Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet 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:
#390
Reviews:
715
Ratings:
4,029
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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Ratings: 4,029 |  Reviews: 715
Photo of MikeWard
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass at The Greystone in Pottsville pa. 2 bottles actually.

black as night body with a thick creamy oatmeal colored head leaving excellent lacing.

strong aroma of chocolate with some coffee notes and a slight smell of mixed spices.

this is a great tasting stout. chocolate, a little coffee, nutmeg, and a slight burn from the peppers. Excellent!

mouth is very close to full, finish is a sweet and spicy blend.

overall, this is a great, tasty, full bodied stout with a ton of character and an excellent blend of sweet and spicy flavors.

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Photo of Franklin009
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes just like it smells amazing!

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Photo of WDWAoT
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grapeshops
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-s
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of El_Brujo_de_A2
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate,Cinnamon on the nose. 8.1 is undetectable. Taste is almost as good as abuelita's.All you need is pan dulce and you are golden. A must have beer for me.My favorite from Stone thus far.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a clear tall glass. Has a ghastly deep dark brown color with a fluffy tan head. Moderate carbonation. Some floaters in the beer.

The smell is especially noted by roasted coffee, espresso, and spice chocolate. I also smell chili peppers, subtle vanilla, nutmeg, bourbon/oak barrel, cinnamon, and cream.

Tastes much like what it smells. Nice rush of espresso and dark roasted malts, complemented by a nice cocoa body. Notes of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, a nice subtle kick of chilies, dark chocolate, burnt toast, other spices, and smoke. Moderately bitter. Altogether very dominating with the many flavors that's presented on the palette from a variety of sweetness to spiciness. Mouth feel is creamy smooth and thick.

Very excellent.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elohim
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arguably my favorite Stone brew and I feel this one is best enjoyed fresh. Chocolaty, creamy, winter spices, and coffee are all prevalent. Almost as good as BOMB!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - incredibly dark with a big lasting tan head and sticky lacing
Smell - chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, peppers, coffee... incredible
Taste - just like the smell but more faint
Feel - fairly light body and carbonation
Overall - love the smell and the taste is good just not as god as the smell

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

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lampro
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A lovely dark beer with a small head. Starts off a bit sweet, then transitions to a toasted/burnt profile, rounded out by the spices. The spices were a little bit strong; this would not be a session beer. But still good!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

12 oz bottle, dated 9/27/17, poured into a tulip glass. Was surprised I had not reviewed this yet, as this was my second go around with it and the last in this year's sixer. Was not willing to age it any longer. It pours pitch black with no head and tiny ring of lace. Cinnamon and nutmeg are apparent right off the bat on the nose, with some cocoa underneath. Maybe a touch of pepper. The taste is right in line, with some back end chocolate. As it warms, the spices recede and meld better wit the cocoa. The mouthfeel is quite sharp considering its age at first, perhaps a product of not letting it sit to get closer to room temp before diving in. With a little more time, it mellows some, but the feel remains squarely in the middle range as far as heft and carbonation. A tasty stout at six months in, but part of me likes the fresher version that seemed to have more pepper zing and coffee better.

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Photo of JohnBradSC
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gwalchgwynn67
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lewith
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dimwit_flathead
1.54/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Looks watery for a stout. Smells like burnt marshmallows. Tastes like a carob-cayenne stew. Heartburn city.

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

Pours a dark brown cola color with thick khaki head and significant lacing. Nose is cocoa,pepper,winter spice,subtle coffee and vanilla. Taste follows with lots of spice. Feels thinner than it appears ,dry peppery finish.

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Photo of Salinesnake
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjmccahill
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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