Stone’s Xocaveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout

Stone Xocaveza Winter Spiced Stout

Give me winter, or give me…stout. Or give me a winter stout. Actually, yeah… just do that. Oh and throw some cocoa and cinnamon in there while you’re at it.

So if any of you are familiar with it’s 2014 debut, the Xocaveza Stout by Stone was one of the shortest-lived limited releases of a fantastically crafted, full-bodied milk stout that Stone had ever made up to that point (I’m not a big fan of the standard current Milk Stout).  It was a delicious, complex mocha stout at its finest.

Then the San Diego beer giant decided to make a Kentucky Bourbon barrel-aged variant in 2015 that, admittedly, was stellar (though the simultaneously released Anejo version that came out wasn’t). Now the original recipe (thanks to Homebrew Competition 2014 Winner Chris Banker and a WHOLE lot of demand) lives on as a permanent annual release as of 2016. Continue reading “Stone’s Xocaveza Winter Spiced Mocha Stout”


Ballast Point Nitro Red Velvet Review

A decadent, rich, yeast feast in a bottle that is fit for a king…well at least in theory anyway.

Ballast Point has rather unique beer on the market known as the Nitro Red Velvet, and it has all the markings of a Medieval feast on a macabre level. Markings, in this case, meaning the bottle art.

It is a golden oatmeal stout with beets and chocolate on nitro. Sounds legit. Not sure about the beets, though. We’ll get back to that later.

There’s no denying it–the artwork on this beer is wicked at least, beautiful at best. When you’ve got a skeleton king holding a red velvet cake on the left hand and an overflowing chalice on the right (surrounded by a smattering of other high society cuisine and strafed by two skeletal pauper servants), you know you’ve got a winner, right? Well… Continue reading “Ballast Point Nitro Red Velvet Review”

Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout Review 

Sam Adams Nitro Stout

Nitro beer in a can…what can be better? The question isn’t actually rhetorical.

Samuel Adams released three new, nitrogen-infused beers last January that are part of what they have dubbed “The Nitro Project. The brewmasters over at Sam Adams announced the project late last year after endless hours of ingredient experimentation, rigorous taste testing and hard work overall.

According to Jim Koch, founder of the Boston-based brewery, the company has been dabbling with nitro since the mid-1990s, creating more than 50 styles with more than 200 ingredients. Incidentally, only three selections made it to prime time. Continue reading “Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout Review “

Mortal Kombat X: Scorpion Imperial Stout Review


It’s exactly what you think–chocolately Hell fire in a 22-ounce bottle.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. commissioned the beer masters over at Sound Brewery in Polusbo, Washington to create three limited release, special edition brews to celebrate the commercial success of Mortal Kombat X/XL (PS4, Xbox One and PC). This is the first of a three-part series review.

Anyone born in the last 20 years is definitely familiar with this widely recognized and wildly popular video game character of the 20th century–Scorpion from the Mortal Kombat series. If you have played the game, then you know that he is as noble as he is brutal in his fighting style, and this Imperial Stout by Sound Brewery does a stellar job of capturing that essence. Continue reading “Mortal Kombat X: Scorpion Imperial Stout Review”