Stone Xocoveza | Stone Brewing

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96
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3,750 Ratings
Stone XocovezaStone 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
Ratings:
3,750
Reviews:
639
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
333
Gots:
1,048
For Trade:
39
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,750 |  Reviews: 639
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

**
01/03/2016
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."
**
09/16/2016
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

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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

Photo of NMald94
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown, verging on black. Strong, tan head with good retention.
Smell: Amazing. Coffee, chocolate, spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, peppers. They can all be detected individually but come together very well.
Taste: Just like the smell. Everything comes through and works very well together. Appropriately sweet without being over-the-top. Little to no hop presence, which is to be expected from this style.
Feel: Creamy, decent carbonation, lingers after swallowing.
Overall: Absolutely my favorite of this style. Next year I won't make the mistake of waiting until the last minute to buy some!

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Photo of briancregg101
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tillmac62
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour, almost black. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

World class rich nose of chocolate, cocoa, coconut, light roast, light spice and a touch of pepper over a base with loads of vanilla. I realize coconut isn't an ingredient, but that is the aroma I'm getting - maybe it's a combination of the cinnamon and nutmeg combined with something else.

Rich medium body with a creamy texture. Perfect carbonation level for the body providing a nice effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The effervescent middle allows the complex flavor profile to really pop.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. Alcohol becomes uncovered near the finish and adds an astringent note to this otherwise quite world class stout. For a stout of this complexity, the balance delivered is a brewers masterpiece. All flavors separate from the blended initial sensation but none dominate until pepper at the end. Throughout is a solid rich sweet malt base with heavy vanilla notes. Roast, a bit of char and bitter chocolate arrive first then flow into sweet chocolate and a mild middle bitterness. Sweetness maximizes after the middle as chocolate and vanilla, with nutmeg and cinnamon providing a complex contrasting balance. The finish brings the coconut noted in the aroma along with the pepper heat and flavor. Heat and pepper linger.

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Photo of kw_pip
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

This beer just displaced my all-time favorite - Great Divide's Barrel Aged Yeti. Just, wow. My sample was poured from tap and was perfect in every way. Dark; nearly black. Lie the very best dark chocolate. Surprisingly sweet, but in no way syrupy. Hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate, with a light nutmeg finish. Pleasant body without feeling thick. One-finger head that was aromatic, but well represented the flavor in the glass.

My new standard bearer. I just wish I could find it by the bottle!

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Photo of C_Adams
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 12/21/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown, almost black with a one-finger head
S: Tons of cocoa, some coffee and chili
T: Matches the nose- in descending order cocoa, coffee, chili, and baking spice (cinnamon/nutmeg)
M: Medium-bodied, some lactate smoothness and a long finish
O: Well-crafted, like cake in a bottle

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Photo of NealioATX
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xcdarrel17
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skwalk47
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - Mexican-style chocolate? Nice - Christmas meets the Day of the Dead!

This beer pours a solid black, with a faint red cola basal ring, and two chubby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some interpretive art paint splatter lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of zingy green chilies, dry cocoa, a bit of bitter coffee bean, vanilla pods, metallic cinnamon and other earthy spices, and a slightly charred caramel maltiness. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, still heady and spicy green chilies, a weird nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon spice joint, strangled vanilla, some sour milked coffee, and an understated earthy, leafy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly thorough in its well-rounded frothiness, the body a big-boy medium weight, and sort of smooth, if you discount the pervasive sense of Denver-area taco condiment wafting throughout. It finishes sweet, believe it or not, as the chocolate and lingering spice insist on grotesquely reminding me of increasingly distant Yuletide confections.

Well, I suppose this sort of thing flies better the closer one is to the Mexican border, but as a Canuck with no Latino heritage, I can appreciate the stellar overall brewing prowess (especially the well-hidden elevated ABV), but as an ode to the holiday season, it just doesn't resonate all that much - Ay, Caramba!

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

Stone Xocoveza from Stone Brewing
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,750 ratings.
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