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Xolotl | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American 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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
155
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
33
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Abe_Froman
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Mikexw
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TexasBadger1954
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JoeB51982
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Xolotl from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 155 ratings