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Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza - Extra AñejoStone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza - Extra Añejo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 05-26-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
122
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
69
Trade:
9
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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StrandsideMB
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.

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Photo of rarigney
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of RPM3334
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
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.

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Photo of maltznhopz
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
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!

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of American_Hawk
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjgsilva
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
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.

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

Photo of swanfungus
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krl2112
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 122 ratings