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:


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.