Xocoveza Tres Leches
Stone Brewing

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From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,638
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,958
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 9.38%
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
152
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 31, 2023
Added:
Oct 28, 2021
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  11
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches combines the inspiration of Oaxacan Hot Chocolate and Tres Leches treats in an imperial stout that’s smooth, creamy and intensely indulgent. Made from all that’s good about the holidays, Stone Xocoveza is brewed with chocolate, coffee, Pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. At the pop of the can, the aroma is intense – cinnamon and spice up front with lingering coffee, caramel and sweet vanilla. It is a lively blend of flavors. Sweet spices are balanced with rich and creamy chocolate. Mild roast coffee flavor shines through and vanilla enhances the intense combination. Pasilla peppers impart a light hint of heat in the finale. With all that complexity, the beer is surprisingly bright on the palate, with just a touch of the residual sweetness that all the decadent flavors imply. Like a slice of Grandma’s tres leches cake and a sip of Oaxacan Hot Chocolate, the result is creamy, intensely flavorful and silky smooth.
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Canned 10/12/21, had 1/10/22.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with a one inch foamy head and some slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some nutmeg, light cinnamon, a hint of peppers. Like flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cinnamon, malt, light peppers, faint heat. Smooth, a little creamy, a very good fuller body, well carbonated.

Very enjoyable. The coffee and chocolate are solid, but the spices and especially the peppers don’t stand out as much in this version.
May 31, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by FarmerF from Netherlands

Apr 10, 2023
 
Rated: 4.84 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

Feb 07, 2023
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
L:
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small-to-medium,foamy,beige head
S:
-strong cinnamon,nutmeg,vanilla,
T:
-strong cinnamon,spicy,roasty,nutty,coffee,vanilla,nutmeg,lightly smoky,light chili heat,Cola-like fizziness
F:
-medium carbonation
-light-to-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
The Cinnamon absolutely dominates here and suppresses a lot of the other Aromas.On the Tongue the Beer shows a lot more variety and gets much better, except the Cola-esque fizziness.
Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour with a beige head. Good retention, thin and scraggly lacing.

S: Big cinnamon/vanilla top note with whiffs of chili pepper. Medium roast coffee. Hints of roast and smoke. Creme brulee. Brown cocoa powder. Nutmeg comes out with warmth.

T: Vanilla, custard, and creme brulee up front. Plenty of nutty medium roast coffee. Thin roasty and smokey malt profile. Wave of cinnamon, with nutmeg riding closely behind. Mild and steely hop bitterness. Pull of oat starchiness toward the back end. Chili pepper powder, mildly. Finish is a hint of smoke, lots of nutmeg, starchy oats, and a thin smokiness.

M: Full in the mouth with some sense of heft, but it has an airy and whipped texture at the same time and does not feel overly weighty. Lithe, silky, and easy. Lots of stiffly prickling carbonation.

O: Pretty solid stuff. It's impressive that it mostly works and does not feel too busy despite all the additions. Nothing overwhelms the experience. Still, I find myself wanting a little more. It doesn't quite come together in that "greater than the sum of its parts" way, and the finish is a bit weird with all that starchiness and nutmeg. It isn't what I would call off-putting in any way, but it doesn't gel the way I'd hoped. It's fine, but I'm more apt to stick to the regular xocoveza. Trading up to the barrel aged Xocoveza is still a sublime experience if it can be found, too.
Dec 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12/8/22 On tap at Bourbon, Bacon, and Beer... Our little pub crawl at Suncrest Towne Centre (ha, ha, two places in a suburban setting outside Morgantown,WV.)

Nose is heavy molasses, raisin, vanilla.

Taste follows the above with the added subtlety of vegetal pepper. Wow! Not overly sweet, which we like, and cinnamon, coffee
Dec 08, 2022
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can.

Pours a dark brown color, near black, with a hefty khaki head. The head has decent retention. Leaves plenty of sticky cobweb lacing.

Strong chocolate aromas with plenty of cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, and coffee. The peppers are light but present.

The flavor is dominated by chocolate. There's plenty of vanilla, caramel, dark malts and coffee with some overlaying cinnamon spice. The peppers are again light but come out more as the beer warms.

The feel is a bit lighter than expected. Still medium/medium-light. Very creamy. Has moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a good stout, but maybe a bit disappointing. I like having that little pepper kick that lingers around for awhile in stouts with pepper in them. Unfortunately it's far too faint with this beer. Still, solid all around.
Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by sjb805 from Missouri

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. Light, soapy lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, chiles, cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee. I’m tasting chocolate, coffee, chiles, vanilla, and cinnamon. The mouth has a light amount of heat from the chiles and is otherwise somewhat dense.
Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by arc3636 from Kansas

May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a one finger tan head; quality lacing

Smell: Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and hot pepper

Taste: Chocolate forward, with the caramel, vanilla and cinnamon pushing in; nutmeg and hot pepper tones appear later; the finish is sweet but has an odd metallic tone

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Other than the finish, I enjoyed this but prefer the base version as it is less sweet.
May 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

May 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by desint from Belgium

Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Budlum from Maryland

Apr 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by TylerJ from Iowa

Apr 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
De Labirratorium. En copa Mahou Barrica. Jugando a Fortnite (primera victoria temp 2 cap 3) y Larry Wet Dreams (terminado). Con caña de lomo y papas fritas. No le veo el sentido a echarle tantos ingredientes a una birra para que luego solo uno tome el protagonismo y el resto no aporten nada. Perfil picante, a pimiento, que sin resultar desagradablemente excesivo, oculta todo lo demas
Mar 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Mar 09, 2022
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I love the base Xocoveza - though not as good as that, it’s still pretty damn solid.

Full of dark chocolate flavor, roasted malts, and a very light sweetness- it is definitely unique. I think the thing that holds this back is the roasted flavoring, overpowering as it is. Otherwise, it is a delicious experience to truly have.
Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by HopBelT from Belgium

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
**
03/01/22

The classic dry cocoa + pasilla pepper magic is very faded.

I get some vanilla, medium roasted malt and some coffee, but nothing that would wake me up. I smell the cinnamon, but can't taste it. The hot pepper tastes more like green bell pepper which clashes with the rest.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

**
Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Can poured into a Stone Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours dark brown very nearly black with a frothy khaki head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Spices come right out up front, pasilla peppers, cinnamon, and nutmeg all show up, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, slight earthy notes, and caramel brown sugar sweetness.

T: Roasty, coffee and chocolate, quickly followed with a nice touch of spice, pasilla peppers, cinnamon, and nutmeg, a little vanilla, caramel and light brown sugar, slightly earth, a touch of char, and faint hints of dark fruit on the back end.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, a bit creamy, and just a touch of warmth from the peppers.

O: Solid variant, but I'll still take the original. The extra sweetness softens the flavors a bit more than I'd like.
Mar 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by Vapory

Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by mpenske from California

Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by shigg85 from Japan

Feb 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by BabaBeer from California

Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by imperialking from Illinois

Feb 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.56 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by jwmoore from Iowa

Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a dark ruby red with a medium tan head and moderate lacing.

Tastes of dark malt, lots of spice - especially nutmeg that lingers, cinnamon and vanilla. It has too much nutmeg for my liking but overall a good offering.
Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by jbolger from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
1/17/22 Canned 10/22/21. Complex, enjoyable brew. Chocolate & coffee in balance with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, even peppers. Not much of an aroma but the taste makes up for it. Would like again.
Jan 18, 2022
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Rated by izraelc from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark. Tan foam. Spicy sweet aroma. Big spicy chocolate body. Sweet but not too sweet. Spiciness persists. Smooth. Excellent beer.
Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
My beer guy at my local Total Wine suggested that this brew was pretty good but he mentioned it could be sweet and a few other things so I bought a single can just to try. Yes I have just drank that I find that my faith in stone brewery is well-founded. Delightful taste and not overwhelmingly sweet but I am now wishing I had bought a six pack. Hope to get back to Total Wine and buy a six pack!
Jan 15, 2022
Xocoveza Tres Leches from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 152 ratings