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Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales

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Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha StoutBourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout

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92
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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 44
Gots: 52 | FT: 9
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheSevenDuffs on 04-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 270 | Reviews: 35
Photo of akrz47
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Don't know how this only has a 92 rating. Definitely one of the best chili stouts out there, and maybe the best 6% stout I've had.

Thick, black, with a moderate head that fades fairly quickly but leaves an edge. Smells amazing -- so much chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and a little pepper balances it out. Great. In the taste, all those flavors stand out perfectly and bring you an extremely flavorful stout with all the flavors you'd expect from the smell. This could be 12%, I had to triple check this was only 6%. The peppers only enter in the aftertaste and really complement it. The back of your throat feels the lasting heat, but it adds a ton of character and is balanced perfectly. The bourbon is masked by the strong frontal flavors. The mouthfeel is THICK, probably the thickest 6% stout I've tasted. It beats out a lot of big stouts, especially the watery Founders stuff including KBS (sorry it's true, get over it).

What a beer. Overall extremely impressed. Wish this was easy to obtain, it'd be a go-to on a weeknight for sure.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Smells awesome. Lots of cinnamon, vanilla and pepper skin. Like a slightly thinner Huna, but it tastes better. Great heat.

Photo of SanFranJake
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Sipping on this now, poured into a Stone IRS snifter.
Immediately after popping the cap, was hit with spice, especially nutmeg.
Poured a nice deep dark black with a creamy tan head.
Taste and smell are the same: some heat, spice and nutmeg but no barrel.
Nice crazy mouthfeel with some tip of the tongue tingle from the spice.
Overall, while a lot less ABV than Bomb or Freckle (which I had last night) this is my favorite of the style. Granted it's not an Imperial Stout but it sure is an Impressive Stout!

Photo of jaybes
2.79/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A 6% BBA beer? No bourbon coming through for me. Was it actually in the barrels or did you just let the Mayan Mocha fermenter look at the barrels? This beer could be so good. Could be the poor mans Hunapu...but no. Watery, unbalanced, and a huge let down.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a trade.

Pours a very dark brown, essentially black, with a small film on top that almost passes for a head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malt, and a slight bit of peppers.

Tastes similar. The cinnamon doesn't come through quite as strongly as it does in the aroma. There's a lot of flavor here for the lower ABV. I'm not really getting any coffee, but I am getting lots of chocolate, and more pepper than the aroma would tell you. The pepper flavor is pretty hot, and builds up slowly as you drink more of this. It never becomes overwhelming, luckily.

This is medium bodied, a bit thinner than I tend to like my stouts, but it is much lower ABV. It's got a lower amount of carbonation, and a creamy, smooth mouthfeel.

Always nice to try another Mexican-style stout. This isn't quite the hard hitter that some of the more Imperial versions are, but this is still well executed.

Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%

A beer pours in a dark black, much like a bigger beer than the 6% it is

The aroma has everything. A huge burst of cinnamon, nutmeg, spicy fresh pepper, and mocha of roasted coffee and light chocolate. A touch of vanilla from the barrel, but not barrel bourbon.

The flavor follows with that huge spice in the front of cinnamon and nutmeg. Mocha balances the beer with roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Pepper pops at the back of the throat with heat.

Reminds me hugely of Xocoveza. This beer is one of the best 6% stouts I've ever had. Quite underrated.

Photo of larryarms847
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black in appearance, not the thickness I was hoping for.

Smells of cinnamon, peppers, and bourbon are well hidden and not overly abundant.

This is an interesting one! Starts off as a standard stout that quickly develops into a Mexican fiesta in the mouth. Chilis, spices, and bourbon are all very well balanced to give a Latin vibe to this brew.

Tastes just like hot chocolate, but the spices slightly degraded the overall score for mouthfeel on this one.

Overall a very nice dessert beer, this one sure warms the belly!

Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It looks like cola when poured. I'll just call this one black. When held to the light, none comes through. It is capped with three inches of dark mocha head that leaves little trace behind after a few minutes.

S - The spices really pop in this version. The aroma is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and chocolate.

T - The spices stand out in the taste, too. The cinnamon and nutmeg make this taste like a chocolatey Christmas treat. The coffee is noticeable in the finish and aftertaste. The peppers are no where to be found. There is also a rather sweet building of vanilla after a few drinks. It is almost too sweet.

M - Full

O - This is one bourbon barrel beer that I prefer the non barrel aged version of better. The spices are much more distinct in this variant. The sweetness really comes through to almost be a hindrance rather than amplify the taste. I think I'll stick with the regular Mayan Mocha with I very much like.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with a small amount of tight brown head. Nose is heavily spiced like a Christmas ale but a bit larger and has some actual malt backbone. The habaneros seem fairly present but the bourbon barrel doesn't have much influence on the nose. A bit of sugary malt sweetness in back. This has a lot going on, really big flavors, the spice isn't overly strong, gives at a little kick on the back of the tongue and through the finish. Tons of Christmas spice to it, again not much bourbon, malts aren't really doing much and a bit of sugary mid palate through the finish. Fairly full body, thins a little in back, well carbonated.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving very light lacing.

S - Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T - Follows the aroma. Lots of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. The finish has a light habanero heat and a touch of bourbon.

M - Light bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth drinking with a dry mouthfeel.

O - Not picking up much bourbon or oak in this one. That said, this is a very drinkable and flavorful BA Stout.

Photo of Treyliff
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date, poured into a snifter

A- pours pitch black with a small foamy and sudsy khaki-tan head that reduces quickly to a small layer floating on top, no lace

S- cinnamon and nutmeg is first noticeable, reminiscent of a pumpkin spiced ale. The habanero is definitely noticeable and adds a slight burn to the nostrils, underlying chocolate with a hint of smoky malt and coffee round it out

T- Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors up front mesh with slightly sweet chocolate, a touch of coffee and papery spice close it out, faint heat from the habanero on the linger.

M- medium body & light carbonation lead to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, foamy finish with habanero warmth on a dry linger

O- The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and habanero worked well together, but I would never know that this was aged in bourbon barrels. Couldn't pick up and barrel or bourbon notes at all

Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date. Special thanks to mjshearer1 for this awesome surprise.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that retains briefly before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- A lot going on here. Initial rush of burnt sugar and vanilla creates a creme brulee type of sweetness. Then comes the cinnamon and nutmeg that amplifies that sweetness which adds a pumpkin pie sort of characteristic to the profile. Finally, on the backend, there's hints of chocolate, mint and some bourbon to round things out and add to the complexity. Brilliant.

T- I'm not surprised that the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma because that's a lot to match. More chocolate and dark roast than in the smell. Alcohol is there but integrated into the profile very well. The spices and sweetness are there also but aren't as pronounced as in the aroma. Bitter chocolate aftertaste as well as a little bit of heat that I also feel in my throat from the habaneros creeping in. The bourbon comes through every so often but is generally overpowered by the intensity of the other flavors.

M- Moderate viscosity for a stout plus a noticeable but restrained capsaicin burn from the habaneros. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- What an interesting beer. I've had beers similar to this but not quite as layered. Every element, except maybe the coffee, stands out and shines in its own way while harmonizing together. This, along with Odd Side's Morningwood Stout, stand out as two of the most delicious lesser-known BBA stouts I've ever had.

Photo of chugalug06
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kinda flat appearance. Nothing really stands out. Little to no head rises from the pitch black brew. No lacing. Kinda thin.

Tons of cinnamon, spice, ancho pepper, vanilla... Kinda a mixed bag. Slightly better than the next spiced stout. Too fake sugary.

Not an overwhelming amount of flavor, but still light and nothing takes over. A pretty relaxed drinker. Lots of spice, cinnamon, ancho pepper, milk chocolate, very mild pepper burn. Thin, airy, light, relaxed, a bit too watery and thin. Carbonation is fast and prickly. Sweetness is more dry than forward. Not picking up much barrel here...missing complexity.

All over the board with this brew...it has it's pluses and minuses. Aroma is to pungent and flavors are a bit underwhelming. Carbonation leads to further flavors, with truly rocks, but I feel front-end could be more blended. Recommended to take a flier.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from an awesome trader. Pours black with a half finer mocha colored head. Big lucious aroma of cinnamon and habaneros, coffee, chocolate, light booze and vanilla. Beautiful smell here yum! Flavor is big chocolatey cinnamon, a pinch of pepper heat to finish, and a long beautiful chocolate cinnamon coffee finish with a hint of vanilla. Sweeter than the regular version, and in a good way. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium plus body, with some prickly carbonation in there. While this could use a bit more bourbon character, what is there supplements the base beer beautifully. This is really good!

Photo of ThickNStout
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks Reid!). If the 0054 on the bottom is Julian dating this was bottled 1/5/14- otherwise no bottling date. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours black with about one finger of deep tan head that fades quickly. A meager halo remains without lacing.

Smells nice with cinnamon, coffee, cocoa, a hint of nutmeg spice and some sugary sweetness.

Tastes follows the nose. Cinnamon, habenero pepper, creamed coffee, cocoa, nutmeg, caramel and vague oak with perhaps a hint of bourbon at the finish. A nice flavorful blend but I'm not convinced that this beer spent any significant time in a barrel.

Fairly light body with very little carbonation. Cinnamon, coffee and a little habenero heat in the finish.

This is a rich and flavorful stout that goes down easy. It takes a hit for the disparity between the labeling and it's lack of any notable barrel character and another slight hit for being dangerously close to flat. But this is about as sapid as you can expect a 6% stout to be. I'm glad to have tried it and would happily drink another if offerred.

Photo of Doerrijustmether
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

beer poured from bottle aggressively. Jet black, little to no lacing. Half a finger of light brown head quickly dissipates.

coffee smell right away, i get a little of the nutmeg and cinnamon in the background, but the coffee is the major player int he aroma. i do smell some chocolate in there as well. i am not getting the bourbon like in other bourbon ages beers. i know Odd Side makes this in a non bourbon aged as well, so i double checked the label and it is the BA version.

First sip gets a very sweet coffee flavor, much different than other coffee stouts. i think its because the cinnamon and nutmeg are cutting the bitterness of the java bean. i'm still not getting much of the bourbon, its there but very minimally. I didn't get the habanero up front, however after i swallow the first sip, there it is tingling the back of my through, not overly noticeable, but enough.

this is an extremely well done beer, very complex and a lot of in your face flavors all mixed quite well. this would be a 4.8 4.9 had there been a little more bourbon flavor, that was the only real disappointment for me.

Photo of earljones199
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz bottle

Appearance- Pours pith black with a 1/2 of thick mocha head that dissipates slowly

Smell- Smells of dark chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg with a little bourbon sweetness. No coffee smell that I could find.

Taste- Follows the nose but more muted. Not very impressed with the lack of flavor. Thought they would be more pronounced. I only got a little heat from the habanero on the very back end of my throat. Little to no noticeable coffee flavor to be found.

Mouthfeel- Good amount of carbonation. Very thin mouthfeel. Almost tastes like it watered down. Its the thinnest barrel aged stout I've probably ever had.

Overall not a bad beer just tastes very muted for what I was hoping for.

Photo of thinkinflicka
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thick black pour,nose of nutmeg and cinnamon, lots of spice and chocolate, little bourbon.
tatse is roasted coffee and chocolate a lot of spice and a little bit of heat,
jst a small bit of bourbon was prestent at the end. all in all a verry good beer and a nice change of pace from most bourbon stouts.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jet black in color and impenetrable to light. A wisp of khaki colored foam covers most of the top of the beer. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg dominates the nose. The front of the palate is an assault of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg. I barely get a whiff of coffee. I get some warmth from the habaneros that leaves a lasting but gentle burn. It's a bit sweet and there's a lot going on,but my palate enjoyed the ride.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, dark bread, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and moderate barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight spice/pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, clove, oak, light bourbon, pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, spice, and light-moderate barrel flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, spice, and light-moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a tan brown head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is chocolate coffee and peppers upfront with cinnamon nutmeg. Heavy cinnamon and taste with lots of chocolate and peppers with just a little bit of heat. The finish has just a little bit of the oak in the barrel along with the chocolate coffee. It's a lightly oily medium heavy mouth feel.

Photo of EricTKole
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Snagged a four pack of this by accident while picking up some other beers that were on hold for me. Poured into a pint glass with little to no head and then it proceeded to smack me in the face with the scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. For a barrel aged stout there is no notice of bourbon or whiskey on the nose which I find to be a little disappointing. Not quite as dark as some that I've had, almost like a midnight brown if I were naming a paint color after it. The flavor tends to be a bit overwhelmed with the cinnamon and nutmeg again but plenty of good coffee body stout to stand up to it. For the style it does have a very nice pepper quality to it that gives a very nice boost to it's mouthfeel. Overall a nice beer but lacking on the barrel aging qualities in my opinion.

Photo of Copernicandream
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep dark black, impenetrable to light. Minimal head, but significant lasting lacing rimming the glass.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate. Incredible, it smells like you just opened the door to a chocolate house.

T: Chocolate early then the melody of spices. The back end brings out the barrel (which is underdone and somewhat muted) and then finishes with a mild warming from the habanero. The habanero flavor is absent, just provides a slight warming sensation complimenting the bourbon taste on the back end.

M: Much to thin. This beer really needs more body and malt. Carbonation is perfect, mild and complimentary to the spices.

O: An excellent combination. The habanero is perfectly executed and compliments the warming sensation from the barrel aging perfectly. However, the amount of malt character is lacking and the beer really needs more body to better execute the aging. Needs more malt is my only negative critique.

Photo of Mitchster
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No specs per the website or bottle. "Stout with coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habaneros added then aged in bourbon barrels."

Pours out to a deep inky, but not oily black, forming a modest light brown head with ok retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is just like the regular mayan mocha stout to me...it reminds me of Cafe Vienna from International foods coffee. A nice touch of coffee with the cinnamon sitting in a harmonious balance. I don't pick up bourbon in the nose. The taste is subtly different than the regular mayan mocha...if you drink them back to back, you notice the bourbon, but it's subtle. Due to the slightly lower carbonation, the body feels a little richer and the mouthfeel a little smoother. The bourbon barrel aging adds a touch of subtle oak, vanilla, and I actually get mint in here too. This is interesting...the mint is not subtle. I wonder if they put their java mint chip beer in the same barrels or something, but there is a definite mint flavor going on, most noticeable in the aftertaste. The habaneros add a subtle and well balanced heat that sits nicely with everything else going on.

Another excellent and very unique beer from Oddside. Nobody else makes a beer quite like this. Definitely worth a try. Recommended.

Photo of pjkelley82
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jas45678

From bottle into Teku

Poured your standard stout black with a mocha brown sugar colored head, 1in. thick and went away fairly quick and left a nice ring thruout. Some lacing and a little bit of legs.

Wow.. on the sweeter side for the smell but a damn good smelling beer. Cinnamon, brown sugar, a hint of bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow, nutmeg, woodsy spice or a bark type smell, light pepper or earthy smell. Again.. I smelt this beer many times just because it smelt so good. I dont remember the regular version smelling so cinnamon foward so I imagine the bourbon is helping it out...

Bourbon touch up front followed by cinamon, nutmeg, mollasses, here comes the spice.. not extremely spicy but noticable. Spice follows well after you stomach the liguid and coats the back of your throut.

Thin mouthfeel and lightly carbed but im getting used to barrel aged beers doing this so I'd say its on par.

Overall I was very exited to try this after loving the regular version. To me this one is better but a lot different from the original. The coffee was more prominent in non barrel aged version where as in this one it was non existent. The cinnamon and nutmeg are full front on this one with the addition of a vanilla and marshmellow taste aided by the barrel. A very mellow Bourbon addition but to be honest any more would of been too much it was a welcome addition that the bourbon wasnt overpowering and playing a backup role in this one. The peppers were more earthy and from the garden taste in the original as in this one it was the heat and prickly feeling that followed mid pallets that played more of an additional layer rather than you picking out a specific type of pepper. A great beer that is easy drinking and for a barrel aged beer is not a shipper... you can easily drink s few. Sweeter in the smell than the taste but overall another homerun from oddside ales

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Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
92 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.