Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente Xocoveza - Charred | Stone Brewing

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Stone / Chris Banker / Insurgente   Xocoveza - CharredStone / Chris Banker / Insurgente   Xocoveza - Charred
BEER INFO

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

Style: Milk / Sweet 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:
#1,015
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
564
pDev:
8.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely beautiful black as night color. No head or lacing. Sweet dark chocolate, molasses, rich and creamy. Deliciousness extraordinaire. Not heavy on the alcohol and the ladies like it.
Overall an awesome brew. Pairs nice with desserts. Poured into a tulip at BJ’s from a 500 ML bottle 2016 Series batch 03.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mikecd234
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice bourbon and roasty taste.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cinnamon is in the nose and the taste. Very chicolaty and very good. The one I tried an aged bottle that obviously added to the greatness although it softened the peppery.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Jesterscf
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of marchoftheclouds
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head that is quick to fade.

Nose of chocolate upfront that is roasty akin to coffee with a very soft oak and booze inclusion.

It tastes oaked with a roasty chocolate earthiness and slight spice addition befote finishing with a lingering coffee aftertaste.

This is light in body with light carbonation. I really enjoy the base beer and this was enjoyable as well however the barrel nuance was not outstanding and kind of got muddled in with all the other character this brew has.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of colts9016
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have the 2015 Version, been hiding in my cellar for couple years. The bottle has a minimal painted design, makes it look unique. The bottle has a cage and cork top. I wrestled the cork out of the bottle, that took a minute. The cork leaving the bottle made a nice pop, a subtle mist departed. I used my Surly tulip glass for the beer. The temperature of the beer is 45 degrees. A monster two finger light tan head with good retention. The head tatted lacing as it dissipated. The head is creamy, billowy, and airy. The color of the beer is dark brown and opaque.

The first initial aroma of the beer is chocolate coffee and bourbon. Additional aromas are vanilla, milk, cereal, charr, wood, bread, raisins, molasses, burnt sugar, cinnamon, caramel, and dark roasted malts.

Holy shit! This is a complex milk stout with abundant flavors. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate char, coffee, and dark chocolate are the initial flavors. Burnt sugar, milk, cinnamon, caramel, dark roasted malts, cereal, raisins, molasses, and bread are the additional flavors.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and rich. The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

This beer has its high points and a few low points. I think the beer could have a better balance. The body of the beer for me is a touch thin for a milk stout. The age of the beer gives it depth and complexity.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yancey82
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
1/5  rDev -76.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Infected

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KevinL
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 version, poured into a snifter. Looks like the base beer with a dark brown color and a very modest tan head. The aroma was also not too different with cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, peppers, and coffee. A small amount of whiskey was there but not much. It tasted like the base beer - a great thing - with all of the above flavors. The barrel was there but was subtle and really melded well with the flavors without detracting. Great beer.

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