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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:
#659
Reviews:
725
Ratings:
4,051
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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359
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Photo of jmh21
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClintGoodman
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned October 1st.

A great looking beer, black with a good head of foam and lacing is impressive.

Coffee, hot chocolate slash cocoa smell. Little bit of pepper heat pumping through my nose buds.

Hot chocolate taste, light coffee bitterness, roasty, smidgeon of the pepper..could use a little more of that though it does linger after the swallow.
Not really bitter or sweet; balanced well.

Good mouthfeel with proper balance between carbonation and body.

The more I sip the more I like. Well crafted.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bolio
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bold taste of coffee eventually enveloped by dreamy chocolate. I would never use the word 'dreamy' in a review.. or 'enveloped' for that matter, but that's precisely what happens.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste was good, full of chocolate and coffee, but it was a bit too medicinal for my taste.

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

Photo of JohnDon
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damasen
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JM5671
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigmo66
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drove to my Daughter's house to work on her car and noticed a 6 pack of this in her garage minus 1 beer. I asked her about it and she said it was one of the most disgusting beers she and her boyfriend ever tasted. I asked for the remaining 5 and they said GO AHEAD! Looking at the description I thought it might be "weird" tasting but man was I pleasantly surprised! What a wonderful cold weather brew.
Dark, warm, chocolate, spicy and it all works very well. Can't wait to get some more this winter.

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

Chocolately and creamy with so many other subtle flavors floating around on the back of the tongue. Something lingers out there too. Nutmeg, maybe?

This is unreal good. Like, out of left field good. I had no idea. I should have bought more. Much, much more.

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Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If Stone ever decided to barrel age this beer in bourbon barrels or maybe even rum barrels, it would be something that could be very special. Solid beer as is with nice Mexican chocolate notes.

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

Photo of depechemode1983
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color. The head is tan with excellent retention and decent lacing.
Wow. This beer has everything going on in perfect harmony. Milk chocolate, cinnamon, mild heat from the peppers, vanilla, nutmeg, toasted grains, and coffee. Mind blowing.
The taste falls in line. Although you need to dig around a bit more everything is there. All these flavors work perfectly
together.
Full bodied and silky smooth. Carbonation is great and doesn't take away from the smoothness.

Note to self - Buy more.

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Photo of Jmar25
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

The G.O.A.T.

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Photo of FLima
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color absorbing all light with a thick caramel head with good retention and leaving scattered laces.
Aroma with lots of chocolate, coffee, nutmeg, vanilla, oat and cinnamon.
Flavor with notes of creamy chocolate with pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, licorice, cocoa and coffee. Dry aftertaste with a roasted coffee and cocoa notes and a subtle spice. Medium bitterness.
Medium to full body with appropriate velvety carbonation. Alcohol of 8.1% is completely absent.
Faithful to the name, this RIS delivered tons of chocolate and spices. I would add more pepper to balance this out, once hops are secondary. Pepper show up as flavor, not bite.
I am curious to try the Mexican equal version by Insurgientes which is waiting in my fridge.
But So far, I found the Nogne/Chingoneria Mole recipe much more interesting.

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4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Spluger
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of peterpunk15
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,051 ratings