After a three year hiatus, New Belgium Brewing Co. has rereleased Cocoa Molé as part of its Lips of Faith Series.
Once again, the 9 percent ABV porter is brewed with Caramel 80, pale, chocolate, dark chocolate and chocolate rye malt, along with target hops and ale yeast. Ancho, chipotle and guajillo peppers, Vietnamese cinnamon, and cocoa powder are added to the brew after fermentation in order to “retain all the delicate volatile aromas and flavors.”
“Cocoa Molé is the brainchild of New Belgium’s assistant brewmaster Grady Hull,” said the press release. “Hull loves his wife’s chicken molé, or more specifically, he really loves the molé sauce she makes. So, a few years back, while coming up with ideas for a new seasonal beer, Hull’s favorite sauce crossed his mind. He pitched the idea, and then headed out to a Denver spice shop with brewmaster Peter Bouckaert to sample some chilies.”
The spiced beer was first released in early 2012, and has been a cult favorite since. As with the first release, Cocoa Molé is packaged in 22-ounce bottles.
An email to the brewery concerning pricing and distribution details was not immediately returned.