Mexican Chocolate Stout | Copper Kettle Brewing Company

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Mexican Chocolate StoutMexican Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by ArrogantB on 06-02-2011

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Photo of 99BeerBalloons
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Do you like a bit of sugar, spice, and everything nice? Well Copper Kettle Brewing Company’s Mexican Chocolate Stout might just be the right beer for you. It pours black with the subtle aroma of chocolate and spices, and upon taking the first sip you’ll notice the chocolaty, smooth, velvety finish. Then the kick hits you, that wonderful hint of spice that isn’t too powerful, but lingers around on your taste buds for a good couple of seconds. Overall a great beer, especially with the winter season coming in. I imagine having this beer on a cold night, wrapped up in a blanket in front of a fire while roasting up some S’MORES. This beer definitely is a MUST try on my list of Stouts if you are a Stout person.

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Photo of estlinska
4.84/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of BgThang
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
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

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Photo of HopsCup
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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 is awesome and complex....definitely a "must try" if you find yourself in the Denver area.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bottle with no dating that I could discern on the label. That said, after opening it, I'm pretty sure it's fresh, based on the explosion of aroma and flavor that came billowing out of the bottle. Poured into a large New Belgium tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a dark bistre brown, reminiscent of wet tree bark and bordering on black but for a subtlety that belies the muddy hue. Even a fairly aggressive pour fails to yield much in the way of head, with a somewhat frothy half finger of camel colored head topping the body and dissipating relatively quickly into an intermittent film across the surface of the liquid. Lacing is all but nonexistent--just a couple spots here and there on the side of the glass.

Smell (4.5) - Wow. Honestly, it makes me feel like I just stuck a cinnamon stick up my nose, but in the most positive possible way that one could have a cinnamon shoved up one's nose. Just a burst of cinnamon and dried pepper and a subtle suggestion of sweeter dark chocolate in the background. I also get hints of roasted malt that balance out the spice-forward aroma. I almost don't want to drink it for fear of being letdown in comparison to the fantastic smell.

Taste (4.5) - Well, I have to say that the taste holds up quite well in comparison to the intoxicating smell. Lots of cinnamon and spice come through initially, with a velvety undercurrent of baker's chocolate bittersweetness and some subtle roasted char. On the finish, there is a nice kick from the peppers--probably the most pepper-forward spiced stout I've had to date, but the cinnamon and chocolate do a fantastic job of blending and taking the edge off. I've had pepper beers with this much heat that just weren't drinkable. It just goes to show how much complementary ingredients can play a factor in the overall impression of a beer.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - I was a bit afraid that this beer wouldn't have that decadent viscosity that I love about this substyle of beer, and it certainly doesn't have the body of an imperial stout, for obvious reasons. But for a 7% stout, this one has plenty of meat. Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation. By way of comparison, it certainly has more body than a similar beer in Xocoveza, which clocks in at 8.1% abv. I think the hefty spice bill does some of the heavy lifting in preventing this one from feeling too thin. And it's light enough that it's a little easier to drink than the imperial spiced stouts.

Overall (4.25), just a fantastic beer from Copper Kettle; it's quite obvious why this beer won a gold medal in 2011 in the spiced stout category. It's amazing to me that with the seemingly recent surge in interest in this type of beer, that this one doesn't get more love/mention. Perhaps because it's a Colorado-only beer? I really have no idea. All I know is that I will definitely be trying to get more of it at the earliest opportunity.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very black and think in the glass. Decent amount of foam (2-finger), but quickly recedes. Foam is a nice deep tan color.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate. There is a slight tart/sour fruit aroma along with the strong presence spiciness.

At first there's a bite (whether it be hops or chili peppers, I'm not sure). The bite is quick and then leads to smokey malt and chocolate flavors. There is a sweet and rich caramelly flavor presence just a split second before the head starts to kick in. There is a moment or two of a sourness that battles with the sweetness (like a battle between good and evil!). The spices seem to intensify when the sweet vs. sour war gives out and the spicy burn remains for some time.

Full bodied and thick. There is a decent amount of fizz on the tongue and a drier finish than expected.

This is a very good and unique brew. I am a big spice/heat fan in foods and am becoming a bigger fan of it in beer. This one may be too hot for some people so be careful. It is very complex and has a lot going on. I would not be afraid of picking up another one of these in the near future.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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!!

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml into a CS snifter

A- The darkest blackness ever, with thin-medium vanilla lacing with no legs. This one does not gum up the glass as it is a bit thin.

S- Vanilla, spice dominate the front of this. Some malty backbone there too.

T- The spice lingers waaay longer than any other spiced stout. This absolutely tastes like a Mexican stout (if there is such thing). The vanilla is present just past the spice. If you like spiced stouts, def get this one.

M- A bit thin, but the most important thing here is that the spice stings throughout the entire glass. There is no relentlessness with the spice, holy crap. Carb is a bit low to almost perfect.

O- I talked with the brewery and I heard that they are going to Tequila barrel this beer; which is the most suited due to the natural spice. Great great beer, love it!

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at SAVOR 2014 and 2015. Really spicy and a little thin, but otherwise delicious. Great interpretation of Mexican hot chocolate that doesn't skimp on the spice. Clean and tasty but must be sipped.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of GregJ
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black. Smells of cinnamon, hot chocolate and french toast. Definitive cinnamon up front, roast malt, cocoa, light chili spice. Cinnamon left on the palate with a light chili heat on the throat. Medium/light body with medium carbonation. Very creative beer, excellent flavor but would have liked a bit more body. Only one of its kind I have tried and will definitely buy more.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.18/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark. A little oily looking. Minimal head. Smell is of chocolate, malts and the skins of peppers.

Taste is roasted malt and chocolate then the peppers come in. Very nice. Burn of ancho balanced with a slight sweetness. Malt profile is almost lost in the spice, I'm getting a hint of cola as well.

The warming burn builds with each sip, settling in the back of your throat. The chocolate undercurrent keeps it under control, but there's no mistaking this has chili at the top of the bill. It remains very drinkable, almost a porter feel than a stout for lack of roast and stickiness. If you're into chili beers this is your ticket; if not, walk on by. I've had chili beers where the heat was barely discernible; this is not that beer. Two alarms and loving it.

Also, the bottle is beautifully designed.

Slightly oily feel at the end. Although a moderate 7%, feels a bit boozy. Or maybe it's hot in general.

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Photo of Domingo
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.14/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of KevCan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 22 oz bottle at Hazel's in Boulder, CO. Enjoyed with mom and dad while playing backgammon in our rental apartment.

Look: Dark brown, small head

Smell: Chocolate and chili pepper

Taste: Very spicy, chocolate, cinnamon, toasted malt

Feel: Medium body and carbonation

Overall: A real kicker!

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Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Mexican Chocolate Stout from Copper Kettle Brewing Company
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