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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Stone Xocoveza For The Holidays & The New Year

Our chocolaty, winter-spiced mocha stout is back. This insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate is crafted with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe was named the winner of our annual homebrew competition, it quickly became a cross-country sensation as craft beer media and fans cheered for Stone Xocoveza…and clamored for more. We too loved this beer, so of course we caroled ¡Claro que sí!

Now gifted with a new name, Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year has joined our eminent lineup of special releases. We’re releasing it just in time for that time of the year when the joyous spirit of giving is in the air and good behavior is generously rewarded.

Added by bccocx on 07-10-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#672
Reviews:
736
Ratings:
4,093
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickSMpls
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark stout. Hefty aroma of fresh-made hot chocolate. Taste brings out the spices, with cinnamon being the most prevalent - exactly as advertised! Smooth and clean with little hint of the 8% ABV. Excellent finish, the taste just slips away intil the next sip. Drink at cellar temperature. Cold will mute the subtle flavors. Highly recommended.

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4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 9/21/18

Pours a solid black with a bit over a finger of tan foam; good retention recedes to a thin froth over the surface, and eventually, the edge of the beer, and leaves plenty of sticky lacing to the walls of the glass.

Aromas of chocolate malts and slight roastiness to start, with building notes of cinnamon and nutmeg imbued with earthy, nicely integrated pepper spice through the mid-palate; the bouquet flows rather seamlessly.

Taste brings deep chocolate notes becoming roastier over time, light vanilla bean creaminess, and bits of earthiness and nutmeg spice; mild peppery heat guides the profile through the finish alongside persistent malty smoothness.

Mouthfeel has sturdy, fluffy medium body bolstered delicately by a medium-high carbonation; dryness holds tightly in the background, and peaks in the finish with a char-like crispness which makes this beer feel much lighter than its ABV would indicate.

For all that’s going on here, this one manages to be as subtle and nuanced as it is assertive. Exactly as advertised, and much smoother going down than I expected. For a beer with heat, this is one of the more sessionable, as strange as that may sound for an 8.1%er.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First time I ever seen it in a can had it before but never reviewed it. Into a tulip.
A - As expected very dark pitch even at the base with a great full inch of mocha head.
S - Not getting much over the burnt and chocolate malts. Touch of vanilla marshmallow? Nutmeg spice? Can't tell.
T - Much better than the smell with an intense pepper burn at first which rounds into more of a cocoa syrup mixed with a good dose of vanilla. Pepper burn is pretty consistent with every sip and it has some healthy bitterness as well with some bittering hops.
M - Smooth and thin but I think it's spot on for the style. You want thicker? Go for an imperial stout! This is a nice medium bodied milk stout.

Overall glad to have grabbed two not a whole sixer since halfway through the glass the nutmeg and bittering hops really make it kind of off putting but its still a very well crafted stout.

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2.22/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don’t have words to describe how amazing this beer is. Just try it.

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4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
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