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 jageraholic
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: looks excellent. Brown head, dark dark brown beer, great head retention

S: expresso, strong cinnamon, slight pepper heat, slight caramel, milk. Smells like a dessert coffee with liqour.

T: mocha coffee, cinnamon, roasted malts, burnt caramel, very slight pepper flavor

M: smooth, tingly aftertaste from the peppers. Slightly warming finish.

O: excellent. Not a fan of pepper beers, but this one does it perfect.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

App 4.0, Nose 4.75, Taste 4, Feel 3.5, Overall 4.0
Serving Type: bottle
Poured from a bottle into a Stone snifter. Nice pitch black pour, not highly viscous, and about a finger of tan-colored foam that quickly dies down to a thin lace. The nose is wonderful. I get lots of coffee and cinnamon as well as a hint of chocolate. When I tried this on tap last week, I got a lot more coffee and chocolate - a really wonderful rich cold-pressed coffee aroma. Strange that I don't seem to get it in the bottle (perhaps it's my imagination).

Medium body with an average feel, but certainly acceptable for a non-imperial stout. Faint sweet toffee notes up front quickly followed up with unfolding flavors of cinnamon, coffee, semisweet chocolate, ginger, and a whiff of peppers on the finish. Some of the coffee and chocolate lingers behind, drying out the palate and leaving you ready for more. Very drinkable. No booziness or excessive sweetness at all. Again, not that I don't thoroughly enjoy this, but when I tried this on tap I seem to recall being more impressed with the coffee flavors. They struck me as more rich and intense.

Like all well-crafted "Mexican-style stouts", this one packs a good balance of flavors and presents a wonderfully complex drinking experience. The milk stout makes an interesting vehicle for this style, as the lactose helps to provide a sweet balance to the spicy and bitter flavors. An imperial version of this would be an absolute delight and a must-try in my book. I hope Stone makes this again (who am I kidding - a Bourbon-barrel-aged imperial version will likely be next year's version of WootStout).

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Xocoveza Mocha Stout
Stone Brewing
Milk Stout
8.10% ABV
50 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours an ominous black with cola brown hues dancing around in the glass. Big fluffy loose tan/khaki colored head that retained just long enough for the picture then dissipated into a thin halo. Left some spotted lacing trails.

AROMA: Like a hot steaming mug of "Abuelita" with a chili pepper soaking in it. Tons of wonderful cinnamon and nutmeg blast my senses, followed by a delicious mix of dark chocolate and coco powder. Faint bits of rock sugar and vanilla round out the bouquet right before the coffee comes in the complete round out the nose.

TASTE: This Stout's flavor profile truly follows the nose. Layers upon layers on immensely rich and savory notes that starts with a nice milky chocolate flavor. Roasted malts with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. The chili pepper starts to peak in the middle with some mild spicy heat. Whole vanilla beans and fresh ground expresso with that coffee bitterness on the backend. I really want to heat this up and add Kahlúa to it!

MOUTHFEEL: Light plus body and the carbonation that does come up is viscous but not much of it. The finish is super long and wet, with a coating of chocolate that blends well with the spicy heat.

OVERALL: An outstanding Mexican Spiced milk stout from Stone. I think the highlight of this beer has to be the nose. It really pulled me in begging me to taste. I'm a big fan of Abuelita & Ibarra and this just put it in a beer form. I actually really like the lighter body on this, it made it super drinkable. I put this right up there with the other spiced stouts I've had like Mexican Cake, Bomb! & Hunahpu.

OVERALL: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, a bit of coffee, and a hint of chili spice.

T: Roasted malts and cinnamon dominate with semi-sweet chocolate, a bit of vanilla, and coffee. The finish is slightly charred with a light chili burn.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use a little thicker body.

O: A good beer, overall, with a lot of nice spice and stout aspects. Chocolaty and spicy and delicious.

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Photo of turbotype
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 45F. Poured into a squeaky clean Duvel glass.

Pours black and kinda flat until you get aggressive with it, then a voluminous dirty head appears that isn't in a hurry to go anywhere. Thin lacing on the glass after sips.

Smells of coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some hints of cocoa and oatmeal. I do not smell peppers as others have.

Tastes how it smells. Very coffee forward, with some cinnamon and nutmeg in there.

A little thin, but appropriate for a non imperial stout. Lingering warm sweet finish with a tiny bitter bite.

I couldn't really put into words what this beer did for me. I guess it is because I have nothing to compare it to. I found ShooCoVaySah to be very unique and delicious. I can only hope that Greg Koch realizes that he is potentially sitting on goldmine should he decide to make this a regular release. Believe the hype that has spawned around this stout. Yes, it is that good.

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Photo of TheMarkE
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Black with a mocha tinted head of foam, not much lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, raisin, cinnamon, peppers.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied, almost chewy. Slight pepper in the finish along with bitterness from the cocoa.

The Verdict: Very good. Complex and full of delicious flavors that compliment each other perfectly. It does all this with subtlety, with none of the ingredients beating you over the head. Instead, it’s just a wonderfully smooth brew that comes together nicely.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -7.6%

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is rich chocolate with some spicy cinnamon.

The flavor is sweet chocolate, a lot of roast, coffee, and cinnamon and spicy chile peppers and a slightly chalky roast coffee finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nicely balanced spicy chocolate coffee stout. A Mexican mocha with a kick.

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Photo of Climbhigher2
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Ole! Enjoyable beer, but needs pumpkin pie, chocolate cake or some other kind of food. Definitely better than some of the other Mexican spiced beers.

Yes, yes, I know. Not your typical Beer Advocate review, but I'm sure you have already read about the foam.

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Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this is my favorite beer I've ever had from Stone. Pours a beautiful dark brownish black with a dark mocha head. Aromas and flavors are layers and layers of unfolding complexity: chocolates, spices, coffees, earthy qualities, caramel drizzle sweetness and chocolatey cakes. Basically the perfect brew representing so much complexity so well balanced into a symphony of flavors.

I recommend trying it mixed into egg nog for a Winter treat.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, viscous beer but thin creamy head (3/3)
S: Where to begin? Chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon get me at first, but when I go back I get coffee too, and a healthy hot pepper spiciness (10/12)
T: I have never had anything like this beer. The chocolate dominates up front, and when I open my mouth I get a blend of all the non-spicy spices, and the aftertaste, like good Mexican chocolate is all in the heat of the peppers. Nothing is overpowering--it comes in waves whether I think it’s nutmeg, cinnamon, or chocolate that’s dominating. (18/20)
F: Very viscous, but there are just enough bubbles to back it up, and there’s a somewhat dry feeling to complement the spicy aftertaste. (4/5)
O: Wow. I’m still in awe of the balance. Having this many ingredients, and keeping all of them in control is fascinating. It is not a beer for all occasions--you’ve gotta want spicy Mexican chocolate. But when you’re in the mood, I can’t imagine anything better. (9/10)

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

This is another one of the special releases by Stone Brewing Co. Had this with my breakfast the other day! The best Coffee Stout hands down! I bought 2 and I know i need to get a few more before they are no longer available.

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Photo of Damian
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Drank from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Celler, Belmont, MA
Served in a pint glass

A tight, frothy, inch-tall, caramel colored crown topped the dark brown liquid. The head quickly dissolved. Spotty lacing trickled down the top portion of the glass.

The aroma was fantastic and very unique. Mexican chocolate immediately came to mind. Super spicy with strong notes of cinnamon, chilies and nutmeg. Hefty dose of coffee grounds. Creamy and sweet with hints of vanilla. Really intense and dynamic. I would have loved to smell this all night long.

Flavor wise, the beer was terrific, yet not quite as impressive as the nose. The sweet stout base was accentuated by milk chocolate notes and savory spices. Again, Mexican chocolate came to mind. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominated. Fresh vanilla bean and coffee appeared in the center. Touch of chili heat on the finish. Some lingering, bitter roastiness came through as well. Somewhat espresso-like. As the beer warmed, the chocolate notes became much richer, as did the overall flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied. Soft on the palate with a mellow effervescence. Pretty forgettable yet perhaps appropriate for the style.

Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout is one of the most exciting beers I have tried in quite some time. I really love the current trend of brewers making lighter bodied stouts and IPAs with flavor profiles typically associated with much "bigger" beers. This particular example is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Strong cinnamon/nutmeg aroma that seems to overpower everything. In the background, there's also dark chocolate or cofee with milk. The texture is quite silky with a milky smoothness. Slight roast bitter at the end. This would be an amazing Christmas-time drink, kind of strange that Stone is releasing it when it's so hot outside. Nonetheless, solid milk stout with a lot of character.

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Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours more of a deep cola color than jet black with thinner beige head atop.Whoo it smells like a straight on coffee house with deep roasty smoky espresso,wow that's some espresso for ya.Flavors of roast and char really smack the taste buds some berry like fruitiness lends sweetness in the finish,mild vanilla and brown sugar gives just a little more sweetness to the roast and char.Hell yeah this the most "coffee" of coffee/espresso beers I have ever had and I have had a few,ballsy and awesome here.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a beer hunter snifter.

a - brew pours a watery black with a thin off white head that didn't hang too ling. spotty lace at best.

s - nose is a nice blend of chocolate, cinnamon, and peppers. Very subtle and nicely balanced brew compared to the others of this ilk. Milk stout is also a softer interpretation for these. Really smells amazing.

t/m/o - taste picks up where the nose leaves off. Milk chocolate roast glazed over with cinnamon and some peppers. Really tasteful mix with everything in the right place. Where this one is drastically different than Mexican cake and hunah in my eyes is in the mouthfeel. This beer is way lighter and softer. While it supports the flavors well, I like these flavors to be in a chewier bigger beer. More like a cake. Great beer though. Get it if you can.

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

A: black stout body off a dark brown-black pour; billowy mocha head a few fingers high left some brief lace behind...

S: rich dark roasty malts, underscored with chocolate and cocoa, and hints of brighter spice like cinnamon and nutmeg

T: up-front dark roasted cocoa malts, vanilla and heat hit the palate simultaneously; holiday notes like that of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice at play in the background; mellow espresso with just a touch of sweetness...

M: smoothly bittersweet chocolate wraps itself around the tongue, drying finish with slight chalk; mild with a trace of char... slight tingle on the tongue...

O: an exceptional effort again by Stone and collaborators - in the same vein as Mexican Cake, Indra Kunindra, and others, brings together classic Imperial stout characteristics, with a great coffee undertone and the infusion of interesting and potentially prickly spices. Do not take a pass.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Bomber to a snifter, bottled 8/23

Pours black with a finger of mocha colored foam. Moderate carbonation from the sides, no real visibility, okay retention, great lacing 4.5/5

Smells pretty complex. Upfront espresso coffee, followed by chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, spiced nutmeg and clove, finishing with some alcohol. Smell is spot on with the ingredients listed on the front of the bottle, everything comes together really well 4.5/5

Taste follows really well. Lots of coffee followed by chocolate, cinnamon, a little peppery spice, vanilla, clove and nutmeg, finishing with some alcohol. The peppers go really well with the cinnamon giving it a nice kick 4.5/5

Feel is a heavy body, thick and sticky. Very smooth and creamy. Mild spiciness and bitterness, alcohol concealed well. A sipper for sure that could entertain me for hours 4.75/5

Overall holy shit this is great. By far the best Stone collab I've had, hands down the best so far of the past two years. Stone: hire on Chris Banker! 4.55/5

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Photo of Resuin
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter. 2014 version. Served at just under room temp.

Appearance: Pours black and leaves a relatively thin finger or two of tan head that lingers for a while before leaving a tan later atop the black beer. (4.5)

Smell: Coffee, a bit of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate, toasted malts, vanilla. All the aromas are big and present, yet meld together to form a nice unified smell of the combination of them all. Quite spiced, like pumpkin pie mix. Very pleasant. (4.7)

Taste: Again big with pumpkin-pie spices (minus the pumpkin of course) - nutmeg, cinnamon, a dash of vegetal peppers all play nicely together and are followed by toasted malts, some coffee, vanilla and just a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is a lot milder than the smell - so easy drinking. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation (but plenty) with a big, real creamy body. Finishes amazingly smooth, maybe just a tad bitter. (4.75)

Overall: This is a really well done spiced milk stout. The aroma is just fantastic, and that played with the high drinkability and smooth flavors in the taste make this a real winner. The creamy body works wonderfully as well. Some nice cinnamon is the last taste I get in the semi-long finish. I can't think of many better winter/holiday beers than this. (4.6)

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Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Easily one of the best beers that I've ever had. It's an excellent masterpiece of flavors. Every single flavor shines. The cinnamon, Mexican chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, and more spice. This will be nice to age, and I need to get more of this before its gone!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.07/5  rDev -6%

Bottled on 08/29/14.

Pours opaque black. The thin khaki head fades to a thin ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of spent coffee grounds, chili peppers, dark chocolate and burnt wood.

The taste is of coffee, dark fruit, cinnamon, dark chocolate and a hint of chili pepper heat.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

An interesting take on Mexican hot chocolate. The smell is much stronger than the taste. Solid aromas and flavors although, I feel this would benefit from a fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Reminds me of a lighter but more chili pepper dominant bomb more than huna. I thought it drank closer to a porter than a stout. I got a lot of chili pepper and vanilla.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A beer comes in a black color with a small tan head.

The aroma is brilliant, almost like my "dry hopped" French press attempts of the style. Fresh spicy peppers, coffee, bright cinnamon with touches of cocoa and vanilla.

The flavor follows with the pepper flavor up front, but with light heat. Cinnamon is balanced with hints of nutmeg. The roasted coffee comes through along with the bitterness of cocoa and a balancing note of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is medium.

An exceptional attempt at the style, but I do wish the beer was more spicy, as it barely spicy in its current state. It also could use a slight bump in ABV and mouthfeel, although that is a secondary complaint.

Clearly Stone's best release since RuinTen.

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Photo of yoitsarch
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Poured and right away I can smell the deliciousness of coffee, once I dig in you get layers of the cocoa, cinnamon and peppers through the aroma
T: Coffee, and cinnamon are the most prominent flavors I got right off the bat followed with peppers and spices, no alcohol heat.
M: Not too light but sessionable for a stout, I like my stouts chewy but this works.

Overall : Great stone collab, makes me miss DAYMAN from all the coffee that this has. I recommend this bottle especially for its price, $7.49 for a 22oz. This beer will be awesome for the upcoming holidays in a few months.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap at the Stone Company Store in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and slight pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and a very mild pepper heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic aromas and flavors that make this one a treat to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
2.68/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 22oz bottle chilled.

A: Dark not super viscous but pretty good sight for a stout but with a brown mocha head. Light carbonation. Kind of looks like a porter/stout merge.

S: Slight cinnamon, burnt sugar, peppers although not assertive. Coffee although not pleasant coffee with some real light vanilla tones.

T: Right up front there is a lot of things going. Malty porter flavors mixed with unrefined coffee, slight heat from the peppers, some cloves, and then good chocolate in that order. The finish is a nice mexican chocolate but that's the best part about this.

M: Sweet and quite thin for a stout. The pepper is subtle but I'd like more balance. Kind of a mess and the biggest redemption is that after taste.

O: What I was really hoping for was a mimic of Port Brewing's Mexicutioner. There are just way too many flavors battling here and while it's a better effort than a lot of these collaboration beers ultimately kind of a miss. That aftertaste is real pleasant and kudos for not making the peppers too harsh but I was hoping for something thick with balance but this leans more towards a better version of the last milk stout that was put out.

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