Stone Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
96
world-class
3,750 Ratings
Stone XocovezaStone 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
Ratings:
3,750
Reviews:
639
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
1,048
For Trade:
39
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,750 |  Reviews: 639
Photo of dohedan
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zshaft
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Burgh1328
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Artmcd88
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ead73
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of codytwo
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Knobs303
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dms1767
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R_i_P
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 6-pack of this "winter-spiced mocha" stout from Ralph's supermarket. Expensive beer at >$17 per sixer! Bottled on 10/16/2016. ABV is 8.1%. Brewed with cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. This stout tastes best either slightly chilled or at room temperature.

This stout pours black with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of tan foam. Good lacing. The smell is medium-roast coffee, dark chocolate and cinnamon. The taste starts with a burst of coffee and cinnamon, followed immediately by dark chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg and the barest hint of spicy chili pepper against the roasted malt backbone. The alcohol warms the mixture ever so slightly. This stout does indeed taste like Mexican Coffee and that delicious taste lingers after each sip.

World-class stout! Perhaps this stout might taste good with a shot of Kahlua Mocha (and tequila). Call me crazy! Also, I discovered this stout tastes utterly delicious as the boiling stock for steaming clams (for dinner). If you love steamed clams and you'd like the recipe, just drop me a message.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Good looking coffee dark brew with a substantial head that settles to a ring and gives up lace all the way down. Chocolately nose with just a hint of spice. I'm usually put off by the overbearing spice in this type of seasonal, but this is done with a more nuanced hand. Good quality stout with a hint of spice. Like eating a good quality dark chocolate. Enjoyable across the board.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Looks like your typical Imperial Stout.
S: Like a spice cabinet.
T: This had everything, just like the label said., maybe a bit to much of everything.
F: Medium bodied, maybe a bit to carbonated IMHO.
O: I guess I found a beer from Stone that I have no interest in trying again. This just didn't work for me.

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

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

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, with very little light penetrating even the edges of the glass. The head is modest, quickly receding to a ring of foam. Chocolate and subtle nutmeg, cinnamon and espresso notes in the nose. Dark and milk chocolate mix with the aforementioned spices and a light roastiness in the taste. Very subdued hop profile. Alcohol is very well hidden for the strength. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with a creamy, moderate carbonation level. Light bitterness and cinnamon and tobacco in the finish.

A nice flavored stout, complex and not over spiced. Worth a try.

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

Very good beer, wish there was a more prominent pepper flavor.

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Photo of wilhelmr3
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Phineasco
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pitch black with minimal head.
Smell: Spices, pine needles, chocolate, and coffee.
Taste: Real sweet, spicy, nutmeg, chocolate, and coffee.
Mouthfeel: Complex flavors, light feel for a stout.
Overall: Not my favorite, but very unique. Reminds me of Christmas.

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Photo of Corrado42
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MooseBoose
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kahootz, Meridian ID.

Opaque black body, a small amount of tan head fades into nothing with minimal retention and lacing - guessing the adjuncts are causing that - it still looks good for a stout. Spices and medium roast coffee coffee dominate the nose; there is a hefty amount of cinnamon-like spices, nutmeg, and also a mocha-like sweetness of vanilla coffee and chocolate. More of the same on the palate, the spices and coffee shine but the cocoa and vanilla balance it nicely...chilies are present but very much in the background with a subtle heat you almost loose in the cinnamon and spices. Fuller bodied and creamy, maybe a touch undercarbed but not bothersome, even with all of the spices and flavors of this one.

Can't believe I've never tried this one in its existence. As long as it's available in 12oz bottles I'll be grabbing a sixer yearly. Good stuff.

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Stone Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,750 ratings.
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