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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

236 Ratings
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 42
Gots: 51 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheSevenDuffs on 04-01-2013)
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

JamesShoemaker, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

DanGeo, Feb 03, 2014
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4.11/5  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.

tectactoe, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

DanHarper, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

warnerry, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

mctizzz, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

ExNihilo, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Franziskaner, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

bpfrush, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Cynic-ale, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

jeonseh, Apr 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

AliK, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

king75, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of 33nickadams
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

33nickadams, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Gonzoillini, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

beergorrilla, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of larryarms847
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

larryarms847, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

ianpstephens, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Keith_R, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

GRG1313, May 07, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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

Treyliff, May 18, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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

pjkelley82, Feb 27, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

Copernicandream, Mar 01, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
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