Stone Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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Stone XocovezaStone Xocoveza

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a teku glass.

A: Xocoveza poured a black opaque body with a good looking head, 2 fingers thick but it quickly vanished as the beer settled on the glass. No retention nor lacing. Was expecting a better head for a 8% ABV beer.
S: The aroma is awesome because there's really lots of complexity here. First, you can find something that resembles a tea blend - cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg. And then, there's the milky touch, the coffee and mocha profiles. This is really great.
T: The taste has a big coffee, milky first impression. After a while, you can feel the nutty profile & vanilla coming in delivering a too hard profile of cinnamon and spices. These should be more balanced, since cinnamon has a real power to destroy and overwhelm all taste here.
M: In terms of mouthfeel, Xocoveza has a perfect carbonation but I find it too spicy for my taste. Mild to medium low bitterness.
O: I had too big expectations on this beer but the amount of cinnamon ruined it for me. I like it as a small hint, not as big as it is on this beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark matte black color. Tan silky head

S: whoa this is interesting. Roast malt, chili, caramel, sweet lactose, cardamom, oak, and big milk chocolate punch

T: wow this follows the nose pretty well. Milk chocolate, coriander, and chili upfront. The chili isn't really a spicy flavor but more of the chili pepper, it's really interesting. There is a slightly bitter roasted malt flavor behind that along with some oak and a touch of dark chocolate. At the very end is a dark plum flavor that is extremely subtle. Great stuff

M: medium mouthfeel with a relatively low carbonation level for a stout

O: this is an awesome beer. Solid stout that has a nice layer of flavors built on top of it that all compliment each other, nothing is overpowering.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: black with a thick 2 fingers head.
S: spice smell is powerful, followed by chocolate and some nutmeg
T: Has a lot going one at first taste. Chocolate, nutmeg and a good dose of spice.
F: little on the light side for a stout, but good feel overall
O: Really interesting beer they have put together, on a cold night I would definitely have another.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite stouts. I absolutely love the taste of cinnamon and nutmeg in this almost perfect stout. My only critique would be that its a little too light for a stout in my opinion but still a sturdy sipper or in my case gulper.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was one I hadn't seen before and with temps in the twenties, it seemeed like the choice. Huge head is incredibly impresive but doesn't last as long as I hoped. It does leave sweet lace though, so no harm, no foul. Nose is vanilla and white pepper and cocoa powder.

Interesting, multi layered taste and silky smooth texture. Hops and booze up front slow down the progress early but cocoa, coffee and cinnamon join the vanilla in a supurb finish and aftertaste. Improves as it warms, but you knew that already.

This is a quality effort on a very different take on stout. Maybe not for everyone with the strong pepper/spice profile, but a must try.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance. Strong aroma. Coffee and slightly pepper flavor is a great combination that makes this a great stout. no alcohol taste so take away from the experience.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inky black color and nice carmel head on the pour. Intense nose of chocolate and spice. Viscous chocolate with cinnamon and vanilla. Wonderful beer with a long satisfying finish.

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Photo of jeffreed61
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12/21/15 bottle. Holding up pretty well @ 13 mos old. poured at about 60 degrees. Big, frothy head. Huge cinnamon/cocoa nose. Thinnish feel. Cocoa/peppers/spice give way to equally huge cinnamon finish.

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Photo of IKnoGoodBeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas in a bottle! The spices and everything else this beer has going for itself makes it my number one seasonal beer! Flavor for days! I wish this was a year round beer.

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

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass an almost black dark brown with a dark tan head that soon recedes to a ring and a thin patchy cover on the liquid. There is a bit of lacing on at least one side of the glass. Sipping creates leggy arches on the side of the glass that become small patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Even near the end of the beer there's still a ring of foam and a thin island of foam.

The aromas include some peppers, tinged with almost burnt dark roasted malt, and backed up by some chocolate, nutmeg and vanilla.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the green chili pepper and slightly bitter dark roast malt pretty much up front while the slightly sweet chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg, that are not ignored, create a strong background.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with some gentle carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the green chili pepper fades, along with the sweetness from the chocolate and spices so that there is a light persistent almost burnt roast bitterness that then also slowly leaves the scene to a the dry ending that invites another sip.

A complex and very well made beer, and I certainly will be looking to have another. Also I’ll be looking forward getting more on its release next year. This is a nice change of pace to use as a holiday treat and/or a winter warmer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a custom shaped pint glass from cape may brewing: color is black, pretty solid looking, head is tan, fine bubbles, some lacing.

Smell is a great lead in to the great balance of spices in this brew: subtle pepper, cinnamon, pleasant cocoa/coffee/vanilla/nutmeg. the blend of aromas is incredible and recreates similar mexican coffee flavors very well.

Taste amplifies the aromas with coffee/cocoa/cinnamon/pepper dominating, but blending incredibly well. Vanilla/nutmeg are present and provide pleasant sweeter flavors to backup the stronger and dominant flavors of coffee/cocoa/cinnamon/pepper. just an incredibly different and great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light drying from the spices that starts slow and continues after a few seconds. The flavor on the tongue is sharp at the end but warranted considering the additions to this brew. The milk stout quality assists in providing lingering sweetness to counter the spice.

Overall this is one of the best spiced/christmas ales - the recreation of mexican coffee flavors is incredible and the balance of sweetness assists where some spiced ales are muddled in the spice mix. Great beer.

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Photo of smatthis49
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers of 2016. Might even be the highlight of the year, half kidding.

But this is an immaculate beer from start to finish. I have zero complaints. I'd this is a style and flavor profile you like, then you cannot go wrong with this brew.

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Photo of matcris
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tinge of red up to the light. Quickly fading tan head. Nice carbonation when I rock the glass. Spotty lacing.
Aroma is big coffee, cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and peppers. Smells great. Even get the nutmeg, but I don't think I would have recognized it if I hadn't known from the label. Sweet and bitter hit first, together. Cinnamon comes through, then chocolate and coffee. The peppers and vanilla are mild, but they sort of engulf the whole sip. Feel is medium to medium full body, a little sticky, but dry at the same time and average carbonation. The coffee is the stand out, to me, in the smell and flavor. Maybe a little less of the cinnamon and up the peppers on this one. Pretty good stuff, though.

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice beer. The pepper is really subtle almost undetectable. The nutmeg and cinnamon is really nice with the chocolate charecter of the beer. Nice head on the beer and really nice aroma almost like christmas.

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Photo of derpentine
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever drank. Looks are irrelevant to me. Smells like christmas spices, not much nutmeg but cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. Combines a great tasting stout with a tasteful amount of winter spices for a beer that is seasonally perfect.

Low bitterness, but not totally absent like you get with some stouts.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer is pitch black and a nice frothy tan head. The spices of nutmeg and cinnamon are the first thing I smell, then the sweetness of chocolate, and slight roasted coffee. The beer tastes like Christmas, lol. I get the coffee and chocolate flavors and then the kick of those classic winter spices. The beer is well balances and coats the mouth with a nice carbonation and slight stickiness to it.

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Photo of drmeto
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

-Berlin-brewed Version

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through with a medium,foamy,khaki head
-chocolate,cinnamon,brown sugar,nutmeg,licorice,acidic
-leafy chili skin,brown sugar,lots of cinnamon,chocolate,sour cherry,earthy,faint alcohol
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-no alcohol detectable
A very tasty spiced Stout with some thin Mouthfeel.
I've never tried the US Version, so i can't compare it with this.

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Photo of kitch
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle, bottled on 2nd October 2016, and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, nuttiness and peppers.

Taste: Lots of cinnamon upfront with nutmeg and mild chili pepper spiciness. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla follow.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: I was worried that this would be too sweet, but that turned out to be unfounded. The adjuncts were nice and gave it a nice winter/holiday feel to the beer. I would get this every winter and perhaps even age a few to see what happens.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/7/16

Pours very dark brown with orange/ruby highlights. One finger head recedes to sparse film but ample collar throughout.

Spice in the nose prodimiately cinnamon. Some vanilla. Not in your face in the smell dept.

I get the cinnamon and vanilla at first and the cinnamon is just right. A little bit of bittersweet chocolate as it warms some. Spices fade a bit and roast bitterness kind of takes over.

Medium to light bodied. A little slick, oily. Carbonation on the low end. Feel is about what you'd expect from a modest 8.1% .

Well made spiced beer and the spices aren't overbearing. It's really dominated by cinnamon in the spice dept, but some vanilla and bitter chocolate round it out. Maybe I'm not a big fan of spiced stouts because this fell just a bit short of my expectations. Regardless, it provides exactly what it advertises.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap today at Wingcraft in a 10oz snifter.

Nearly black, opaque dark brown color. 1F brown head, extended lacing.

Spice medley lead by pungent hot pepper aroma. Coffee and cocoa.

Peppery spiced chocolatey coffee.

Smooth, very much so. Chili pepper burn finish. It numbs the lips.

Stout it is. A fitting tribute to the origins of mole sauce.

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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 Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black hue with a thin head into my glass. Cocoa with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon in the nose. Vanilla, nutmeg, cocoa, coffee and cinnamon in that order on my tongue. Roasted coffee and cocoa at the back of the mouth. Creamy. This is dated 10/2/16 but has mellowed slightly. I can't wait to age the rest much longer.

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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 secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Virtually pitch-black, with an average deep tan head and limited lace.

Aroma: Cocoa, cinnamon, and a spicy heat already detectable. Very nice.

Taste: Delicious! Warming spice and coffee up front, followed by a touch of pasilla pepper heat and cinnamon. This is a rich, flavorful, and intensely complex ale. Loved it.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottle date: October 21st 2016.

L: Black, with tan head.

S: Cocoa, nutmeg, coffee, vanilla.

T: Cocoa chocolate at first, chili peppers come in faintly mixing with the vanilla and other spices.

F: Very smooth, and light bodied, velvet on the palate.

O: An excellent beer.

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