Xolotl
Avery Brewing Company

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From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
13.7%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 8.05%
Ratings:
166
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 07, 2020
Added:
Mar 20, 2016
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  31
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: 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.
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: On the nose there's a lot of chocolate and chili notes with some hints of barrel.
T: Taste is a good amount of chocolate up front along with some peppery heat, vanilla and cinnamon come in along with some oak. On the finish it's more of the same.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium with a creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is an awesome beer. Great flavors and complexity with a good amount of balance. The peppers are there but they don't bring a ton of heat to the party. I'd like to see this one make another appearance.

Dec 07, 2020
 
4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Sep 19, 2020
 
4.24 by BKotch from Texas on Jun 26, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark mahogany brown pour. Nearly black. Thin off-white head leaves a thin rim of lacing.

S: Booze. Pure booze... bourbon with vanilla and a bit of spice.

T.F: Bittersweet roasted malts and burned sugars. Boozy... strong bourbon and vanilla notes. Still some heat from the chilis... and a bit of smokiness. Spice and cinnamon. Dark chocolate and faint espresso. Warming... ABV only partly hidden. Medium bodied. Sticky on the tongue with decent carbonation.

O: A boozy but tasty BA stout, and the chilis still come through even at 4 years in the cellar. A nice dessert sipper... wouldn't want a steady diet of this but it's a fun beer for a special occasion.

May 06, 2020
 
3.8 by edthehead from New York on Mar 20, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 5/19/16; drank 6/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; a curtain of lace.

Banana, rich milk chocolate & spiced apple cider notes in the nose.

Smooth, thick mouthfeel.

Banana, milk chocolate & rich vanilla flavors up front; booze heat notes on the finish. Cinnamon bite settled on my lips over the course of the quaff.

A bit too hot, but this is a complex, rich monster. Too bad I didn't grab a 2nd bottle to lay down...

Jan 01, 2020
 
4.3 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jul 14, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Bottling date is 'MAY 19 2016'. Gold foil wrapped cap.
Dark brown colored body, with mahogany back lit highlights. One finger of light tan head quickly fizzes away, but the surface remains active with rising bubbles. No lacing sticks on the glass.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with dark chocolate, lighter whiffs of vanilla, and cinnamon. No clear chiles smell.
Taste does have a minor burn from the chiles, along with dark roasted malts. Bourbon barrel wrapped chocolate and cinnamon, with a light, sweet vanilla addition. Not much of an aftertaste, other than the bourbon barrel alcohol and the chiles burn.
Less than medium weight mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Displays all the ingredients but not real deep nor expressive. Thinner mouth feel allows the beer to slip away and down the throat. Provides a very visual rising bubble surface show. Higher ABV% is hidden.

May 31, 2019
 
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on May 27, 2019
Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a pitch black oil color with no head and no lacing.

S:. Strong hint of bourbon, a bit of roasted pepper, cinnamon and vanilla some roasted malt. Smells boozy.

T:. Strong notes of bourbon, the booze is noticeable, vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of heat from the pepper.

F:. Body is a little thinner than I would expect.

May 09, 2019
 
4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 23, 2019
 
4.21 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2019
 
4.04 by cd34 from Illinois on Feb 12, 2019
 
4.32 by nmann08 from Virginia on Feb 08, 2019
 
4.16 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Nov 17, 2018
 
4.21 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Nov 17, 2018
 
4 by aasher from Indiana on Nov 07, 2018
 
4.04 by Mikexw from New York on Aug 14, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Just over two years old at time of consumption.

A: Motor oil black. Beige head settles after a time and leaves broad but thin and delicate rings of lacing on the glass.

S: Fudge and blackstrap molasses, roasty, woody bourbon barrel. Blanket of vanilla. Brownie batter. Chilis tickle the nostrils.

T: Brownie batter, fudgey, chocolate, roasty. Freshly sliced chiles butt in in a big way. Corny bourbon and a mild oaky tannin. Vanilla envelopes everything. Cinnamon middle to end. Finishes with a tingling but soft chile heat.

M: Thick and rich mouth. Decadent, creamy as melted milk chocolate. Hefty but lithe. Prickling carbination.

O: No hint at all as to its nearly 14% abv. Drinks pretty easily, considering. The chilis are actually coming on quite strong at this point. The heat isn't that bad, but the pepper flavor itself is a major contributor. It becomes the focal point of the beer, a bit at the expense of the rest. Not bad, just a little imbalanced.

Jul 08, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TexasBadger1954 from Texas

Well balanced. A real tingle on the tongue which I presume has to come from the chiles. However, the flavor is not hot or overly peppery. Though the beer is brewed with vanilla, I didn't find it offensive as is true in so many stouts that have vanilla added.

May 13, 2018
 
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 16, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by emyers from Illinois

2016. From bottle poured into snifter.

Near black with thin light brown head.

Cacao leads off in the nose with chiles and cinnamon prominent as well. Not getting much if any bourbon.

Taste is dominated by cacao and vanilla with cinnamon and chile on the finish. Still not getting much bourbon barrel character. Chile is pretty subdued, just warms the palate a touch - by no means does this come off as overly spicy. Finishes sweet.

Very low carbonation. Light side of medium-bodied.

Very good Mexican chocolate style stout, but overall lacks the balance of the best examples of the style and there just isn’t much bourbon barrel presence.

Feb 05, 2018
 
4.54 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2018
 
3.69 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jan 02, 2018
 
3.99 by rab53 from Washington on Dec 22, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mschrei from Illinois

Poured one day short of 19 months old. Mild head, slight lacing. Smell is roasty malt, barrel, chocolate, vanilla, slight burn of spice and pepper. Taste is roasty malt, chocolate, and quite a bit of peppery heat. Pretty good balance, not too thin, slight oiliness. Glad I let it sit for a while, probably would have been too hot for me fresh.

Dec 19, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by CHickman from New York

Bottled May 19, 2016 (No.37 in the Avery barrel-aged series), it pours pitch black color with a foamy 2 finger thick tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes that faded on the fast side with crackling and hissing noises jumping out of the glass as the head faded to nothing, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, cut up chili peppers, brown sugar, toasted grains, chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt coffee grinds and churros. Pretty much smells like all the ingredients listed on the bottle, and does of fine job of covering up the booze while letting all the complexities work well together.

The heat kicks in from the first sip but is a nice accent and not a burning sensation, adding to the flavor profile while allowing the chocolate and roasted malts to keep a firm base. Like the nose this includes bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, chili peppers, toffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar, toasted grains, chocolate, metallic notes, burnt coffee grinds, piney hops, floral notes and churros. Smoky accents add to the complexities and help mask the ABV, but I'm surprised at how smooth this is with this list of ingredients on the label: "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, imported specialty Belgian malted barley, cocao nibs, Mexican vanilla beans, Madagascar vanilla beans, red, black and brown Chipotle chiles, Ancho chiles, Pasilla chiles, Ceylon cinnamon and yeast." A notch below Westbrook Mexican Cake and Prairie Bomb!, but this is a really good imperial stout.

Nov 26, 2017
 
4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Nov 14, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Never shying away from a challenge, the brewers at Avery take on the Mexican hot chocolate spice, sweetness and chocolate flavors with generous additions of ancho, pasila and chipotle peppers along with healthy dose of cinnamon. Layered all onto an absurdly imperial stout base for sweetness and body. Cocoa and bourbon only add to the beer’s mystique.

Ominously dark garnet with strongly saturated threads of brown and black, Xolotl is Avery’s 37th Barrel-Aged Series beer and one that billows over with decadent brown sugar, molasses and cola sweet scents. Nearly still, the low lying carbonation allows the first sip to latch onto the front of the tongue with reckless sweetness that’s woven with light chocolate, toffee and dark fruit.

The richness continues on the middle palate as the full saturation of the tastebuds completes with all things molasses, sorghum, brown sugar and cola nut. Burnt toast, coffee and an overall soiled character provides and earthen charm to complement the lasting sugars. Cinnamon and chili peppers all work to balance the sweetness in the absence of any strong hop presence. Its strong taste of whisky, oak and vanilla pull from the barrels and offer their own set of woodsy complexities.

Full, sweet and mildly lumbering, the decadence of the ale renders it to a slow, savory, sipping affair, one that’s meant to enjoy like cognac, port or fine sherry wines. Numbing alcohol is soothed with a long vanilla creaminess as the sweetness trails long and full leaving that sweet tooth fully satisfied.

Nov 04, 2017
 
3.83 by JoeB51982 from Rhode Island on Oct 30, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Sep 19, 2017
 
3.95 by Duff27 from Illinois on Jul 11, 2017
 
4.05 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Jul 04, 2017
 
3.85 by Raziel313 from California on Jun 30, 2017
 
4.5 by mancavebeercouch from Colorado on Jun 17, 2017
 
4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota on May 08, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

May 07, 2017
 
4.41 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Apr 10, 2017
 
3.63 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Mar 30, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 22, 2017
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