Mayan Mocha Stout | Odd Side Ales

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Mayan Mocha StoutMayan Mocha Stout
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Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 03-28-2012

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

9/17/14

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 jasonpeckins32
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

***This one is much better when fresh. Yes its a stout, but take my advice and don't even try aging it. This beer doesn't sit well.***

Pitch black in color. Brown (quite dark) colored head shows on top of the glass.

Aroma is roasty, with slight scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and well water.

I would call the flavor a dirty, earthy, stout. Chocolatey at times. Cold coffee in other sips. Smoked notes are present. More of the flavor seems to be focused on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and habaneros, but it doesnt always seem perfectly balanced. It could use a little more heat from the habaneros. Something in this beer (or perhaps the combination of everything in it), occassionally gives me a black, potting soil flavor... like the kind you'd use in your garden. Somehow that isn't bad, I'll call it earthy instead.

This also contains the foul, tart flavor near the finish that seems to disrupt every stout from Odd Side that I've tried. A sour punch to the mouth right when you swallow what you otherwise thought was a great beer. I had 12 of these beers, and I notice this foul taste becomes more intense the longer you age the beer. At first I thought I had a bad few bottles of it or something, but now that I've tried 2-3 more Odd Side stouts and found them all to have this same characteristic, I believe this to be something to do with a certain roasted malt they use or the specific chocolate they are using in the brewing process.

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Photo of dar482
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 wingman14
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Trent
2.52/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Hayes86
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of laurellmj
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap. After reading other reviews, I think some people must have very delicate palates when it comes to heat. Strong initial coffee & chocolate taste finishes in a smooth yummy tingle on the back of the tongue, with just a hint of pepper taste itself. I'm a big fan of Odd Side's unique combinations and I LOVED this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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 JohnZupan
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of breadwinner
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really does the spicy stout thing well, which is all the more impressive considering its smaller ABV. Goodly burn on the finish but nothing over the top. Really wish this available to me locally.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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 docoman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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Photo of DougT
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

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Photo of NuckleDragger
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle dated 09/17/14

Bottle pours with a deep, black hue and a quickly dissipating mocha head. The beer leaves no lacing.

Aroma is almost exclusively creamy chocolate and other roasted malts. Coffee pokes its nose in the background, increasingly so as the beer warms. Cinnamon and nutmeg spices also make an appearance as the beer warms.

Taste begins with a balanced blend of the aforementioned creamy chocolates along with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices (not really getting any coffee). As the taste finishes, a slight heat from the habanero coats the tongue and back of the throat, never overpowering.

Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation and very low bitterness.

Overall, this beer was an experience to drink! Odd Side really balanced all the ingredients well and produced one of the more interesting beers I have ever drank.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +12%
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 Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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 krustster
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice look. Hearty dark brown, nearly black, a little bit of light comes in around the edges. Creamy brown head with good retention.

Not much in the nose. Good coffee, a little sour, not a lot going on.

Taste is quite good. The label claims Dutch chocolate coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habaneros. Surprisingly, I'm able to detect all of those, some more than others. It's an excellent balance of coffee, spices, and a hot pepper finish. The habanero and coffee are the key elements for me, I'd like to see more coffee/chile stouts out there. I'd like more nutmeg since I'm a nutmeg fiend, but it seems like that and the cinnamon are there more for balance than anything else. Maybe some vanilla would be nice. In general, it tastes just like what it claims. If it was a big imperial stout or something it might be better, but the hot finish and coffee up front make a very delicious combination. I actually kept changing my taste rating, from 4.0 up to 4.5. I've had a few of these and I just realized tonight how good it truly is. The interplay between the roasted/chocolatey coffee and the peppers is pretty incredible. I absolutely love the tasteful but assertive heat it leaves on my lips.

Medium body, just right for a non-imperial stout. Light enough to be drinkable for the lower ABV, but heavy enough that it wouldn't be mistaken for a porter. Just enough thickness to bring home the intended flavors.

It's ironic that I realized this beer's true power after it disappeared from shelves. $12 for a sixer isn't the best price, but still pretty fair. It's not quite in the same league, but this tastes like a satisfying little brother of Prairie Bomb! Definitely get it if you see it on the shelf.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +12%
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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