Stone Xocoveza

Stone Xocoveza

A tradition too special to skip

Style
Mocha Stout
Alc/Vol
8.1%
IBUs
50
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Xocoveza

This is a beloved stout. When first introduced as a limited special collaboration release with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker (after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition) and Cerveceria Insurgente, it was an instant hit and fans began clamoring for its return. Seeing as how its amazing flavor profile is evocative of Mexican hot chocolate, featuring coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and a generous amount of our own in-house made chocolate, we concluded it was the perfect stout to re-release in celebration of the Holidays and the entire winter season. This is now a highly anticipated yearly tradition that we are pleased to present from us to you, and makes a perfect wintry gift from you to your friends, loved ones, or simply to yourself. Cheers!

Stone Xocoveza Chocolate Pairing

Imperial stout inspired by Mexican hot chocolate

Release Date
October 1, 2018
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Package Types
12oz six-pack cans
22oz bottles
Draft
Availability
Nationwide
Flavor Profile
Roasty, cocoa, coffee
When to Enjoy
Drink fresh or age at cellar temperature
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Featured Hops
English Challenger & East Kent Golding
Special Ingredients
Cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & lactose

Tasting Notes

Appearance
Pours black with a thick brown head.
Aroma
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.
Taste
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.
Palate
Full bodied and very smooth with a light bitterness. The sweetness adds a lot to this beer without being syrupy.
Overall
When we first brewed this beer in 2014, I think everyone on the brewing team was blown away by its multiple layers of flavor. The inspiration came from Mexican hot chocolate combined with coffee. We loved how wonderfully this beer showcases the spices, cocoa and subtle coffee roast flavors, so much that Stone is excited to bring it back as an annual special release.

Pairing Notes

Appetizers
Bacon-wrapped figs, roasted pecans sprinkled with cinnamon, jalapeño poppers, candied salmon, coconut shrimp
Soups & Salads
French onion, beef stew, pork chili, butternut squash, clam chowder
Entrées
Chicken mole, coffee-dusted fillet, vegetarian green curry, stuffed poblano chiles, mushroom stroganoff, lamb chops
Cheeses
Camembert, Hook’s EWE CALF to Be KIDding, Beehive Cheese Big John’s Cajun, Point Reyes Original Blue
Desserts
Cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, chocolate lave cake, tiramisu, vanilla ice cream float, Xocorosa ice cream
Cigars
Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto Corojo, Casa Magna Colorado Extraordinario, Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Robusto, La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor, Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Maduro

Stone Xocoveza Beer Nog

MAKES:

8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

6 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup granulated sugar 
2½ cups whole milk
1½ cups heavy cream
10 ounces Stone Xocoveza (PRO TIP: Make a flight using any of our seasonal stouts)
2 tsp ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

Place the egg yolks, vanilla and ½ cup of the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat for several minutes, until the yolks lighten up and magically double in volume. Add the remaining ingredients—except the egg white and the rest of the sugar—and mix until everything’s fully combined. Transfer the mixture to another bowl and forget about it for a bit.

Wash the bowl and whisk, then place the egg whites in the bowl and start whisking them up. Slowly sprinkle in the rest of the sugar and keep whisking until thick and stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture and chill.

When you’re ready to serve, pour the nog into stylish goblets or your favorite form of beer glass, garnish with a little more nutmeg and go spread some beery holiday cheer.

October 2, 2017
Proper Name: 
Stone Xocoveza
ABV: 
8.1%
October 3, 2016
Proper Name: 
Stone Xocoveza
ABV: 
8.1%
November 16, 2015
Proper Name: 
Stone Xocoveza for the Holidays & the New Year
ABV: 
8.1%
September 8, 2014
Proper Name: 
Chris Banker / Stone / Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout
ABV: 
8.1%