Xocoveza by Stone

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Beer Name: Xocoveza

Brewer: Stone Brewing, Berlin, Germany

Date Sampled:  21st January 2017

ABV: 8.1%

Serving Type: Can

Location Sampled: Home

It may be very cold outside but it definitely still feels like I'm drinking this beer around four weeks too late. Xocoverza, brewed by Stone in their European facility in Berlin, is advertised as a winter mocha stout 'for the holidays & into the new year.' This can was picked up online from Hoptimism in Loughborough.

It pours almost jet black with a creamy brown, almost latte coloured head. The aroma suggests caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of chilli.

In the mouth it isn't as luxurious as I'd hope for in a 8.1% stout, but it has a medium body and light carbonation, which gives it a smooth feel.

Xocoveza is packed full of flavour; the cinnamon and nutmeg follow through from the nose but are very well balanced, along with coffee and dark cocoa. There is then a clear warmth from the chilli before a satisfying boozy end.

Stone have done a great job cramming so many festive flavours into one beer whilst creating something very smooth and easy drinking. This is a cracking winter stout and I'll make sure I have a can or two of this for sipping under the Christmas tree later this year.

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