Xocoveza – Stone Brewing

From Stone Brewing in Escondido California comes their “Xocoveza” an Imperial Stout inspired by Mexican Hot Chocolate.  The beer pours a deep black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, spices and some sweetness.  The flavour is of milk chocolate, toffee, coffee, cinnamon, roasted malts, spices and some sweetness.   The alcohol content comes in at 8.1% with an IBU of 50.  This is my first every chance to try this beer and I really liked it.  I had once smelled it as a bottle jumped out of my car and smashed on the ground.   That was a sad day indeed!

Commercial Description:  There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its 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!

For food and cigar pairings head to Stone Brewing’s site.


Winter Wit– Granville Island Brewing

From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Winter Wit”.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of coriander, spices, orange, wheat, yeast and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, coriander, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus rind, wheat and yeast.  The alcohol content comes in at 6% with an IBU of 18.  This is an interesting take on the Wit.  It is a bit winter ale and a bit wit.  If you like the sound of this you should really like this beer.  Granville Island Brewing is owned by Molson.


Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter – Britannia Brewing Company

From Britannia Brewing Company in the Richmond with a tasting room in Steveston Village comes their “Forty Fathoms Imperial Spiced Porter”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee and spiced rum and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, earth, spiced rum, bitterness and some mild alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.7% with an IBU of 30.  This is a really interesting brew with the ginger and spiced rum flavours really dominating the flavour.

Commercial Description:  This limited release is a blend of dark specialty grains complimented by spices of ginger, vanilla, cardamon and cinnamon.  Dark and cold is forty fathoms deep, let the alcohol keep you warm with rich tones of chocolate, toffee, dried fruit and hints of spiced rum.


Muy Bonita Double Brown Ale – Funky Buddha Brewery

From Oakland Park Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery comes their “Muy Bonita Double Brown Ale” a beer with apple, cinnamon and vanilla.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of apple, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, coffee, chocolate and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, coffee, apple, mild roasted malts with some bitterness and alcohol in the finish.  The beer came in at 8.5% with an IBU of 35.  This beer is desert in a bottle and well worth picking up if you find yourself in Florida or anywhere their beer is sold.  Funky Buddha Brewery is now owned by Constellation Brands.

Commercial Description:  The big sister to our Bonita Applebum Apple Pie Brown, Muy Bonita is a bigger, badder ‘bum. This double brown ale flaunts a bodacious body and a stunning combination of real cinnamon, vanilla, and apples. So thick, she’s like a hip hop song.

Bumper Shine Winter Warmer – Torque Brewing

From Torque Brewing in Winnipeg Manitoba comes their “Bumper Shine Winter Warmer”.  The beer pours a very deep ruby red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon and sweetness.  The flavour is of cinnamon, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, earth, butterscotch and a sweet finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 45.  I like this style of beer as its got lots of flavour and the alcohol warms you up.  This is a good representation of the style.