Xocoveza Tres Leches
Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,488
Ranked #8,274
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
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Oct 28, 2021
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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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Ratings by BillAfromSoCal:
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BillAfromSoCal from California

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.

Nov 26, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by backblast from Alaska

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.

Yesterday at 12:42 AM
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jbolger from Connecticut

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.

Tuesday at 03:55 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by izraelc from New York

Pours dark. Tan foam. Spicy sweet aroma. Big spicy chocolate body. Sweet but not too sweet. Spiciness persists. Smooth. Excellent beer.

Monday at 02:28 AM
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

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!

Saturday at 08:53 PM
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, hot peppers, cinnamon and Mexican chocolate; dominated by peppers and cinnamon. Flavor is dark toasted malt, lactose, Mexican chocolate (cocoa and cinnamon), hot peppers and vanilla. Cinnamon leche, and pepper finish. Medium bodied with silky, moderate creaminess. It's been too long since I've had Xocoveza; glad to try it again in this interesting variant. It took some work getting a bottle of this; Stone's distribution in Seattle is unexpectedly horrible the last few years. Old standards like Bastard are widely available even at grocery stores, but many other offerings are just not available at the many places I haunt for craft beer. The big box stores had 12 and 24 packs of this, but I'm swamped with stouts now and just had no way to buy that many; I just wanted to try it and maybe have a few for extended sampling. I finally had to order a bomber from California (never saw a single bomber bottle in this area for the last three months). Well, glad I got it, this is one of the great annual non-standard stouts. Oddly, I'm not really getting (or remembering?) the difference between this and the base Xocoveza, which has always had a milk stout profile to my taste. I am getting a little more lactose, but it's a small difference. The good news is that as always, this is a great tribute to Mexican chocolate; particularly the peppery versions. Fine cocoa, lactose, cinnamon and an authentic kick from the pasilla peppers, including a mild, but noticeable burn in the aroma. The difference between this and the regular version is small enough it may not be enough for the struggle to get a single bottle, but this stout is reward enough in itself. Here's to easy to find Xocovesa next year.

Jan 12, 2022
4.61 by cmsfish from Minnesota on Jan 10, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Deep black with some mahogany highlights around the edges with a a light tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving behind a thin cap and minimal lacing
S - Dark chocolate and roasted malts along with hints of spicy peppers and bitter coffee - some vanilla and caramel intermixed as well
T - Tons of rich dark chocolate and pasilla peppers up front and throughout - the peppers really shine on this years variant - followed by bitter, roasted coffee, vanilla, and caramel notes - pasilla peppers and cinnamon round everything out on the back end. Nutmeg intermixed in there as well - maybe some ginger and molasses. Very complex and very good as always
F - Medium leaning on full bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.
O - This is a very, very good stout with a ton of flavor - especially the pasilla peppers which are a great addition - but honestly, I can't tell much of a difference between this and the original Xocoveza, which brings it down a little bit in my book

Jan 09, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

This beer pours a dark cola color from the can that looks more like a porter, but as it settles in the glass, it is has a black body under a substantial tan head. The nose has the coffee (lots) and the chocolate (less lots), with the peppers making an impressive appearance.

The taste is led by the coffee, with enough chocolate for balance, and a healthy dollop of peppers for a little heat. The key, for me, was to let this warm before pouring, because that allowed the peppers to open, and the subtle heat worked exceptionally well with the coffee and chocolate flavors, similar to the base beer.

I’m glad I have more cans of this to enjoy over the next few weeks, because this is a delicious beer, whether it’s an imperial stout (maybe), or an imperial porter (more likely, IMHO).

Jan 09, 2022
4 by archero from Texas on Jan 08, 2022
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured at fridge temp. Pours jet black. Wow - lots of head! It actually overflowed a bit. Stuck around for a good 5 min and left some significant lacing. Nose is chocolate, spice, coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of caramel. Vanilla as well. The taste is very nice and smooth. The peppers really come through here. The coffee and dark chocolate are there as well. Cinnamon and nutmeg, along with vanilla. A bit of dark fruit and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the aftertaste is a mix of bitter and sweet. Overall, a really nice beer.

Jan 08, 2022
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

12 oz can poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Coffee, peppers, chocolate, some vanilla, cinnamon, touch of caramel and nutmeg.

T- Chocolate, peppers, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, some nutmeg.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Not the biggest or boldest molé stout I’ve had, but flavors are nicely balanced and it’s very easy to drink.

Jan 07, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches Imperial Stout, 8.5% ABV. Pours black with a two-finger tan head that left some lacing. Nose is chocolate, peppers, nutmeg, and coffee. Taste is chocolate, peppers, coffee, and cinnamon, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, nutmeg in the aftertaste. Good carbonation, and smooth. Overall excellent. One of those beers that I could sit and sniff all night, though the taste isn't as good.

Jan 07, 2022
3.14 by QuakeAttack from California on Jan 06, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CBlack85 from South Carolina

Poured from a 12 oz can into a DFH Goblet Glass

Pours nearly jet black with about 2 fingers worth of khaki head that slowly recedes leaving behind a fair bit of lacing

This beer is very appealing to the nose; big wafts of coffee and chocolate dominate the aroma. Some caramel, nutmeg, and just the slightest hints of cinnamon and peppers.

The flavor follows the nose for the most part. Big waves of chocolate and coffee. The peppers are mild and only perceptible once the beer warms. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla are very light and compliment the beer very well. There is just a slight hint of burnt toast in the aftertaste.

Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice smooth, creamy coffee stout that I look forward to trying again

Jan 06, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a twelve ounce can into a pint glass.
Looks dark brown almost black with a nice foamy tannish head that dropped quickly to a thin cap.
Smells malty, sweet, spicy, chocolate, pepper, vanilla and cinnamon.
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with a nice creamy finish.
Overall I didn't like this one as much as I did last year's version, still really solid for the style and I will definitely drink it again.

Jan 02, 2022
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3.27/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by thebigbambino from Florida

I was excited to try the new offering from Stone. FYI, I have been drinking mainly barrels aged stouts for the past 2 years. The beer pours a nice chocolate brown, the head has less volume than expected, the nose is good and the you can taste the nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. The pepper is not overpowering and gives the palate a bit of a tingle. I really miss the velvety mouthfuls of a quality stout in this beer. While I enjoyed the taste, the overall drinking experience fell flat for this highly anticipated stout.

Jan 02, 2022
4.37 by Antyk from Belgium on Jan 01, 2022
3.89 by EMH73 from New York on Dec 31, 2021
3.54 by HopHead_ from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Xocoveza Tres Leches has a thin-to-medium beige head, a dark brown appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and assorted spices. The flavor is similar, with rather low bitterness and measured sweetness. Xocoveza Tres Leches has a somewhat thin body and a semi-dry finish.


Dec 30, 2021
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3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Edgewise

I'm new to the stout scene, so take this with a grain of salt. I spotted this at the local beverageria and decided to give it a spin...I love a stout with a dose of spice (see Aún Más Chili Jesús). Stone has disappointed me in the past with their unbalanced overly-bitter IPAs (see Arrogant Bastard), but I was pretty hopeful, based on the description.

Unfortunately, I feel like Stone fell short again, at least for my money. The texture was light, but the flavor leaned too far into a burnt coffee taste. The smell had notes of banana; nobody else seems to be mentioning this, so maybe it's just me. Worst of all, I could not detect any heat (definitely not a Aún Más Chili Jesús situation).

Upon more careful inspection, there's a lot going on in this beer, flavor-wise. Probably too much. I can taste nutmeg, vanilla, coffee and cinnamon. It felt to me like all the flavors were stepping on each others' toes. You could barely catch a hint of the peppers, for instance.

I feel like this could be better if they focused on a smaller palette of flavors, and took the bitterness down a notch or two. Also, more pepper is needed to live up to the label.

Dec 29, 2021
3.06 by Argail from Louisiana on Dec 28, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

It's time to empty two twelve ounce cans into a clear glass liter mug for observation. The color of the brew is close to black coffee brown, but not as close to jet black as some. The reasonable head is biege and not particularly enduring. These aren't terrible visuals, but the aroma begins to immediately dominate the senses. Chocolate and pepper can actually be picked up by the nose, readily. Add some roasted malt, coffee and some vague spices and the nose predicts a wonderful taste treat. The brew tastes good, but not great. First, there's very little of the pepper treat the nose got for the taste buds to experience. That sort of falls into a melded combination of spices where nothing distinctive stands out. It is mildly warming going down, but the 8.5% ABV probably helps there. For having tres leches on the label, this drinks lightly, without any milk inclusion stickiness, but still maintains a reasonable body. Overall, this does have an ideal mouthfeel and body for its style. Probably the biggest disappointment for drinkers seeking a little heat in the taste, as indicated by the label, is the mild dose it offers. It's really not much more spicy, from a heat perspective, than most good pumpkin style brews. As a spiced coffee/chocolate concoction, this is just fine.

Dec 26, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by woodchipper from Connecticut

Poured from a 12oz can dated 10/21/21 to Nonic.
A great looking tan head sits above a dark black body.
The aroma is ruled by cinnamon but some vanilla and nutmeg comes through.
Taste is quite sweet, as expected. The chile pepper hits you on your fist few sips but kind of dissapears during the session. Cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg all make an appearance.
The mouth feel is coating, sticky and overall fools you into thinking this is a higher viscosity beer that looks predict.
Overall, very well done.

Dec 25, 2021
4 by LeftHanded666 from New York on Dec 25, 2021
3.73 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Dec 24, 2021
4 by twax from Florida on Dec 24, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothman from Minnesota

Can. Tan head. Black color.

Lots going on here. Lots of spices, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa. Doesn’t seem to have as much peppers in this version. A touch sweeter. Still an enjoyable beer and fun to have around the holidays.

Dec 23, 2021
4.25 by jewellrunner from Missouri on Dec 18, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz can pkg date 10/21/2021 into a nonic pint glass.
L: Pours extra dark brown to black with a med-dark tan 1.75 inch creamy head that recedes to semi-soapy/rocky then to edge foam. Light visible carbonation with random skeletal lacing & light banding.
S: Chocolate, earthy pepper, dark caramel, char, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar.
T: Semi-sweet milk chocolate, rich sweet dark caramel, light char, earthy pepper, roasted malts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet light coffee, citrus zest, light molasses and is gently bitter. Overall moderately sweet.
F: Politely firm, smooth/silky med-bodied mouthfeel and coats the tongue as milk would do. Zero pepper heat as it's only earthy residing only in the taste and aroma. It is delicately drying.
O: A wonderfully scrumptious and soulful Sweet Milk Stout that produces beautiful layers of tastes that meld together and are also individually well-formed. No alcohol is detected in this Imperial Stout and it is outstanding in it's style.

Dec 17, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Rastal Teku glass from a 12 fl oz can on December 15, 2021.

Dec 17, 2021
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3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by pkalix from California

tres leches has peppers in it? too much cinnamon...

Dec 17, 2021
4.21 by Tsar_Riga from Indiana on Dec 15, 2021
4.25 by iftcoach from Germany on Dec 13, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent hazel/mahogany color with 3 fingers of mocha head ( I didn't think I poured it that aggressively ). Below average head retention & lacing

S: Vanilla, cocoa & coffee once warm, none in copious amounts, plus cinnamon, that does become the only thing I can smell

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, some pepper spice & lactose dryness up front. More dryness, coffee & chile notes, a little vanilla & cocoa as this warms. Finishes dry with some charred notes, vanilla & cinnamon

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, body thins a touch as it warms

Not one that really wowed me, solid, but no one flavor really popped & the body was meh

Dec 13, 2021
3.81 by chris826 from Mississippi on Dec 13, 2021
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 12, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a six-pack from TW-Greenville, SC 10-30-21 for $17.99. Canned in RVA (Richmond) 10-30-21; consumed can for review 12-12-21.

Beer poured brown with a nice light tan head with the initial pour.

Nose is very nice, cinnamon and chocolate make this brew very inviting.

Taste is cinnamon and chocolate adjuncts combining nicely with the imperial malt base with vanilla and nutmeg in the background. Finishes with a hot pepper warmth.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall a wonderful dessert beer that makes for a nice annual treat!

Dec 12, 2021
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 12, 2021
Xocoveza Tres Leches from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 116 ratings