Ska Brewing Company Mole Stout - 5.5% ABV
There are 4 western states that I think of when I think of bastions of beerdom. California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. We all know that the area around Denver is inundated with fantastic breweries and a few scattered in the mountains to the west and north, but do we really include Durango in the beer holy land?
Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 by a couple of minors. Not, not miners, minors, underaged skate punks who, we now know, knew how to brew a great beer. Their best beer line, in my opinion, are their stouts. So popular that they have decided to create a new stout for every season. The Mole Stout was their autumnal selection for 2012 and boy is it a dandy.
"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.)" says the folks at Ska. The beer pours a really dark brown, almost black, with an off-white head that hangs around for a bit. It smells of chilis, cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla and caramel, delicious and enticing. The flavor is enormous, a bit sweet and a bit spicy with the cocoa shining through. Hugely interesting with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, espresso, caramel are also there .... along with a smokey flavor. It is really balanced, really complex but quite drinkable.
Unfortunately I didn't try this earlier in the season so that I can buy more, but it makes me want to go out and buy there winter stout, Hibernal Vinifera, and anticipate the re-release of this beauty next fall. If you find this still available I would highly recommend snabbing a 6-pack (yes, it is in cans).
225 Girard Street
Durango, CO 81301