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Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 421
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 31.38%
Wants: 27
Gots: 93 | FT: 11
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-28-2012

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Photo of Ri0
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has a dirty dark brown color with a tan colored head. Aromas of roasted malts, plenty of cinnamon, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a bit of pepper. Flavor has some earthy stout notes with a good amount of cinnamon and chocolate, coffee, and a touch of heat on the finish. The feel is a thin, medium body, good carbonation. I have only had a few pepper stouts and this was pleasant.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a cola colored body that settles into the glass as a near black. Thick, frothy mocha colored head that lingers around. Aroma has bit notes of coffee, cinnamon and roast, hints of chocolate as well, but no real noticeable pepper in the nose. Chocolate comes through more in the flavor, with cinnamon showing up heavily as well. Coffee is somewhat noticeable, but not at the forefront and the pepper add lots of heat towards the end. Flavor is pretty well rounded and no flavor over-dominates the rest. The feel is medium bodied, medium carbonation and lots of lingering heat from the peppers. All in all a really nice take on the style. Not the body of Abraxas, Huna, etc., but solid flavor.

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Photo of woodchip
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has potential, nose and look are solid, but the taste and feel are disappointing. Drinks more like a porter than a stout, lacking viscosity. Like the touch of spice though.

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Photo of justinp444
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with an inch beige chocolate head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, a little bit of nutmeg, and spice.Taste is fantastic with a large amount of chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of burn as it goes down from the habaneros. Really complex but everything is balanced with only the coffee really sitting back at all making it not overly bitter or acidic. The cinnamon & nutmeg give it a nice lingering sweet flavor as well. The mouth feel is rich and full with a medium to full body as well.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally, a chile stout where the heat isn't too overpowering. The coffee, nutmeg and cinnamon are present in both the aroma and the taste, with just enough warmth from the habanero to make it interesting. Love this one, smooth mouthfeel and not hot enough that having more than one isn't a problem.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

oh my, those habaneros are a little too much.
a little bit UNbalanced in my opinion. it takes away from every other flavor and experience.
I like spicy foods, but not spicy drinks, so there ya go.
when the other flavors do come through, its immediately taken away with pepper.
i bet it would be a nice chocolate stout if it wanted.
never again.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 20/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 8/20

Overall 61/100

Summery: Not going to bash it... The spice just is NOT my style~

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Photo of Bstrongman31
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wonderful stout! Smooth and creamy with not overpowering chocolate flavor and a fantastic yet subtle habanero spice finish. This is as good as it gets!!!

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Photo of mchegash
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours a very dark brown-blackishwith two fingersof dark chocolate-beige head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Earthy/dirtiness (this could be the chocolate though), slight spice, faint cinnamon/nutmeg spices. Smells like a Mexican mole sauce, just not as great as other beers of similar style.

Taste - 4.25/5
Very well balanced coffee and cinnimon-nutmeg spices, with a slight to moderate burst of heat at the end. I get mostly the spices in the beginning of the sip, the chocolate in the middle, and the spiciness at the end. This beer definitely packs a lot of heat--which is great--because it is well-balanced with the rest of the brew. Definitely tastes like a nice spicy Mexican mole sauce. One complaint though is that the coffee is not as detectable as I would like it to be. Although if they made it stronger, it might clash with some of the other flavors. Maybe this should be a 'Mayan Chocolate Stout'. Regardless, great beer, highly recommended. Pick some up!

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, carbonation seems about average. maybe less, but it combines with the spicy heat to create a very strong tingling sensation in the back of the throat. Speaking of that, that's definitely the highlist of the beer. The great strong spiciness that lingers in the back of your throat long after a sip has ended. Some may not like this, but for those who like spicy beers, this one is great.

Overall - 4.25/5
This was an excellent beer. It is very flavorful with the coffee/chocolate and the cinnamon/nutmeg, and then this is combined with a bunch of habañero heat! Definitely a must try for lovers of chile beers, stouts, and all things awesome.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.


Nice creamy darker head fades very slowly, decent lacing and nice legs, pitch black beer thick dark.

Nose nice thick fudgey cocoa and dark chocolate, nougat chocolate, bakers choc, caramel, hint of licorice, bit of pepper like smoked or cayenne pepper.

Taste brings lots of fluffy fudgey cocoa, fluffy nougat, caramel, lactose milk chocolate, little coffee milk, etc. Mild pepper heat, more like chili pepper than habanero as I don't really get the habanero flavor. Finish is dry slightly sticky, more pepper heat esp on the back of the throat, little fudgey cocoa and caramel.

Mouth is thick and fudgey, little creamy and milky, no real booze but decent pepper heat, nice carb.

Overall good, nice pepper but not really habanero flavor, nice dark fluffy nougat chocolate, enjoyable.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

***This one is much better when fresh. Yes its a stout, but take my advice and don't even try aging it. This beer doesn't sit well.***

Pitch black in color. Brown (quite dark) colored head shows on top of the glass.

Aroma is roasty, with slight scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and well water.

I would call the flavor a dirty, earthy, stout. Chocolatey at times. Cold coffee in other sips. Smoked notes are present. More of the flavor seems to be focused on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and habaneros, but it doesnt always seem perfectly balanced. It does alteast have a little more noticeable heat from the habaneros than other chili/habanero beers I've tried. I'd like if it had even more. Something in this beer (or perhaps the combination of everything in it), occassionally gives me a black, potting soil flavor... like the kind you'd use in your garden. Somehow that isn't bad, I'll call it earthy instead.

Feels medium to large-bodied. A bit slick. Could probably use a tad more carbonation.

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Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma hits of bright fruity habanero, cinnamon, nutmeg, a touch of roasted coffee, with some milk chocolate sweetness.

The beer hits immediately of a bright spice that hits towards the back and the back of the throat. A medium plus burning. Then onto lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Afterwards, the beer is a bit watery with some roasted malt and cocoa.

Surprisingly lacking from the BA version.

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Photo of wingman14
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick black with little mocha head. The smell is sweet with heavy chocolate and coffee notes, with a few hints of cinnamon as well. The taste starts sweet and heavy, with the spices coming on then finishing very spicy with some heat. Almost like a chili pepper beer. It has a heavy thick mouthfeel, smooth, with very little carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer but the spicy finish deters me from liking it.

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Photo of Trent
2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sorry, I just didn't like this beer. Two sips and an unfortunate drain pour.

There is definitely a habenero kick to it, which lingers. The other components work against each othe, IMO. The mouthfeel is oddly smooth for a beer with this type of bite on the back end.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color that's almost pitch black. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. Retention is unimpressive, and the texture doesn't leave much lacing behind. (3)

Smell: Wow, there's a lot going on here. Mostly, it's the cinnamon and nutmeg I'm picking up - these spice notes could have been harsh, yet they're nicely ballasted by the pleasant chocolate elements. I'm getting the lighest hint of habanero pepper when this opens up. One niggle: I wanted the base stout to come through a little better. At least it nails the Mexican chocolate character extremely well. (3.75)

Taste: The first flavor I pick up is light habanero pepper flesh - it's quite fruity in particular. Subtle spicing transitions into a spicy finish, with hints of chocolate throughout. Only thing to complain about is that it needs more roast from the base stout. Whatever, I enjoy this a lot. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: I think this is too thin, and not nearly creamy enough for my tastes. It doesn't finish dry enough, either. This is where the beer lets down - the general mouthfeel doesn't do the unique flavor profile any justice. Carbonation is slightly above average for the style. (2.5)

Overall: Warts and all, I really enjoy this beer's unusual character. It might be too spicy for some, however. Apart from the lacking mouthfeel, this is a rock-solid beer that's hits my habanero craving right on the bulls-eye. Recommended. (3.5)

3.53/5: Good chocolate, really good hot peppers...not-so-good mouthfeel

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Photo of Hayes86
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thick head, definitely got some habaneros in there. Not overwhelming which i am glad of. A good beer, not thick, lingering flavor which i also like. I am not disappointed that i got a six pack.

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Photo of laurellmj
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap. After reading other reviews, I think some people must have very delicate palates when it comes to heat. Strong initial coffee & chocolate taste finishes in a smooth yummy tingle on the back of the tongue, with just a hint of pepper taste itself. I'm a big fan of Odd Side's unique combinations and I LOVED this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from secret Santa BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg with a whole lot of chocolate and some light earth and roast to round us out. The flavor is spices up front with chocolate coming in next, nutmeg pops out again before the spicy heat settles into the back of the throat and just lingers there. Medium body with a light level of carbonation. That is a tasty beer. could use a hint more carbonation, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it .

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Photo of JohnZupan
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - dark black with a rich, tan head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles.

S - chocolate with a hint of cinnamon; ripened fruit.

T - very chocolaty upfront with a lingering coffee taste

M - oily, light and slightly chewy

O - very rich, chocolate and coffee overwhelm

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Photo of breadwinner
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really does the spicy stout thing well, which is all the more impressive considering its smaller ABV. Goodly burn on the finish but nothing over the top. Really wish this available to me locally.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a huge shout out goes to jas45678 for including both the BA and regular version of this beer as extras in a recent goandpickitupformebro (believe it or not, this feind had the never to include even more extras). both beers enjoyed side by side from a hunah snifter (regular) and an abraxas snifter (BA).

4.25 4.5 4.5 3.75 4.25

a - regular version poured with a deep rich black as midnight sludge with a nice off-tan colored head that didn't hang long and left a ring of bubbles on the surface where the glass met the beer. swirling the glass brought it back to life and there was some spotty lace. the bourbon barrel version on the other hand, had a gorgeous shine to it. no head to speak of at all. more ominous...oooh ahhh

s - gorgeous nose. this beer can hang with hunah, mexican cake, the stone xoco...something or other. really great blend in the nose of rich chocolate with just the right amount of cinammon and spicing.

t/m/o - not as full bodied as i expected, but the flavor is there. a wonderful blend of chocolate, spice, coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg. super silky, super smooth...a bit on the thin side, but then again this isn't an imperial stout. great great great beer...definitely seek this out.

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Photo of docoman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

I like spicy beers and was very curious how a coffee, spice and Habanero pepper flavored beer would come together... overall a good beer, definitely drinkable, but you must like spicy things to enjoy... I could see myself drinking 1-2 at a time, but no more than that in single evening.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

My first review so this will be brief and echo others....pours with a thin head which was a little surprising. Great chocolate and spice flavors with a perfect amount, for me, of Habanero on the back end. Very interesting drink that grows on you. Only negative, as others have noted, is the watery mouthfeel. Maybe not a go to beer that you always have on hand but certainly one to try and to savor on occasion.

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Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a very dark opaque black/brown with a 1 finger chocolate head. Head disipated leaving a layer of foam and a little lacing.

Smells of chocolate, coffee and sweet malt. The cinnamon and nutmeg come in when you take a drink. Then on the back end you get the burn of the habanero. Not overly spicy, just a nice bite to add some interest. My threshold for capsaicin is pretty high so this might be hotter than I'm letting on. For me the spice gives me the bite and flavor of a very dark bittersweet chocolate bar. I like it.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but this is a delicious and drinkable stout that gets better as it goes.

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Photo of NuckleDragger
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

The flavor on this beer is great. I found the spice from the habanero was hiding on the bottom with the settled yeast. The only thing holding this beer back was the mouthfeel. I found it very watery.

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Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.