Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by kevanb:
2.84/5 rDev -26.6%
12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.
The beer pours a deep jet black color, very opaque with a thick, foamy head, khaki in color, that rises about 3 fingers high that has moderate retention but leaves no lace behind. The aroma is peculiar, lots of chocolatey malt, rich and sweet, light coffee grounds behind it, the nutmeg and cinnamon are surprisingly potent, but don't really offer any balance to the grain and coffee with vegetal habañero sneaking up at the end, subtly so, but with enough force to push this aroma further off the weird cliff. The flavors are unbalanced, messy and rather unpleasant. Lots of rich, sweet chocolatey malt, stale coffee grounds hit first followed by the spicing, mostly nutmeg with light cinnamon and allspice flavors before the oniony, vegetal, habañero heats up the finish. I have to applaud the fact that the pepper is mild, subtle and adds only a light heat to the beer. The body is awful, thin, watery and lacks any finesse. It struggles to coat the mouth, despite the lively head, fails to dance on the tongue and finishes meekly.
Verdict: An ambitious beer that really misses the mark. I do have to say that I appreciate that all the adjuncts are notably represented in the beer, and that the habañero isn't too overpowering. However, the balance is poor, the body lacks any substance and it just all around fails to redeem in any way.
10-08-2013 23:02:37 | More by kevanb
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +14%
A- Dark as a starless night with a creamy light brown almost peanut butter like color head. The head quickly dissipates, quite a bit of carbonation on this one.
S- Roast coffee, chocolate, nutmeg, a spiciness of chili powder?
TM- taste is of a bitter chocolate with coffee undertones throughout. Can pick up the nutmeg, not getting much cinnamon as in the description on the bottle. Definetly get a hint of heat in this one in the beginning from the hot peppers that are nicely incorporated in this beer. The mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking in a stout but this beer is very well balanced. It has a lot of flavor but is not overwhelming complex to the point that it would be difficult to throw back several of these.
Overall this is a unique and flavorful stout that is well balanced and very drinkable. Worth giving a shot if you like unique stouts
09-29-2013 20:16:22 | More by king75
4.14/5 rDev +7%
I really can't believe that this isn't rated higher. I was originally thinking that this is one of those perfect beervana moments, but the more I keep drinking this beer, the more I really like it. Appearance is like any other stout-dark and opaque with a small amount of head. Smells of chocolate, light coffee roast, and a hint of cinnamon. Tastes of chocolate, cinnamon and on the back end, the perfect amount of heat. Mouthfeel is moderate. Overall, I love this beer. I wish it would have more body and little bit more sweetness, but this is a terrific beer as it stands. Must get more.
11-08-2013 23:23:19 | More by 33nickadams
3.46/5 rDev -10.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Very thin collar.
Smell - Graham cracker, which is clearly from the cinnamon. Chocolate. A little pepper.
Taste - Peppers are stronger. A faint burn, too. Chocolate and cinnamon, although the cinnamon is a bit overwhelmed by the pepper.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Not a heavy stout at all.
Overall - Nice adjuncts, even if they overpower the beer.
01-21-2014 01:29:25 | More by Alieniloquium
Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.