Xibalba - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Wicked Weed Brewing

Xibalba - Bourbon Barrel-AgedXibalba - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #21
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #4,271
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
74
From:
Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Xibalba - Bourbon Barrel-AgedXibalba - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Xibalba is our pumpkin ale, brewed with cacao nib, ancho, serrano, and habenaro chiles with fall spices. This version has been Bourbon barrel aged with ancho chiles, cacao nibs, vanilla and pumpkin spices.
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 74
Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark purple brown with a small tan white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla and hints of chocolate, the bourbon is a bit noticeable, don't get a lot of the peppers, but this is an older bottle so it could be a bit old.

T: Notes of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate, a hint of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, a light heat from the pepper in he back, this is an interesting beer.

F: Slick full body

O: This is an interesting take on the pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque dark brown, nearly appearing black, with a loud tan head that quickly fizzles to a thin ring.

Smell is oaky, slightly charred bourbon, vanilla smothered in pie crust, a light pie spice combo, with faint notes of cocoa and pumpkin.

Taste has peppery, spicy bourbon, gooey uncooked graham pie crust and vanilla doused spice mix with a woody dry finish. The wood definitely takes this one over.

Feel is moderately light with a light, wide carbonation, but a weighty, boozy heft.

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Photo of darktronica
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The barrel-aged version of Xibalba is clearly superior to the base. My main issue with the original was a lack of balance due to the raw cacao nibs overpowering the rest of the flavors. They are still the most prominent note here, but ageing has gone a long way towards integrating them with the rest of the ingredients. The end result is a nice impression of mole spice, anchored by the ancho chile heat--still a bit limp on pumpkin or pie spices, but a better balanced beer overall.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sarah for this brew.
A: pours a dark caramel brown, carbonation, caramel brown color +1 finger foam head
S: pumkin, chocolate, slight sweet pepper, hints of spice
M: medium body
T: sweet malt, pumpkin, cocoa nibs, earthy hops,
O: great brew, smooth taste

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Photo of zac16125
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wicked Weed Barrel Aged Xibalba
375ml bottle into a tulip


A: Pours a very dark brown almost back, small fizzy light tan head dissipated quickly and leaves essentially no lacing. 3.75

S: Aroma is pumpkin, spices, mild charred oak bourbon, fairly big semi sweet cocoa. Smells pretty spicy. There is a somewhat off note that's almost pungent, but it fades with time and otherwise it's pretty nice. 4

T: Taste follows the nose, Cocoa, charred oak barrel notes, fall spices. None of the heat I got in the aroma. At first I thought it was just ok but then it definitely gets significantly better as it warms to room temperature. Very nice bourbon notes. 4

M/D: Lighter side of medium bodied, a bit thin, carbonation moderate, ABV very well masked, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Good beer, very nice Barrel notes, but I do wish the base beer characters were full and more prominent. 4

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Photo of Dope
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8/30/16 bottling date

A: Pours a dark brown with a good sized fizzy brown head. Head fades fast, leaving no sign of lacing.

S: Bourbon and chili pepper/cinnamon burn. Pumpkin and maybe nutmeg?

T: Sweet caramel bourbon up front with a nice pumpkin underlay. Sweet vegetal pepper joins in with hints of cocoa. A little heat on the back end (pepper heat) but not a ton. Lightly waxy and spicy finish with lingering bourbon and cocoa.

M: Fairly heavy but a little thin at the same time? Barrel-aging may have thinned it out a bit.

O: Great pumpkin ale made even better with some bourbon. Big sweetness, big spiciness and overall a unique and tasty brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 ounce bottle - Sherlock's (Kennesaw) in Marietta, Georgia.

Date Bottled: 08.03.16

Appearance: Pours a ruddy brown body with a very, very thin, light beige head.

Smell: Big on the bourbon, big on the chocolate with some booze-soaked spices (mainly cinnamon) and a bit of the peppers.

Taste: Chocolaty nibs dunked in simple syrup with a noted sweetness upfront gives way to bourbon-basted, charred-up oak, toasted chiles (less vegetal than the standard Xibalba) and some cinnamon and vanilla sugar. Warming alcohol character. Finishes fairly sweet with lingering chocolate-bourbon and just a faint, faint, faint hint of heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: It all melds together nicely. A real sweet, slow-sipper of a beer. The original was fine, a bit of a clodhopper, really, but this was a nice step up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin spice is dead. Long live pumpkin spice! When the common caramel sweet taste of ale layered with copious amounts of spice simply won't do anymore, rely on the Wicked team in North Carolina to show us the way. Not giving up on the pumpkin ale, they went to work reinventing the style and making beer that's more than just a one-pie-pony.

Xibalba's striking tawny dark bronze pour tells the eye that something sinister is up. A dainty sandy swirl of seafom brings to life the rich aromatics of molasses, chocolate, coffee, woodsiness, nuttiness, sherry, spice and dark fruit. One sip on the sweet elixir reveals a deep and decadent sweetness of molasses, toffee, dark chocolate, fortified wine and savory toasted flavor.

And more of the same expires on the middle palate. A full saturation of sweetness, savoriness and spiciness weave together for a taste of port, sherry and savory, toasty chocolate. Roasted almond link up with woodsy flavor for an oaken finish with the prickle of chili pepper and alcohol balancing the sweetness. Its creamy taste and texture is of roasted butternut character with blackberry, plum and fig resonating just behind.

Full-bodied, rich and simply succulent, the savory senses are piqued as the beer trends graciously tart with vinous sherry and fruit, spice and weathered leather and fresh tobacco. A long linger of molasses and red wine surpass the spice, fruit and gourde to show that the beer aligns much more with olde ale than of pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was really looking forward to this one after loving the non-BA version. Unfortunately this is the rare beer where the non-barrel aged version is definitely better than the barrel aged one. The aging certainly has muted the adjuncts and there is just a hint of heat at this point. Although it's all blended together it just doesn't work as well as I'd have expected. Sometimes non-stouts get a bit weird when BB aged and this is one of those cases. Still really enjoyable though.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 12.7oz bottle with a bottled on date of 8.30.16

L - Brown, with lots of bubbles and some sediment

S - Huge whiskey aroma. Is it kentucky? Tennessee? Also vanilla and syrup.

T -Like the smell, the whiskey dominates - and its kentucky bourbon. Really tasty! The bourbon is strong, drowning out a lot of the spicy notes

F - Light body and carbonation, oily slick

O -Amazing how much this brew changed with some bourbon barrel aging. Very good

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle poured into a goblet
Bottled 8/30/16

A- pours a copper-brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to just a ring around the edge

S- aroma opens up with some pepper heat along with barrel notes of bourbon, spicy wood & vanilla. Notes of pumpkin and cinnamon follow, along with cocoa nibs & caramel

T- opens up with malty sweetness of caramel and toffee, quickly followed by spicy wood, bourbon & vanilla. Undertones of cinnamon & nutmeg follow, the finish gives more bourbon, with a linger and heat of pepper skin

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- Tasty pumpkin beer, the addition of the chiles is a nice touch

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

quite tasty, and very unique really, but this is not one of wicked weeds best beers. its almost like there is a little too much going on, so its confusd and muddled, and all the elements dont stand out as well as they might. i was a little suspect on the chili peppers at first, but its so intriguing, never seen them in a pumpkin ale before. unforunately (or possibly for the best), their presence here is quite minimal, definitely tamed and tempered very well by the other ingredients, particulary the dark malts and the chalky bitter cacao nibs. the fall spices are nice in here, play well with the darker grain and the bourbon notes, its like a spiced whiskey cocktail, plenty of bourbon here, warming and cozy with the cinnamon and clove notes. i wanted to taste a little more pumpkin here, is there even real squash in this? sure doesnt seem like it. lots of sweet notes too, vanilla and milk chocolate. almost so complex that its simple, uniform in some uncommon way, very interesting, and a bit boozy, especially at temperature. i enjoyed this, but i am discovering that wicked weed does their best work with the wild ales...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Date Bottled: 8.30.16.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves thin streaks behind.

S- Lots of milk chocolate on this with some spice lurking beneath. Also some boozy barrel character.

T- Milk chocolate up front with the bourbon barrel providing lots of vanilla and oak mid-palate. Finishes with a bit of tannic wood and, as multiple sips are taken, the heat starts to creep in and linger in the aftertaste.

M- Somewhat creamy with an oily afterfeel from the chocolate. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- The cocoa nibs are the main player here with the chilies being a close second. The barrel ties everything together nicely but, as with the base beer, the chilies begin to become too pronounced for my liking near the end of the drink. A great and unique beer, just not entirely my thing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle. Pours an unexpectedly deep brown. No head. Smells of bourbon, cinnamon, and chilies. Tastes of sweetness and some chocolate. Strong cinnamon. Bourbon and vanilla. Cinnamon and peppers in the finish. Medium heavy. Medium high carbonation. Tingly from either carbonation or booze. As with most pumpkin beers, this tastes mostly like the adjuncts.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer doesn't pour a lot of head unless it's agitated to create a bubbly milk chocolate black. The beer itself is a dark and opaque dark brown color that looks pretty nice. The texture appears to be a bit oily due to barrel aging but it still looks nice.

The smell is excellent. The smell is a nice combination of unusually sweet bourbon note with a bit of unusually strong vanilla mixingn with a chocolate syrup note mixed with a nice cocoa nib note. The spice notes and pumpkin seem fairly tame with a slightly stronger spice note such as cinnamon. The chile note is great since it's enough to be noticed but not overwhelming.

The taste is wonderful. It has a strong taste from the mixture of the bourbon and coca notes. The chile notes are actually the weakest; losing out to the pumpkin and spices. The pumpkin in this is fantastic since it adds a nice sweetness to it that complements the heavier notes.

The feel is interesting and good. It's a heavy bodied beer but with little to no carbonation. As a result, it becomes a smooth beer with a slightly thin texture. There is also a teeny, tiny tingle from the chile that's just right for this barrel aged beer.

Overall, a very good imperial pumpkin ale since it's light on the pumpkin and heavier on the cocoa and other notes.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque deep chestnut brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate to heavy garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin, caramel + toasted malts, chocolate/cacao nibs, and chilis.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel + toasted + roasted malts with a moderate amount of molasses sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of roasted pumpkin and chocolate/cacao nibs. Moderate flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla along with a light to moderate flavor of spicy chilis which intensify as the beer warms up. Lingering flavor is that of bourbon + chilis.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light to moderate amount of alcohol warming.

O: I'm a big fan of the base beer (I thought the addition of the cacao nibs + chilis to a pumpkin was extremely successful). This is a big, bold flavored beer which is quite enjoyable and while a slow sipper, still easy to drink.

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Photo of Slack
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber brown in color and clear with minimal head and no lacing.

Nose is a strong chili, mix of alcohol, vegetative aroma, and cocoa.

Taste is sweet, yam, booze, mild clove/cinnamon, chocolate, and hit peppers on the finish.

Mouthful is medium and a bit creamy but soft. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi dry.

The barrel aging of the regular Xibalba evens it out significantly. The overwhelming vegetative flavor of the regular Xibalba is dialed back significantly. The booze is in balance with the spice and chiles however the nose and taste don't align. The other big detractor is the pumpkin is in the background or absent. This is a very good beer which reminds me of a Belgian Strong dark more than a pumpkin.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

350mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 8/30/16. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours a completely opaque, dark chocolate brown with chestnut highlights around the edges under the light and a finger and a half of rapidly dissipating pale tan head. Zero retention or lace.

Smells of bourbon, Mexican chocolate and pumpkin pie. Not the typical pumpkin beer aromas and I like it.

Tastes of soft, sweet bourbon, pumpkin pie, chilies, chocolate, caramel, bread pudding and a slight nip of alcohol. There are so many layers to enjoy here and they're utterly delicious.

Medium full body with fairly light carbonation. The finish is like bourbon drizzled, spiced chocolate pumpkin cake.

Wicked Weed's elevated Xibalba is outstanding. The barrel aging adds even more flavor to this welcome departure from the dearth of pumpkin beers that flood the market every year. I hope to make this an annual tradition. A tad pricey but I think worth it.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/30/2016. Poured into pint glass. It pours a dark cola with ruby hues. The thin, beige head dissipated very quickly. It smells of roasted malt, bourbon, pumpkin, molasses, and chocolate. The taste features a nice, refined bourbon throughout with the pumpkin and chocolate providing sweetness. The spices and chilies become apparent and then end and leave a nice peppery taste. The tastes blend perfectly and, as stated before, the bourbon is present but doesn't overpower. This ale is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and doesn't drink like 9.5% ABV. Overall, it is absolutely delicious, and truly excellent Autumn offering from Wicked Weed.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Jet black with thin tan head that quickly dissipates. No head no lacing.

Smell - The bourbon is strong and very noticeable in the smell. I am also getting some pumpkin, the chilies are there along with dark chocolate and some vanilla. There is also some sweet caramel and cinnamon.

Taste - The bourbon is not as strong in the taste as in the smell but is still present, other than the bourbon there is a nice chocolate flavor, vanilla some pumpkin spice as well. The flavors blend really well and nothing over powers the other ingredients. There is just a hint of caramel and nutmeg as well.

Feel - Heavier feel, nice warmth from the bourbon. There is no hiding the alcohol in this very smooth feel.

Overall - This is an amazing beer, I love the flavors the pumpkin and bourbon go really well together.

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Xibalba - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 74 ratings