Beer Review: CHRIS BANKER / STONE / INSURGENTE XOCOVEZA MOCHA STOUT

Beer Review: CHRIS BANKER / STONE / INSURGENTE XOCOVEZA MOCHA STOUT

From Stone Brewing Co. โ€“ Hosting an annual American Homebrewers Association sanctioned competition, Stone Brewery brings forth the champion’s creation to be brewed and distributed nationwide. Chris Banker’s winning concoction is a chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper, and coffee-infused milk stout, mirroring the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate. Developed in collaboration with Cervezeria Insurgente from Baja California, this blue ribbon beer showcases layers of earthiness, spice, and roast, embodying the thriving spirit of American homebrewing.

Appearance

The Xocoveza Mocha Stout pours an inky black, devoid of any discernible head that dissipates swiftly. A gentle swirl reveals a delicate rim of tight bubbles, suggesting a subdued effervescence.

Aroma

Aromatically complex, the beer exudes notes of vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, and a hint of pepper essence, with a subtle coconut undertone. The olfactory experience promises a diverse range of flavors.

Taste

The flavor profile unfolds with a spicy bitterness from nutmeg, complemented by the robust presence of coffee, chocolate, and cinnamon-covered almonds. The addition of spicy hops adds complexity, culminating in a pepper-infused finish.

Mouthfeel

Contrary to expectations, the beer presents a thinner mouthfeel, with a medium body and lively, dry carbonation. This departure from the anticipated heaviness contributes to a refreshing quality.

Overall

Deviation from preconceived notions is a recurring theme with this stout. While the market offers various stouts infused with similar elements, the Xocoveza Mocha Stout stands out for its exceptional balance, dryness, and surprising lack of the anticipated heavy body that typically accompanies higher alcohol content. Despite initial expectations, this beer proves to be a delicious departure from the norm.