There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compel to campaign for it’s return.  So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists. As illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, that is Stone Xocoveza, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial stout is layered with smooth roastiness, semisweet chocolate and a touch of spice. Thanks entirely to you, this creamy, mocha stout has gone from initially being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you…and feel free to continue enjoying it long into the spring and summer, as this gem will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the winter season

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Like a nice quilt on a chilly autumn day this one sits the palate with a rich medium-full body. Carbonation is medium. No noticeable warming, it does coat the mouth a bit though.

Much like the aroma the taste carries a complexity of dark and caramel malts. Toasty, somewhat sweet maltiness at the front before quickly transitioning into sweeter caramel and toffee-like qualities. Mid-palate brings slight herbal qualities from the hops, working in easy concert with the malty richness. Towards the back you get a kick of fudgy chocolate, before slight bitterness rises on the swallow. Get some great nutty qualities on the swallow that drift into the finish and aftertaste. The roast also rises again in the aftertaste.

This is an awesome harbinger of winter. It’s robust maltiness building the prefect depth of sweet nuttiness for the cooler fall season. A transitional beer for a transitional season. Not light or dark, but filling that place between the airy summer beer and the darker, heavier blanket of the winter warmer. It’s also a stellar example of a style you don’t come across too often in the U.S. If you get the chance treat yourself to something special.


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Punkin Ale, which originally debuted in 1994. At 7 percent alcohol by volume, Punkin Ale is brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon, the company says. The full-bodied brown ale is available for a limited time in select markets on tap and packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles.

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