One of Stone Brewing Co.’s most popular releases of the last few years is returning in its original form as a seasonal release.
The original Xocoveza Mocha Stout is an 8.1 percent ABV milk stout brewed with English challenger and English East kent holdings hops as well as cocoa, coffee, chile peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. It was released early last year in 22-ounce bottles, based on the recipe of Chris Banker, who won the 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition.
“There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its return,” reads the beer label filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). “So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists.That, as illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, is Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, chile peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.”
Earlier this year, the Escondido, Calif.-based brewery released two different variations of the milk stout: Xocoveza Extra Añejo (12.2 percent ABV), which was aged in extra añejo tequila barrels that had previously held Bordeaux wine, and Xocoveza Charred (11 percent ABV), which was aged in oak bourbon barrels from Kentucky for seven months.
According to the label, the new version of Stone Xocoveza will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles and will be available “for the Holidays & the New Year.” An email to the brewery for additional details was not immediately returned.