Xolotl | Avery Brewing Company

136 Ratings

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel-aged imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs, Mexican vanilla beans, Madagascar vanilla beans red black & brown chipotle chiles, Ancho chiles, Pasila chiles, and Ceylon cinnamon.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-20-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass
Bottled 5/19/16

A- pours deep black in color with a thin foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edges of the glass

S- lots of bakers chocolate and confectioner sugar up front, almost pastry-like. Undertones of pepper skin, cinnamon and vanilla cream. The bourbon is subtle but noticeable

T- very chocolaty up front with a cake-like emphasis, followed by vanilla whipping cream. Mid-palate brings out notes of cinnamon and pepper skin. The finish brings out subtle bourbon barrel notes and lingers of cocoa and pepper burn

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish, pepper burn on the linger

O- sweet cocoa dominates the other adjuncts, its good but needs more barrel character

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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RobinLee
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a goblet, bottled 5/19/16, so almost a year old.

black body with brown hues. head is a bit on the fizzy side, disappears quickly to just a ring, after about 15 mins, that vanishes too.

aroma is mostly bourbon, but not overly so, none of the other flavors mentioned come through.

there is an alcohol burn from the bourbon, and you can feel the heat from the chile. No cacao or vanilla. Cinnamon may be there, but it gets lost in the burn,

Mouth is a touch below medium. finish is heat.

overall, it tastes okay, but I was expecting so much more. Other Avery high octane offerings are so much better.

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Photo of heddar33
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thin tawny colored head that disapates quickly. smells is Vanilla and barrel. Taste is similar but rounds out with dark chocolate and a hint of spice and smoke. Could be a little thicker but overall good stout

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled May 19, 2016. Very dark black color but with an odd, fizzy carbonation like soda. A finger of head forms and settles to a thin film. A little bit of lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of oak, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, earth, and chiles. This stout is still contains a lot of alcohol heat. I love the chile heat. Does it really work with a stout with this much alcohol heat however, not so much. Nice earthy chile flavor as well. The vanilla and cinnamon are a bit muted. There is also a little bit of bourbon flavor. This beer is dominated by the adjuncts as I am not picking much from the base stout. Surprisingly the carbonation is not out of control or it all dissipated during the pour. Nice smooth texture to go along with the large body. Nice feel. Obvious why this beer is still sitting on the shelf almost a year latter. Definitely not worth the price of admission.

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Photo of cbutova
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Motor oil black pour from the 12oz bottle into a tulip. A tiny ring forms at the edges but never really a true head; it has a light tan hue. Maybe a few small spots of lacing.

S- Chilies, deep dark cocoa, roasted barley and vanilla sweetness. The whiskey is a bit subtle but oak, peppery Bourbon and that oaky vanilla feel come to mind. Considering the ABV and the recipe very subtle.

T- Opens up a bit more here. The initial sip brings a massive wave of vanilla from both the added beans and the degraded Bourbon barrel. A true vanilla bean flavor throughout. This joins a rich chocolate profile, roasted barley and cocoa powder to make a true dessert flavor. The chilies round it out with some toasted veggie flavors and a hint of heat. A hint of earthy cinnamon but not much, well balanced.

MF- A thick body that has a fairly low amount of carbonation. The texture is oily and just a bit frothy-foamy. Ends with warmth from the alcohol and a bit of chili heat.

Somewhat tame for the Avery beastly stout series and considering the added ingredients the flavor profile is somewhat unexpected. The vanilla takes over the brew with cocoa, Bourbon barrel and chilies in that general order. Good but not one of their best.

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown with just under a half finger of head. The nose has a trace of pepper heat and a trace of sweet as well. The heat in the flavor is just at the right level but the bourbon notes are hard to find - the latter point was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of loganburgh
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. A fingernail of brown surrounds the rim. I smell chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet bourbon. I'm tasting bourbon, then cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and dark roasted barley. The mouth provides a bit of heat from the chiles and warmth from the bourbon.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Black body with no head. Smells of alcohol and cinnamon. Sweet with a little chocolate. Tastes boozy. Cinnamon. Heavily sweet. A little bit of chocolate hidden by alcohol. Rough and tough to drink. This is too much.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great head retention. It immediately starts lacing the glass as it settles Dense and dark. Thick legs. A little bit of carbonation is visible bubbling up from just below the surface.
Various notes in the smell are well-integrated, if subtle. The first thing noticeable is the bourbon-barrel oaky sweetness combined with chocolate and vanilla. I'd say the chocolate is stronger than the vanilla. Next is the chiles. Behind that is a hint of cinnamon.
The flavor is pretty similar. It's surprisingly subtle for all the various notes competing for attention. It's also surprisingly subtle for an Avery barrel-aged release. I love Avery's barrel-aged beers, so I don't mean this in a negative way, but they usually smack you in the face with strong flavors and tons of booze. This one is different. 13.7% is also a low ABV for Avery.
It feels smooth and slick and a little bit oily. It's also slightly, just slightly, on the thin side. Part of that might be my own expectations. I wasn't necessarily expecting a chocolate/cinnamon milkshake like Westbrook Mexican Cake, it feels like the base beer was not as dense as some of the other stouts that Avery puts into barrels.
I'm not blown away in the same way that I was with Avery's Callipygian or the original Tweak, but I appreciate that this beer may have more subtlety and balance that those.

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Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled May 19, 2016) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated November 28, 2016.

A-The beer looks thin coming out of the bottle and somewhat flat. A short, brown head fades immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. The beer is opaque and nearly black. Uninspiring.

S-The aroma is much better than the appearance. I sniff roasted coffee beans, bakers chocolate, a lot of cinnamon, some caramel, lots of vanilla, and hints of fruity alcohol. The chilis have fallen off a bit on this bottle, but there is still a little tickle of heat, especially as the beer nears room temperature.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell. Lots of cinnamon spice, vanilla, and caramel. The beer is pretty sweet and the cinnamon doesn't do much to dry it out on the palate. I am not picking up much pepper flavor or heat, but I can feel just a little hint in the back of each swallow. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-The beer is on the thin side, especially for Avery. Carbonation is chunky.

O-Avery's entry into the spiced/chili/chocolate BA stout isn't quite as good as I would have hoped, mostly because of the thin mouthfeel, but this is still a tasty beer. I would like to have tasted it fresh when the chilis were at full strength.

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Xolotl from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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