Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, MO) is releasing variations of their Smokestack Series Imperial Stout this year. Imperial Stout X – Coffee has already come and gone, but soon, Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate will hit shelves.
Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate features cinnamon, dried pasilla negro and ancho chiles, plus cacao nibs.
AThe second installment, Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate, takes inspiration from traditional drinking chocolate referred to as Xocoatl. The ancient Aztecs held chocolate in such high regard that in addition to its place as a holy drink in ceremonies, cacao beans were a form of currency…
Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate will be available in 750ml bottles in June, 2015
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Chocolate, Cinnamon, Chili Peppers.)
Availability: 750ml bottles, Draft. Limited release.
Arrival: June, 2015
Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol Imperial Breakfast Stout is slated for bottles. The 2014 Great American Beer Festival bronze medal winner is aged for 4 weeks on coffee, raisins, ancho peppers, serano peppers, cumin, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. The final result is a beer that resembles a Mexican mole sauce. In total, it takes the brewery more than two months to produce.
Coastal Empire Dawn Patrol Imperial Breakfast Stout will be available in 22oz bottles. The brewery has not yet announced this bottle release.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cumin, Allspice, Cinnamon, Peppers, Coffee, Raisins)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Flying Dog Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout is the first Brewhouse Rarities release of 2015. The beer is inspired by the spicy hot chocolate beverage.
The brewery created Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout with lactose, cinnamon, serano chiles and cocoa powder.
…a combination of sweet spice and roasted chocolate aromas are lollowed by flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a lingering chili finish.
Flying Dog Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout has already hit the brewery’s tap room. 12oz bottles hit shelves in Flying Dog’s limited distribution territory as early as this week.
Style: Milk Stout (w/ Lactose, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chocolate, Chilies.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Distribution: Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City
Three Taverns Craft Brewery (Decatur, GA) advances their new Imaginarium Project at the brewery this weekend. The project is designed to unleash the creative energies and imaginations of the brewery’s five employees.
This weekend’s release features Theophan the Recluse infused with serrano peppers, cocoa nibs, vanilla bean + cinnamon sticks. These unique offerings could be future full scale releases by Three Taverns.
Image via Three Taverns
Third Rail Beer (New York, NY) is ready to release their first bottle, Alternate Side Imperial Stout.
Alternate Side is brewed with Guajillo and Chipotle chili peppers, and a blend of dark malts.
Brewmaster Loren Taylor-Raymond says “Alternate Side is a bold Imperial Stout brewed with a blend of specialty dark malts that deliver a full body and rich flavors of strong coffee, dark caramel, and spicy rye. As those flavors fade the smoke and warmth of aging on Guajillo and Chipotle peppers and Mexican Cinnamon reveal another side to this complex beer.”
Third Rail Alternate Side will be available in 22oz bottles. Debuts in February, 2015.
Spiteful Brewing Malevolence: Chocolate Caliente Russian Imperial Stout releases this week.
The base beer is of course a Russian imperial stout (Malevolence), made even more bold with chili flakes, Aleppo peppers, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. Inspired by Mexican hot chocolate.
“It’s a big, viscous beer. The sweetness of the base beer makes a nice canvas for the additional spices and ingredients,” said Spiteful co-founder Jason Klein. Spiteful’s original Malevolence Russian Imperial Stout serves as the base beer for the spicy iteration.
Spiteful Brewing Malevolence Chocolate Caliente Russian Imperial Stout is available across Chicago in 22oz bottles.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cinnamon, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Peppers, Chili Flakes)
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Return: Early January, 2015
Article has been updated to mention this is the first time this beer was packaged.
Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb! has hit shelves. Based loosely on the Bomb! Imperial Stout, this festive version is brewed with spices reminiscent of the season.
The regular edition of Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers, finishing at bold 13% The brewery has not disclosed the extra seasonal spices in Christmas Bomb!
Prairie Christmas Bomb! is available in 12oz bottles.
Arrival: Mid to Late November, 2014
Check out the Home Alone references on the label…