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Friday, September 21 2012

Autumnal Mole Stout
(Ska Brewing Company)

The first of four Seasonal Stouts to be released by Ska Brewing Company. Each will be unique and each will be released on either a solstice or an equinox depending on the season. Autumnal Mole Stout is set to hit shelves on September 21st - the Autumnal Equinox. Ska really is setting the tone for this series with a bold brew like this one. Can't wait to crack this open and find out how all those spices and chiles come together in this stout. Cheers!

From Ska Brewing:

"The Autumnal Mole Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Mulato, Ancho and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.)"

Here we go...

Pour - Pours dark brown to black in color with a rich, creamy, off-white head on top.

Aroma - Very aromatic. Wow. Where to begin. Loads of cinnamon and Mexican chocolate notes with hints of vanilla, nutmeg, bacon, and espresso. Definitely has some similar smells to a mole sauce made with cocoa and spices. It really smells amazing.

Taste -  One sip and the tongue is alive and trying to process just all the excitement. So much flavor and so many different things to try and sort out and enjoy. Loads of spices hit first, a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg and some sweet heat in the finish. Plenty of espresso and smoky notes come out. Definitely getting some cocoa flavors and just a plethora of different spices. Rich and smooth on the palate with the heat from the chiles steadily increasing - but still fairly subdued. So much going on with this beer and it only gets better as it warms in the glass. 

Overall - fantastic. It can't be easy to do so much with a beer and get such a well-rounded, unique, complex, yet very balanced beer. Love the slight heat from the chiles, the sweetness of the cocoa and the malt, and the way the spices seem to bring it altogether. I could condense this down and pour it on a pork shoulder and be all set!

Note - here is a little more on this very special brew from the folks at Ska:

"An important source of inspiration for the Autumnal Mole Stout is Ska Brewing’s location in the high desert of Southern Colorado, not far from the New Mexico border. “Mexican, New Mexican, Southwestern—that’s just the way we eat here,” said Ska President and co-founder Dave Thibodeau. “Around this time of year, chile roasters show up at the farmers market and grocery store parking lots and you can smell fresh-roasted chiles all over town. Given our Steel Toe (Milk) Stout’s 2011 GABF Gold and 2012 World Beer Cup Gold medals, we thought this new program should showcase our stouts. The balance between the milk stout sweetness and the chile spice and flavor seemed like a perfect combination for autumn.

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Autumnal Mole Stout
Style: Milk Stout
Brewery: Ska Brewing Company
Durango, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: ???
IBUs: ???
Date: September 21st, 2012

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Stouts