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Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente  XocovezaStone / Chris Banker / Insurgente  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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Ratings: 3,982 |  Reviews: 699
Photo of Jsonta
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on draft in pint glass. taste is a moderate stout with sweet at first that fades to spice. to me the spice is a cinnamon and nutmeg mix. love that this still tastes like a "real stout". great beer that i hope i see again

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Photo of thebeers
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, approaching black, with two fingers of mocha-colored head that leaves sloppy lacing.

Big coffee and chocolate aroma with light vanilla, cinnamon, a touch of caramel and smokey pepper behind.

Coffee, vanilla and cinnamon again up front in the taste, with sort of a dry, almost silty finish -- with a baker's chocolate that's neither bitter nor sweet and a lightly smoked pepper on the backend then a flash of vanilla sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Lots of pieces here. It definitely covers all the flavors in Mexican hot chocolate, but this still doesn't come together particularly well for me. It's just a bit too dry and powdery. Maybe with a bit more fudge-like chocolate? Definitely worth a try anyhow.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

damn. really enjoyed the flavor of this beer. spicy but not hot, sweet but not cloying, very complex flavor profile that is well balanced. notes of coffee, chocolate, spices reminiscent of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice definitely worth trying!

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

Photo of rdoggg
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hallertau
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NEOdrinker
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mumbled
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Bottle dated 09/17/16 into pint glass. Pours a very dark ruby-brown, with a persistent tan head. Initial impression is chocolate, smoky cinnamon, vanilla bean, and maybe some coffee way in the background. Mouthfeel is lighter than the taste profile would lead you to expect. Finish is smooth. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. This Stout shows a lot of restraint and perhaps maturity in that there is no dominant/overwhelming component in the flavor profile, but it is emphatically a flavorful and enjoyable Stout. Kudos to Stone for this one!

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Photo of mntlover
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black to real light getting through nice two finger light coco head that falls to a ring and laces well.

Aroma is nice roasted sweet malts good lactose notes, coco, nice spice cinnamon and nutmeg wrap around the peppers and make it pop without being over done. Aroma is very good complex but pleasant well blended an enjoyable brew.

Taste is like the aroma just not as good.Chocolate roasted sweetness with some extra sugars from the lactose. Peppers and spice are more prevalent in the flavor then in the nose. Brew seems hot but guess its more cinnamon dipped peppers then the alcohol. Not bad but not as good as I was expecting, guess I was hoping for a poor mans Prairie Bomb.

Mouthfeel is strangely kind of light, smells rich and creamy flavors would suggest more body, but eh seems lighter then it should be to me.

Overall eh aroma is very nice, the rest just comes up short comparatively, certainly worth a try as it is highly praised, just don't see me buying it again, least not at this price.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (Jester King stemware, of course). According to the yellow ink bottling date on the shoulder of the bottle, this was bottled just under four weeks prior to drinking (“BOTTLED ON 09/20/16”).

Appearance (4.0): The body is black, with a generous head starting at two fingers of pillowy, cappuccino froth-colored foam. That head dies down slowly, showing ruby-brown highlights at the corners of the glass. No lacing to speak of, just very temporary spots of lace.

Smell (4.25): Right out of the bottle, cinnamon and light chile aromas subtly blend in with very dark (like 80%) cocoa and slightly charred coffee notes. Light brownie sweetness holds up the darker, more acidic and spicy notes. Slightly smoky chile comes out more as it warms, and as it nears room temperature there’s much more of a fudgy, espresso brownie vibe.

Taste (4.0): Surprisingly very smooth and even silky, the body comes in with a low-level brownie sweetness that offers a smooth base for its spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla come in first—especially the nutmeg—all of which are smoothed over by the vanilla. Espresso is next, with an acidic bitterness paired with light char and smoke, followed by the earthiness and moderate bitterness of dark cocoa. Finally, a light chile spice, accompanied by light smoke, bring up the rear with a subtle spice in the finish. Some very earthy bread notes flesh out the malt base: chocolate cake without the frosting, with cocoa powder and dark, oaty beer bread. This tastes like a slightly chocolatey, Christmas-spicy cold brew coffee-infused stout.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Extremely smooth, with a full-ish but not heavy body and absolutely no sign of booze. The carbonation is smooth—like, velvety smooth—pairing perfectly with the oat-like malt body. The coffee and subtle spice components help the beer finish just on the dry side, but really just barely. Very smooth and satisfying, but not as heavy or fudgy as your typical American Imperial Stout.

Overall (4.25): Delicious, without straying into the fudgy sledgehammer (“fudgehammer,” maybe?) realm of bigger stouts. The spice notes are very subtle and well-integrated. This is very, very tasty stuff, and I appreciate the effort that went into executing such an interesting recipe concept without straying too far in any one direction. Balanced, and definitely recommended.

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

Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think it's a bit over-hyped, just a bit. It pours very dark; something I love. It smells nice and chocolaty with undertones of spices. However, I don't think the taste is well balanced enough. I will say that it's the best "Mexican Hot Chocolate" inspired beer that I've had. I've had a few of these types of beers and they can be way too spicy and overbearing. Xocoveza does not fit this description, but I'm still not convinced that the style itself works enough to be "world-class". I love stouts, I love spice, but for some reason this beer just doesn't do it for me the way other stouts do.

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

Photo of delgotit99
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of MeLoynes
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jsalz21
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GangOf1
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Birdgang88
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing!!!! Why did I wait so long to drink this beer? Its the peppers that make this beer stand out the most. The combo of nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon are intensified by the bite from the pepper. Amazing beer, My favorite thus far.

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Photo of robebo44
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. 091716 on bottle neck.

A: Black with chestnut edges and 1-2 finger beige head with medium retention and spare lacing

S: Unique aroma for sure with fig, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, espresso, vanilla, and vegetal green pepper

T: Surprisingly enjoyable (not a fan of spiced beers generally) with a big blast of milk chocolate and espresso cut with lightly sweet vanilla and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and finished with a deft touch of pepper heat. Impressive.

M: Drinks much lighter than the ABV with light-medium carbonation and medium body.

O: I wouldn't want to drink a bunch of these as the flavor is big and complex but the lighter than expected body makes this a once in a while treat.

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