not a big fan of chili beers, but I'm a huge fan of stouts.

A: Extremely dark and opaque. This is one of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Even when holding it up in front of a light bulb, I see nothing. Has a well developed head with moderate retention. I just really enjoy looking at this beer!

S: The chili odor is noticable but mild, does not dominate like other chili beers. Coffee and possibly the slightest hint of cinnamon are also present. Enjoyably complex.

T: Mole Stout is a very appropriate name for this beer. The pepper is mild up front, with a rich, somewhat toasty cocoa finish. The pepper tingles the throat on the way down. Even without the pepper, it would hold it's own among other stouts.

M: The pepper gives it a very remarkable feel, tingling the mouth just the right amount.

O: I had a couple of these the other night and I thought it was a pretty good beer, but now that I'm able to sit down and taste it objectively (and sober) I'm realizing what a remarkable find this is. The most amazing part of it is the pepper, because of how subdued and mellow it is, blending perfectly with the chocolatey toastyness of the rest of the beer. I just can't get over it. Other pepper beers are all pepper, often ruining the palate for anything with a lighter flavor, but I could easily drink several of these with out getting tired of it and still be able to taste my food. Good job Ska!

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Photo of beersands
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Color is lovely dark brown, as you would expect in a stout, with the head retention of a glass of mineral water. I poured half of it aggressively and finally decided to shake up the rest in the bottle with my thumb on it to discover the head is a deep brown color. The foam that poured out dissipated in seconds, with an unprecedented alka-seltzer sound. I imagine the large amounts of powdered adjuncts are preventing the head from remaining.

S - Sweet chocolate and spice

T - The first thing that hits me is textbook high-end Mexican hot chocolate. I feel like someone's abuelita just handed me a glass that was sitting in the fridge for awhile. Dark chocolate with various spices and chile following quickly. Smokey pepper, cinnamon, and piloncillo. Its a shame there was no head retention, as this type of drink is typically served Frothy! The head retention was surely sacrificed to the gods of Smell and Flavor here. I will say it was a daring trade off. The last thing I taste is lingering dark bitter chocolate and some balancing sweetness.

M - Medium body. you can feel the powdered adjuncts, but they blend in well enough that it doesnt become irritating. The finish is light, with a slight slickness.

This is a hard one to rate for me. I believe this Chile Beer style primarily exists to provide the connoisier with a new experience. The smell and taste do that in spades. Its extremely difficult to get many of the fresh flavors this beer has to survive the brewing process and arrive on your palete. The mouthfeel and especially the appearance suffer, though. Overall I recommend it, but I feel the brewmaster(s) may have been able to get more head retention somehow. Maybe we could see this in a nitro can or nitro tap.

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, chillies and a touch of cinnamon. So good.

T - Just a good as the aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, spicy chillies and some cinnamon. Great balance of heat and sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really good beer. It's not a sixer I'd want to session all night but one or two really hits the spot.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a reddish dark brown pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished.
smells spicy, yet sweet. cinnamon, cloves, chipotle peppers, chocolate, cedar

a sweet hit of spices up front (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves) followed by chipotle spicyness which isn't very strong. the sweet chocolate overtone makes this an excellent balanced beer.

medium body +, low carbonation with a nice warm feeling.

this is an excellent beer. i just wish it was a tad bit more carbonated, but other than that, loved it.

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Photo of Jaysauras
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Very very surprised by this beer after what I read on some of the reviews.

L: Enjoyed from a standard pint glass. Poured a deep opaque brown/black with very little if any head. Bit strange since most of the stouts I've had have almost an access of head to them. Not an overly impressive visual beer.

S: The smell that hits me right off the bat is chocolate malt with a little flash of red pepper. It's faint, but not faint enough that you don't recognize you are about to drink a chile beer. Nice aroma honestly, not overpowering, but good.

T: The taste is what got me. Peppers hit you right up front, not spicy, not hot, but you definitely can taste the presence. It settles into what I can only describe as a delicious blend of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The dark chocolate notes are extremely prevalent and it isn't sickeningly sweet like some stouts. The pepperiness to it is similar to that of a good red wine.

F: It definitely isn't a big tasting beer, a little bit thin and soft with a light bit of carbonation to it. What you would expect from a stout, maybe a little thinner than average.

O: Overall I am VERY impressed. Quite unique and enjoyable. I was sad to have missed out on Xocoveza, but this one was actually recommended to me by a Stone employee and I wasn't disappointed!

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Photo of bens0n
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a really dark brown, almost opaque. Theres a a very miniscule amount of head that dissipates very quickly, eventually completely flattens out.

On the nose its a very well blended spicy Guac smell that reminds you of Mexican food, not really hot spicy peppers at all though. Its not a nostril singing pepper smell like most other peppered/chile beers I've tried.

Flavor wise its actually really smooth with a nice Mexican food flavor that I can't really seem to describe any other way. It's a pretty weak stout, its like a thicker dry stout, not much roasty/toasty going on, but the mexican food/guac flavor is amazingly well blended, most chile beers have a real spicy bite to them that layers inbetween sips. I feel like I'm eating chips with guacamole when I'm taking sips of this...

I snagged this beer wanting to try something new not knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised, this is a very well balanced beer that goes down nice and smooth, couldn't really session these though, more of a novelty beer.

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Photo of johnmdaniels
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Mole Stout from Ska Brewery in Durango, CO.

Pours opaque black with an initial two finger mocha-colored head that quickly fades to nothing.

Hits of chocolate, roasted mild chilis, cinnamon, a tiny bitterness of hops, with something sweet and maybe yam flavored on the front, fading to malty sweetness with very light roasted chili aftertaste. Milk sugar gives it a bit of a milk stout element, but it doesn't have a dominant creamy flavor.

Extremely smooth and easy-drinking.

No lacing, no traces left on the glass at all, which is very unusual for any type of stout. Very mild as stouts go, and not at all a typical example of that category.

Comes in a six pack of 12oz cans. Would buy again.

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Photo of hammondc
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Looks jet black, but is actually very dark ruby. Thin head that disappears quick.
S - Stong smoke to this one. For my South Tex friends, it is like roasted hatch chilis. Ground coffee in there too
T - Great. Good change from the run of the mill stouts. A bit of chocolate sweetness. Definite toastiness to it. The spice of the chills comes off the back.
M - A bit thin, actually. Very little carbonation.
O - Overall I like it a lot. I'd love to try it on draft. I'll keep it on hand for a change of pace in the cool weather.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a dark chocolate black, with cola brown around the edges in the light. The head in an espresso brown that quickly fades to a wisp, then nothing. No lacing whatsoever.

The beer smells of peppers, rich chocolate, roasted malts.

The taste is exceptional. A bit of heat from pepper coats the throat as I ponder the deeper flavors of rich chocolate, roasted malts, and cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is medium to light, with slight carbonation.

Overall, I love this. It's not spectacular to look at, looks like a Coke in a pint glass, but it has great pepper heat, chocolate, and spices as advertised. Great beer for Dia De Los Muertos. I'll be drinking it then for sure.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

The smell is of chocolate, cinnamon, toasted malt and faint chili pepper.

The taste is of dark chocolate, cinnamon and dark fruit sweetness.

The texture is heavy bodied with low carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised by this. Chocolate and cinnamon dominate the aroma and flavor with accents of dark fruit and chili pepper. Very good.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & some lacing

S: Chocolate, vanilla, white pepper & slight smokeyness

T: Mocha, cayenne pepper, carob, vanilla, & faint woody hops up front, Firey pepper & cocoa as this warms. Finishes with vanilla/mocha sweetness, some white & serano pepper,plus just a bit of herbal bitterness mixing with some cola& coffee grounds flavor

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight carbonation,

A very good chile beer, wish I bought more than a sixer...

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackety black with a dark brown highlight to it. Very quick dark brown head with no retention. The beer looks oily.

Smokey pepper mixed with coffee, dark chocolate and coffee make up the aroma. Very chipotle-ey.

Super roasted malts mixing well with chocolate and coffee. Palate is slick and oily. This is a chile beer where you can taste the chili's. But they aren't overpowering. Everything seems to come together very well.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with no head. The aroma is heavy on the peppers, with a lot of the roasted ancho notes coming through strongly. I also get a hint of chocolate and some roasted malt. The flavor is very nice. What really comes through early is some cinnamon and chocolate, as well as a hint of heat from the peppers. I also get some of the earthiness from the chilies as well as some nice chili flavor. The chocolate and chili notes meld very well together, with just the right amount of heat and sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice stout and I am glad more and more breweries are brewing beers similar to this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can pours a deep black color with a small tan head. Not much for lacing or retention.

Nose is laden with chipotle and ground ancho. But wait, there is more spice action to speak of...almost like a pumpkin pie type of spice aspect. It definitely fits with the mole...I really want to cook a chicken in this.

Taste shows some really nice pepper and spice blending. Masterful job Ska! The pie spices are just enough to be noticed and are right on par with the spicy, but not hot peppers. The stout aspects are not overlooked with a chocolaty twist and provide some much needed sweetness to keep things from getting too spice/pepper leaning. Despite the bold flavors this beer is quite drinkable. I am not usually a huge fan of chipotle beers, but I find this one to be a very well done (smoky) chile beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

This can is an Austin Powers joke waiting to happen...(but, then again, I never liked those movies...) It pours a deep, murky black-brown topped by a half-finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, earthy peppers (complete with mild heat), roasted malts, light molasses, and brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with the peppers and cinnamon combining for a unique flavor combination, all whilst the roast dances fancily behind it all. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice peppered stout, one that could probably stand to be year-round... Good times.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can into a tulip.

pours a pitch black with a nice beige head that very quickly dissipates. the smell is big on chili peppers and not much else. not too overpowering though. the taste is different. it starts out quite sweet and the chili peppers come in on the finish, but don't linger. very drinkable actually. not very hot at all. medium bodied with light carbonation.

overall as a fan of chili beers I like this one a lot. recommended.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

blargimus had sent me a box of CANs and although I was quick to get tone77 his share, I put mine in the reefer to chill and then got caught up with both school and a heavy influx of bottles, all of which are now put to rest.

From the CAN: "Equinox-Recycle-Vision-Pod-Serpent-El Costillo-Solar-Worship-Scoville-Recycle-Harvest"; "Hand-Crafted"; "Seasonal Stout"; "Ale with Peppers, Cocoa and Spices".

The Crack posed no difficulty nor did I experience gushing or any other form of problem. That may have been a bad batch. An inverted Glug began a nice bit of pseudo-cascading action, but I finally had to back off to avoid overflow. I had a brief, fizzy finger of deep-tan head with low retention as the result of my efforts. Color was a deep, dark-brown which allowed ZERO light penetration. The melange of scents emanating on the nose was fabulous! Chile pepper? Check. Cocoa chocolatiness? Check. Other unidentifiable spices? You bet. No lacing, but an oily film laid atop the beer. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and I was worshipful of the idea that they did not go overboard on the Scoville units. Just as IBUs measure a beer's hoppiness, SUs measures a pepper's heat and I am not terribly tolerant of heat. This tasted like my buddy, Ernie's, mom's mole and that is saying something! She was a great cook and knew how much I appreciated her culinary works. The three main ingredients really worked well together to create a spicy, peppery, chocolaty taste that I find hard to describe otherwise. The finish held a heat that lingered well after the swallow and I am again glad that they did not go overboard. This could be a scorching beer if they allowed it to be as such. Phew. This is what I would describe as an acquired taste.

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Photo of DavidST
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. This pours a very dark brown approaching pitch black, with a small mocha head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of peppers, dark roasted malts. The feel is medium low carbonation. The taste is good, some roasted malts, a peppery finish, okay hops.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

liked this way better than the new belgium one. poured blackish brown, super dark, with almost no head. looks almost flat, but there is some depth to the color. smell is bitter bakers chocolate and cocoa powder, with just a hint of pepper. the flavor is that dusty cocoa up front, with a lot of smokey malt to balance it out. i feel no chili heat in this at all, which i like. the peppers provide just a subtle bit of flavor, nothing too drastic. the chocolate in the finish is also very nice, a little sweeter than on the front end. feel isnt as good as it could be. it needs some more carbonation to pep up its big body. that said though, this is a cool new beer from ska. i would like to make a pot of chili with it at some point. those flavors would be outstanding in there.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty well a deep black, with quickly dissipating head and no lace to speak of.

Aroma: Enticing mix of chocolate roastiness and a light hint of something…peppery. It’s subtle, though, so don’t expect some kind of “chili beer” nonsense.

Taste: Sweet and oh-so-smooth, with plenty of toasty cocoa tones and, again, the undercurrent of chills. Nothing here is really in the neighborhood of “spicy”, but this is an easy to drink treat, and with the addition of milk lactose, a really smooth, creamy beverage.

More points to Ska for crafting a stout that stands out from the pack, and though it is experimental, this is easily the best of it’s kind I’ve ever had. Will enjoy again, yes!

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Photo of Immortale25
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottom of can says Best By 08 FEB 15.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Hardly any lacing to speak of.

S- Cinnamon, nutmeg and a moderate chilie presence. Other notes include chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. Slight alcohol fume.

T- Nice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg in the front, chocolate and coffee in the middle and a hint of chilies in the aftertaste. Pretty sweet, which I like.

M- Semi-creamy with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- This is quite nice. It's like a more easygoing Xocoveza. Thumbs up.

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Photo of sombrasenelsol
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Looks just like a glass of coke after pouring it, no foam, bubbles rise up and can't help but laugh about how much this looks like coke/coca-cola.

Smell- Lots of spicy/peppers smell, cocoa powder, if I was blind folded and didn't know what this was and I was asked to described the smell, I would not hesitate to say is 'Cocoa-Pebbles' cereal!

Taste- Feels like some wizard took a dark chocolate chip cookie and made it a drink, no fizz whatsoever, some spiciness to it, after awhile you forget you're actually drinking beer instead of a glass of chocolate milk that has a slight past due oak flavor to it. Almost no carbonation, very drinkable.

This beer had me going at first like OMG, then after several sips I quickly lost interest because it gets really flat, very light mouth feel, Don't get me wrong I do like it but only because I still can't believe the flavor and is really a beer that taste good but with almost no beer qualities as far as looks and mouth feel goes, very good stout to start a for those who are new to the darks.

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Photo of McShane
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very unique stout and not what you'd expect when you pick up a can. I can say that I've had two now and overall I'm impressed. This is Ska Brewing's first offering to their Seasonal line and like Ska does it hits you with something original. If you are thinking it'll be a Steel Toe Stout with peppers you have it all wrong. The best I can say is don't go in with expectations. Just let your self be ready for something new.

Smell is heavy on Ancho peppers. The taste is a combination of Hatch chillies and coffee. Stout is in the background of this beer but it's not a front line focus.

Taste was good. Not exceptional since I wasn't ready for the Hatch portion. it throws me a little still. That all being said, it's pleasant and I enjoyed it a great deal.

This is a much lighter beer than a stout would normally be. I think that's where some of the other reviews are getting their "cola" take. It's carbonated for sure but not so much that it takes away from the chillies focus and the ABV at 5.5% doesn't get in the way at all. In fact this is a perfect beer for their can series as you can take a 6 pack with you and enjoy the whole thing with out being knocked on your rear.

Overall it's a good chilli beer. If I had to compare it to anything I would compare it to Theobroma and Rogues Chipotle. It's definitely a unique beer that has Ska's signature all over it.


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Photo of claspada
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark brown, almost black color with a medium sized light brown head of bubbly foam that recedes to leave some super sticky rings of lacing.

The aromas were a little lacking but were centered around dark and milk chocolate. As it warms you get some minimal chillies and a touch of cinnamon.

The tastes are an improvement on the aromas with more of a roasted maltiness, milk chocolate, mocha and toffee. The spicy chillies and cinnamon are more apparent as well in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium boided with medium carbonation. Finish was crisp, lightly spicy and bitter but overall quite smooth and clean.

Overall this was a nice treat and quite drinkable. For such a low ABV offering this packs a nice flavor that I bet was even more strong when it was first released in early Autumn. Not a beer I would want to have everyday or more than two in a sitting despite the low ABV but a fine offering and quite balanced overall for a spice/chile beer.

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