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Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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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.

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#775
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765
Ratings:
4,150
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled October 1, 2016) to a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces a short, dense, mocha head. Retention is OK and the head fades after a minute or so into a thick collar. The beer is virtually black and opaque. No lacing left behind and no carbonation is visible. It looks the part.

S-Really nice aroma with intense spice flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon. The chili heat is noticeable, more so after a few sniffs, but the beer never smells peppery or vegetal. Coffee flavors and a nice milk chocolate note round things out. The beer smells pretty sweet, but the spices balance things nicely and it never verges into bitter.

T-The beer tastes almost as good as it smells. Just enough chili heat to mingle with with the strong baking spice flavors and coffee notes. I can see how some drinkers would describe this beer as cloying or overly spiced, but everything seems to work in harmony here and the flavors are nicely layered.

M-The body is medium to heavy with softer, mild carbonation. It matches the beer well.

O-This is a really nice beer from Stone. It is very heavily flavored and I don't know how many of these I would drink in a sitting, but it makes for a fine dessert or winter warm-up.

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Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter. 2014 version. Served at just under room temp.

Appearance: Pours black and leaves a relatively thin finger or two of tan head that lingers for a while before leaving a tan later atop the black beer. (4.5)

Smell: Coffee, a bit of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla. All the aromas are big and present, yet meld together to form a nice unified smell of the combination of them all. Quite spiced, like pumpkin pie mix. Very pleasant. (4.7)

Taste: Again big with pumpkin-pie spices (minus the pumpkin of course) - nutmeg, cinnamon, a dash of vegetal peppers all play nicely together and are followed by toasted malts, some coffee, vanilla and just a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is a lot milder than the smell - so easy drinking. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation (but plenty) with a big, real creamy body. Finishes amazingly smooth, maybe just a tad bitter. (4.75)

Overall: This is a really well done spiced milk stout. The aroma is just fantastic, and that played with the high drinkability and smooth flavors in the taste make this a real winner. The creamy body works wonderfully as well. Some nice cinnamon is the last taste I get in the semi-long finish. I can't think of many better winter/holiday beers than this. (4.6)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and slight pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and a very mild pepper heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic aromas and flavors that make this one a treat to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -3%

The spectacular array of flavors that are common to the Southern California landscape ribbon through a massive milk stout base for a collaborative taste that's born of homebrew experimentation, Mexican pro influences and of course the Stone brewers who have the courage to pull this beer off.

Its ominously dark appearance aptly looks the part- pure mocha, equipped with a dainty sand-stained froth. Bold roast coffee, cocoa and roasted walnut frame the aromas and early taste. Earthy, deep and complex- the beer takes several twists and turns across the palate.

Trending less espresso-like and more chocolaty through the middle, its lavish mocha balance evens out to a smooth burnt toffee and heavy whipping cream. Pulling from the chocolate are spice and fruit- its culmination is of chocolate covered raisin, cranberry, cherry and licorice. Nutmeg and cinnamon introduce a fine prickle just ahead of finish.

As the full-bodied malt sweetness is slow to recede, a simmering spiciness bellows up from underneath with the freshy, fruitiness of chipotle and its light accompanying capsaicin. Chocolaty and fruit to close, the ale seems curiously connected to traditional mole Mexican sauce.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: black stout body off a dark brown-black pour; billowy mocha head a few fingers high left some brief lace behind...

S: rich dark roasty malts, underscored with chocolate and cocoa, and hints of brighter spice like cinnamon and nutmeg

T: up-front dark roasted cocoa malts, vanilla and heat hit the palate simultaneously; holiday notes like that of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice at play in the background; mellow espresso with just a touch of sweetness...

M: smoothly bittersweet chocolate wraps itself around the tongue, drying finish with slight chalk; mild with a trace of char... slight tingle on the tongue...

O: an exceptional effort again by Stone and collaborators - in the same vein as Mexican Cake, Indra Kunindra, and others, brings together classic Imperial stout characteristics, with a great coffee undertone and the infusion of interesting and potentially prickly spices. Do not take a pass.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Holy f*cking sh*t this beer is black. Dude this beer is completely black. What's going on? This beer is black. I'm putting it directly under a light and its still black. I can't see anything but black. Wow that's black, that's a black beer. That's just a hundred percent black.
Black.

Oh wow that's a good smell. Freshly baked oatmeal cookies hit you first and then toffee, caramel, nutmeg and rich natural vanilla, all sweets which uplift the oatmeal flavor, they compliment each other so well. Very unique. I have to give the smell a perfect score too.

Very good. The smells transition virtually identical to the taste. A bit more chocolate and a softly bitter mocha now, the oatmeal and then a sprinkling of dark fruit. Maybe a little too much dry nutmeg/cinnamon?

Mouthfeel would elevate greatly if it was a thicker consistency. Carbonation is normal. The nutmeg/cinnamon causes a drying feel.

Intriguing beer. Many nuances.

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Photo of tarkovsky7
2.25/5  rDev -48%

Geez...I wonder if i am drinking a different beer than everyone else who submitted a review. The dominate flavor here is some off-putting flavor that does not even taste like food stuff. There are hints of milk, peppers and chocolate, but mostly this tastes like Johnson and Johnson Baby Lotion with peppers. Cannot recommend this and will think twice before buying another "adventurous Stone beer".
I am pretty sure this beer is rated so highly because it is near the top of most peoples budget for a single beer and for a $8-$10 beer it is unique.

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Photo of BrentLepping
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Meh. Definitely well crafted and unique, but I don't see all the hype.

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Photo of bigmo66
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Jturpin
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever had. From the beginning to the end it was a joy to drink. I could believe how much the cinnamon showed up. The taste was amazing like nothing else I have ever had. If you haven't been able to try this get it ASAP.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm really looking forward to this; the vast majority of the good beers Stone puts out are brewed with non-Stone recipes. (What that says about the quality of Stone as a brewery is a topic for another venue).

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle. 2014 vintage. Great label design (as always with Stone - that marketing company that happens to make beer sometimes). Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Reviewed live as a milk stout per the label. Served cold into a snifter and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Dark khaki colour. Half a finger wide. Thinner and less creamy than would be ideal. Retention is poor - maybe 1 minute at best. Should be fuller and richer, with a better consistency and complexion. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque ruby-black. Not an ink or jet black; it lacks the mirror sheen of better looking stouts. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good but not great appearance for a milk stout. It's far from unique or special - even Left Hand's offering looks better - but it's appealing.

AROMA: The rich coffee aromatics are fantastic, as are the well-selected spices. Cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg, cocoa, subtle chili pepper with a lovely buried heat, dark malts, chocolate malts, and a hint of lactose sugar. As it comes to temperature, the chili heat increasingly comes to dominate. The spices/spiciness helps tame the malty and lactose-y sweetness.

No alcohol, yeast character, hop character, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's an intriguing inviting aroma of average strength, and suggests a subtle balanced Mexican chocolate stout. I'm excited to try it.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Cocoa greets the drinker on the open, giving way to the dark malt and chocolate malt base, atop which sits a nice blend of spices: nutmeg and cinnamon are most prominent. The chili heat kicks in in the late second act and stays through the finish, but doesn't bleed too much into the aftertaste. The first flaw is immediately noticeable - it just isn't creamy enough. In fact, it's not sweet enough either - where's the lactose sugar (the core a milk stout)? More of a creamy milk chocolate flavour would suit this flavour profile better than the cocoa dust currently featured.

The texture is just flat-out wrong. It should be creamy, soft, comforting, smooth, and wet. Instead it's unnaturally rough and scratchy on the palate, distracting the drinker from the nice flavours. Overly dry and coarse. This just plain isn't how you execute a milk stout; the mouthfeel should be supple and easy on the palate. That said, it's aptly medum-bodied and has enough thickness and heft to support the complex flavours.

Speaking of complexity, it's intricate enough but there's ample room to go bigger and to do more. There's some nice subtlety - especially with the chili peppers and spices. But some notes should surface far more than they do - particularly the coffee. The promise of rich roasty coffee from the aroma goes unfulfilled in the taste.

Average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

As it warms, a fantastic kiss of cranberry emerges. Some burnt characteristics manifest.

No yeast, hop notes, off-notes, or alcohol come(s) through.

I do like the beer, but boy does the texture ruin its potential.

OVERALL: The troublesome mouthfeel severely restricts drinkability; it just dries out the palate. It's a problematic milk stout, but it has huge potential. With tweaks, this could be a fantastic beer. And I'd love to see a reconceptualized version hit shelves in 6 packs. As-is, it's an interesting but wanting brew. Aside from fixing the texture, they could add more flavour. Marshmallow and fudge notes would be particularly beneficial. In terms of Mexican stouts, this just isn't on the level of something like Copper Kettle's Mexican Chocolate. In terms of milk stouts, it can't compete with go-to offerings like Left Hand's Milk Stout or Lakewood's The Temptress. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but it's far from world-class.

Low B-

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11.11.2016: I picked up a sixer of the 2016 vintage in Brooklyn, NY for $18.99. Bottled 09/20/16.

Cinnamon and nutmeg play poorly together in this build for some reason, giving it a sticky yet powdery mouthfeel vaguely redolent of natural peanut butter adhering to the roof of one's mouth. Subtle chili heat is present but lacks depth of flavour. Vanilla? No. Coffee? No. Cocoa? Sure - cocoa powder I guess. For a beer billed as a "mocha stout," it's pretty lacking in terms of mocha and basic stout elements (note the absence of any overt roasted barley whatsoever, as well as the lack of a robust dark malt backbone).

Fuck me for buying this a 2nd time I guess - and at $19 per six pack no less (a higher price even than Sculpin's). More overpriced mediocrity from Stone Brewing (Genius marketing, though).

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Todd
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla, Cocoa, Peppers, Spice

Back by popular demand, Xocoveza is Stone's take on a Mexican hot chocolate. It pours black with ruby hues and a tan head. Spicy and peppery on the nose with notes of freshly baked pastries, cinnamon, nutmeg and a deep vanilla. Lighter bodied than I expected, but its silkiness on the palate adds depth. A big vanilla profile is joined by cocoa powder, roasty coffee, a zing of chile pepper, more cinnamon and nutmeg, faint suggestions of sweetened coconut and holiday candy in the background. Ends with a charred, pepper linger. One of the best beers of its kind.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #108 (January 2016).

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Photo of Tucquan
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-12-28 in Columbia, PA from a 2015 12oz bottle

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger light brown head and good lace.

S - Milk and dark chocolate, chile pepper, roasted grain, nuts, cinnamon, earthy spice, vanilla. Lots going on here.

T - Espresso latte drizzled with chocolate plus cinnamon, chile pepper, nutmeg, vanilla and mint. Roasted bitterness and slight chile heat mingles and balances these flavors into the finish.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy.

O - Like a candy bar with a Mexican twist in a glass without being too sweet. Very appropriate for the holiday season.

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Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours more of a deep cola color than jet black with thinner beige head atop.Whoo it smells like a straight on coffee house with deep roasty smoky espresso,wow that's some espresso for ya.Flavors of roast and char really smack the taste buds some berry like fruitiness lends sweetness in the finish,mild vanilla and brown sugar gives just a little more sweetness to the roast and char.Hell yeah this the most "coffee" of coffee/espresso beers I have ever had and I have had a few,ballsy and awesome here.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle of the 2014 collaboration. Poured into a snifter 10/14/2014.

A- Dark brown body, two finger mocha head with short retention time, no lacing. Really, standard run of the mill stout in appearance. [3.75]

S- Dark acidic coffee, a slight bit of cinnamon and vanilla bean, lots of cocoa and roast, some lactose. Slight vegetal flavour. Disappointing in how it is minimal on the cinnamon, as that's one of the things I enjoy most about Hunahpu and Abraxas. This is definitely heavy on the coffee, which isn't exactly what I expected. It seems to be taking over at the expense of the other adjuncts. [4]

F- Less enjoyable than it smells- a bit of acidic, slightly funky coffee dominates; the roast malt is minimal. The lactose and the cocoa stand out, but there is much less vanilla and cinnamon than expected. There is a slight vegetal flavour without any sort of spicy heat that I expect from the peppers. Disappointingly bland. [3.5]

M- Slightly thinner medium body, lower in carbonation, a bit slick and not a lot of bubbles behind it. Zero heat on the finish, it is more of a slightly bitter coffee finish here. Again, not what I expected. [3.75]

O- Not as good as everyone is saying it is. Maybe I got a bad bottle. But there isn't a lot of complexity on the nose and palate, and its a bit too thin to boot. [3.75]

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Photo of Furlinator
4.07/5  rDev -6%

Bottled on 08/29/14.


Pours opaque black. The thin khaki head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of spent coffee grounds, chili peppers, dark chocolate and burnt wood.

The taste is of coffee, dark fruit, cinnamon, dark chocolate and a hint of chili pepper heat.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

An interesting take on Mexican hot chocolate. The smell is much stronger than the taste. Solid aromas and flavors although, I feel this would benefit from a fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of asmangat
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a double bastard glass. Creamy head, dissipated quickly, but left great lacing. Jet black with lighter tan head. Sweet chocolate dominates the nose but there's also a decent amount of coffee and charred chipotle with vanilla at the end. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is low (well not low, just in the tiny bubble way).

Initially sweet on the palate, but finishes bitter. Heavy roasted malts and almost a burnt coffee note. Expected the finish to be spicy, but it ended up being very cool and rich. Great balance!

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Photo of puck1225
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Very dark brown, very close to black in color. Thin but creamy brown head with good lacing. Strong coffee/mocha smell. Initial taste was strong with vanilla and coconut, later the coffee and dark chocolate became stronger. A fun beer to drink and it tastes great. I would like to have it on tap sometime. I hope Stone has this next year!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best beer I have ever had, hands down...

Just about everything about this stout was damn near perfect - the dark colored brew with a head and lacing unlike any other beer I have had - the staying power and thickness was unlike any other. The smell had chocolatey notes with hints of peppers and coffee - not strong, but definitely there. The mouthfeel was as perfect (for me) as it gets - lightly carbonated, creamy texture blended with a silky feel. The milk stout was a perfect balance of all the advertised ingredients - not one single one overpowered the other - amazing. Again, this is about as damn near perfect you can get for a beer (or at least for a milk stout.)

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Teku glass. This beer pours a jet black color with 1 finger of caramel colored head. The head receded quickly and left not much more than some lacing and a ring. If it held head a little better this would be one of the best looking milk stouts I've tried.

Aroma - This is an aroma angel's I mean this was handcrafted to smell like it was the work of god. Nutmeg and Cinnamon pierce my nose with unbelievable sweetness. Dig a little deeper and you get sweet milk chocolate and rich vanilla which in the end is balanced out by some rich black coffee, I'm talking Guatemala coffee beans... like this nose is serious. This is one of my first stouts to receive a perfect rating for Aroma but its as close as you can get.

Taste - This is literally perfect, the base is definitely the coffee it holds all the flavors together but you are very quickly hit with a sweet balance from the chocolate and vanilla and the nutmeg and cinnamon and pepper just literally spice this beer so perfectly the balance is spot on. Again I couldnt imagine a better tasting sweet stout. This is truly worth the hype.

Feel - This is Full bodied but very smooth there is a light pricke on the tip of your tongue from carbonation but it's not overpowering. You definitely get some spice from the peppers but again its really a smooth easy drinking beer.

Overall - Nothing on this planet is perfect so I really hate giving out perfect marks but this is as close as it gets! The only thing that can really be improved here in my eyes is that head presentation! Delivery is unbelievable. its worth the hype!

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Photo of Damian
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Drank from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Celler, Belmont, MA
Served in a pint glass

A tight, frothy, inch-tall, caramel colored crown topped the dark brown liquid. The head quickly dissolved. Spotty lacing trickled down the top portion of the glass.

The aroma was fantastic and very unique. Mexican chocolate immediately came to mind. Super spicy with strong notes of cinnamon, chilies and nutmeg. Hefty dose of coffee grounds. Creamy and sweet with hints of vanilla. Really intense and dynamic. I would have loved to smell this all night long.

Flavor wise, the beer was terrific, yet not quite as impressive as the nose. The sweet stout base was accentuated by milk chocolate notes and savory spices. Again, Mexican chocolate came to mind. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominated. Fresh vanilla bean and coffee appeared in the center. Touch of chili heat on the finish. Some lingering, bitter roastiness came through as well. Somewhat espresso-like. As the beer warmed, the chocolate notes became much richer, as did the overall flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Soft on the palate with a mellow effervescence. Pretty forgettable yet perhaps appropriate for the style.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout is one of the most exciting beers I have tried in quite some time. I really love the current trend of brewers making lighter bodied stouts and IPAs with flavor profiles typically associated with much "bigger" beers. This particular example is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is damn near perfect. Lovely mocha head and an aroma of spices, coffee, and chocolate. Taste follows with cinnamon, a brilliant cocoa flavor, and creamy vanilla. Smooth and creamy on the palate; this goes down way too easy.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip, bottle dated 12/22/15:

Appearance: pours a shade below being purely black, with dark, mahogany brown highlights around the edges. Packs a solid little mocha-colored head, with minimal retention. Not too much lacing either.

Aroma: this definitely packs a ton of power. Tons of sweet, dessert-y scents here. Milk chocolate, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of pepper comes through. The foundation is kind of mocha-latte scent, with some chocolate milk, and the spice and pepper waft through. Really nice.

Taste: essentially the same as the scent. Based on Mexican hot chocolate, that flavor definitely comes through. Soft, sweet chocolate milk flavor, with some fudge. On top of that is the cinnamon and nutmeg notes, and the beer finishes with the sort of dry, bitter flavor that comes from hot peppers (don't know what kind were used in this, maybe jalapeño or Serrano?).

Feel: the body is medium to heavy, with a little bit of stickiness, though not nearly as much as some spiced stouts. That's to be expected though, as this is a milk stout, not an imperial.

Overall: I really liked this beer, even more so than the "Charred" version, which I thought was overly roasty. An incredible brew, and I love the six-pack format.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle - bottled on 9/20/2016

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout changed the color of my snifter to an opaque black. Atop sat a 1 1/2 finger dense tan head that shrunk to a ring of foam. The nose is dominated by dark malt; coca, chocolate, coffee and a little spice noted in the background. There is a lot [maybe too much] going on with the taste. The flavors of; coca, chocolate, coffee, along with pepper, and spice seem to all fight for dominance and as a result don't blend together too well. To me, this hurts the taste and drinkability. Mouth feel is smooth with a high-medium body.

Overall, not a bad Milk Sweet Stout just too much going on with the taste for me.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Julio's a few days ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Really glad I did not trade for this beer as I had hopes it would show up at my store.

A - Poured a ncie dark dark brown nearly black hue witha thin half finger mocha head that fades to leave a creamy, creamy thin blanket with nice light side lacing

S - Aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, chocolate, light pepper heat. The lingering smell though is slightly, well, almost metallic. Other than that it is quite pleasant.

T - Taste is loads of cinnamon and nutmeg, nice vanilla and coffee with some faint peppers. The finish is a bit boozy though, which is kind of shocking. The cinnamon and vanilla lingers nicely, the coffee is not too too bitter and the dark chocolate is quite rich. Very light roast, and even lighter creaminess. I think the pepper detracts a bit from the style, would rather see this as an imperial stout.

M - Mouthfeel is on the crisper side, wish it was creamier.

O - Overall, a tasty beer for sure. All the parts work out great I'm just not entirely sure that a milk stout was the right choice of a base. Think this would benefit much more as an imperial stout ala Huna or Mexican Cake.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 4,150 ratings