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4.24/5
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604 Ratings
Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza - CharredStone / Chris Banker / Insurgente - Xocoveza - Charred
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mocha stout Aged 3 Months in American Oak Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.


BREWED AUGUST 17, 2015

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

IN THE MASH
U.S. Pale, Maris Otter Pale, Crystal, Black Patent, Coffee Malt & Chocolate Malt

IN THE BOIL
Challenger & East Kent Golding Hops

SPECIAL INGREDIENTS
Lactose, Flaked Oats, Coffee, Vanilla, Pasilla Peppers, Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Cocoa

AGED
3 Months in American Oak Kentucky Bourbon Barrels

CELLAR NOTES
Time spent in bourbon barrels gave an already complex beer even more complexity and flavor intensity, layering additional caramel-like and vanilla flavors on top of those already present. Aromas of rich coffee and dark chocolate are followed by nutmeg and cinnamon; a lush, heavy mouthfeel laden with charred oak and toffee engulfs the palate on the first sip. Lingering pasilla pepper and soft oak flavors persist through an exceptionally long finish in this intensely rich and satisfying beer.

RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2015

Added by rudzud on 07-23-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,684
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
604
pDev:
8.02%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
221
Trade:
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Photo of Riff
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle purchased in 2018. Pours black with a thin, light tan head that clings a little to the glass. Smell is dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, hints of cinnamon. That lovely Xocoveza smell with a hint of bourbon. Taste is exceptional, well balanced. Dark chocolate, peppers, hints of bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. If you're a fan of Xocoveza, this is delightful.

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Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyable - not too sweet, nice flavors of chocolate, coffee and vanilla, from the barrel aging. Well balanced and not too much alcohol burn. The bourbon from the barrel aging is not overwhelming. This is a very good and quite complex beer that I hope to enjoy again.

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Photo of JLK7299
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, how I really enjoyed this brew...

Though not as spectacular as the Xocoveza, this is truly special. Pitch black look with tan head that quickly dissipates. The smell is a blend of chocolate, caramel, and coffee and it somehow works. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied though carbonated with a taste that is charred as advertised (probably more so than I prefer.) Overall this is exceptional and it deserves a try by everyone and anyone...

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Photo of mjw2808
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with a large dark tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind no lacing.
S - Dark chocolate up front followed by sweet caramel and bourbon along with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oak
T - Follows the nose with dark chocolate up front intermixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, slight hints of pepper, vanilla, and finishes off with sweet, rich caramel notes along with oak.
F - Medium bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation - personally, I wish it were a little heavier on the body, but the mouthfeel is not off-putting by any means.
O - A fantastic barrel aged stout that improves ever so slightly over the original version. The addition of the rich caramel notes from the bourbon barrel aging set this one apart from the original. Nice to enjoy the original and this one back to back, otherwise I'm not sure I would have noticed the differences.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMcGrath
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spartan84
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrIPA21
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good balance of chocolate, coffee and a hint of bourbon.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into a goblet. 2016 series, Batch 3

Superb looking beer. jet black body with a generous tan colored head that leaves layers of lacing.

oddly enough, the only aroma i'm getting is of dried stone fruit.

tasty beer. waves of flavor, one after the other. Sweet, cocoa, warmth from the peppers, roasted malt, and the faintest of faint bourbon. what I,m not getting is any coffee, oak, or vanilla though. Still delicious though.

mouth close to full, sweet & a little burn on the finish.

overall, a very good milk stout. I'm note sure all the added stuff adds much to the base beer, but it certainly doesn't detract much, except maybe the coffee.

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Photo of csfcmitchell
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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