New Realm Brewing Oaxaca Choca
What the brewers say
"Imperial Mexican chocolate stout brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, chile peppers, and cacao nibs."
What our panel thought
"Soft, somewhat muted aroma led by cinnamon, milk chocolate, vanilla, and pepper. Rich but well-balanced flavor: cinnamon, dry and bittersweet chocolate, baking spices, vanilla. Surprising drinkability. Hits the Mexican-chocolate notes just about perfectly."
What our editors thought
"Beautiful cinnamon-chile-vanilla nose. The sip veers toward dark chocolate, giving up body and sweetness. Smoldering chile burn stays below the radar, surfacing as mild heat after the malt subsides."