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Mexican Chocolate Stout - Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Mexican Chocolate StoutMexican Chocolate Stout

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 17.68%

Brewed by:
Copper Kettle Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011 Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the Spice/Herb category.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 06-02-2011)
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Photo of ZymurgyLabs


3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thin, poor head, and over spiced. In the regular (non-tasting size) it is near impossible to finish. The spicing becomes stronger to the point of overpowering. Would not recommend in a large size.

This is not the recipe they opened with (in about 2011), and has lost all the original subtlety. The mouthfeel has improved since they changed the recipe.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 01:35:59 | More by ZymurgyLabs
Photo of BgThang


4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had hunahpu many times, and Mexican cake last year and this years. Ive also had abraxes too. this beer tops all of them except hunahpu. Huny still edges this out because huny has more body. This beer is no slouch. It's among the best chilie beers I have had. This I had at epic beer fest couple night ago in Denver. I took the trip down to the brewery today to pick a case of bottles up. The beer is rich, chocolaty, cinnamon, and peppery. All rolled up and delivered to your palate. Real complex and nothing short of amazin. It's hotter than all the beers I have listed, but not as hot as ghost face killah or ghost scorpion beer. Im from Texas were we love our peppers and spicy thing. This was right up my alley. WELL DONE COPPER KETTLE

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2013 22:34:01 | More by BgThang
Photo of HopsCup


4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled this lovely number at Mountain Sun during Stout Month, haven't gotten over it yet. Perfect chocolate/stout balance, with a liveliness not usually found in chocolate stouts. Not too creamy, just dark, spicy, with bright chocolate notes and a warm, roasty bouquet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 00:41:44 | More by HopsCup
Photo of DenverLogan


4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at the brewery.
I should say I've had many versions, including the original with Thai peppers added.
Always a winner...with a growler refill wasn't $25 but hey, at least they will sell it and it's worthy!
Pours black with small dark head.
Big aroma of dark malts, dark chocolate, bitter chocolate.
Modest carbonation with big mouthfeel.
Flavors of red pepper, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts...wonderfully balanced and intriguing...large tantalizing effect in the mouth...big malts, significant but hidden hops...flavorful and satisfying if not inviting. Could be dangerous in a can!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 05:20:13 | More by DenverLogan
Photo of estlinska


4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man, what a beer! Tasted on-tap in the tasting room at the Cooper Kettle. Poured a deep, dark ebony, the color of a true, hardcore stout. This beer just eats the light around it. It had a tall dark khaki head the color of a slightly burnt cookie. I was warned when I ordered this beer by the fella next to me that this beer "smelled and tasted like a cinnamon stick," but he was way off. There was plenty of cinnamon to the nose, but it was full of complex smells including cinnamon, peppers, dark dove chocolate, and something resembling an oatmeal stout. I fully expected this beer to just slam into my palate, but it was crazy light on the front in. I tasted a ton of roasty, chocolatey malts and just when the flavor was dissipating, the peppers flowered out of nowhere. They really started to assert themselves as the glass emptied itself way more rapidly than I thought was possible. It was like drinking a hot cocoa while chewing a chile pepper. Very subtle alcohol and almost not carbonation that I could detect. Very gorgeous beer and I'll visit again next time I see the in-laws.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 02:28:30 | More by estlinska
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The ebony colored liquid arrives with a tan head that leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Chocolate, cinnamon and a hint of ancho chile

Taste: Chocolate and cinnamon, up front, with the heat from the ancho chile building by mid-palate; while the chile flavor dominates the finish, there are also vanilla, chocolate and cinnamon elements that linger in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; chile heat tingles the tongue

Overall: A lot of subtle flavors linger under the ancho; though I might tone down the heat a tad (and make it more like Westbrook's Mexican Chocolate Cake), I also kind of like it just the way it is

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 20:33:06 | More by brentk56
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

there is really no beer like this one in the world. it pours an unassuming inky black color with a mocha colored head only a half inch high, fading quickly. that is where the average features end. the smell is insane, notes of spicy cinnamon bombard the nose, followed by notes of burnt malt, dark chocolate, smoke, and ancho chili. its almost sweet on the nose with all the cinnamon, very breakfasty, familiar somehow. the flavor is a total trip. it starts off with the cinnamon, moves into a very dark roasty coffee and dark cocoa flavor, before the 3 pepper spice sets in. it isnt hot in the traditional sense, but it is warming for sure. there is so much flavor packed into this beer. very hard to describe because there is no equal that i am aware of. it has a wild feel to it too, not totally pleasant for everyone i dont think, but it worked wonders for me. sweet and thick in texture, bitter for a short time, with a chili pepper heat that is mild but ever present, it sits in the upper back of the throat for some time, not burning, but reminding. not much carbonation going on, but it doesnt need it. overall this is one hell of a unique brew, and it should put copper kettle on the beer map. sensational stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 19:09:53 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Schmittymack


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Poured a darker brown, nearly black with a small lingering brown head. On the nose, I got dark chocolate, cinnamon, some vanilla, and a tough of chilies. Taste was dark chocolate, cinnamon,a touch of vanilla, with a nice warming finish from the chillies. Definitely a nice beer; will have this again next time I'm down in South Denver.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 08:56:28 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of Ratman197


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Copper Kettle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, light carmel and a hint of chilies. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of cinnamon, dark chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of chilies with a smooth warming lingering cinnamonb finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 23:57:23 | More by Ratman197
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer buddy of mine has been raving about this place. Figured it was about time to check it out! He specifically mentioned this beer so I ordered a pint. Sounded interesting, a beer with chili, cinnamon, and chocolate.

The beer arrived in a pint glass. Totally black in color even when held to the light the edges are still black. Decent 1 finger head with good retention and solid lacing throughout.
The aroma is dominated by chocolate and cinnamon, big time!
The flavor is quite complex. At first you get the chocolate, but not sweet chocolate, more bitter. The chocolate is followed by the cinnamon and malty sweetness. The heat of the chili pepper comes gushing through right after the cinnamon and really controls the palette. It's quite well crafted though really well balanced. The beer finishes with a lingering cinnamon pepper heat on the tongue. Hides the alcohol quite with with so much going on.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. I would happily order again and recommend to friends. Very unique and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 14:02:50 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Domingo


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this since they first opened. It's a chocolate stout using semisweet chocolate, cinnamon, and chili peppers.
Arrives a deep black - not much light making it through this one! The head's well sustained and it laces as you work your way through it.
The nose is big on cinnamon and chocolate.
The taste comes in 3 waves. Up front it's a mild chocolate flavor that isn't too sweet, but is tasty and well defined. In the middle there's a huge wave of sweetness and cinnamon. The finish ends with a bit more cinnamon, but then a decent amount of heat and some actual chili flavor. There's a lot going on from three different directions, but it works well!
I had 2 of these and had I not been driving I probably would've kept getting more. It's really wonderful and worth going to the CK for by itself.
A unique treat that really shows what they're capable of.

EDIT: Had this again a few days later and the cinnamon had mellowed a hair and the pepper flavor was a little enhanced. I don't think the beer is any better or worse (which is a good thing) but it's just worth noting.
I've since gone back on many, many more occasions...I can't get enough of it. The cinnamon has definitely been dialed back a tiny bit and the chocolate comes out more. My rating numbers are spot on, but I really find this is so interesting that you'll crave it...or maybe hate it The old "drinkability" rating would've been off the charts for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 14:18:36 | More by Domingo
Photo of mactrail


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seriously black color served in the tulip glass. Nice lacing. Really strong scent of cinnamon, and hugely fragrant in the nose. One mouthful and you're in for a surprise. Quite peppery hot with intense flavors. Definitely tastes like Mexican hot chocolate but with a level of chile heat I've never encountered in a beer. Great dried dark red chile flavor, ancho and guajillo according to the brewer.

The heat does mellow out after a while, but it's a rough ride for the throat. Still, it's by far the most flavorful chile beer I've had, and if you don't mind cinnamon it is a must-try just for the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 03:55:13 | More by mactrail
Photo of FrankenBeerStein


4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome beer. Pours out dark with little head into a tulip style glass. Big hit of cinnamon up front, blending with the chocolate in the mix, along with the heady deep stout flavor. Ends smooth, and a nice little chili afterkick follows when one stops drinking it. Absolutely fantastic, though it is a bit stronger on the cinnamon than I would have liked. Am told the next batch is being adjusted with less cinnamon, more chocolate, which should allow the chili to shine through more. I plan on being back and will add an "EDIT" to the review, but for now...it is awesome and complex....definitely a "must try" if you find yourself in the Denver area.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 08:26:34 | More by FrankenBeerStein
Photo of ArrogantB


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Copper Kettle, this was quite enjoyable. Dark black as a stout should be with a decent head. Smell is heavy cinnamon but not at all cloying. The flavor is cinnamon and has a nice bit of heat on the finish. Overall I liked this more than I thought I would and while I could only drink one at a time I would definitely order this again. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2011 01:46:50 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Duff27


4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Half inch mocha head on a black body. Some lacing clings to the glass, cap and collar throughout.

Subdued chili on the nose. Another whiff yields the chocolate and spices, cinnamon?

Cinnamon roastiness turns to chili pepper heat over the course of each sip. Whoa, burns the throat going down. Alcohol is hard to detect with everything going on but would guess at about 8.5%abv

Mouthfeel is medium/medium-thin for the style, carbonation is spot on and compliments the overall beer very well.

This one was a trip. The chili/cinnamon heat is high on the burny scale, a welcome surprise for this guy. Thanks for this kojevergas!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:14:36 | More by Duff27
Photo of kojevergas


3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

7% ABV confirmed. 50 IBUs. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with intricate interesting label and unbranded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local CO bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of nice khaki colour. Very good creaminess. Nice thickness. Even consistency. Head retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark opaque solid black. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Well integrated subtle chili peppers, overt cinnamon, fantastic cocoa nibs, dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, and chocolate. Not too sweet.

A very appealing aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No hop character, yeast, or alcohol is detectable. I'm really looking forward to trying this.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malts, cream, really well integrated yet subtle chili peppers, heavy cinnamon, and chocolate. The chili heat doesn't emerge until the climax, and remains through the aftertaste, driving up the duration of flavour substantially. Extremely well balanced. The build is quite cohesive - almost gestalt. Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity of flavour.

No hop character or yeast character is detectable.

Constructively, some unrefined sugars (pimoncillo for example) might supplement the Mexican aspect of the premise.

Mf: I love the softness and creaminess. Smooth and wet, with a perfect amount of coarseness to coax out the full potential of the flavours. A biteen overcarbonated. Great body and thickness. It does have a bit too much weight on the palate, but overall the presence is comforting and good. It's an approachable mouthfeel.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: A surprisingly tasty brew from the cats over at Copper Kettle, and extremely drinkable for the ABV - which is well hidden. This lives up to its reputation. Between this and Snowed In, Copper Kettle is proving to be one of the more impressive startup breweries in the state. I'm going to make a concerted effort to try more of their beers. This is a damn fine beer I intend to send to trade partners. Really an impressive beer across the board - and unique to boot. The chili heat is just right. They executed the premise incredibly well. It's not perfect, but hot damn is it tasty.


Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 06:47:25 | More by kojevergas
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber in Boulder in late October 2013 and brought back to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Poured into a little mini-snifter so that I can savor it.

A- Pours pitch black and comes out of the bottle thick and viscous. The head is minimal but forms into a beautiful dark khaki-color that complements the dark liquid well. The liquid itself is completely opaque.

S- All types of aroma here. Cinnamon, cocoa, chocolate, spicy chile, vanilla, and malty caramel and toffee.

T- The beer starts off tasting of vanilla, cinnamon and spicy chile and the chocolate and cocoa appear and linger alongside the burn from the chile. As I drink it, I’m very much reminded of the chocolates of Oaxaca.

M- This beer is wonderfully smooth and creamy and there is no alcohol presence whatsoever. The chile and cinnamon give it a different type of burn on the finish, but for a lover of spicy foods like myself, this is a treat.

O- An unforgettable beer and one I won’t easily forget or mistake for any other. I only regret not stocking up on a bunch of bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 03:08:40 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of HattedClassic


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very little head but still leaves a light tan ring within the inside of the glass. The beer is a dark chocolate black that cannot be seen through. The beer has a strong smell of Mexican dark chocolate with hints of chili peppers in addition to other spices. The other spices are not as noticeable as the chili or chocolate but contain hints of cinnamon as well as a bit of cocoa that gets overshadowed by the Mexican chocolate. The taste is very similar to the smell. The Mexican dark chocolate dominates but does not overwhelm the palate. The cinnamon becomes more noticeable and the cocoa as well as a bit of hops linger in the aftertaste after the chilis are done. The beer is heavy bodied but with a much lighter feel. The beer has biting carbonation but the carbonation is not noticeable because of the chili burn. The chili burn is very good and well done. The burn is quick and satisfying. A very good beer and a must buy if you can get one.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:56:48 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of beergoot


3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, dark brown color with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Heady aroma of spices and cinnamon along with a minty chocolate tone. Hot chili heat builds quickly on the first sip, overshadowing a rather light, milky chocolate flavor. Smooth, medium body.

Definitely a chili beer wrapped in a smooth, milk stout body. Good for what it is but most likely will be an acquired taste for many folks.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:28:08 | More by beergoot
Photo of spoony


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (undated) into a snifter.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces nearly two fingers of brown head that drops steadily to a cap and then to a collar. The brew is so dark brown that it is nearly black and opaque.

S-Chocolate and loads of of spices. Cinnamon mostly, but the chiles creep in, too. There is also some molasses in there, as well.

T-The taste is chocolatey and balanced up front with cinnamon and vanilla. Soon, however, the chiles kick in and leave a wake of destruction on my palate. The spice just overwhelms everything in its pace with authentic, warm, dry, roasted/charred chile flavor. There is a nice, long finish.

M-The feel is lighter, thinner, and more carbonated that I would have liked, but the lighter feel works OK with the spicy flavor.

O-At first I wasn't sold on this brew...but I had another sip...and another...and pretty soon I was on to my second glass. The chiles are pretty in your face and leave a long, spicy finish that some may find off-putting, but I liked the spicy mix of chocolate and chile. It provides a unique flavor profile that I have not tasted in other chile beers or other stouts. I don't know if it will suit every palate, but it suited my palate just fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 01:55:03 | More by spoony
Photo of WoodBrew


3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was quite interesting. The beer poured a dark opaque with ecru head that left some lace. The scent had chocolate and whiskey. The taste was earthy with subtle hints of chocolate, oak and burbon. The mouthfeel was full in body with subtle carbonation. Overall the beer was good, but in no way I can drink alot of this....a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:34:41 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Igotmypistola


2.36/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I will start this out by saying i do love me a spicy stout. and i love all the new and great ones coming out. give me a mexican cake, hunah, prairie bomb, abraxas any day of the week. I wasn't thinking this would be in that same category, but i thought it would hold it's own.

It looked great, rich, dark and full. Smelled.. well HOT and cinnamon, and not the good kind of cinnamon... it was all downhill from there. did this at a tasting last night w/8 other ppl and every single one of us except for 1 guy dumped this. (he was RAVING about it btw). Just overpowering and overwhelming cinnamon and spice. it was so strong we all had to switch glasses for our next beer because we couldnt wash the smell out.

if it comes my way again, i'll pass and so should you

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 18:54:06 | More by Igotmypistola
Photo of robwestcott


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to beatenbyjacks for this one. Poured cold from the bottle a deep, dark, thick milk chocolate black to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a 2 and a 1/2 infer foamy tan head with nice retention, leaving a sheet of lace.

Aroma of spicy chilis, cacao and hints of cumin.

Medium bodied, big carbonation, super spicy mole poblano all over the palate, burnt cinnamon, hot chilis, the spicy doesn't fade. This beer is a closer.

Very interesting brew, my first go at copper kettle.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:38:37 | More by robwestcott
Photo of chugalug06


2.99/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Snappy caramel head rises as falls almost just as fast. Black brew is thin and viscous.

Tons of cinnamon, heavy pepper aroma, milky chocolate

A nearly amazing complexity of deep, dark spice. Spicy, roasty, dark chocolate on the back end, crisp light carbonation, missing much sweetness with a overwhelming amount of cinnamon. Thin, watery, hot, awkward aftertaste.

This is one bizarrely unique brew. A very slow drinker. Difficult to drink and rate. It's a great pepper brew, but a poor stout. I don't know how I feel about MCS... $12/22oz

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 03:37:41 | More by chugalug06
Photo of SFACRKnight


4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle from copper kettle, poured into new belgium globe.

Pours black, super black, with little head even with an aggressive pour. I'd like to have seen a creamy head on this one but oh well. 1/4 inch head retreats back to a ring for the duration. Little lacing. Smells like cinnamon and chocolate, not getting chiles on the nose, but its a wonderful aroma, very inviting. Super complex taste. First taste starts with cinnamon, followed by chocolate and sweet malts, rounded out by chile. Wow, yeah, there's the chile. I could drink this beer for dessert every night of the week. I love traditional mexican food, and this is a great blend of traditional mexican flavors and american craft beer. If you're not into spicy, the chile could easily overpower your pallate here, but I loved it. I'll be getting more of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 13:26:23 | More by SFACRKnight
Mexican Chocolate Stout from Copper Kettle Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.