Xocoveza Tres Leches
Stone Brewing

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #217
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,852
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 7.3%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
66
From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  10
SCORE
90
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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.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 66 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at What’s On Tap. Very dark cola look, big dense head. Terrific aroma. Great taste. The cinnamon is awesome.
So tasty and smooth on the tongue much like the original. Very nice.

Yesterday at 12:57 AM
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a cola body with a toasted tan frothy-foamed out head that billows and holds with moderate retention and leaves thin sheets of small bubbled lacing behind as it settles to a thin murky cap with defined halo

aroma is super vivid. mexican vanilla, light coffee bean, milk chocolate, molasses, and a slight spice flick of heat. lively and inviting.

taste kicks in the decadence the aroma teases. creamy chocolate and vanilla and decent dips into spice and coffee notes with a rich malt backbone and slight hop bitterness

feel is mid-level carbonation and big bodied; smooth, bumping elbows with thick and syrupy, but pillowed out with carbonation. slight booze heat and natural spice prickles; bittered finish. very nice feeling, fairly easy but balanced and interesting

overall:
awesome. the spice that is advertised is barely there, blending with a light booze heat to add just a pinch of extra character to the already lively cast of notes hitting the palate. it's got a decent dose of cream/vanilla that brings balance to what could have otherwise been a coffee-forward stout. simply solid and solidly funky-vibrant. fittingly advertised.

Sunday at 08:32 AM
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BillAfromSoCal from California

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can dated 10/21/21 bought on 11/26/21, chilled two hrs then poured into two tulip glasses. Just barely off-black color with a very slight reddish hue in the right light. Very thin head that disappears within a minute and leaves no lacing. Smell of some coffee and less milk chocolate but with a spicy overtone. Same taste as smell, but unlike other reviewers, my wife and I immediately detect a bit of chili spice heat, and this was before we saw reference to pasilla pepper on the can, but it is subtle and the flavors are very well balanced. More cinnamon than nutmeg. a little bit of vanilla but not a lot. Perhaps the merest hint of clove. Difficult to separate a vanilla from a milky overtone. As I mentioned, this is really well balanced with nothing really dominant. Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than many milk stouts. Perhaps a slight bit on the thin side for a stout but certainly not offensively so. Overall a definite keeper that is suitable for sipping without a meal. Buy this if you like subtle mixtures of flavors in a milk stout. Don't buy this if you are looking for a wallop of heat and spice. Initially I ranked this 4.5 overall but dropped it to 4.25 in view of the quality vs. cost. $17 for six x 12oz.

Friday at 10:24 PM
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head production and OK retention.

Nose is quite strong and spicy, with very strong notes of coffee and cinnamon (in that order), along with nutmeg, chocolate, and a light dash of chili pepper.

As expected, this one comes across relatively dry on the palate, despite being a milk stout - although there is a creamy smoothness to the back half, before the dry spices assert themselves in a semi-dry finish. On the lighter side of full bodied; it's not a chewy pastry stout, but it presents its imperial strength appropriately.

Tasting notes include coffee (perhaps not as strong as the nose, but still prominent), cinnamon, nutmeg (both more restrained than in, say, a pumpkin spice beer), cream, chocolate, and peppers. No noticeable pepper heat. Some of the flavors, in particular the chocolate and peppers, are very restrained, only coming out after you've had some time to savor the sip.

This is a solid entry in the Xocoveza series. Stone has never quite managed to recapture the magic of when Xocoveza was first released, but in 6-pack format, it's a very pleasing brew every time, quite fitting for the holidays.

Friday at 09:34 PM
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 10-13-21, opened 11-24-21.
A little over a 1 finger head, chocolate milk color with very good retention. Alternating sheets, wisps, and spots of lace left.
Dark and black without any light but with a light it's mahogany with plenty of ruby edges.
Initially a very mild aroma of coffee and faint pepper. Both become a little more pronounced and then sweet cinnamon joins as the beer warms.
Pepper comes across with a bell pepper greenness. Vanilla and some chocolate and cinnamon, there's a good pop of bitterness from all the things in here - malts, coffee, peppers, etc...
Full body and velvety smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Lengthy roasty bitterness and sweet in the finish.
Good to Very Good.

Thursday at 05:01 AM
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't really believe in 5/5 ratings and this could be a smidge better to me but get the hype. For me personally I wish this was more thick and syrupy but it's okay. I loved the taste was there and if they somehow improved it, it might be my favorite ever.

Nov 23, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 10/13/21 into pint glass. Pours a dark ruby-brown with a persistent tan head. Great lacing! Initial impression is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Finish is smooth and chocolate-y, with roasted coffee undertones. Overall, a very enjoyable Imperial Stout.

Nov 23, 2021
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard from a can into a snifter glass, forming a finger of tan head. Translucent cola-brown color with a ring of lacing after the head faded. Smell is milky sweet caramel, subtle but good. Taste is a good mix of chocolate and coffee up front, followed by something like tres leches and an after taste of peppers, just a wee bit of heat. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Pretty solid and unique stout, especially for the price.

Nov 23, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a moderate tan head. Aroma and flavor feature dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet caramel, and a tiny hint of chili heat. Mouthfeel is full and smooth and not boozy. Nice flavors but a little too sweet for me.

Nov 22, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up, it’s good. I was a bit nervous with this new rendition like when ex #3 told me that she was going to go platinum. Results? Not bad. I prefer her her black looks like Louise Brooks, but Jean Harlow ain’t nothing to sneeze at either, ya feel me?

Peace.

Nov 22, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out an opaque, oil-black color with a small, light brown head of pillowy foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of chocolate, mild peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice spicy/peppery taste with sweet chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Nov 21, 2021
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nick_perry from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahogany color. Thin white head that doesn’t last long. Strong aroma of vanilla and cinnamon. Flavor profile is initially dominated by cinnamon and sweetness, with the vanilla and peppers coming in after a delay, the later lending a vegetal, astringent quality. The only disappointing thing about this beer is that the smooth, heavy body at the start seems to collapse by the finish.

Nov 21, 2021
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color w/ a tan fluffy looking tan head that's an inch thick when first poured. Head settles eventually to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass at the beer's surface w/ little spots of surface foam and very nice lacing. Aromas of some roasted, caramel malt sweetness along w/ nice spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Quite a nice aroma indeed. the taste follows suit of course, w/ all of the aforementioned roasted malts w/ a hint of caramel sweetness, nutmeg, cinnamon, some chili pepper heat and smoke, vanilla, a bit of black coffee bitterness, and chocolate notes. Not really much hop flavors here (a rarity for Stone), but there is a subtle earthy hop note presence that rounds out the overall flavor profile. Really excellent balance w/ all the different flavors going on here. No one flavor overpowers the others. And of course there is a bit of lactic milk sugars here too. I feel this helps give the beer such a smooth, silky mouthfeel overall w/ a medium body. The mouthfeel is also just slightly sticky and chewy. Has a smooth, just slightly dry finish, and all of the flavors linger nicely on my palate in the after taste after each sip. A unique and another excellent beer from Stone!

Eric

Nov 19, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'PACKAGED RVA 10/21/21'.
Dark brown colored body, with a big back lit swath of red mahogany. One finger of tan head. Leaves some partial rings of lacing.
Aroma opens with cinnamon, peppers and nutmeg, behind which sits the coffee and chocolate plus the sweet vanilla.
Taste is a little milder than the smell, with a mellow peppered and spiced coffee (laced with chocolate) coming through. Has the sweet touch of vanilla. More vanilla coffee in the aftertaste.
Creamy and oat thick mouthfeel. Very slight pepper burn on the tongue. Good carbonation.
The nose pops and the flavor is mellow. This is a good variation on the base beer.

Nov 19, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap

Pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head. Smells if chocolate, caramel, earthy coffee and light cinnamon. Tastes of milk chocolate, vanilla cream, caramel and earthy coffee. The finish gives more sweet caramel and milk sugars, along with a hint of cinnamon. Medium body with moderate carbonation foamy mouthfeel and finish. Sweeter than the original, with less cinnamon

Nov 14, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "PACKAGED RVA 10/18/21 20:43"

Appearance: It has a black body with a medium-sized khaki head. The bubble in the head are creamy and a tad fizzy. It has good retention. Some lacing.

Aroma: It smells of chocolate liqueur and coffee. As it sits in the glass the scent of coffee overtakes the chocolate character. It is pleasant and the aroma is of moderate strength.

Taste: Up front it tastes like coffee. Towards the middle of the mouth it retains the coffee character with a bit more char. The flavor stays like this as it moves across the palate.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium body that edges on the higher-side of medium. There is a mild roasted bitterness.

Overall: As a whole it is a pleasant beer. The can states that this is a "STOUT BREWED W/CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, PASILLA PEPPERS, VANILLA, CINNAMON, NUTMEG, RICE & OATS." The chocolate comes through a bit in the aroma but mostly the coffee dominates. In the flavor the coffee is present but there is no pepper character, vanilla, or any of the other spices. The beer is nice but it is greatly lacking in advertised flavors. It still feels above average as a whole. I could drink it from time to time if I was looking for a coffee-infused stout but not if I was looking for something spiced. I wouldn't recommend it based on how it is advertised.

Nov 11, 2021
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good but the OG is much better. Lacks the slight pepper heat and the body is thinner. An easy drinker for the ABV and 6 pack can is always welcomed. I will gladly finish these but probably won’t revisit any time soon.

Nov 11, 2021
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black, with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Sold ring of lacing. Clearer/thinner than expected.

S: Roast, sweets, and spice. Peppers and cocoa.

T.F: Semi-sweet dark chocolate, roast, espresso, and spice. Peppers , cinnamon, vanilla, and more chocolate. Medium to light bodied... again, expected more 'oomph'. ABV hidden and well carbonated. Smooth.

O: I'm a big fan of Xocoveza and this variant is decent. A little thin and slightly sweet, but the flavor is decent. Just needs a little more body. Definitely don't regret the 6'er.

Nov 10, 2021
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LunchMoney from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting take on the original xocoveza. But I think the tres leches variant takes away from the great thing that Stone had with the original. I hope they go back to the way it was.
The flavor just isn’t as good, as the addition seems to conflict with the original flavors. The smell also is hitting me with some astringency that I am having trouble describing.
It’s not a bad beer, but if you are a big fan of Xocoveza like me, you may be a bit disappointed.

Nov 10, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tasty and festive and rich, not radically different from the original to me, creamy textured and sweeter than it needs to be, but there is cool balance of flavors here, and its still chocolate driven to me, both in terms of the cocoa added but also on the malt side, like its not all that deep and roasty and so there seems like plenty of room in the middle of the dark malt spectrum for chocolate character to resonate, and indeed it does. some of the chili character gets lost, it really only exists on the finish, but there is killer back and forth between all the other elements, warming cinnamon, spicy nutmeg, not too much vanilla, that doesnt appear to be the source of this residual sugar, this seems lactose spiked. coffee is fresh here, provides more of a low end than the grain seems to, a little acidity to cut through as well, this is rich but its not overly heavy or full bodied as these sorts of things go. caramel center here, and more cinnamon as it warms, just a little alcohol peaking through too. i couldnt drink more than maybe two of these, but i appreciate the effort. i expected this to be quite a lot different than the original but it really isnt. neat for the holidays, im sure it will sell well for them. even with all these ingredients this is not over flavored.

Nov 09, 2021
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Megamickel from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date on can, 10/13/31. Poured with a moderate, light-brown head which hung around just long enough to be appreciated. Aroma hits with roasted coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Dark chocolate comes through in a big way in the taste, with plenty of spice to appreciate from the cinnamon and Pasilla peppers. The vanilla and oats lend this stout a creamy mouthfeel.

Nov 09, 2021
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bitterandstout from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: opaque blackness as you'd expect.
Smell: caramel, coffee,roasty notes, chilies, and spice.
Taste: subtle is the word. Getting malts,coffee, cocoa, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. But in the finish is where this beer shines. The Pasilla pops in quite subtley.
Feel: is rich and creamy without being sweet.
This is a banger, a well balanced brew.

Nov 09, 2021
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dfillius from Iowa

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid, and thankfully not noticeably sweet in almost any way. Very subtle overall. And hard to tell that it is different, except that it is less aggressive and more balanced overall. Nice bitterness and roast in the finish, and creaminess in the mouthfeel throughout. Appearance is too transparent and not dark enough for a stout. Very enjoyable. Not a whiff of heat or alcohol, ABV hidden VERY well. Enjoyable, glad I picked up, but would have gladly taken normal Xocoveza too.

Nov 09, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The evolution of Mexican hot chocolate continues in the capable hands of Stone Brewing Company. As if turning the spicy and indulgent chocolate drink into a beer wasn't enough, the addition of coffee and cream is just what the Imperial Stout needed.

Pouring a very dark, coffee-like brown, Xocovea Tres Leches froths over with a light tan creme. As a complex aromatic set of caramel, coffee, toast, Mexican spice, vanilla and cream align on the nose, its initial taste is silky smooth with caramel, honey, chocolate and vanilla cream in a very cappuccino kind of way.

As the flavors evolve on the middle palate, the sweetness calmly releases and the more coffee influences rise. Much like a softer breakfast blend in nature, a nutty, toasty and less burnt flavor offers a savory taste to replace the receding malt sweetness. Its associated dryness accents the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and pasilla peppers offer a fruity warmth on the tongue. Trending soft and spicy, the kahlua-like finish comes with a slight woodsy bitterness that's easily attributed to coffee and toast.

Full bodied but somehow registering lighter and more drinkable, the beer further resembles cappuccino even as the stout finishes spicy and sweet with a robust savory tone. A mild capsaicin warmth simmers gently on the after palate, slightly past that of coffee, spice or malt.

Nov 04, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 10/12/21. 12oz can poured into a tulip.

Pours almost black; khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing.

The aromas have coffee leading the way. Some ash and char. Some chocolate. Mild spice. Malts are there.

The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More coffee leading the way in the flavor department as well. More chocolate. The lactose comes through. Some vanilla. Some cola. The peppers are on the mild side and almost go unnoticed. It's not hot or spicy at all although there's some pepper skin flavors. The cinnamon and spices are on the mild side as well, but they're there. Subtle sweetness. Moderate to low bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol is ultimately well hidden.

Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, creamy, velvety and smooth.

This is a nice brew. I wish that the cinnamon and peppers were more prevalent though. I recall the original Xocoveza having more depth with the peppers and spices fighting with the coffee and chocolate. The original had more of a "Mexican Hot Chocolate" vibe to it. This is basically just a really nice coffee stout. The coffee seems to be the solo star with this one. It's nice and enjoyable for what it is.

Oct 31, 2021
Xocoveza Tres Leches from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 66 ratings