Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weyerbacher Sunday Mole Stout

Beer Review #163

Its Sunday afternoon and hey I'm checking out Sunday Mole Stout from the ever excellent Weyerbacher Brewing Company.

"As the name suggests, this 11.3% ABV American Imperial Stout is the foundation of everyone’s favorite, Sunday Morning Stout, with a twist (and without the barrel aging)… This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molĂ© – coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness. Foremost is coffee, which is followed by layers of chocolate courtesy of the chocolate malt, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Finally, a subtle lingering heat and smokiness from our blend of ancho, pasilla, mulato and chipotle peppers, as well as cinnamon, which is gone by the time you’re ready for your next sip."
I've only had one or two beers brewed with peppers, and the most recent that comes to mind is Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti (review #138). Its a cool concept really. The peppers add some 'bite' and bitterness to a brew, but as an alternative to the more typical heavy hopping, and in the case of Sunday Mole Stout the heat of capsaicin compliments the alcohol warmth. Cinnamon offers a third warming effect, while cocoa and coffee offer their own respective breeds of bitterness.

As is the case with some other high alcohol Weyerbacher brews I've reviewed, this one pours with a big head at room temp, but it doesn't hang out for more than a moment, leaving behind a beer that looks flat and more akin to mug of black coffee. 

The aroma is dominated by coffee, with hints of pepper around the edges of my sensory perception. Coffee is also the major player when it comes to taste, with the cinnamon, pepper, and barrel aging offering contributing a smoky 'twang.'  There is also just a hint of vanilla from the barrel aging present. 

Look for a pleasant, lingering warmth on the inside of your cheeks after you swallow.


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