Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by kevanb:
2.84/5 rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2013 23:02:37 | More by kevanb
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
reviewed from notes
Appearance: black to walnut around the edges. a finger of a brown head that slowly fades. leaves a bit of a lacing on the sides. not quite opaque around the edges.
Smell: mocha, light coffee, slight cinnamon, and some pepper character.
Taste: opens up with mocha-y mixture of chocolate, coffee up front. nutmeg and cinnamon, very slight habanero spice and taste in the back
Mouthfeel: light and a little bitter from the spices, a very small amount of pepper heat
Overall: a great and complex light stout. a good change up from all the big and super roasty and hoppy stouts.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 14:29:29 | More by SportsandJorts
Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.