Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales

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87
very good

298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
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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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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A modest one-ish finger head poured into the tulip glass. Fine bubbles the color of mocha and chocolate that persisted for about 45 seconds before falling into the blackness leaving behind a rim of foam on the perimiter. The beer is a opaque, soul crushing, black.

S: Sweet cocoa and milk chocolate are dominant, coffee and a slight roast blend well a soft mocha aroma is in the mix too. Some caramel and toffee notes.

T: Sweet toffee/caramel and cocoa, only a hint of roastyness. The coffee, mocha flavors round out the bitterness making it nice and noticable. A slght nutty character comes out as the beer warms up with a touch of smoke.

M: Lower carbonation level with a moderately big body. There is a bit of an ashy aftertaste left on the tounge that gives a drying affect, not bad in this style.

O: Chocolatey, coffee with a rnice ound bitterness. The beer definatly came alive as it warmed up.

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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.

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4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.