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Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales

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Mayan Mocha StoutMayan Mocha Stout

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64 Reviews
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Reviews: 64
Hads: 450
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 29.72%
Wants: 27
Gots: 99 | FT: 10
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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 BMMillsy
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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 joe1510
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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 guityler83
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of kevanb
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
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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Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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 CMUbrew
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 king75
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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 DragonzBreath
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer at Slows Barbecue.
Was pleasantly surprised. Big smell Huge taste. Served in a brandy snifter this beer hits your lips with vanilla and chocolate. as it move to the back of your throat you start to feel the heat. Oh yes and wait for it..BAM..cloves(?) chilies (?) wow -lingering heat.. Went superb with my Brisket..I will be looking for this in bottles (i Hope)

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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 emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.