Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wicked Weed Brewing Xibalba Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Wicked Weed Brewing Xibalba Imperial Pumpkin Ale With Cacao Nibs, Chiles And Spices. I picked this bottle up at Stella Brew (here) in Winston-Salem, NC. They have an excellent selection and we’re very helpful helping me pick out some local “must have” beers to bring home.  If you find yourself in the area stop in, buy some beverages and tell them that Mark from NorCal Beer Blog sent you!

Commercial description: “For everything there is a season and tradition. That’s why our pumpkin ale, brewed with cacao nibs, ancho, serrano, and habenero chiles with fall spices, is brewed once a year during the onset of autumn. Inspired by the mythos of the ancients, Xibalba (she-bahl-bah) is an otherworldly reminder that seasons are fleeting and to be celebrated.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown color with a tan head and leaves lots of lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, cacao, pumpkin, chilies, brown sugar and light cinnamon, nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spices.
Taste: Chilies and chocolate up front followed by cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and slight caramel and vanilla notes.  Slight heat in the finish.
Overall: If you’re a fan of peppers and chocolate, Wicked Weed Brewing Xibalba Imperial Pumpkin Ale is for you.  Executed very well, this 8.2% ABV offering is worth a try.  It is mole meets pumpkin beer.


Mark Harvey

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