Stone Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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Stone XocovezaStone Xocoveza

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

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

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Photo of drmeto
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

-Berlin-brewed Version

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through with a medium,foamy,khaki head
-chocolate,cinnamon,brown sugar,nutmeg,licorice,acidic
-leafy chili skin,brown sugar,lots of cinnamon,chocolate,sour cherry,earthy,faint alcohol
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-no alcohol detectable
A very tasty spiced Stout with some thin Mouthfeel.
I've never tried the US Version, so i can't compare it with this.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes very much like that chili powder mexican chocolate along with some sweeter spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon and some vanilla as well. This was incredible, just like drinking desert.

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

A 330ml bottle, bottled on 2nd October 2016, and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice lacing.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, nuttiness and peppers.

Taste: Lots of cinnamon upfront with nutmeg and mild chili pepper spiciness. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla follow.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: I was worried that this would be too sweet, but that turned out to be unfounded. The adjuncts were nice and gave it a nice winter/holiday feel to the beer. I would get this every winter and perhaps even age a few to see what happens.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/7/16

Pours very dark brown with orange/ruby highlights. One finger head recedes to sparse film but ample collar throughout.

Spice in the nose prodimiately cinnamon. Some vanilla. Not in your face in the smell dept.

I get the cinnamon and vanilla at first and the cinnamon is just right. A little bit of bittersweet chocolate as it warms some. Spices fade a bit and roast bitterness kind of takes over.

Medium to light bodied. A little slick, oily. Carbonation on the low end. Feel is about what you'd expect from a modest 8.1% .

Well made spiced beer and the spices aren't overbearing. It's really dominated by cinnamon in the spice dept, but some vanilla and bitter chocolate round it out. Maybe I'm not a big fan of spiced stouts because this fell just a bit short of my expectations. Regardless, it provides exactly what it advertises.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap today at Wingcraft in a 10oz snifter.

Nearly black, opaque dark brown color. 1F brown head, extended lacing.

Spice medley lead by pungent hot pepper aroma. Coffee and cocoa.

Peppery spiced chocolatey coffee.

Smooth, very much so. Chili pepper burn finish. It numbs the lips.

Stout it is. A fitting tribute to the origins of mole sauce.

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

Had this on 2016-12-28 in Columbia, PA from a 2015 12oz bottle

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1.5-finger light brown head and good lace.

S - Milk and dark chocolate, chile pepper, roasted grain, nuts, cinnamon, earthy spice, vanilla. Lots going on here.

T - Espresso latte drizzled with chocolate plus cinnamon, chile pepper, nutmeg, vanilla and mint. Roasted bitterness and slight chile heat mingles and balances these flavors into the finish.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth and fairly creamy.

O - Like a candy bar with a Mexican twist in a glass without being too sweet. Very appropriate for the holiday season.

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black hue with a thin head into my glass. Cocoa with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon in the nose. Vanilla, nutmeg, cocoa, coffee and cinnamon in that order on my tongue. Roasted coffee and cocoa at the back of the mouth. Creamy. This is dated 10/2/16 but has mellowed slightly. I can't wait to age the rest much longer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best beer I have ever had, hands down...

Just about everything about this stout was damn near perfect - the dark colored brew with a head and lacing unlike any other beer I have had - the staying power and thickness was unlike any other. The smell had chocolatey notes with hints of peppers and coffee - not strong, but definitely there. The mouthfeel was as perfect (for me) as it gets - lightly carbonated, creamy texture blended with a silky feel. The milk stout was a perfect balance of all the advertised ingredients - not one single one overpowered the other - amazing. Again, this is about as damn near perfect you can get for a beer (or at least for a milk stout.)

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Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Virtually pitch-black, with an average deep tan head and limited lace.

Aroma: Cocoa, cinnamon, and a spicy heat already detectable. Very nice.

Taste: Delicious! Warming spice and coffee up front, followed by a touch of pasilla pepper heat and cinnamon. This is a rich, flavorful, and intensely complex ale. Loved it.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. Bottle date: October 21st 2016.

L: Black, with tan head.

S: Cocoa, nutmeg, coffee, vanilla.

T: Cocoa chocolate at first, chili peppers come in faintly mixing with the vanilla and other spices.

F: Very smooth, and light bodied, velvet on the palate.

O: An excellent beer.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Cinnamon and nutmeg really pop and it makes it oh so delicious! I have had this waiting for Christmas Eve for about a month or so. Opened it and boy oh boy it was worth the wait.

Perfect holiday stout!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Amazingly, a lot of the things added are perceptible in the smell. I can pick out cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and peppers.

The taste is cinnamon forward. After the cinnamon I get nutmeg and lightly sweetened coffee. The vanilla kind of gives it a coffee and cream dynamic, but it is light on the vanilla in taste. Initially I felt that the cinnamon was too much, but as I drink it the coffee becomes more of a focus of flavor which is a good thing. There is a tiny pepper sting early on my tongue but not lingering or building heat.

Full mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a delicious winter stout. I think that the cinnamon is a little too forward, but I do no feel strong enough to not drink another one.

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Photo of Myotus
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 51°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled 11Nov16) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Consumed on17Dec16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweetened coffee, sweet chocolate, cream, and vanilla are bolstered by mild caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and spicy pepper aromas along with subtle scents of nutmeg, plums, and figs.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A strong fusion of sweet chocolate and sweetened coffee first covers the palate. Mild flavors of spicy peppers, vanilla, cream, toffee, and caramel quickly balance the initial sweetness. The sweetness is then boosted as mild flavors of plums with subtle flavors of figs and molasses enter. Mild cinnamon, subtle nutmeg, and hints of bitter roasted malts join lastly as the pepper and vanilla flavors are slightly strengthened.
4.25 out of 5
NOTE: This was a multifarious brew that managed to blend all the flavors very well. With all the ingredients, I was expecting one huge mess, but Stone made it work. Not one flavor overpowered the other.

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong coffee, hint of chocolate, sweet malt, hint of chili, alcohol, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct dryness and coffee bitterness. Tastes of strong coffee, hint of chocolate, sweet malt, hint of chili, alcohol, spices, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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

Served on tap in a big f'n goblet. Appearance is thick and black, with a small rim of khaki foam around the rim. Not much in the way of lacing left behind. Aroma is big in cocoa, spices, and coffee. Taste is extremely well balanced between bitter cocoa and coffee, with sweet, warm vanilla, and spicy pepper and cinnamon. The flavors play and roll over the tongue in different ways with every sip. So good I have to stop myself from gulping it down so I can savor it as much as possible. Now that I've finally had it, I'm making yearly visits back to this Ale.

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Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A dense two finger tan head forms with excellent retention and lace.
S: I get vanilla, coffee, residual sugars, and peppers in the nose. Which becomes more like green peppers, and keeps becoming more vegetable like as this warms.
T: Again, I get all the additives. Coffee, vanilla, residual sugars, and green pepper. The pepper/vegetable flavor takes over after a while.
M/O: A big full body. Well carbonated and very smooth. Even with all the additives, this still drinks well. The green pepper flavor wares me down though, and I would like more of the stout character to come through.

While certainly enjoyable, the additives and peppers make it hard for the stout to shine through. It is just a spice rack of flavors with green peppers/vegetables. It would be worlds better if the roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate shined better, instead of the other way around.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with some ruby. Mocha head soon disapates and leaves a thin film and lacing.
Coffee roast, mocha, chocolate cake, vanilla, and, interestingly enough, a hint of peppers are evident in the nose. It's an inviting aroma.
When it hits the tongue, there is a creamy and chocolate fudge like sweetness that is typical of a sweet stout. However, the similarities end there, as this one is quite unique. For one, I detect this persistent menthol and mint leaf like quality that cools the mouth like a winter fresh gum or breath mint. It is quite pleasant and refreshing. The body is more on the medium side, smooth, slightly crisp carbonation, little trace of alcohol, and easy to drink. Furthermore, in the finish there is some bitterness from the espresso roast, leafy hops and spiciness from the peppers. It lingers in the aftertaste considerably.
A sweet stout that is multidimensional and complex. I love the combination of spice and mint. One of my favorite sweet stouts.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unreal. Beer purchased with other beers by my wife for our anniversary as a present. This beer is damn good! She is loving it as well. Smell of coffee and spices. The feel isn't that watered down character you find with others in this category (which is a big winner, the thicker the better). Taste of coffee up front, followed by cinnamon, heat (from the peppers), nutmeg, vanilla and then heat again on the backside. The label is dead on in the description. Get this if you see it! We're not PC so Merry Christmas to all BeerAdvocate followers.

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Photo of jp32
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black color with a sandy-colored head on top. Smells rich of roasted coffee beans with ancho peppers, nutmeg, and cocoa all swirling in the background. As the beer begins to warm I get some cinnamon in it's aroma as well.

It's flavor profile seems to be a fast-moving, constantly changing amusement park of flavors carried throughout the beer by sweet lactose sugars. Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, some type of chili pepper. Combined, I sometimes get an effect that reminds me of mole. And then sometimes vanilla. And then it circles back around to the coffee/chocolate/roasted dark malts base.

It's not heavy-bodied, but I suppose I'd call it full-bodied. Nice mouthfeel, not quite as big as I expected it to be, but really not that far off either. Overall, this is a genuinely strong offering from Stone.

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Photo of spoony
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled October 1, 2016) to a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces a short, dense, mocha head. Retention is OK and the head fades after a minute or so into a thick collar. The beer is virtually black and opaque. No lacing left behind and no carbonation is visible. It looks the part.

S-Really nice aroma with intense spice flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon. The chili heat is noticeable, more so after a few sniffs, but the beer never smells peppery or vegetal. Coffee flavors and a nice milk chocolate note round things out. The beer smells pretty sweet, but the spices balance things nicely and it never verges into bitter.

T-The beer tastes almost as good as it smells. Just enough chili heat to mingle with with the strong baking spice flavors and coffee notes. I can see how some drinkers would describe this beer as cloying or overly spiced, but everything seems to work in harmony here and the flavors are nicely layered.

M-The body is medium to heavy with softer, mild carbonation. It matches the beer well.

O-This is a really nice beer from Stone. It is very heavily flavored and I don't know how many of these I would drink in a sitting, but it makes for a fine dessert or winter warm-up.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The flavor is like nothing I've ever had. The depth of flavor is impressive. The vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers, chocolate and coffee notes are all very detectable. However, the flavor simply ends, there is no roasty finish like a stout should have. The flavor is impressive but I'm left wanting a roasty finish desperately.

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Photo of driverm11
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good, and with the successful blend of so many flavors together, unique. Just wished it had a bit of a higher viscosity. Definitely worth enjoying at Christmastime.

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Photo of Spikester
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with two fingers of brown head that lasts about ten minutes. Very dense fine bubble lace.
Smell is dark cocoa spices and some dark roast coffee. There is also a whiff of vanilla and peppers.
Taste is dark cocoa coffee spices and a touch of the peppers in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with proper carbonation. Finish is dry and medium bitter.
Overall a really fine brew from Stone.

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Photo of LuckFreeZone
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I think this is a beer that someone might really like (and, judging by the other ratings, several somebodies do really like it) but I was underwhelmed. There is a pronounced spice aroma and flavor. I believe it is nutmeg (I am not the world's most knowledgeable person regarding spices) and the effect just did not work for me.

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

A slightly viscous pour of this seasonal spiced Milk Stout yields a medium, slightly rocky brown head on an enthusiastically effervescent black body with sullen orange highlights; head retention is brief but lacing is excellent, consisting of thick sheets and bands. The nose is medium in intensity, leading with bitter coffee notes backed by a nicely complex blend of rich cocoa and more subtle molasses, milk chocolate and exotic cinnamon-like spice; modest alcohol overtones top things off. The palate leads with a rich cinnamon/vanilla spice that sets the tone for the flavor, backed by cocoa, medium-roast coffee and a lesser dark, bitter chocolate character, all over a modest boozy undertow. The net result is just about exactly balanced between bitter and sweet. The finish is a modest hit of cinnamon and chocolate, with just the faintest capsaicin burn; the linger is a strong echo of the finish that lasts awhile. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the full body, and is slightly warming/spicy; the texture is medium-creamy/sticky and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. The use of spices in this beer is just about perfect- they exert a beer-defining influence without being overbearing, and they harmonize well flavorwise with the base beer. (12 oz bottle, 37 days after pkg)

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Stone Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,711 ratings.
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