Chris Banker / Insurgente / Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout

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RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 worlds 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 years 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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cattaneopapa (373) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2017
Pours an opaque black colour with a minimal head. Intense aroma that reminds me of a typical gas station bathroom air-freshener smell. Not good....Taste is just as weird as the aroma. After the 8.1% ABV kicks in, Im starting to enjoy it... Cocoa and chili peppers on the front, then a bitter espresso taste leads to a semi sweet cinnamon and nutmeg flavour finish. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djoeye (4298) - Troms, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2017
Aroma; spices, dark caramel, vanilla, oak, malts. Look; film on ruby-black beer. Taste; caramel, malt, plum, oak, vanilla and wineous notes - and finishes very fruity. Feel; good body, softish, smooth. Overall ; very tasty cozy sipper. [@Humle&BierTroms]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dunklermessias (26) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2017
On tap at Stone Brewing Berlin. Comes with a black, fat color and a nice dark tan head. The nose is like Christmas: dark coffee, cinamon, cardamom, coca an some vanilla. Taste is as good as the nose: strong coffee, cinamonn, dark chocolate and some herbal spices. Full bodied and flavorful! Great beer (and I normaly do not like Stout beer...).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2017
black and red tan head. smells like vanilla cocoa cinnamon chilis human urine booze. tastes bitter thin effervescent. lingering acrid tang never gets too intrusive. some spice in the back of my mouth. and a tinny aftertaste. cant taste the booze at all. thank god it isnt sweet. i can definitely fuck with this. great use of chilis without ruining the beer. 100% mexican hot cocoa

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (4889) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2017
Can from Glug, Newcastle; brewed in Berlin, Germany. A first for me from a canned beer - the beer exploded out of the can and all over the floor. Inky black with a thick dark tan head of foam. It has a rich sweet chocolate, vanilla and coconut flavour followed by milk chocolate and spicy fruity notes on the smooth, creamy warming finish. This beer hides its high ABV well, Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2938) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - MAR 15, 2017
Draft 0.15l at Craft&Draft Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 07.02.2017. Time to taste event. Pour it dark color with small brown head. Aroma cinnamon and coffee. Taste starts with spice cinnamon, ginger bread cookie, some coffee on the back, sweet milk chocolate finish, nice balanced, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adamnase (549) - Kronoby, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2017
Can from Pours pitch Black colour, brown stable head. Aroma is roasted, highly roasted coffee, spices- cinamon, vanilla, cloves a bit, cocoa. Toffee. Taste is Very strongly roasted, however not adstringent at all. Coffee, cocoa, spices, toffee. dry finish, bit sweet aswell. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (1105) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2017 Stone Berlin can, at home. Very dark brown, big foamy beige head. Nice mocha, milky chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon notes coming through as described on the can, toasted marshmallow/sugar too. Alcohol?s well hidden, light bitterness in the finish, lingering sweet roasted malty aftertaste. Light-medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aquilo (639) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 13, 2017
Black with a nice brown head.Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted almonds and cinnamon. Smooth and robust bitter flavor. Velvety mouthfeel. This is a fine ale right here. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhilosophyGuy (476) - Łdź, POLAND - MAR 12, 2017
Bardzo dobre piwo z jednej strony - a z drugiej czegoś mu brakuje. Wygląda ok - tworzy niską, beżową pianę. Zostawia szczątkowy lacing. Aromat jest dosyć intensywny - czuć cynamon, gałkę muszkatołową, wanilię, a także - co jest dla mnie zaskoczeniem krem orzechowy i kokos. W smaku natomiast czuć silną kawowość, gorzką czekoladę pomieszaną z mlecznością, a także krem orzechowy. Jest słodkie i całkiem gęste. Nisko nasycone. Po przełknięciu czuć wanilię, a także kokosa wymieszanego z papryczkami chilli. Brakuje na pewno gładkości, a wadą jest też dosyć wyraźny alkohol.

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