1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales

Not Rated.
Mayan Mocha StoutMayan Mocha Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

367 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 367
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 26
Gots: 69 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-28-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 367 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by thickgirth:
More User Reviews:
Photo of Trent
2.52/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of king75
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 33nickadams
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from Hopcat, GR.

Several pours into a tulip glass, it pours a brownish black color with a thin skim of tan foam across the surface. Some larger bubbles cluster to one side and slowly ebb away one by one.

Cocoa and vanilla bean sweetness, a hint of tootsie roll as it warms. Light and pleasant, not overpowering or overly sweet.

Moderate chile heat comes through in the aftertaste, backing up an initial taste of lightly sweet dark chocolate, mild roastiness and light vanilla again. Mellow feel, light carb and body. With a bigger swig you feel the chile heat more, but sip it and it's a lingering background element, nice. It does build up a bit over time. Overall a great version of a chile stout, a style i've had three of this week already... must be a record, lol.

Thanks to Justin for sharing the growler!

Photo of docoman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of wingman14
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of AnchorDrops
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells like chocolate and the taste follows up front, some coffee and creamy smoothness in the middle. It then leaves you with mild lingering pepper. By far the best pepper infused beer I have tried, the pepper is there but never overbearing. I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is black with not a lot of mocha head.

S - I get a sweet chocolate smell. The nutmeg and the habaneros come through, too.

T - The first thing I taste is black coffee. The habaneros tingle my tongue for a moment. Then I get the spices. Finally, a bitter coffee finish.

M - Full. The carbonation and peppers dance on my tongue to give it a prickly feel.

O - I had this on tap and loved it. The bottle version is good, but I prefer this on draft.

Photo of JohnZupan
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Odd Side Ales Mayan Mocha Stout a couple days ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I've had this beer before a couple times and I really enjoyed it and I was pretty happy when I heard they were disturbing it in bottles, I'm interested to see how the bottled version compares so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks, ok, I was expecting something a little more eye catching, but it isn't bad looking. It poured a very dark brown color that bordered on being black and it didn't really let any light come through with two fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed til the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of coffee aromas that have that nice good cup of coffee aroma to them with lots of nice roasted malts aroma in the background as well as some dark chocolate aromas that make it live up to it's mocha title. Up next comes the spices, i get a lighter amount of cinnamon and nutmeg aromas with a little bit of the hot pepper showing up in the background. I think the aroma is really nice, and I just couldn't stop smelling it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of mocha coffee flavors with some nicely roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors coming through. Up next comes the spices which are still a little on the lighter side with some equal nutmeg and cinnamon flavors with some Habaneros imparting a slight bit of flavor in the background and a noticeable warming heat that shows up just enough. On the finish there's a a light amount of bitterness that has a bitter coffee taste and it has a very coffee chocolate like aftertaste with warming habanero spice. The taste was very nice, all the ingredients showed up in the taste and neither of them were too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, a little spicy warming, dry, on the somewhat lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was a little thicker.

Overall I thought this was very nice beer and very nice example of the style, all the aspects seem to work pretty well with each other and they make for one flavorful and unique stout. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and the taste did a great job at holding my attention but I think the warming heat would start to wear on me after a couple so that would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was how well all the different aspects in this beer worked together in the flavor and aroma. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, I thought it was a little too thin. I would for sure buy this beer again, and I wouldn't mind keeping some in the fridge for when I'm in the mood for a beer a like this. I would recommend this to anyone who likes coffee beers and doesn't mind some spice to go along with it, I pretty much recommend it to all my friends. All in all I enjoyed this beer, I thought it was a little different then the draft version since the nutmeg and cinnamon seemed a little toned done, but other than that it was pretty much just how it remember. It would put it up there with citra and bean flicker as my favorite bottled beers by them so far, good job Odd side Ales, keep up the good work and interestingly unique beers.

Photo of finlayj
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty odd combination of flavors. Not a fan of the spice at all. Taste matches the smell then the spice lingers...too long. Try it, once.

Photo of CMUbrew
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Very dark brown-black with a fair dark brown head on top.

S: An inviting aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and coffee in that order.

T: Coffee comes in first and is followed by a nutmeg overload. Cinnamon comes next. Pepper heat is quite low by my taste, but it is noticeable. Aftertaste is a lingering spiciness (from the spices). Honestly, the coffee does not work overly well with the spices and pepper.

M: Could stand to have some more body.

O: If you're going to put mocha in the name of your beer, you need to have coffee and CHOCOLATE. Having chocolate in this beer would improve it by leaps and bounds, as it would compliment the coffee and pepper very well and keep the spices from being too cloying. Hopefully we will see another version of this from Oddside with chocolate. That would be a great beer.

Photo of Hayes86
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of snoopy5023
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice smell. Not a fan of the habanero. The heat of the habanero on the tonsils detracts the taste of the cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 2 fingers of light khaki colored head. Head drops down to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Lots of nutmeg, roasty coffee, and roasty malts blend with some nice sweetness. Hint of cinnamon and earthy peppers. This smells fantastic!

Taste: This beer tastes pretty close to how it smells! Hint of marshmellow sweetness. Then a bunch of roasty coffee with a hint of earthy peppers and some heat. Next the cinnamon and peppers begin to mingle and add more complexity to the beer. Finishing with milk chocolate and hints of earthy peppers and some cinnamon. The heat from the peppers builds up and gets hotter as the beer warms and during the finish the entire time you a drinking the beer. I would say that the heat is at a solid 5/10.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation almost moderate carbonation. The beer gets a little thin and watery as it gets to room temperature, but when the beer is cold I liked how full and oily it feels.

Overall: I dont know what it is, but I am really getting into these mexican style stouts lately. This beer is honestly just as good as Prairie Bomb! The only difference is that Prairie Bomb has a thick full mouthfeel that is just way better. I am pleasantly surprised and I honestly did not expect this beer to be this good! Its my first introduction Odd Sides Ales, but this beer has won me over, I am a fan of this Michigan brewery!

Photo of NuckleDragger
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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 .

Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown beer with a brown head. Smells like chocolate and coffee. Has a strong coffee flavor, with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, and has a nice burn from the habanero at the end. A little harsh, but still enjoyable. Surprisingly, the bourbon barrel aged version seems a little sweeter and has less of a bite than this. I really enjoy the concept, and beers like this is the reason I admire Odd Side Ales for their creativity.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, cinnamon, nuttiness, cream, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt with coffee and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream, light pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with coffee and spices; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some light pepper heat builds up on the finish near the end of the glass, but it is pleasant. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced stout! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, coffee, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

to view more.
Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.