Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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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:
#379
Reviews:
699
Ratings:
3,982
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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360
Gots:
1,124
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Photo of sisterofba
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swampoodle
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMc8ride
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cnealc
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark with a slow forming orange/brown head. Sleeps like candy: chocolate, cinnamon & nutmeg. Tastes like Christmas: chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg,& coffee. Slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness. Creamy smooth texture. Yum!

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Photo of wwoj
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short beige colored head that quickly settled down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Slight aromas of cocoa and chili peppers are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of cocoa, vanilla and nutmeg along with some bits of spicy chili peppers.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very nice take on a Mexican hot chocolate and really exhibits a wide range of flavors in the taste. It's very drinkable because there are only hints of spiciness and any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Johnnyrafer
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Nice feel, pepper and chocolate dominate, very smooth and delicous, the pepper hits just rite, and as this beer warms it gets better. Hands down the best sweet stout.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. 2015 vintage.

Looks very nice, dark black brown with a thick dark tan head.
Smells great, lots of dry cocoa, cinnamon spice and vanilla. Faint hint of chili peppers.
Tastes excellent, so many different flavors and well balanced. Sweet vanilla and dry bitter cocoa blended with cinnamon spice and subtle chili heat. No one flavor dominates, as sometimes happens with chili peppers in a beer.
Feel is good, well carbonated and somewhat sharp edgy flavors. Medium body, not heavy. Nice balanced feel across the various flavors. Dry warm finish.

Overall, really excellent! Very interesting and well done! Glad I could have it on tap, definitely worth it if you find it.

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Photo of Lahey
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not one for peppers in stouts, ever. But this beer is well balanced. My fiancée called it chocolate christmas beer and I have to agree. The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers and chocolate are well balanced and in full force. Not too much pepper to ruin it by any means. If you're going to try one funny flavored stout, make this the one. It is what it says it is and does it well.

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Photo of TLA
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Craven
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbarny76
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zhoxush
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very strong cinnamon in the smell and taste. Getting more tobacco upfront than anything else. All of the flavors are there if your mouth can distinguish them. Overall a well made milk lactose stout that isn’t too strong. FYI I like em stronger and less sweet!

I just wish this one was just a little more spicy like Dragon’s Milk Mexican Spice Cake.

Update 30 min later; all spices are coming out with more pudgence. Fantastic!

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Photo of _nickg_
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ceezer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hawk56
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had both, on tap and bottle, no difference. exceptional beer...

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Photo of rsuarez1982
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 3,982 ratings