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