As someone who isn't a huge fan of spicy food I'm a little nervous about trying Choco Libre Nitro from from Brewdog, but the Europa League final is on TV and I really should have a beer. That said I love nitro beers and have gone so far as to say Jet Black Heart Nitro is possibly the best dark beer you can buy at the moment so I do have some hope for this. Just for the record a nitro beer has extra nitrogen and this makes the beer smoother, and I do like a good smooth beer. I expect you all know who Brewdog are by now and if you don't where have you been the last ten years?
Choco Libre comes in a 402ml pretty cool pink and light blue can declaring that this is a Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout which 'wrestles taste to the canvas.' I'm assuming when it says Mexican hot chocolate stout it means a spicy hot chocolate stout rather than a pleasant hot chocolate stout to match the warm hot chocolate beverage you might have before bed. The 8.2% alcohol content means that either way this beer really will have a kick. I once had a chili beer called Aztec in Leeds and it took 3 of us to finish the pint it was that hot so I'm hoping this version is a little more mild.
As you'd expect from a nitro beer Choco Libre pours deliciously. It's jet black with a gorgeous tan head which you can tell will last right through to the last sip, which is just how I like it. The aroma quickly dispels any idea that this will be a mild drink, the hot chili spices come through straight away, quickly followed by some rich dark chocolate notes and some coffee malts, it smells amazing. My only hesitation remains the memory of my last chili stout experience but I have faith that Brewdog wont let me down.
Again as expected from a nitro stout the texture of Choco Libre is really nice, thick and smooth while the taste hits you pretty hard. I'd say this beer is like a really good winter warmer on steroids. The chili dominates and will certainly warm you up nicely, but there's not so much that you want to drink a pint of water after each taste. After the taste buds recover from the initial shock the chocolate tastes come through to add an extra depth to what is already a pretty exciting beer. I genuinely think this is an exception beer, the only thing I would say is at 8.2% and with such a spicy feel you probably wont want more than one in a night and the taste is such it will interfere with subsequent drinks so maybe avoid having it on a session. I'm going to give Choco Libre from Brewdog 9 out of 10. In terms of pure taste, smell and texture it should be a 10 but because you probably wont want to drink more than one or two at a time I guess it can't quite get full marks.