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Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 421
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 31.38%
Wants: 27
Gots: 92 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and cinnamon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, cinnamon, and pepper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice cocoa and cinnamon qualities all around.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 .

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bottle compliments of Another6Pack. Thanks, Trent!

Gorgeous tan foam sitting on a pitch black brew, the lacing is pretty spectacular.

Lovely mix of coffee and chocolate, sweet chocolate. Nothing too bitter in the smell. It almost smells like a milk stout when I ignore the coffee aroma.

Coffee first, then some spicing, then some heat? Gall dang it, I didn't read the label; habaneros are in this puppy and I'm getting them a few ticks after the swallow. Nice! Before they hit, there's a nice level of milk chocolate to go along with the coffee. Nice job of multi tasking this brew is doing.

Medium bodied, ditto for the carbonation.

Man, this sucker packs some real heat! Not for the timid but if you're a fan of spicy foods, this will fit right in with ya. Lovely brew.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extras in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice rich darker brown with a good one finger mocha head that faded rather quickly to leave thin wisps.

S - Nose just pops here. Great coffee, chocolate, nice cinnamon, and great habanero heat. Nutmeg and cinnamon pops even more with a good swirl. Holy cow!

T - Taste is a fair amount of coffee and creamy chocolate. Faint cinnamon and a flash of habanero heat at first. Things mellow out very quickly in to a lightly bitter chocolate finish. Very balanced out with the habanero adding just that faint twinge of heat that simple peppercorns would not do. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just a little bit of carbonation. Super drinkable.

O - Overall, this is a delicious beer. Wish the appearance was better, and think this would be better as a richer, fuller imperial stout. Still, really really enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ashleys in A2. Huge mocha chocolate smell with some alcohol. Flavor is very strong chocolate, but not too sweet or syrupy, a bit of coffee on the finish, slightly bitter. Alcohol warmth follows strong, with some low carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Very similar mocha-alcohol profile to KBS, but with slightly more carbonation. Very good stout--not sure why the alcohol came off so strong with a 6% ABV. I had this as listed: Mayan Mocha Stout. No mention of the barrel aging. Looking forward to trying again out of the bottle next time I visit Michigan.

Revisiting from the bottle on 1/7/14 from a free beer contest from MikeM. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of appropriately mocha colored head. Huge fudgy coffee aroma with hints of cinnamon and spice. This smells awesome. Flavor follows with rich fudge, earthy espresso, and just a small bit of zest from the peppers and cinnamon. Lingering spicy coffe chocolate cinnamon flavor left on the palate with a small bit of heat left in the throat. Medium plus body with medium carbonation and very smooth. I have had both Bomb and Pirate Bomb and find this to be better than both of those, with more pepper kick than Hunahpu. Awesome and underrated brew!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, thanks to Nesto114. Thanks David. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 1/21/2014.

App- Dark black body, opaque, 1cm mocha head, fair retention, bits of lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, faint cinnamon, hint of vanilla.

Flavour- Cocoa, chocolate, a little bit of cinnamon on the back end, other spices. Slightly vegetal, faint pepper warmth on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Thin, watery body with ok carbonation. Aftertaste is a vegetal heat likely from peppers. Not strongly hot in terms of spiciness.

Overall- The smell got me interested, flavour kept me interested but the mouthfeel absolutely derailed this beer. It wouldn't hurt to get some more body in there.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark chocolate color with a two fingered toffee colored head.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, some coffee beans, and hot peppers to give it a slight amount of sting in the nose.

T - Follows the nose with dark sweet chocolate malt, dark roasted cocoa, light toffee, and a peppery burn at the very end of the sip.

M - Medium to light medium body with minimal bubble pricklies on the tongue and a hot pepper burn in the back of the throat.

O - Needs more body but dig the hot pepper burn.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. 6% ABV per the website. Brewed with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habaneros.

Pours out to a deep black, forming a modest tan head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Thick layer of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. The nose is fantastic...dark cocoa powder, coffee, cinnamon...kinda like International Coffee Cafe Vienna. Nice amount of roasted malts in the nose, lightly chalky, vanilla and black walnut. The mouthfeel is initially prickly from the spice, with a medium body, giving way to some mild but very pleasant smooth heat. The taste is a recap of the aroma. Plenty of roasted malt, perhaps a bit too much as it doesn't quite keep up with the base malt and thins out the body a bit. The spices are very nicely balanced with the coffee and the roasted malts. Any more and it would be overbearing. The heat is also kept in check, adding a nice layer but not distracting from the flavor. Very complimentary with the mild bitterness. The coffee has a good flavor. It's not overly acidic nor fake and again, is complimentary to all the flavors.

I've had this on tap at Oddside, on tap at other places, and in the bottle. I seem to remember that about a year ago, I thought it was with too little body. It seems this has improved since then, however it could still bear a bit more (5%) base malt and a bit less (5%) roasted malt. As it stands, however, this is a very unique beer in which you can really taste all the ingredients and they are all in balance with each other. A testament to the brewers, as this is a tricky recipe.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 joe1510
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$11.99 6-Pack
Kap N' Keg - Traverse City, MI

"Stout brewed coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and habaneros"

Mayan Mocha Stout is black. Black as night black. I can't see anything through the eclipse-like head when backlit. The milk chocolate head easily rises to a finger in height and becomes creamy. Before long there's nothing but a ring left around the glass and a couple swirlings of foam. Thin drink lines get left behind with each drink.

A touch of roast from the coffee hits upront but the coffee is well balanced. The cinnamon and nutmeg comes across as pumpkin pie spice, which they are I suppose. Powdery cocoa and milk chocolate make for a combination that reminds me of Tootsie Rolls and was present in Bean Flicker, their coffee blonde, as well. Chili powder is faint and barely noticeable. Overall the spices are well integrated with the stout and no one additive overpowers the others.

The flavor profile is also very well balanced. There's more coffee than in the nose and it's the iced variety, a little sugar, a little cream. The pumpkin pie spices are seamless and seem to be used lightly. I don't taste chili powder or habanero but there is a very faint heat at the back of the throat after a few drinks. The stout itself is coffee forward with faint berries and a solid nuttiness. Nice conscious use of the additives.

The body is creamy and smooth yet rather light and easy to put away. I'm assuming it's from the spices but there seems to be a powdery dryness after the swallow and a soft heat on the back of the throat. It's one of the more drinkable spiced beers I have had in a long time.

Mayan Mocha Stout is an all around good beer. The spices are appropriate and the underlying stout is good as well. It's supremely drinkable for a spiced beer and a stout worth searching out. Odd Side does a good job putting odd twists on already good beers.

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3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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 kawilliams81
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into pint glass.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- Chocolate, cinnamon, slight pepper aroma.

T- Sweet chocolate, cinnamon, big pepper flavors with some heat, slight lactose taste.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking besides the spice.

O- Nice and different stout. Lacks some body but has a nice peppery kick.

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Photo of Ri0
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 SerialTicker
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$4.50 for a 16oz draft at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Alright, this isn't what I was expecting. I saw this on the menu and hadn't heard of it ... BeerAdvocate let me know that this was by Odd Side, so I knew I had to try it out. Well, hm. Alright, so it comes pitch black with a dark tan head -- about what you'd expect from a stout. There's a nice little head on it, but no lacing lasts throughout the glass. The smell on this is quite a bit of chocolate with some traces of cinnamon/nutmeg. The taste is like the smell... but far more pungent. There's a significant cinnamon and nutmeg sort of taste on top of the chocolate... to the point where there's a spicy burn in the back of the throat. It's not bad, but I feel like this should really be a Winter seasonal. I was expecting a chocolate/coffee sort of stout, but Odd Side threw this curve at me, which I should have been sitting on.

Mayan Mocha Stout is a pretty good beer, but I'd appreciate it more if it were winter. Sorry, but I don't like much (especially THIS much) cinnamon/nutmeg and/or similar tastes in my stouts during the summer. For what it's worth, I'd only bump my score *slightly* either way. Definitely a unique stout, so give it a whirl.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.