Style: Spiced Imperial Stout
The Bruery Share This: Mole
What the brewers say
“Each release in our Share This series spotlights unique ingredients and an important cause. Share This: Mole is a mole-inspired imperial stout collaboration with Chef Anne Conness, featuring ancho chiles, chipotle peppers, cinnamon, vanilla, and cacao nibs. For each bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Very mild nose. A light touch of camphor, with a hint of chocolate underneath. A sweet blend of vanilla and cinnamon, with a touch of cayenne. Very light earthy hops, fruity esters of pear and cherry, with notes of citrus and caramel.”
Flavor: “Sweet malt and chocolate up front, but that quickly gives way to the spice from the cinnamon and cayenne. A quick prick of chile heat doesn’t linger overly long. The hops bitterness is moderate. Some vanilla notes and roast, with malt, toffee, and chocolate malt. The carbonation is a bit high, accenting the spice notes, and some more body on the beer would help round things out. Chocolate, cinnamon, and warming alcohol linger into the aftertaste.”
Overall: “A big spice winter stout that’s sweet, warming, and even boozy. Has elements of a rum-soaked fruitcake. The chile and spice heat is nicely restrained, and works well with the chocolate in the finish. Doesn’t quite add up to full complexity.”
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