Chris Banker / Stone / Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout

Chris Banker / Stone / Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout

Chris Banker, Winner, Stone Homebrew Competition
Iván Morales, Brewmaster, Cervecería Insurgente
Mitch Steele, Brewmaster, Stone Brewing Co.

This year’s winner of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned homebrewing competition, Chris Banker, helped keep us grounded to our homebrewing roots by introducing flavors consistent with our regional palate. His chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper and coffee-infused milk stout was built to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, a beloved specialty from our neighbors to the south, as our collaborators from Baja California, Cervecería Insurgente, will attest. Layered with earthiness, spice and roast, this creamy, semisweet blue-ribbon beer confirms that the spirit of the American homebrewer is not only alive and kicking but thriving at an all-time high.

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September 8, 2014
Milk Stout
22oz bottles & draft
English Challenger & East Kent Golding

Tasting Notes

Provided by
Mitch Steele
Pours black with a thick brown head.
Intense cinnamon, cocoa and coffee are followed by nutmeg and peppers. As the beer warms up, the flavor combinations evolve and the cocoa and vanilla notes really start to open up.
Cocoa and cinnamon are at the forefront. The coffee, nutmeg and vanilla follow, and the fruitiness and heat of the pasilla peppers come through nicely on the finish.
Full-bodied and very smooth with a light bitterness. The sweetness adds a lot to this beer without being too syrupy.
When we tasted Chris Banker’s winning beer at our annual AHA rally back in March, I think everyone on the brewing team was blown away by the multiple layers of flavor in this beer. Chris’ inspiration was Mexican hot chocolate, and he was able to perfectly replicate the flavors. The inclusion of Cervecería Insurgente for this collaboration was a fun addition. We first met co-founders Ivan and Damian at the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, and given their brewery’s proximity to us in Mexico, and their approach to brewing, we thought they’d be a perfect fit for the third collaborator.

Pairing Notes

Provided by
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Bacon-wrapped figs, roasted pecans sprinkled with cinnamon, jalapeño poppers, candied salmon, coconut shrimp
French onion, beef stew, pork chili, butternut squash, clam chowder
Chicken mole, coffee-dusted fillet, vegetarian green curry, stuffed poblano chiles, mushroom stroganoff, lamb chops
Camembert, Hook’s EWE CALF to Be KIDding, Beehive Cheese Big John's Cajun, Point Reyes Original Blue, Maytag Blue
Cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, chocolate lave cake, tiramisu, vanilla ice cream float
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