Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales
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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
3.3/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
10-07-2013 04:02:11 | More by CMUbrew
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.