Stone Xocoveza is an American Imperial Stout brewed by Stone Brewing, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.
The stout pours jet black and is topped by a finger-thick cap dense brown foam that shows fair retention.
The aroma is strong with a scent of sweet cocoa and vanilla. There’s a little spice mixed in as well with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The palate begins with sweet cocoa, spiced lightly with cinnamon. The middle is held down by a mild coffee roast, lightly spiced with nutmeg, and sweetened with vanilla. The finish is peppery from pasilla peppers. A touch earthy as well.
Its feel is smooth and creamy with a full body and low carbonation. Finishes dryly and a touch warm from the spicy peppers and booze.
Stone Xocoveza is decadent in its sweetness but balanced wonderfully with coffee, spices, and that delightful kick of pasilla peppers. Combined with a rich and luxurious feel, this Imperial Stout is a real pleasure to drink.
Stone Brewing recommends the following food pairings with their Xocoveza Imperial Stout: appetizers of bacon-wrapped figs, roasted pecans sprinkled with cinnamon, jalapeño poppers, candied salmon, and coconut shrimp; soups of French onion soup, beef stew, pork chili, butternut squash, and clam chowder; mains of chicken mole, coffee-dusted fillet, vegetarian green curry, stuffed poblano chiles, mushroom stroganoff, and lamb chops; Camembert cheese; sweets of cinnamon rolls, pecan pie, chocolate lave cake, tiramisu, and vanilla ice cream float.
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Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele talks about the characteristics of the Xocoveza.