Stone Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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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:
333
Gots:
1,048
For Trade:
39
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,750 |  Reviews: 639
Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz, bottled 12/2/16; finally getting around to this one
A - deep mahogany body capped with a creamy tan head that holds great retention
S - sweeter nose with hints of spices, vanilla, chocolate & cinnamon
T - delicate yet complex flavors with notes of vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, faint coffee, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, with slight heat on the finish from the peppers
M - creamy & smooth, full body, modest carbonation
O - great complexity with flavors melding together beautifully.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You know the brewers at this brewery really are an exceptional lot. This is such a delicious beer and for the mix of spices, so well balanced. Each can be smelled or tasted distinctly, but none it too dominant or over-powering. Plus the base beer is perfect with the richness of the dark grains with the smoothness and sweetness of milk sugar. What a well blended contention. Rich and smooth on the palate, in the nose and down to the gut. A pleasure at every step. This is about 6 months old and aging has only smoothed out any sharpness that existed.

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

12 oz. Bottle

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass, a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger, which also leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very nice chocolate/toffee, coffee, roasty. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee, roasty, very nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. A pretty complex brew. Overall, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of MikeM417
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just about as dark as night, milk chocolate head, but doesn't have great retention.
Aroma is big floral and fruity chocolate, cinnamon. Taste is true to the aroma, with cinnamon coming to the fore, like in a sweet hot chocolate, and only a slight bitterness in the finish. Not cloying at all - super nice in that way, that the sweetness comes from spice, not sugar. Some sense of roasted marshmallow, vanilla. Relatively light carbonation and medium body, the alcohol is well hidden.
A perfect holiday beer, loads of complex flavour and silky smooth. Feels like a special occasion drinking this, sitting by the fireplace.

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Photo of Akeah
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pda22
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Bartleby91
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of mrl2112
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

smooth, cocoa, cinnamon, coffee ,slight peppers. all around fantastic beer.

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Photo of nick_perry
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spice and pepper aroma. Tastes and feels exactly like a hot chocolate with some cinnamon and a hint of chile pepper. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that exudes warmth and complexity. Lingering finish.

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Photo of DaPan
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaximalC
3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours seal brown with a modest head of coarse, khaki foam. Unique, inviting aroma smells of cocoa, coffee, gingerbread, and peanut brittle.

The taste features a surprisingly forward burst of hot peppers and nutmeg amidst the roasty malt at the fore. Hops are primarily earthy, but buried beneath the peppers and spices. A salty aftertaste lingers long into the finish. Medium-heavy body and mild carbonation make for a full, robust mouthfeel.

I've never been a fan of hot peppers in beer, and this hasn't changed my mind any. The overall effect is like a hybrid between a stout and a heavily spiced Christmas ale. It's certainly a novel experience, but once is enough for me.

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

-dark, yet clear bottle pour with minimal tan foam. The chocolate and cinnamon aromas are strongly present in the flavor which also includes coffee and some chili pepper. This is a unique brew for winter enjoyment. The spice proportion is really well-measured.

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

355ml bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer pours charcoal black in color with deep brown hue at the rim, it tops with fairly thick foamy tan head that withstands for a while with decent retention before gradually collapsing to some long-lasting bubble sheet on the surface and leaving some spotty and patchy lace.

The aroma is led by intense cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, sweet milk, cocoa, and coffee. Thereafter, peppery spice and nutmeg closely unfold together with dark bread, smoked peat, yet charred and toasted biscuit. Very enticing smell.

Cinnamon, vanilla, milky sugar, and coffee flavors are in the lead while pepper, spice, and nutmeg come into play slightly thereafter. Then it is a time for roasted malt to participate with subtle astringency as well as some smokiness. Dark bread and toasted biscuit are there in the background while the end and aftertaste are lingering with bitterness from both roasted malt and hop.

Medium to full body with some bold touch through the palate without being sticky or syrupy, smooth mouthfeel with proper crispness and moderate carbonation, finish is very dry.

Lots of layer going on in both aroma and flavor ranging from the array of cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, nutmeg, peppery spice, smoke, roasted, and milky sugar but it is not that too complex. Instead it is so tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer is of cinnamon and chocolate, with the taste being the same but more intense. This is a very rich feeling beer also: it feels thick on the tongue like chocolate syrup (but not in an objectionable way). The carbonation is good. Overall, this is an interesting and fun beer. Its pairing possibilities may be limited because of its extra-distinctive flavor profile, but it's a great special occasion beer.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith27614
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 degueulasse
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers. It's dark caramel in color and it smells strongly of cinnamon. The brewery's comparisons of this beer to Mexican hot chocolate are not unfounded, as it tastes like milk chocolate with spices (cinnamon, but maybe also nutmeg). It is pleasantly thick and full while also going down very smoothly and neatly.

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

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