Perennial Barrel Aged Abraxas: an imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs, ancho chilies, vanilla beans, and cinnamon, and then aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels for nearly a year. This is one of those cases where the demand vastly outstrips supply, leading to this release commanding huge trade values for those lucky enough to have a spare bottle. Luckily for those trading their cellars to get one, BA Abraxas is a super delicious 11% ABV gem. Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla and chili notes blend magically in the dark, substantive body, with no one element dominating. Very satisfying. Whether the Mexican hot chocolate style comes from Westbrook or Cigar City, there is a winning combination of spice and cinnamon that pairs with the roasted chocolate stout notes. BA Abraxas may have the best version going.
Kuhnhenn Mint Chocolate Chip Mead. Do not try this. It looks like Windex, but I have to believe glass cleaner would taste better. Smells like a mint/choc gum I had once. The flavor is beyond my vocabulary bad. Order the Dripa instead.
New Belgium Cocoa Molé, a Lips of Faith series beer. Ale brewed with cocoa, ancho, guajillo and chipotle. From December if 2011, this beer is still crazy delicious. Not as sweet as Chocolate Sombrero, this one has the most complex spice mix of any spicy Mexican dessert style brew. So good!