Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - XocovezaStone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - 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
Ranking:
#397
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
4,039
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
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Ratings: 4,039 |  Reviews: 720
Photo of monkist
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Stone from Escondido, they are without a doubt one of the best craft breweries in the world. What they make can only be defined by superlatives.
However I was a bit taken back when they opened a brewery in Berlin, because I'm not a fan of German beers nor German brewing and I had doubts what they will make with the Stone brew, that it will be nowhere the West Coast feel Stone was producing with their beers as Germany couldn't be further away from that spirit and attitude.
Still I put my doubts aside because Stone is Stone, regardless of the place it was brewed - the mastermind is in the recipe!
I also don't like stouts for feeling like watered down coffee grounds, but I appreciate the ones that were made on the West Coast like Sierra's Stout for pouring depth and meaning into this type of beer.
This Xocoveza is similar, it is full of taste and flavor. NO roasted barley feel, but full on with dark chocolate, mocha coffee hints all over with some winter spice, topped by slight booziness, a perfect balance. As you get used to the taste you recognize a bit of vanilla in it. It is all blended together in in perfect harmony and balance, very satisfactory, you don't miss anything from it. It is as good as it can get.
I learned to give up my prejudice by the end of this beer because this Berlin made Stone was also amazing. Still, I am biased against German beers but tha's another story. Stone will always be top class no matter what country it is brewed in!

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Photo of Vaulmas
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JdubsNY
3.56/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts out with delightful chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes, but quickly gives way to a devious hot blend of pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Brewer didn't hold back on throwing a lot of ingredients into this one. Keep the acid reflux pills handy.

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Photo of Duncian
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mxsluis
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of briantullis1
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewAskew
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours up to a nice but thin head and minimal lace. Great dark brown color. Aroma is a pleasing blend of cinnamon, whiskey barrel, brown sugar, chocolate and dark brown sugar. Flavor is toll house morsels, brown sugar, rum, coffee, peppers. Mouthfeel is a bit gritty like melted chocolate. A great sipper.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBobber
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours out an oily black that allows no light through it. Able to see carbonation bubbles hanging on in the bottom of the glass. Has a nice thick creamy finger of a light brown head topping it off.

The smell is a lot of coffee dominating with some roasted malts and a bit of some sweet chocolate in the background.

The taste is a rush of espresso and dark roasted malts up front. Chocolate taste comes through very nicely with the cinnamon flavor growing as the beer warms. There is a nice bit of pepper heat that hides way at the back of the taste. The peppers are nicely done, not dominating but more like a thin highlighter on the edge.

The mouth feel is very full with a bit of an oily slick finish.

Very nicely crafted stout with a lot of players in the game. Filled with a complexity of flavors this beer seems to be well put together. Nothing overpowers the other and everyone seems to play nicely with each other. I like the beer and would be willing to share my experience with a friend in the hopes that they may give this one a shot. Cheers!

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

Photo of rolltide
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is pretty obviously an attempt to do what Prairie Bomb does, and they’re in the right neighborhood. Excellent! Also cost a fraction on the Bomb price, btw.

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

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of izraelc
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is powerful. Very earthy and complex. Like a stirred up compost pile but inviting. Black as night. My wife made a face when she saw it. The first sip was as complex as the smell. Robust and chocolaty with a spicy finish. The flavors complement each other well surprisingly. Great on a bitter cold night but I wouldn't drink too many of these.

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Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2017 12 fl. oz. bottle. Amazing. Top 3 stout. Thrilled to be the 3rd review on BA. 1-13-18.
A) deep black color with a dense modest tan head that lasts and completely coats the pilsner glass all the way down.
Smells great.
S) Totally like a hot mexican spice chocolate, with pepper dominant, then winter air, cinnamon, coffee, and vanilla.
T) Big but balanced wake up of peppery spice, calienté, then cinnamon and spice cabinet including that vanilla peppered over coffee.
F) Medium bodied, full flavored.
O) Amazing beer. Must try!

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Photo of TheHexIsReal
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveO419
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ronl12
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beaulabauve
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,039 ratings