Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout

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RATINGS: 1073   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat malt, rye, yeast, lactose, cocoa, coffee, hops, chilli, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg.
The impact of homebrewers on the American craft beer industry has been immense. The comfort level and lack of inhibitors provided by a domestic brewing environment fosters a near limitless brand of experimentation, allowing homebrewers to push te beer envelope to its breaking point. Many of the professional brewing world’s best recipes--from West Coast IPAs to imperial stouts and even sours--began as homespun standouts so spectacular they had to be unleashed on the world in order to improve it.

With this in mind, each year we hold an American Homebrewers Association sanctioned homebrewing competition, the champion of which gets their recipe brewed and distributed nationwide by Stone. This year’s winner, Chris Banker, helped keep us grounded to our homebrewing roots by introducing flavors consistent with our regional apalate. 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 sout, as our collaborators from Baja California, Cervezeria Insurgente, will attest. Layered with tiers of 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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3.8
jrodooo5 (1725) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - DEC 12, 2017
Not as complex as I'd hoped from the description but pretty flawless nonetheless. Pours black w/ a big mocha head & loads of lacing. The aroma is mainly cocoa & more coffee like. The taste has some bitterness w/ a nice blend of chocolate & just a hint of heat. It meshes well to be quite soft on the palate. Very good overall but just wanted a little more flavor explosion.

3.6
Finn (8256) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2017
Boks 330ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø - Langnes. Delt med EgilB på Øverhøgda 4 Des 17. Svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum. Aroma av kanel. Smaken kanel, kokos & vanilje. Mere kokos i ettersmaken.

4.1
HerrBierkoenig (1647) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 8, 2017
0,33l can at CEBA conference in Budapest, courtesy of Zippo, many thanks, Pours dark brown to black liquid, medium creamy brown head, fell down quickly, Aroma: espresso, chili, spicy, vanilla, burnt caramel, sweet, candy, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, mediumbitter, light soir, espresso, milk chocolate, spicy, chili, vanilla, clove, Palate: full body, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, long spicy chocolate espresso aftertaste, Overall: very good, enjoyed.

4
orbit (263) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2017
Pitch black beer that has a complex mixture of tastes, the winter herbs are easily spotted, with nutmeg, cinnamon and also hints of peppers. Even the coffee stands out as a major contributor to this taste palate, this is definitely one of the stranger beers I've tasted, but also one of the nicer ones. Perfect fit for the winter season. Drink at fireplace with gloves and warm hat on.

3.9
snowcrash000 (47) - Cologne, GERMANY - DEC 6, 2017
Pours a very dark, almost black, brown with a medium, brownish head that recedes quickly. Smells of chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg, with a hint of coffee and cinnamon. Taste follows the nose, with a slight coffee and strong milk chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg notes that overpower the cinnamon and chili, which is only detectable faintly in the aftertaste. Very nice, silky smooth mouthfeel. After looking forward to this for a year, I was honestly slightly disappointed. It's a very nice beer, but a little too smooth, mellow and well-balanced for my taste. I would have liked the spices to come out a little more, especially the chili.

3.8
czar (9501) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2017
pours unclear dark brown pour with a very nice creamy beige head offering good retention and lacing. spicy mole, fresh nutmeg, soft vanilla pudding, very lightly tingling peppers, charred complex caramel layers, creamy african coffee, peppery bourbony woodsiness, softly warming integrated alcohol. moderately low carbonation, medium body - very oily; sweet and spicy-vanilla-coffee finish. all the ingredients can actually be tasted separately and altogether, all in all being smooth and incredibly dosed. a fairly complex very spicy sipper - and surprisingly balanced throughout.

3.8
Nurmis (837) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2017
0,33l can. Pours black with tanned head. Creamy mouthfeel, cant taste the alcohol. Strong vanilla aroma. Cinnamon, chocolate also. Very good!

3.5
kramer (6908) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark brown body with a small tight bubbled frothy brown head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is pretty delicious, lots of chocolate, spice, roast, coffee, and a little pepper. The flavor is a bit overboard on the spice though, there's a little too much going on in here competing for supremacy. The chocolate and coffee are good for me, but the spicy peppers, cinnamon, and nutmeg get to be a little overpowering. Medium bodied with a nice smooth texture and soft carbonation. Interesting beer for a while, but gets old by the end of the bottle.

3.8
Chalumeaux (1758) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2017
Poured from tap at WHYM pitch black with a nice cocoa head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt coffee cinnamon and chili's. Taste is creamy earthy spent coffee chocolate slices mild chili. Comes together nicely.

3.6
Alengrin (5779) - BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2017
From a can at Stefan's Single Trip Tasting. Dense, creamy, yellowish beige, more or less stable head over a blackish beer, yet still largely transparent with deep burgundy hue. Aroma of initially a lot of 'can' iron (unexpectedly, to be honest), then residing to impressions of walnut, coffee powder, 'fondant' chocolate, old dry raisins, cold tea, brown rum, subtler hints of dried tree leaves, toasted brown bread, soft dried chili peppers, raw cinnamon, anise rather than nutmeg, wet leather, some faint vanilla bean. Dried fruits in the onset, immediately turning nutty, low in sweetness, soft 'dim' sourishness, thin cured meat-like umami edges, soft carbonation, creamy and oily mouthfeel yet thinner than expected from a 8%+ ABV beer, very nutty maltiness (walnut shell), deep burnt toast aspects, bitter chocolate, eventually coffeeish roasted bitterness with uplifting retronasal spiciness (the cinnamon for sure, nutmeg to a lesser extent and vanilla remaining rather vague), almost anise-like at a certain point, blending with a herbal, slightly earthy and spicy hop bitterness as well as quite a lot of 'jenever'-like alcohol astringency; dried fruits and bitter chocolate linger; chili 'burn' remains very vague. Sample from Stone's Berlin settlement, works fine but lacks in the promised vanilla and chili effects at least aromatically speaking and seems to lack a bit in body as well; could have been a lot better. Not the best Stone I had to date, probably should revisit this relatively fresh from a bomber rather than a can.


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