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Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone XocovezaChris Banker / Insurgente / Stone 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:
#378
Reviews:
681
Ratings:
3,914
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.74
 
 
Wants:
354
Gots:
1,115
Trade:
41
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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked It lot, but could have done without the nutmeg

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Photo of rydev24
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppyhoppy
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of srw
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greasy
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Richter525
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hendrick24
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickTheRick3
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Jet black, thick pour with a creamy tan head that leaves a few speck and ribbons of lacing behind. The aroma is a heavenly blend of chocolate, coffee, peppers, roasted malt and a nice underlying sweetness. The taste is a balanced medley of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee and spicy peppers with a bitter char finish. This is a great beer. I wish I bought more.

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Photo of gruves33
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

A: [5.00] The bottle lists the ABV (8.1%) and there is a clear date (10/09/2016). With a hard pour I got 3 fingers of caramel colored head. It is dense and looks like nougat! The beer beneath it is black. Almost no light penetration.

S: [4.25] Maybe because I read the description but I am distinctly getting coffee, hot peppers and chocolate.

T: [4.25] The taste lays out in the same combination. Bitter dark chocolate with a slight kiss of spiciness from the peppers. As I continue to sip the flavor mellows and the chocolate is more of a milk chocolate flavor.

M: [4.25] Definitely on the chewier side. Nice and thick. Nothing really lingering on the palate.

O: [4.25] This is a really good beer. The nose has several distinct elements that all come across in the taste too. The additional heat from the peppers adds depth of flavor beyond the chocolate. The coffee and the chocolate themselves are really nice too. As for the heft - it has lower carbonation and a thick (but not syrupy) mouthfeel. Overall this is a winner. Worth getting and worth recommending.

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

Photo of Dum3z
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmecca
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours out a very dark brown that looks pitch black in the glass. Topped by a frothy tan head that boasts excellent retention and lacing.

S: Decant dark chocolate, almost chocolate cake, medium-roast coffee, brown/caramelized sugar, brown bread, hints of warmth from chili pepper and cinnamon.

T: Upfront, wave after wave of sweet and bitter chocolate. In the middle, you get toffee, burnt sugar, and brown bread, which leads a restrained, well-played spiciness. The cinnamon and nutmeg really shine, with the chili peppers boosting the warmth along. Then you get a nice bittersweet cocoa finish that lingers long of dark chocolate!

F: Medium-full body, smooth and sleek, moderate carbonation.

O: This is excellent. A winter warmer and dessert all at once. Great job, Stone!

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

Photo of jhlosito75
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leefx
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BFCarr
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of OwlsWatch
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This has been one of my biggest surprise beers in ages--expected it to be good, turned out to be one of my favorite pours ever. A very special beer. Everything you'd want in a milk stout--taken to a new level by the peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. The nutmeg is so subtle but such an interesting addition. The flavors mix so well together. I know this isn't a typical LSTFO review but this beer is close to perfect. Get it if you can.

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Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 3,914 ratings
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