Stone Xocoveza - Charred
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From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
ABV:
10%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.78%
Ratings:
638
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 13, 2022
Added:
Jul 23, 2015
Wants:
  57
Gots:
  216
SCORE
94
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Stone Xocoveza - CharredStone Xocoveza - Charred
Notes: 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
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4.12 by Boone757 from Virginia on Jan 13, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

2016 vintage

Taste first off with dark coffee, dark malt with nutmeg-cinnamon mixed in. The peppers and lactose show up shortly after and the vanilla with the barrel show in end. There is a light bitterness mixed in. Well done.

Mar 04, 2021
 
4 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Dec 26, 2020
 
4.57 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts on Nov 26, 2020
 
4.75 by admonster00 from Illinois on Sep 19, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by EMV from Pennsylvania

2015 vintage. Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tuilp

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black. Whispy tannish head. falls fast... but surprisingly good lacing.

S: Rich and spicy. Sweet cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, and cardamom. Smells delectable.

T.F: Rich and sweet up front. Lactose, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Nice and spicy... cinnamon and nutmeg. Exotic... low on the bourbon. Just a hint and not terribly boozy. Not much heat from the peppers but they do kick in a little smoky something. A little roast for balance but on the sweeter side. Medium body but lighter than expected. Low low carbonation. More spice with a pleasant lingering aftertaste.

O: I love Xocoveza and this is a really nice variant on the original. My biggest gripe is the low carbonation, but for 5 years in the cellar this mellowed very nicely. Overall nicely done.

Sep 02, 2020
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by frankkirchner12

After the first sip I noticed a pepper like chai tea finishes. I added some cayenne powder which is how I sometimes drink my stouts and boom! This is almost the best imperial I have ever had. Apologies to Stone for altering the flavor..

May 02, 2020
 
4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 06, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Wolvmar from Michigan

Mar 2020 Review (in the early days of Coronavirus...)
2016 vintage, Batch No 3. Didn’t see any dating beyond this. Same description as above but said aged in bourbon barrels for 6 months. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep brown, thin tan head that dissipated quickly with little lacing and no clouds or ring. 3.0

Nose: cinnamon, chocolate, lactose, hint of bourbon. 3.75

Taste: like the label, some char flavor, cinnamon, bourbon, bitter chocolate, lactose sweetness, lots going on, fairly balanced but char/bitterness dominates with lactose and cinnamon right behind. 3.5

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, a little thin feeling. 3.5

Overall: worth trying but not a favorite. Something about the balance between the char/bitterness and lactose sweetness doesn’t sit real well for me. Not likely to buy again. 3.5

Mar 15, 2020
 
4.85 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled December 2015; drank 1/28/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque brown appearance.

Nice tan head; decent lace.

Burnt caramel, dark chocolate, coconut & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Coconut, burnt caramel, cream & dark chocolate flavors up front; booze heat notes on the finish.

Too boozy for me & a bit "off" overall; still, it's bold & certainly unique. Perhaps age could whip this into shape?

Jan 01, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Xocoveza pours black, with no head. Rich aroma, with spices, and pepper, but sweet and subtle at the same time. Flavor is sweet, chocolate and vanilla, lots of nutmeg, and a pepper like finish, with just a tad of heat. Great feel. Overall, rich and complex, sweet flavors, with a little pepper to balance it out.

Dec 21, 2019
 
4.1 by Rootscipio from Texas on Dec 04, 2019
 
4.38 by steverx8 from England on Nov 10, 2019
 
4.43 by travolta from California on Sep 03, 2019
 
4.35 by epercuoco from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2019
 
4.31 by walt5 from Delaware on May 23, 2019
 
4.24 by ChrisMon02 from Ohio on May 19, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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 oakd 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."

500ml bottle. 2016 vintage, Batch No. 03. Aged 6 months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. 9.6 ABV%.
Dark brown colored body, with mahogany back lit highlights. One finger of light tan head, which does not stick around. Any lacing spots left behind slide back down into body.
Rich aromas of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel/toffee, vanilla and oak. Smells sweet.
Taste is sweet, with a oak bourbon barrel wrapped around coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and toffee. The chile pepper shows up at the end, but is mild in burn. Gets more dark with coffee in the aftertaste.
Medium plus mouth feel. Lower carbonation.
Complex and tasty, with the addition of the barrel aging. All flavors and smells have aged well together.

May 17, 2019
 
4.4 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 11, 2019
 
4.24 by shelby415 from Oregon on Apr 22, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

This bottle is a 2015 that’s been in my cellar for three years, so the review reflects that. Very fine work here. Xocoveza was excellent to begin with and this BA version works nicely with that, though not necessarily in the expected ways. It’s nice looking, though just a little thin. The nose is subtle, but once it’s up to nearly room temp it comes through with rich tones of bourbon, malt and cinnamon. The taste runs with those three and adds more, including delicate char, dry cocoa and the beautifully balanced pasilla peppers. Feel is a bit thin for my taste. The aging has possibly affected this, though it did very nicely with blending the flavors, particularly the peppers. Could this be a porter in disguise? If Deschutes anniversaries are, then I think this is too. Overall very nice but not exceptional; not the very best for aging, perhaps.

Apr 19, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, fluffy, mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly. Smells of roasted, caramel malt, chocolate and a musty, earthy oak presence, as well as lighter notes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and bourbon. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by roasted, caramel malt and dark, bitter chocolate, as well as an earthy/musty oak presence and lighter notes of coffee, bourbon and spice, with vanilla most distinct, much lighter notes of cinnamon and just a hint of nutmeg and chili, which intensifies in the aftertaste. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some chocolate and spice lingering in the aftertaste, with some more chili coming through in particluar. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and low carbonation.

I think that 3-4 years did not treat this beer kindly. The coffee has faded to almost nothing and the spices seem rather muted compared to fresh Xocoveza as well. It does have a lovely bourbon note and oak presence to make up for that, of course, but the bourbon could actually be richer, although it does accentuate the vanilla notes. At least the lactose feels much muted as well, which is a good thing in my book, and the chili seems to stand out a little more in the aftertaste. Comparing this to fresh Xocoveza, I actually find it hard to pin down which I like more. Fresh Xocoveza definitely has more coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg going for it, while this feels more roasted/earthy and heavier on the bitter chocolate and vanilla, with some additional bourbon notes and more muted lactose. Who am I kidding, I definitely like this better, however, I have a strong suspicion that this was much better fresh.

Apr 07, 2019
 
4.29 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Mar 19, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by erk0607 from Colorado

Look: Dark brown/black, graham cracker colored head of varying sized, sudsy bubbles
Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, cinnamon, coffee
Taste: Bourbon, pepper, malt, chocolate, toffee, wood (oak), roasty, semi-sweet
Feel: Slightly warming alcohol notes, moderately syrupy, coats your entire mouth, heavy
Overall: Way better than I remember (admittedly) the plain one being... the bourbon barrel imparts an great flavor to it. This would be one to buy when you see it and stash it until it's a cold winter night.

Mar 19, 2019
 
4.42 by DruC4 from Michigan on Mar 18, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

You may remember my New Russian Stone Beer Sunday (Week 729) of three weeks ago when I had all three (3) of Stone's 2018 Small Batch Series in readiness. I did not realize that this one did not fit the day's bill so I set it aside for a later NBS, like today, which is my New Training My Evil Stoned Dragonne Twins Sunday (Week 732). I am still very grateful to the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS) for allowing me to put one of each of these three in my Big Box o' Fun to be purchased one at a time. It would have been prohibitively expensive otherwise.

From the Bottle: "Mocha Stout brewed with Cocoa, Coffee & Spices and Aged in Bourbon Barrels"; "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, Crystal, Black Patent, Coffee Malt, Chocolate Malt & Flaked Oats"; "In the Boil[:] Challenger & East Kent Golding Hops"; "Special Ingredients[:] Lactose, Coffee, Vanilla, Pasilla Peppers, Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Cocoa"; "Unfiltered and Aged 6 Months in American Oak Kentucky Bourbon Barrels"; "IBUs 31"; "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."

As with its two predecessors, the long cork was a bear to remove on its own. I actually procured a corkscrew at Wegman's this past week in advance of today for the very purpose of its removal! It came with an (unnecessary) cage finish, so I kept my thumb on the cork as I unwound it. It was unmoving. The corkscrew did its trick and the cork came out with a resounding Pop! Whoa! Much less stressful than three weeks ago when I had to employ a lesser corkscrew with the not-inexpensive bottle wedged between my thighs. 8=O

Having gotten that far along, I began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. It foamed up to create a fizzy finger of dense, dark-brown head with limited retention, quickly falling to wisps. Color was an inky Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled like Mexican chocolate - milk chocolate with spices! Mmm. I poured the bulk of it already, but this has inspired me to set up my crock pot, which I was going to do anyway, and to mull the remainder. In addition to the chocolaty spiciness, I also got the familiar coconut of bourbon barrel-aging. Mymymy. Mouthfeel was medium, but a bit thin for the style. The taste was quite rich, like a liquefied Mounds bar (coconut enrobed with Dark Chocolate) imbued with a light spiciness. It was this latter that made it especially attractive to me. I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to spice. I like it well enough, but a little can go a long way with me, unlike my younger brother who seemingly brushes his teeth with wasabi from a tube. This had a warming quality without setting my mouth afire. Mmm. I prefer not be set ablaze, especially when I have a full day of imbibing ahead. I'll be frank & say that of the three, this was my #3, but it was still worth the purchase. Finish was dry, as any beer that includes spices as an adjunct should be expected to be. The one thought that kept running through my addled brain as I drank it was: How would this be if it were warmed/mulled?

I have really come to embrace warming/heating/mulling beers, wines & ciders this Winter as evidenced by Febrewary's SUMBS (Samm's Underground Monthly Bottle Share) during which I mulled Glühwein, mead, Chouffe N'Ice & the next of today's offerings. A couple of cautions - 1) It should be done in either a water-filled crock pot or in a double-boiler & 2) it should be served warm in coffee cups so as not to break glassware. Cinnamon sticks & other spices are optional, but not encouraged.

And next, a cuppa mulled Xocoveza Charred: Mmm. I really liked the way that the spices filled out in terms of both the nose & the taste. I actually think that this should be the preferred serving style. YMMV.

Mar 03, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 13.00 (Including tax)/500 mL cork and cage bottle ($ 0.767/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 2/24/19.
No date other than the nebulous “2016 Series Batch No 03” on the front and back labels. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60 degrees.
Appearance – 3.75.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, less than average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin complete layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 - Primarily sweet chocolate with a hint of caramel. As it warms, some bourbon comes through.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins moderately sweet with some toffee which is shortly replaced by light but noticeable char. Nutmeg is present but I cannot taste either vanilla or cinnamon. A bit of alcohol (9.6% ABV) mixed with coffee appears at the end. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide, no hops.
Palate – 4 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – A decent take on the English Milk/Sweet Stout style, with the mulled flavors blending well so that their independent flavors mostly cannot be isolated. This is the first time I’ve noticed the use of pasilla peppers in a beer - I had to look them up. Their presence is undetectable by me, unlike most peppers in beer which are usually very much “in your face”. They might be present in the slight post-consumption gastric warming, which I had attributed solely to the ethanol content. Or are they contributing to the slight char characteristic? The hops are mild varieties which contribute gently to the flavor but do not counteract the lactose sweetness although they may attenuate it.

Feb 24, 2019
 
4.41 by kkarimi from Texas on Feb 09, 2019
 
4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Feb 08, 2019
 
4.51 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
 
4.28 by drstalker from Illinois on Jan 31, 2019
 
4.85 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Jan 26, 2019
 
4.41 by RandyBoBandy from Florida on Jan 20, 2019
 
4.67 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jan 20, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Riff from Virginia

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.

Jan 13, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RMW66 from Australia

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.

Dec 26, 2018
 
4 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Dec 26, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

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...

Dec 25, 2018
 
4.27 by mjw2808 from Maryland on Dec 24, 2018
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