Stone Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

3,762 Ratings
Stone XocovezaStone Xocoveza

Brewed by:
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 antman27
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adamdescott
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Poured aggressive from bottle into tulip, gives about 1 finger tan head, recedes to a pool of bubbles across the top of the glass, will good lacing. Black as night, no light going thru this puppy. Smell, well it is great, I pick up chili pepper, chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon on the nose. Taste, well it is great, not a big fan of cinnamon in beer, but it is the first thing on the palate here, which is followed up by the chocolate and vanilla and it finishes with a mild heat from the pepper. The heat was more predominate on the earlier bottles, much more restrained after a few months. It does finish with a mild sweetness, but not too much so.

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

L: pours black with no head
S: cinnamon, chocolate, and nutmeg. Wow, nice aroma
T: good cinnamon, then the spices and chocolate. I don't get the coffee or vanilla. But there is a lot going on. Not lacking for flavor. With that said, it's not blowing me away, but it is good.
F: thin to medium feel, but the flavors do linger. I wish it was thicker though.
O: a solid beer that comes in a six pack.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mrgreenfur
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing stout. A little thin in mouthfeel for my tastes (esp compared to imperial stouts), but so full of spices and flavors. It's hard to disagree with any of it. Not overwhelmingly sweet or syrupy. Really an incredible stout.

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

Photo of ThaddeusLamar
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REEK
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaketaz
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes you have to suck it up, stop your hipster cynicism, and just give a beer the perfect score it deserves. You might be able to argue the flavor is too weird, as it happens it's the exact type of weird that I love. The appearance is a black hole topped with 85% cacao mousse, you could float a quarter on the head. Thick fudgy mouthfeel, spicy aroma of molé. Tastes of dark Mexican hot chocolate, dirty cocoa nibs, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. The rave reviews are all true, and the negative reviews are lying. If you see it, get it.

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Photo of bwarren82
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Deep black in color with two fingers of light brown head. The retention is excellent and leaves nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is fantastic and powerful. Cinnamon, pepper, chocolate, coffee, nutmeg. Each individual component is noticeable and together, they are really harmonious. The taste follows, with the coffee and cinnamon most prominent. The peppers hit the back of the tongue but are not overpowering. The body is full with low-moderate carbonation. An exceptional beer.

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

A - Dark body, completely opaque, with red-brown highlights. Short tan head, compact and tight. Fades pretty quickly. Not much lacing. Pretty solid looking stout.

S - Lovely nose of spice, cinnamon and a hint of spicy warmth, peppers, vanilla and nutmeg offer notes, with chocolate at the core.

T - Given the nose, the spice is pleasantly restrained. A well structured and integrated experience, perhaps a touch too heavily tilting to spice and away from chocolate. Close is phenomenally clean, mildly bitter. Yum.

M - Clean, decent but mild carbonation, and no drying. Warmth is mild. Very solid.

O - Rock solid. Built well, integrated. Lots of spice, but never unpleasant. Delicious.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TonyTwins
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerserk
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at blend. What a great surprise. Dark black, small tan head. Stone is lots of cocoa and red pepper. Smokey. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, pepper, some nutmeg and cinnamon. Really smooth. Pepper is lasting, but not overly spicy. A great beer."
Mexican Chocolate Stout Tasting with D.C.
Best tasting yet.
All 6 beers were anywhere from very good to magnificent.
1. Clown Shoes Luchador en Fuego
2. Weyerbacher Sunday Mole' Stout
3. Avery Xolotl
4. Stone Xocoveza
5. Stone Xocoveza Charred

6. Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero

Tempered Xocoveza ratings, but not too much allowing that the beer has aged.
12 oz. bottle to snifter. Bottle dated 10/30/15, so it is 11 months old, explaining away some of the deficiencies.
LOOK: dark black; Medium off white head; fades away almost completely.
AROMA: pepper and Cinnamon are most prevalent. A little smoky.
TASTE: Cocoa powder is still the main force here. The sweet spices and and the pepper are a bit subdued, but the bitter cocoa is the key.
FEEL: Pretty flat, not that this was very lively fresh, but I think it has lost some. Still very smooth though.

4th of 6, but fresh this would be at least 3rd, maybe 2nd.

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Photo of BdM
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaycase
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bin31z
3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black but not thick. Nose smells just like spiced mexican hot chocolate, dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg with maybe a little chili pepper. Tastes of cinnamon and dark chocolate. Conceptually its a good beer for me but I'm not just a fan of all those spices in this beer.

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Photo of GregBinder7
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of doktorhops
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes you find a Christmas beer that you can’t wait to open - much like a little liquid Christmas gift to yourself - Xocoveza, Stone’s take on a Mexican hot chocolate with added chilli, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg is indeed one of those brews. It’s been sitting in my fridge all ominous but tasty-looking for a fortnight and like an impatient hobbit turned into a foul twisted creature I’ve eyed it off every day thinking “soon my precious!”.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Quite dark, almost black, a chocolate brown body: Like a black man that follows me everywhere, I call him Leon, he's about half as tall as I am, depending on what time of day it is. He likes to play the timpani, and he is a watercolour. The head is nothing more than a tan lace ring though, still tasty. 8/10.

S: Spicy chilli-cinnamon-nutmeg-oh-my-god-my-brain-is-about-to-explode-with-delight goodness... also noted is dark/milk chocolate with a cacao nib smack down: Damn this whole situation is about to get real chocolaty now, in a good way - nay the best way possible, bring it Xocoveza! 10/10.

T: F%^k yeah!!! Stone have brought the flavour train to tastebud central! I don’t normally get so giddy about a beer but f*#k this is every adjunct listed on the bottle in sublime harmony creating a flavour tour de force. If you wrap your mitts around one chocolate beer this year make it this. All flavours listed on the bottle FYI are all present and accounted for: Cocoa, coffee, chilli, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg - throw in dark/milk chocolate, dark fruit and a woody touch towards the finish. Is it all too much? Surprisingly: No. 10/10.

M: Body is a slight let down, medium though I feel given the style it could use a little bit more creaminess and heft. Carbonation is mid to low and ever-present. 7/10.

D: The most disappointing part of Stone Xocoveza? Finishing the bottle... would love to have had this in a US Bomber (22 oz or 650 mls), all good things must end as they say, however I noted a few more bottles left down at The Archive - a stay of execution perhaps? In summation: I love this beer and want to drink it all year round. Disclaimer: I do love a good Mexican hot chocolate. 9/10.

Food match: Anything Chipotle - chipotle steak, chipotle pork, chipotle cat, chipotle baby panda, chipotle small children, chipotle Apple II computer, chipotle plesiosaurus, chipotle daily-planner - this will do it all.

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Photo of Inti
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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