Stone Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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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:
3,762
Reviews:
644
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
337
Gots:
1,042
For Trade:
39
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,762 |  Reviews: 644
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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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

Stone Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,762 ratings.
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