Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout - Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.11/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-01-2013 21:30:54 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 18:27:21 | More by buschbeer
3.43/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 23:37:56 | More by cpetrone84
3.79/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-23-2014 02:30:29 | More by TreyIsWilson
Bourbon Barrel Mayan Mocha Stout from Odd Side Ales
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