Saint Arnold Brewing Co.’s newest Icon Series has shipped to retailers just in time for the new year.

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The new release is Icon Blue Chocolate Weizenbock, a 7.2 percent ABV weizenbock-style ale that is brewed with cocoa nibs sourced from Tejas Chocolate Craftory in Tomball, Texas. The ale was first used in the Houston, Texas-based brewery’s Bishop Barrel No.4 (9.9 percent ABV) that was released in 2013, although that version was aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels before being bottled.

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The Icon Series beers are available for about three months at a time and include interpretations of iconic beer styles as well as “more creative interpretations or melding of beer styles”, with the color rotating with each release. Past releases have included:

  • Icon Blue Chocolate Weizenbock (7.2 percent ABV)
  • Icon Red Altbier (5 percent ABV)
  • Icon Gold Texas Honey Saison (6.4 percent ABV)
  • Icon Green 7220 Pale Ale (6.1 percent ABV)
  • Icon Blue Coffee Porter (6.2 percent ABV)
  • Icon Red American Roggenbier (5.8 percent ABV)
  • Icon Gold Belgian-style wit (5.2 percent ABV)
  • Icon Red Belgian-style pale ale (6 percent ABV)
  • Icon Blue Cascadian dark ale (7 percent ABV)
  • Icon Green Amarillo hefeweizen (5.4 percent ABV)
  • Icon Gold Bière de Saison (9 percent ABV)
  • Icon Red Bohemian Pils (5.2 percent ABV)
  • Icon Blue Brown Porter (5.1 percent ABV)
  • Icon Green Texas Common (6.7 percent ABV)
  • Icon Gold Mandarin Wheat (5.5 percent ABV)
  • Icon Red Sorachi Ace Dubbel (7.9 percent ABV)
  • Icon Blue Rye IPA (7.8 percent ABV)

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In an email, Aaron Inkrott, brewer at Saint Arnold, told Tenemu that Icon Blue Chocolate Weizenbock will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles. According to a post on the brewery’s Twitter page, the beer has started showing up on retailer’s shelves.

Update (Jan. 1, 2017) — This post was updated to include details on the release date and brewing information. It was originally published on Oct. 3, 2016.