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Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales

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Mayan Mocha StoutMayan Mocha Stout

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 449
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 27
Gots: 98 | FT: 10
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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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Reviews: 64 | Hads: 449
Photo of mschantz
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown nearly black color with a fine beige head. Nose is dominated by mocha and cinnamon. Initial taste is similar to a couple of the better known spiced stouts but mid palate a cardboard flavor presents. The heat lingers on the finish a bit. Good but not great offering here.

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Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was really looking forward to this, boy what a disappointment. Bottles poured into two snifters and there was a crap ton, and I mean a crap ton ofover flowing head. Beer was supremely thin with a nice habanero kick but not much else, let it warm to make sure, no coffee, no cinnamon..what a waste of what should have been a tasty treat of a beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly jet black except for some brown/reddish hue when held to the light,a minimal head atop.Aromas of french roast coffee with a hint of caramel.A little sharp in the feel,alot of carbonation for the style.I like the combination of flavors,chocolate,.dark roasted coffee,earth,caramel,and a big hit of chili in the finish which really hits home let me tell ya.Not very sweet at all,a earthy,roasted,spicy beer.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

OddSide Ales Mayan Mocha Stout.

Been getting into these peppered beer more and more lately. Saw " Habaneros " on the list of ingredients so I'm hoping it has a good level of heat. More or leas I was curious to see how they balance the flavors in this beer. Picked up a single for $2.79 at Jake's Liquor in Monroe, Michigan as part of a mix a six. Enough chit chat shit shat, let's dive in.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep and impenetrable black with a finger and a half of moderately mocha colored head that doesn't stick around long, quickly dying down to a moderately thick cloud formation upon the top of the swill and a thicker ring around the glass. Carbonation is impossible to read due to how dark the beer is. No lacing remains after the beer is gone.

Smell - The cinnamon and nutmeg are HUGE in the nose. I really don't get much in the way of any stout qualities here at all. Smells a lot more like a winter warmer than a stout. The heat from the peppers cab be felt through the nostrils but it isn't enough to make you contemplate for a moment on taking a sip. aside from the heat there is no vegetative pepper smell that sometimes comes through in these types of beers.

Taste - Once again cinnamon and nutmeg dominant. The coffee becomes present though it isn't very pronounced. The heat comes through stronger than in the scent but it is a very quick shot and dies down almost immediately after the swallow though lingers around the mouth mildly. Once again this beer tastes more like a peppered winter warmer than any kind of stout I've ever had.

Feel - Body is somehow thick and coating or watery and thin seemingly depending on the sip you take. Once again the cinnamon dominates heavily in the mouth with the heat coming through upon the swallow but not being nearly habanero in strenght. Beer swallows with a lower amount of heavyness and the cinnamon sits around the mouth for what seems like an eternity.

Overall - They went way too heavy on the cinnamon with this beer. Not many stout qualities to be noticed. The heat wasn't as much as I had expected seeing as it was brewed with habanero peppers. Much closer to a winter warmer than a stout, and even then the cinnamon needs to be toned down. Not a bad beer overall, but not something I will return to. I'd like to see them drop the christmas spices and brew a more traditional stout with habaneroes and actually ensure they come through. Maybe it's just the fact I love ultra hot foods that makes these seem very tame to me. Who knows..

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dense black in the glass with a solid two finger head that was slow to settle. A thick cap remains and a lot of sticky lacing is left down the glass. Definitely smell cinnamon and nutmeg. Notes of smoke, roasted malt, and a faint trace of mocha. After the first sip you realize this is not subtly spiced. Blast of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not getting much of the coffee or mocha but I am getting some habanero heat in the finish. Pleasant but not the least bit punishing heat. Does not really taste like a very good stout is laying a very good foundation for the other flavors for it to get overpowered so easily. Pleasant body and carbonation gives a full, creamy mouthfeel. Maybe this example was a little old and the coffee faded but who is to know when there is no bottle date.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark root beer brown, thick tan head fades quickly. Aroma is cocoa and spice. Many different flavors in this stout, chocolate coffee, vanilla, burnt notes, but the pepper heat is what stands out to me the most. Mouthfeel is thin. Tasty Mexican stout, a bit too much heat I think. Still enjoyed it though.

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Photo of draheim
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. Pours a clear dark brown w/ a thin mocha head.

Aroma is bitter roasted malt, a little burnt, along w/ some vague spice notes, chocolate, vanilla.

Taste follows nose. Dark roasted bitter malt, cinnamon/nutmeg, and spicy heat. Hint of chocolate and more cinnamon as it warms.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, maybe a little thin.

Overall a really nice spicy Mexican stout. Chile peppers really bring it together, but I would like a little more rich malt to balance it out.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a large sized tan head. Smells of coffee, chili peppers, and cinnamon; nice smell. Tastes like coffee and chili peppers, but it's pretty watered-down. It's got a nice spiciness though. Medium carbonation and thin body. Overall, it's got a nice smell, but the flavor is watered-down and it might to too spicy for some.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks!). No apparent bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours blackish brown, like cola, with a finger and a half cap of khaki head. The bubbles shrink to a thin veil and a substantial collar that leaves swaths of chunky lace.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, mocha and cola. A tad mild for all the great adjuncts that went into this but still smells alright.

Tastes of nutmeg, habaneros, cinnamon, coffee, cocoa powder and caramel. It goes down quite easily but, as in the nose, it is rather mild.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste of some chili heat and spiced mochacinno.

OddSide seems to have made a semi "sessionable" version of the increasingly popular Mexican chocolate stout. For my tastes this lacks the oomph and character I prefer but Mayan Mocha Stout is pretty darn flavorful considering it has about half the alcohol found in many Mexican chocolate stouts.

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Photo of richj1970
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Motor oil black with smallish one finger dark tan head. Fairly short retention and zero lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy chilies, and chocolate.

T: Nice punch of chilie heat, cinnamon, and nutmeg mixed with bitter dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied with some subtle heat lingering.

O: Very nice spiced stout. I need to seek out some more beers from Odd Side.

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Photo of Ri0
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +8.2%
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 -6.2%
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 +17.8%
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 +14.9%
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 -12.6%
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 -20.9%
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 +21.4%
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 +6.4%
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 -1.3%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.2%
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 -2.1%
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 -35.1%
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%
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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Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.