The prayers of fans of Stone Brewing Co.’s Xocoveza have been answered.
The Escondido, Calif.-based brewery will be rereleasing one of its most popular beers from last year, Xocoveza mocha stout. The new version, named Xocoveza Extra Añejo, will come in at 12.2 percent ABV and will be aged in extra añejo tequila barrels that had previously held Bordeaux wine. Like the previous version, the beer is brewed with coffee, vanilla, Pasilla peppers, nutmeg, cinnamon and cocoa to replicate the flavor of Mexican hot chocolate.
“We were so smitten with the initial batch aged in extra anejo tequila barrels thats we brought in more barrels ad brewed more beer specifically to fill them,” reads the beer label. “The result is both satisfyingly expected and surprising at the same time: Sweet caramel-like flavors, black pepper, vanilla and tequila notes meld seamlessly with the spice, roasted coffee and chocolate flavors of the base beer for a richly intense experience.”
When it was released early last year, Xocoveza mocha stout was based on the recipe of Chris Banker, who won the 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition. The new incarnation of Xocoveza will be released under Stone’s Quingenti Millilitre Series, a collection of experimental beers that Stone packages in 500ml bottles. This is the second Quingenti Millilitre beer this year, after Fyodor’s Classic (13 percent ABV) was released in March.
According to filings with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the new limited release was brewed in two batches in July and November 2014 and will be bottled in July of this year in 500ml bottles. An email sent to the brewery for additional details was not immediately returned.