Stone Xocoveza

California
United States
Stone Xocoveza Stone Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Our insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial milk stout is layered with warming flavors from real spices, locally-roasted Mostra coffee, and house-made 100% cacao bars.

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ABV: 
8.1%
IBUs: 
50
Hops: 
Challenger, East Kent Golding
Judges Review 
Richard Wong's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The aroma for this beer includes lightly burnt roasted malts and no discernible hops, which is fine for this style, though I don’t detect any sort of spices indicated with this beer either (cinnamon, nutmeg nor chocolate). The beer poured a dark amber in color with low carbonation. It had low head retention and the carbonation dissipated quickly. This beer had flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and a recognizable flavor of cinnamon in the palate, but I didn’t detect any nutmeg in the flavor, though I’m sure it just got blended in with the other dominating flavors of this beer. It also had a slight, subtle hint of lactose (milk, cream-like flavors) due to the addition of sugar milk. The malt-to-hops ratio was also balanced nicely with the main focus being on the roasted malts instead of hops. A medium-low hop bitterness countered the roasted malts nicely. The beer had a medium mouthfeel with light carbonation that finished nicely with an alcohol warmth that was smooth and not harsh – something to be sipped slowly sitting near a nice warm fire.  

Brewery Introduction

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone Brewing has come a long way since opening up in San Diego, California in 1996. We have been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate ... Read More

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