Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - XocovezaStone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza
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:
#393
Reviews:
718
Ratings:
4,037
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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362
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1,144
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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

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

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Black body, brown edges, khaki head

S - Lots of cocoa and pepper skin. Iced coffee, subtle vanilla.

T - Nutmeg gone wild!. Spices dominate unlike the nose. Still room for dark chocolate and bitter coffee.

F - Fine for the style. Expected a thicker body to go with the complex flavor profile.

O - I make sure to grab this one every year. Complex and drinkable.

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Photo of Dharmelink
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Been drinking stouts for 45 years. This stout is a meal in a bottle and replete with taste sensations that only a master confectionary could accomplish. Smooth as silk? No. That's thin. Smooth as velvet! Another bright star in Stone's vast firmament of gleaming lights.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of beerguy04
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Smell is coffee, chocolate, and spice. Taste is the same with coffee and chocolate in the beginning, and nutmeg and other spices at the end. Mouthfeel is surprisingly medium bodied. Overall, great beer.

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Photo of SFC21
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of sanitarium16
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Stone from Escondido, they are without a doubt one of the best craft breweries in the world. What they make can only be defined by superlatives.
However I was a bit taken back when they opened a brewery in Berlin, because I'm not a fan of German beers nor German brewing and I had doubts what they will make with the Stone brew, that it will be nowhere the West Coast feel Stone was producing with their beers as Germany couldn't be further away from that spirit and attitude.
Still I put my doubts aside because Stone is Stone, regardless of the place it was brewed - the mastermind is in the recipe!
I also don't like stouts for feeling like watered down coffee grounds, but I appreciate the ones that were made on the West Coast like Sierra's Stout for pouring depth and meaning into this type of beer.
This Xocoveza is similar, it is full of taste and flavor. NO roasted barley feel, but full on with dark chocolate, mocha coffee hints all over with some winter spice, topped by slight booziness, a perfect balance. As you get used to the taste you recognize a bit of vanilla in it. It is all blended together in in perfect harmony and balance, very satisfactory, you don't miss anything from it. It is as good as it can get.
I learned to give up my prejudice by the end of this beer because this Berlin made Stone was also amazing. Still, I am biased against German beers but tha's another story. Stone will always be top class no matter what country it is brewed in!

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Photo of Vaulmas
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,037 ratings