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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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Reviews: 37
Hads: 281
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 30.02%
Wants: 42
Gots: 58 | FT: 6
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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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Reviews by Immortale25:
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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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids during the 2013 Founders KBS release. I never hesitate to order a new Odd Side beer, especially one that's barrel-aged and only 6% ABV - how did they manage that? BB Mayan Mocha Stout pours a dark, black color with a very small hint of brown peeking through at only the very edges. The tan cap is pretty small and recedes rather quickly leaving no lace behind. The magnitude may have been due to the pour on this one.

It would be an understatement to say the aroma has "a lot" going on. There are a TON of different aromas clashing here, and it only grows at it gets warmer. Heavy and thick mocha up front; sweet and delicate, like handfuls of cocoa powder or a ton of melted baker's chocolate. Very sweet and almost creamy in character. Dense fudge becomes a more accurate description with a little bit of time.

The bourbon-barrel characters are light, but definitely there. Very light oak, a little bit of bourbon and some mild vanilla hints. I love the somewhat "light in comparison" addition of the bourbon-barrel characteristics. Oftentimes you find that the bourbon aging becomes too overpowering and conceals other flavors, but it's done quite well, here. Light chili powder in the finish, but it only becomes noticeable about halfway through the brew.

The mouth feel is a bit more thin than expected, especially considering this is a "bourbon barrel stout", but on the other hand, it's only 6% ABV, so where does the compromise lie? Lots of chocolate flavor up front, sweet cocoa beans, and a light fudge character. There's a solid oak backbone that pops out a bit more than it was in the aroma, but still isn't too strong or overbearing. The bourbon flavors start off small, but crescendo quite loudly into the aftertaste and provide a warm and fuzzy feeling in the finish.

Some syrupy molasses and "lightly roasted but mostly sweet" malts also open up a bit more halfway through. Vanilla from the barrel-aging is there, but a little bit lighter than I would have liked. Oh well. After the first few sips, I wasn't getting much chili powder or anything like that.... but by the end of the beer, the back of my throat and tongue were stinging. The chili powder doesn't become apparent until you're a good six or seven sips in, but then it becomes difficult to shake. I'll say that it's a bit too strong, but not enough make this delicious beer undrinkable. I just think it could be toned down a bit. Aftertaste actually includes a taste heavily reminiscent of spent coffee beans - something I wasn't getting in the aroma. The finish also contains some light cocoa and bourbon, along with the burn of the chilies.

Hot damn, took me almost 45 minutes to finish this one. Not because it's a "big" beer, because it's actually not - only 6% ABV, despite the barrel aging. But it had a shit-ton of things going on and I really wanted to let it warm up so the flavors would explode. And they did. Great flavor overall, and another solid brew from Odd Side Ales. Would've like to see a heavier or creamier mouth feel, and maybe a little less chili powder next time - the back of your throat will be burning by the end of this one. Still delicious. Definitely would like to try this again.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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!

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jeonseh
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopcat.

A - Dark chocolate brown with no head to it 3.5

S - Light chocolate, cinnamon, light vanilla and pepper spice make up the nose

T - Bitter chocolate and vanilla sweetness up front. As it goes on, cinnamon, pepper and smoke make itself known. There is a good amount of cinnamon and pepper that come through in the finish. Good flavor but not too much barrel

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Light tingle remains in the finish from the pepper

O - Solid stout with good pepper and cinnamon presence that give it a nice spice. This reminds me of a lighter Huna.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of AliK
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of king75
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of 33nickadams
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque and dark with a slight tan head. A ring is sustained around the edge of the glass. Nose jumps right out at you-cinnamon, chocolate, coffee-like roastiness, slight vanilla and caramel. Pretty complex with easy to identify flavors. Taste has many of the same flavors as the smell. A little heavier on the cinnamon then the other flavors, but I pick up the roastiness and the little kick at the back of the throat from the peppers. That is very enjoyable without being too hot. Don't really get much barrel flavors. Mouthfeel is relatively light, like the non barrel version. Lightly carbonated. Overall, I would have liked a little more balance in flavors and a little more flavor from the barrel aging. I like the fact that there are easy to identify flavors that mesh pretty well together. A very good beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.6%

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!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.