This is a beloved stout. When first introduced as a limited special collaboration release with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker (after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition) and Cerveceria Insurgente, it was an instant hit and fans began clamoring for its return. Seeing as how its amazing flavor profile is evocative of Mexican hot chocolate, featuring coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and a generous amount of our own in-house made chocolate, we concluded it was the perfect stout to re-release in celebration of the Holidays and the entire winter season. This is now a highly anticipated yearly tradition that we are pleased to present from us to you, and makes a perfect wintry gift from you to your friends, loved ones, or simply to yourself. Cheers!
Roasty, cocoa, coffee
WHEN TO ENJOY
Drink fresh or age at cellar temperature
English Challenger & East Kent Golding
Cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & lactose
Pours black with a thick brown head.
Intense cinnamon, cocoa and coffee are followed by nutmeg and peppers. As the beer warms up, the flavor combinations evolve and the cocoa and vanilla notes really start to open up.
Cocoa and cinnamon are at the forefront. The coffee, nutmeg and vanilla follow, and the fruitiness and heat of the pasilla peppers come through nicely on the finish.
Full bodied and very smooth with a light bitterness. The sweetness adds a lot to this beer without being syrupy.
When we first brewed this beer in 2014, I think everyone on the brewing team was blown away by its multiple layers of flavor. The inspiration came from Mexican hot chocolate combined with coffee. We loved how wonderfully this beer showcases the spices, cocoa and subtle coffee roast flavors, so much that Stone is excited to bring it back as an annual special release.
Bacon-wrapped figs, roasted pecans sprinkled with cinnamon, jalapeño poppers, candied salmon, coconut shrimp
SOUPS & SALADS
French onion, beef stew, pork chili, butternut squash, clam chowder
Chicken mole, coffee-dusted fillet, vegetarian green curry, stuffed poblano chiles, mushroom stroganoff, lamb chops
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Cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, chocolate lave cake, tiramisu, vanilla ice cream float, Xocorosa ice cream
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