The beer: La Lechuza S'More Stout
Brewery: Four Corners Brewing Co. in Dallas
Style: American stout. Although inspired by traditional English and Irish stouts, American stouts can vary widely in hop content and are often brewed with other ingredients, such as chocolate or coffee.
The pitch: Fans of dry style stouts can rejoice over this local version. It's brewed with cinnamon, graham crackers and chocolate malts -- hence the S'More name. The complete s'mores profile shows up mostly in the aroma: You get a pleasant hit of cinnamon and cocoa -- think Mexican chocolate -- with a whisper of toasted marshmallow. On the palate, round semisweet chocolate and dark roast coffee flavors are laced with ginger. It's a very tasty brew, but don't expect the sweetness of s'mores; this is a dry-style stout, with a good dose of hop flavor on the finish. The texture is slightly creamy but not heavy. At 7.6 percent ABV, the alcohol content is high for a stout, making it a dry and drinkable winter warmer.
Fun fact: Lechuza means owl in Spanish. The name and label for this one-time release pay homage to an old witch of Mexican folklore, named La Lechuza for her ability to turn herself into an owl. Her story is the kind you might tell around a campfire while enjoying s'mores.
Serve it, pair it: Serve the beer chilled, but not ice-cold; the flavors show best after it warms up a bit. It's delicious on its own, but it would pair well with beef ribs, a mushroom burger, a dark mole dish, beef stew or potpie, dark chocolate, gingerbread, ginger cookies and s'mores made with dark chocolate.
Get some: Sold in six-packs of 12-ounce cans for about $10.49 at Central Market, Whole Foods Market, Spec's, Total Wine, Parkit Market, North Oak Cliff Beer and Wine, and Lone Star Beverages in Carrollton.
Tina Danze is a freelance writer. Follow here on Twitter @Tina Danze.