Stone Xocoveza - Extra Añejo
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7.73%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
127
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Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Stone Xocoveza - Extra AñejoStone Xocoveza - Extra Añejo
Notes: Stone Xocoveza Extra Anejo will grace the brewery’s coveted Quingente Millilitre Series, a souped-up version of the original release. In addition to the cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg that was added to Xocoveza Mocha Stout, Stone has aged this edition in both red wine barrels and tequila barrels.

The base beer is the recipe of 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition winner Chris Banker, an intensely flavorful milk stout brewed with coffee and spices to mimic the rich flavors of Mexican hot chocolate.

Stone Xocoveza Extra Anejo will be available in 500ml bottles in very limited quantities.
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

April 25th, 2016 - The Extra Anejo is an extra luxury, showing off Stone's aptitude and ability for strong flavors and strong beers. They don't always hit, but this one is a success. With coconut on the nose and a slight alcohol burn around the nostril, it's no secret that there's a lot of oomph in this bottle. It also smells like a clean desert evening, campfire and aloe, capturing those San Diego camping trips. Smooth and creamy, the mouthfeel is smooth and slow to deliver the alcohol burn, with some chocolate liquor and cherry notes. And closer to the aftertaste are hints of raspberry and dark chocolate - a supremely delicious and decadent brew.

Sep 10, 2020
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StrandsideMB from California

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure if I waited too long to crack this one. Taste is a little chalky. Still get mocha/cocoa/coffee/ a little tequila. The head on there was awesome. Huge tan khaki foamball.

Mar 23, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, black chocolates, with some light coffee notes with some light barrel notes. Taste is super complex with nice black chocolate notes with lactose, peppers, coffee with some oak and light barrel-aged notes rounding off any rough edges. Body is full with good carbonation and no overly apparent alcohol notes. Great balance of different flavours which end up working quite well together.

Dec 11, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the Quingenti 2015 series, Batch 6. 8.5% ABV.

Pours jet black, lots of frothy tan foam. Thin lace on the glass.

You get lots of coffee and cinnamon with hints of red wine on the nose. Sweetness accompanies in the back, dominated by chocolate. Can’t really find the tequila so far.

A lot more bitter than on the nose. Lots of ground coffee and slight spice. I am getting some slight tequila booze and a very evident red wine finish that lingers heavily.

A thinner body body than expected, and frothier too.. this is something I’ve noticed more and more with Stone Quingentis that have sat for awhile.

Overall, this is finally the last Xocoveza variation I needed to try. Although it’s not my favorite, I like that I can find every component, and they blend nicely.

Nov 25, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Lots of pepper, light tequila and vinous with light roasted malts and a touch of sweetness.

A: Jet black, opaque, with a dense thin khaki head.

T: Peppery upfront, with light tequila and vinous character, followed by moderate coffee and chocolate notes.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright; the pepper seems to have intensified over the years and has become more prominent, taking away from the beer's complexity a bit.

Sep 11, 2017
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maltznhopz from Nevada

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle, batch 6, poured in a snifter glass. Smell of sweet chocolate, coffee, and the tequila barrel come through. Taste resembles the aroma with an added taste of vanilla, and malts. Not as complex as the regular Xocoveza but it was still very delicious.

Aug 07, 2017
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Viaduck from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 series. Opens with a nice pop, pours thick & dark, very very dark, almost black with a large & foamy tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark roasted coffe & spices. Flavor is a complicated mix of sweet, salty & bitter, but not too much & nicely balanced. Coffe & cream, chocolates, spices, some barrel flavors, They're all there. I like it!

Jun 10, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When enough it never enough, Stone Brewing Company exacerbate the southern California spirit in taking their Mexican hot chocolate inspired stout with additional chili peppers, and then aging in both wine and tequila barrels.

Xocoveza Extra Anejo pours a slightly barrel bleached version of the original- dark brown, mocha even along with the same sandy froth of the original. Coffee of the bold roast variety, cocoa and walnut precede the vegetable of chilies and a hint of tangy red wine and the oaken agave spice of tequila.

Baker's chocolate and espress rise therough the middle palate as the lavish mocha balance begins to overtake a fleeting toffee and creamy maltiness underneath. Dark fruit, raisin and a hint of fennel bridge the gap of hot chocolate and Mexican spice. A vinous tang of red wine couplex with the spicy tequla for a curious booze display along with the heightened spice of grassy green pepper.

Full bodied yet carrying a lightness, the dryness of cocoa and coffee grounds link up with the tannic oak spices and booze for further dryness and lightness for a taste that's unforgivingly complex but oddly drinkable. A carbonic bite further fuels the sense of dryness and aridness as an aftertaste of intense Mexican hot chocolate and a simmering capsaicin warmth follow.

Feb 21, 2017
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured to a tulip glass.

A: The body is opaque black. The head is brown-ish, very minimal but leaves some lacing. For such beer, I was expecting better appearance.
S: The aroma has a very strong presence of añejo, having a very dry characteristic. In the back, there's coffee, spices and some roasted malts. I must say that I was expecting a better aroma profile again, but it's pleasant. Yet, it should be more balanced.
T: The taste has tons of stuff, including chocolate, coffee, toffee. There's almost no trace for añejo/tequilla. But the taste is very balanced since no characteristic is bigger than the others. Actually, this is the best point here. All flavors connect very well with each other.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is just perfect. Bitterness and sweetness in the end resemble an imperial stout, not a milk stout. So, basically this is a sweet stout that has more bitterness and less sweetness than the usual but it's still good for its style.
O: My first Quingenti Series beer from Stone. Totally not worth the money but interesting enough to try, at least one time.

Dec 07, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The dark marble brown body features mucho cabeza gigantesco. An absolutely enormous, foamy, spongy head builds to the point I could only pour two fingers of beer before letting it rest--and this was in the largest tulip I've seen, and I wasn't even pouring vigorously.

I smell a milkiness that is overwhelmed by a wine barrel attribute lending an off-putting metallic, Brillo-pad like presence. This is followed by pasilla pepper, chocolate, and herbal aromas. Marzipan and amaretto arise as it warms.

Roasted malt and faint chocolate flavors are caught in a battle of harsh agave liquor, gin and a confusing wine barrel presence. Coffee was more present to my old lady than me, and as such she liked it far more than I. I never noted any cinnamon.

The barrel-aging did something weird to this brew to lighten the body and create a crazy foamy, frothy head that is ever present and oddly light and unavoidable. Normally a drinkable head is a plus, but here, I'm not sure. Finish is a little hot. I find for me that regular is much better, and that this is yet another example where barrel-aging does not automatically improve an already stellar beer.

Aug 24, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 500-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $19.99
Purchased: Jan. 5, 2016; Received from my wife
Consumed: July 22, 2016
Reviewed as: Milk/Sweet Stout
Misc.: Brewed on Aug. 17, 2015; Bottled in December 2015; 2015 series; Batch No. 6; Cork & cage top

Thanks, Rachel!

Been looking forward to this one for a while after my wife bought it for me on my birthday in January. Absolutely loved Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year and think this one will be just as good. I mean just read the description: Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout Aged in Red Wine & Tequila Barrels.

Poured a pitch black opaque color with 5-to-6 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Calm, serene setting underneath the head. Very good spotty foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

First smell was a chaotic mix of red wine and Mexican chocolate. Coming back, got black coffee, dark cocoa nibs, cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy chili peppers, smooth vanilla, dark chocolate, oaky red wine, almost port-like (I’m not great with types of wine, but early saw that the bottle read Bordeaux), caramel and toffee. Cinnamon dominating late. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted cinnamon, dark cocoa, Mexican chocolate, spicy chili peppers (not as potent as the nose), vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate, hints of earthy red wine and faint caramel. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just a lovely beer, but I may have overrated it a tad. Not quite as good as the Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year, but still awesome. (Overall - 4.25)

4.25 | 95 | A

Aug 04, 2016
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bonesTdog from Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of things going on here. Cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla and coffee with a finish of pepper and heat. A couple of things that were not ideal for me: a touch thin with more carbonation than I would prefer. More importantly, any Bordeaux and tequila barrel characteristics were overpowered by the above flavors. For me, a little less would have been more, allowing some of the subtle barrel flavors to show through. A great beer that maybe could have been more.

Jun 27, 2016
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Quetzolcotl from Missouri

3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I traded 3 KBS for this and it was not worth it. The regular Xocoveza is better because you get more for the money. This one had the good Xoco base of course, but almost no tequila barrel character. If you really looked for it you could smell some, and then taste some in there somewhere. As a barrel aged beer it was pretty weak so save your trades and money and go for the original.

May 21, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml cork top bottle
8.5% abv version

Pours deep black in color with a two-finger creamy khaki colored head that sticks around for a while. Smells of cocoa powder, dark roasted malt, light vanilla, some spices. hints of vinous and tequila notes. Tastes of cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, woody vinous notes, saltiness from tequila barrel, toasted oak on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, leading to a foamy mouthfeel and finish. Both barrel treatments were definitely noticeable, an interesting combination. I enjoyed this, but I think I prefer the original

May 11, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 Series. Batch No. 06. Brewed 8/17/15. Bottled 12/2015. 8.5% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, spice, coffee bean, brewed coffee, vanilla, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, coffee bean, brewed coffee, vanilla, spice, earth, char, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness and an alcohol kick 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 a barrel aging that adds wood but no discernible tequila to the base beer in this particular variant.

Serving type: bottle.

Mar 28, 2016
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ccg from District of Columbia

4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks fantastic. Tons of lacing, two inches of head on the initial pour, good retention.
It has the usual Xocoveza smell, which to me is a bit like potpourri. Lots of nutmeg and chilies, hints of cinnamon and coffee. Nothing in the smell is suggesting wine or tequila barrels to me though. It smells like base Xocoveza.
I can't say that the wine or tequila barrels are particularly obvious in the flavor, but they do mellow out some of the spices in the base. That makes me enjoy this more than the base. Just for me personally, I feel like the base is over-spiced. This one has more of a nuance and balance, but it's also less flavorful. It's also has a bit of a green pepper flavor, and it leaves a nice little spicy tingle at the finish.
The mouthfeel is a slight disappointment. The carbonation gives it a nice creaminess, but it's a little thinner than I would have expected from barrel aging the base Xocoveza.
It quite an enjoyable and surprisingly mellow beer, and I'm glad I finally tried it.

Feb 28, 2016
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Tilly from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Black with a toffee coloured head. Rim lacing.
A: Coffee, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla,
T: coffee, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, peppery, a little heat, a tad of bitterness.
M: A mild bit of heat, dry, light body, very complicated.
O: This is a very good beer. Maybe a tad over hyped.....

Feb 13, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share. Smoother and a bit more rounded out than the regular release. Peppers and chocolate more prominent, but still smooth. Nice touches to an already killer beer.

Jan 19, 2016
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ptykozoon from California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, brown highlights on top. Cap with dense lacing.

Coffee, caramel, spirits, spices, cocoa, vanilla, on and on.

The base beer is both simplified and complexified by the barrel aging. Added notes of dry oaky scents. Cinammon, nutmeg, chocolate with the barrel notes.

Dry mouthfeel, ABV controlled, medium carbonation. Could be a bit more dense and rich. A bit of a longer aging period might help?

Great. But I like the original better, needs tweaks.

Dec 25, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle. Black body. Smells strongly of tequila, which isn't really a good thing. Cinnamon. Coffee. Green peppers. Tastes much less of tequila, which is a good thing. Coffee flavor is nicer. Doesn't taste like green peppers. Lots of cinnamon. Not sweet. High carbonation. Pretty good, surprisingly.

Dec 22, 2015
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Very dark pour with a thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Cinnamon, tequila, light oak, and light milk chocolate.

T - Bourbon, oak, tequila, pepper, with red wine underneath all the other flavors. There is some burn on the way down.

M - Thick, full body, slippery, velvety, lingering pepper burn with tequila and milk chocolate.

O - Very nice beer.

Nov 02, 2015
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jason3125 from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a Teku glass. The head was out of control, over carbonated. As the beer warmed up the smell became very complex, clearly the best part of this beer. Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, and pepper, with hints of tequila. The smell is exquisite! The taste does not follow through. The beer is too thin in my opinion, which takes away from what should be a rich tasting beer. It tastes like watered down Mexican Cake.

Sep 26, 2015
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Raziel313 from California

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - lively head. dark brown
Smell - tequila barrel smells is of really cheap tequila. (I know I am Mexican)
Taste - Xocoveza base is phenomenal. Base beer is great. Tequila barrel is cheap
Feel - Nice medium to thick feel
Overall - This slightly outweighs the bourbon for me but not by much. Both are worth trying

Aug 26, 2015
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Rutager from Canada

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sharing with my sweetie on our 17th! I figured she deserved this and as expected, she didn't like it. Cheers to Homer Simpson bowling ball gifts and more beer for me!!

Pours a deep brown, almost black in the glass and topped with a massive, frothy, light tan head. Old red wine barrel, cinnamon and mace, and a little bit of dry dark chocolate on the nose. Also a slight herbal/floral note I can't peg. Maybe that's the tequila barrel??

Things pick up in the taste. Tons of barrel, slightly acidic red wine and light dry powdery dark chocolate that lingers on the tongue a bit, followed by light vanilla bean at the very end. Very original flavours (for me, anyways), that actually work pretty well together. The more it warms, and the more I drink, the more woody (and maybe a bit tannic) tequila barrel I get.

Body is a bit thin but that might not be such a terrible thing with the red wine (and even the tequila barrel) notes. Medium carbonation. Warms the throat but the abv is still a little bit sneaky.

Extra marks overall for being a super original beer that tastes pretty good and could easily have been a big mess. Cheers for a memorable one, cocoapuph!!

Aug 17, 2015
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dro7 from California

4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mexican spice aroma is very present, hint of chocolate, dark in color, poured with a 1 in head, spicy on the tongue, slight carbonation, drinks like a coffee porter.

Aug 10, 2015
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 127 ratings