Luna & Fuego Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout (11.9%) is the perfect winter sipper. We started with a whopping imperial stout with cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla, then spiked it with a trio of chilies – sweet ancho, tangy guajillo and smoky chipotle. Zing! Once fermented, the beer was transferred to Woody Creek Rye Whiskey barrels to age gracefully for eight months and soak up some of those caramel and vanilla notes from the barrels.
The beer pours a thick, viscous black. The vanilla and cinnamon lend notes of horchata, while the cocoa and chili marry to create a decadently sweet and lingering spicy flavour. It’s impossible to tell where the warming alcohol begins and the chili heat ends. Did we mention it’s smooth? Ridiculously so.